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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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Arkansas Business Online
Wed, 21 Jan 2015 13:11:15 -0800

Cunningham joined the press seven years ago as a project editor and then served as assistant managing editor. In his new role, he'll be responsible for leading acquisition efforts in civil rights, southern history, Arkansas history and culture, and all ...
 
CBS Local
Tue, 30 Dec 2014 11:15:10 -0800

Scott Cunningham was sentenced to 110 months in prison in Dakota County Court on Tuesday. He had been charged, along with three others, with one count of first-degree possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute. Authorities seized ...

CBS Local

CBS Local
Fri, 23 Jan 2015 19:45:00 -0800

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 23: Paul Millsap #4 of the Atlanta Hawks drives against the Oklahoma City Thunder on January 23, 2015 at Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or ...

The Independent

The Independent
Fri, 23 Jan 2015 21:26:15 -0800

Regional Vice President Scott Cunningham provided a few key figures for the landfill's local impact in 2014. Not including third-party contractors, Big Run has 70 employees, which includes its administrative staff, laborers, drivers, managers ...
 
Seacoastonline.com
Fri, 16 Jan 2015 13:18:15 -0800

"This award dovetailed into that celebration," Scott Cunningham said. "It was totally unexpected." From March 31 to April 2, Warren's will celebrate its anniversary with an open house at the restaurant, giving away hourly prizes, including several ...

ESPN

ESPN
Sat, 24 Jan 2015 14:38:46 -0800

"That's what comes with it, man," Waiters said after going through drills at Quicken Loans Arena on Saturday. "I've been through more fire than that before. I've been through tougher times than that. So, that's nothing to me. "I ain't really care what ...

Philly.com

Philly.com
Fri, 23 Jan 2015 19:33:40 -0800

Soaring Hawks beat Thunder 103-93 for 15th straight win. Jeff Teague #0 of the Atlanta Hawks drives against the Oklahoma City Thunder on January 23, 2015 at Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. (Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images). Jeff Teague #0 of ...

The Independent

The Independent
Tue, 20 Jan 2015 20:38:11 -0800

“We do hear what they say and we do realize there is an issue, and we're committed to improving the odor situation,” Regional Vice President Scott Cunningham told The Independent. “The analysis has shown the gas is the biggest issue and the steps we ...
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