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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.


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.


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]


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.


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]


  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/


  • 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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Tue, 24 Nov 2015 19:00:00 -0800

Dikembe Mutombo will become the fourth former player to have his jersey number retired by the Hawks. Scott Cunningham/Getty Images. By GEORGE HENRY Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) – The Atlanta Hawks retired Dikembe Mutombo's No. 55 jersey ...

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The Courier-Journal
Tue, 24 Nov 2015 08:54:34 -0800

A River Cities Disposal vice president, Scott Cunningham, said the company is "firmly committed to ensuring that Big Run conducts business in a responsible and responsive manner while continuing to have a positive economic impact on this region.


Mon, 23 Nov 2015 15:28:20 -0800

... celebrates with Pat McAfee #1 of the Indianapolis Colts after kicking the game winning field goal during the second half against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome on November 22, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images).

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CBS Local
Tue, 24 Nov 2015 12:15:00 -0800

Hour of Code BROOKLYN, NY - DECEMBER 8: In partnership with Code.org, the NBA and Dikembe Mutombo hosted an Hour of Code to promote the Science,Technology, Engineering and Math curriculum principles with youth from The Math and Science ...
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Sun, 22 Nov 2015 14:41:15 -0800

It isn't always about getting something, it is more about spending time together in the woods,” said Scott Cunningham, hunter. “It is very peaceful. While you're out there you see a lot of things people don't usually get to see.” To learn more about ...

Huffington Post

Huffington Post
Thu, 19 Nov 2015 13:33:45 -0800

"We messed up," wrote Scott Cunningham, senior vice president of technology and ad operations at the IAB, in a post last month announcing the LEAN initiative, which stands for "light, encrypted, ad-choice-supported and non-invasive." "As technologists ...

Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)

Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)
Fri, 20 Nov 2015 08:40:30 -0800

Devin Hester joined the Falcons in 2014 and quickly entered the record books. (Scott Cunningham/Getty Images). The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is counting down the Top 50 players in Atlanta Falcons history during the franchise's 50th anniversary season.

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CBS Local
Fri, 20 Nov 2015 14:07:30 -0800

ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 2: Cameron Maybin #22 of the Atlanta Braves makes a sixth inning sliding catch against the St. Louis Cardinals at Turner Field on October 2, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images). DETROIT (CBS ...

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