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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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CBS Local
Tue, 25 Nov 2014 21:15:00 -0800

Nice (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images). 17. Miami Dolphins (6-5). The Dolphins led the Broncos in Denver by 11 points entering the fourth quarter. They also trailed by 11 with under four minutes to go. The lesson learned? Miami can play with ...

CBS Local

CBS Local
Mon, 17 Nov 2014 09:03:14 -0800

CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 16: Jerricho Cotchery #82 of the Carolina Panthers makes a catch against the Atlanta Falcons at Bank Of America Stadium on November 16, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images).

WFMY News 2

WFMY News 2
Tue, 25 Nov 2014 21:03:45 -0800

Police Chief Scott Cunningham says the department hopes to buy one camera for each officer in the next few months. KPD has 69 sworn officers. Guilford County Sheriff deputies are also interested in buying body cameras. Greensboro Police have nearly 500 ...

ESPN

ESPN
Mon, 24 Nov 2014 06:17:13 -0800

Scott Cunningham/Getty Images Justin Upton had a career-high 102 RBIs last season. In addition to Upton's skills on the field, the Rangers are attracted to his contract. He has one year remaining on a six-year, $51.2 million contract extension he ...

CBS Local

CBS Local
Mon, 24 Nov 2014 18:43:24 -0800

Blake Griffin #32 of the Los Angeles Clippers goes for the lay up against the Charlotte Hornets on November 24, 2014 at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina. (credit: Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images) ...

CBC.ca

CBC.ca
Tue, 25 Nov 2014 11:41:15 -0800

The City of Greater Sudbury is providing funding to the Elgin Street Mission to extend its hours until the Out of the Cold Shelter is running, but an anti-poverty group says those plans don't go far enough. The Sudbury Coalition Against Poverty said ...

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13WMAZ
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:54:09 -0700

... Bulldogs celebrates with John Theus #71 after scoring a fourth quarter touchdown against the Clemson Tigers at Sanford Stadium on August 30, 2014 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images) (Photo: Scott Cunningham, Getty Images).
 
Redlands Daily Facts
Tue, 25 Nov 2014 18:03:45 -0800

Christmas concert: Freedom Up & 89.7FM KSGN present 'Tis the Season, a Christmas concert with Scott Cunningham, Madison Cunningham, Chris Lizotte, Brenden McPeek from Soul Reformation and the School of Worship Choir from Calvary Chapel Costa ...
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