The definition of spirit is rather complicated with many meanings. Some even contradictory. However, spirit derives from a word for breath. It means some sort of animating life force beyond the material. Metal is pretty squarely in the material camp. That being said, there are spirits of metal. Especially when you get into elemental spirits. And there are many spirits of metal. Think ghost-animated suits of armor, golems, spirits of swords and such.
Hey there! I just saw that post regarding Garner and Murray and misinformation and all, and I was really impressed- you sure seem to know your shit. I’m new to Wicca, and was thinking you’d be a good person to ask- which books would you recommend on it? Thank you, and peace 🙂
Hello! About Wicca, I am not Wiccan myself, but I am very interested in Wicca and I love to do the nitty gritty research.
If you are interested in Wicca, my friend who is a recent initiate, suggests you read the Farrar’s Witches Bible, but skip the chapters on Initiation. This is a very good book with very high quality detailed information. My friend warns that there is some-semi homophobic statements in the text, but that Janet Farrar is definitely no longer homophobic. Do not confuse the Farrar’s with the Frosts, they are disgusting and describe practices that are not traditional to Wicca, like initiating children and predatory sexual practices. She also recommended I read Doreen Valiente’s Witchcraft for Tomorrow, which I am finding just absolutely delightful. I adore Valiente, and she has a very skeptical attitude and does lots of research. She doesn’t just take what anyone says at face value. And of course, everyone who wants to be Wiccan should read Gardner’s books: High Magick’s Aid, a novel, Witchcraft Today, and then the Meaning of Witchcraft.
As for the history of Wicca. A lot of people recommend Triumph of the Moon, by Hutton but it is full of incorrect claims about Wicca. You might prefer to read Wiccan Roots by Heselton first, and then read Triumph of the Moon afterwards. That way you can know which statements have been disproven. Hutton wrote the introduction to this Wiccan Roots, so he recognizes he missed a few things. Which is commendable. Also by Heselton, are Witchfather Vol 1 and 2 and Cauldron of Inspiration, I haven’t read these two, but they have even more details.
After the history, I would return to reading some books about Wicca and Wiccan Practices. I quite like Avalonia books because they are very affordable and pretty accurate, and they often appear for free on my blog—so if you watch it you might good deal, but they are affordable on kindle even when not on promo. I like Wicca Magical Beginnings because it gives the actual source of many of the Wiccan Ritual Elements and Towards a Wiccan Circle is for seekers of initiatory Wicca and Circle of Fire. All of them are good. These will give someone seeking Wicca plenty to do and won’t prevent them from being accepted by a coven when they find the right fit for them.