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Witchcraft and the Web|
Witchcraft and the Web: Weaving Pagan Traditions Online
Author: M. Macha NightMare [a Witchvox Sponsor]
Publisher: ECW Press
Category: Spirituality Level: All
An unconventional yet incisive look at the cultural effects of the Internet on the ancient-future spirituality that is contemporary Witchcraft.
* Sacred technologies: accessing the "between the world" place in cyberspace and in terraspace.
* Manipulating energy in magic and via electronic communications.
* Polytheism and the Internet.
* Online teaching, ways of learning, covens, and spellwork.
* Networking, building community, organizing, and mobilizing for safety and change.
"The Great Goddess Spider Woman lives -- and she's weaving herself a new world on the Web, through which Macha NightMare threads her way with wit and energy. More than a manual for technopagans, this book offers provocative questions on the nature of both magic and community." -- Patricia Monaghan, author of The New Book of Goddesses and Heroines and Wild Girls: The Path of the Young Goddess
"Witchcraft and the Internet: to many people, it seems incongruous, even counter-intuitive at first, but Witches have been in the forefront of the internet revolution... and if you think about it rationally, it makes perfect sense. Not only are thousands of modern Pagans working in computer fields, but as a once, and sometimes still persecuted minority religion, Witches find the web the perfect place to create community, exchange ideas, and even create new kinds of cyberspace rituals. Now comes the first book to explore this phenemonenon: Witchcraft and the Web. M. Macha NightMare has written a smart, insightful and extremely readable book filled with all the resources anyone would need to explore the cyber world of Witchcraft. More important, she deftly shows the impact of the web on the Craft - how it is changing the religion's notions of authority, leadership, authenticity and even the way rituals are conducted." -- Margot Adler, author of Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess-Worshippers and Other Pagans in America Today
"In this book, Macha opens up the fascinating world of online Witchcraft. She points out how perfectly the form and structure of the World Wide Web fit our decentralized model of linking and organizing, and how the Web has served the growth of the Craft. Full of great resources, it's a thought provoking look at an important aspect of our current history." -- Starhawk, author of The Spiral Dance:A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess, co-author of Circle Round: Raising Children in Goddess Traditions
"Your book is great. . . I am sort of lost and going wow! . . . It is not only a beautiful piece of work but a very important piece of work and something we needed very badly but didn't know we needed. Thank you so much for doing it. . . " -- Satori , Reclaiming Vermont, Cherry Hill Seminary
"This book goes beyond the basics, into questions of authority, hierarchy, and institutitonalization re-animated by this new [cyberspace] environment . . Carrying the metaphor of 'the web' throughout this very user-friendly book, NightMare negotiates the warp and woof of the Internet with dexterity, weaving a gathering space for 'technopagans' now and in the future." -- Magya Tor, Magical Blend.
Witchcraft and the Web has also been reviewed by Daven's Journal and at Amazon.com.
Where To Buy: Witchcraft & the Web (ISBN: 1-55022-466-2) and other books published by ECW Press are distributed in the U.S. by Independent Publishers Group (IPG) . www.ipgbook.com 1-800-888-4741
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