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Scott Cunningham
Born June 27, 1956
Royal Oak, Michigan, United States
Died March 28, 1993(1993-03-28) (aged 36)
Occupation Writer

Scott Douglas Cunningham (June 27, 1956 – March 28, 1993) was a U.S. writer. Cunningham is the author of several books on Wicca and various other alternative religious subjects.

His work Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner, is one of the most successful books on Wicca ever published;[1] he was a friend of notable occultists and Wiccans such as Raymond Buckland, and was a member of the Serpent Stone Family, and received his Third Degree Initiation as a member of that coven.

Early life[edit]

Scott Cunningham was born at the William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan, USA, the second son of Chester Grant Cunningham and Rose Marie Wilhoit Cunningham. The family moved to San Diego, California in the fall of 1959 due to Rose Marie's health problems. The doctors in Royal Oak declared the mild climate in San Diego ideal for her. Outside of many trips to Hawaii, Cunningham lived in San Diego all his life.

Cunningham had one older brother, Greg, and a younger sister, Christine.

When he was in high school he became associated with a girl whom he knew to deal in the occult and covens. This classmate introduced him to Wicca and trained him in Wiccan spirituality. He studied creative writing at San Diego State University, where he enrolled in 1978. After two years in the program, however, he had more published works than several of his professors, and dropped out of the university to write full-time. During this period he had as a roommate, magical author Donald Michael Kraig and often socialized with witchcraft author Raymond Buckland, who was also living in San Diego at the time.

Wicca[edit]

In 1980 Cunningham began initiate training under Raven Grimassi and remained as a first-degree initiate until 1982 when he left the tradition to pursue a solo practice of witchcraft.[2]

Cunningham practiced a fairly basic interpretation of Wicca, often worshipping alone, though his book series for solitaries describes several instances in which he worshipped with friends and teachers.

He also believed that Wicca, which had been a closed tradition since the 1950s, should become more open to newcomers.

Cunningham was also drawn to Huna and a range of new age movements and concepts that influenced and coloured his spirituality.

Death[edit]

In 1983, Scott Cunningham was diagnosed with lymphoma, which he successfully overcame. In 1990, while on a speaking tour in Massachusetts, he suddenly fell ill and was diagnosed with AIDS-related cryptococcal meningitis. He suffered from several infections and died in March 1993. He was 36.[3]

Published works[edit]

Books[edit]

Cover of Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner, Cunningham's most successful book

Art by Robin Wood[edit]

Several of Scott's books include black and white drawings and (in some editions) cover art by the Wiccan artist Robin Wood. Among these books are Magical Herbalism, Earth Power, and Earth, Air, Fire, Water.

Videos[edit]

Film references[edit]

Cunningham's Wicca book in the film Never Say Macbeth

Never Say Macbeth, a 2007 film, is based around a group of actors who battle the curse of Macbeth by using Scott's book, Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner. This film was released on DVD by Vanguard Cinema in August 2008.[4]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "His books on Wicca led to a steady rise in his popularity, and he soon became one of the best-read Wiccan authors of his time. Sales of his most popular book Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner (Llewellyn, 1988), reached over 400,000 copies by the year 2000" http://www.controverscial.com/Scott%20Cunningham.htm
  2. ^ Harvey, Graham, Listening People, Speaking Earth: Contemporary Paganism, Hurst, 1997, pp.50, 231
  3. ^ Harington, David & Regula, Traci, Whispers of the Moon: Life and Work of Scott Cunningham, Philosopher, Magician, and Modern-day Pagan, Llewellyn, 1996
  4. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1053889/

References[edit]

  • Several of Scott's own books contain autobiographical text.
  • Rosemary Ellen Guiley, The Encyclopedia of Witches & Witchcraft.
  • Raven Grimassi, Encyclopedia of Wicca & Witchcraft.

External links[edit]


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SI.com
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:18:45 -0700

Unrestricted free agent Mike Scott could be on the move to Russia despite seeing increased minutes and success in his second season in the NBA with the Atlanta Hawks. Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted Tuesday Harris would prefer to stay in the NBA ...

CBS Local

CBS Local
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:11:15 -0700

Kevin Frandsen #19 of the Washington Nationals makes a diving catch in the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on August 9, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images) ...
 
Palm Beach Post
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:41:15 -0700

Brandon Gibson #10 of the Miami Dolphins is tackled by Joplo Bartu #59 of the Atlanta Falcons after a catch in the first quarter of a preseason game at the Georgia Dome on August 8, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images) ...

CBS Local

CBS Local
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 06:36:58 -0700

SANTA CLARA, CA - AUGUST 17: Members of the Gold Rush, the San Francisco 49ers cheerleaders, perform during a preseason game against the Denver Broncos at Levi's Stadium on August 17, 2014 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty ...

ESPN

ESPN
Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:37:30 -0700

Scott Cunningham/NBAE/Getty Images San Antonio guard Jia Perkins averaged 18 points in her three games against Minnesota this season. Key matchup: In the paint. Minnesota's Maya Moore (league-best 23.9 PPG) will do her damage from inside and out.

CBS Local

CBS Local
Sun, 10 Aug 2014 01:26:15 -0700

Jamie Walker: Falcons Camp Notes-Week 2. August 10, 2014 4:29 AM. View Comments. Matt Ryan surveys the field for the Atlanta Falcons. (Photo Credit: Scott Cunningham/Getty Images Sport) ...

CBS Local

CBS Local
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 08:00:00 -0700

ATLANTA, GA – AUGUST 14: Dee Gordon #9 and Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers round second base during the ninth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on August 14, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty ...

CBS Local

CBS Local
Tue, 19 Aug 2014 19:26:15 -0700

(Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images) Athletics placed Jed Lowrie on the 15-day disabled list, with a fractured right index finger. 3. Baltimore Orioles (70-52). The Orioles have played as well as any team over the past month. (Photo by Jason Miller ...
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