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Pagan books/web sites-dynamic or drivel?

Books written by, for and about Pagans and Pagan beliefs fill the shelves of bookstores and Pagan web sites abound on the Internet. But do they really do a good job of reflecting Pagan beliefs, training new seekers or educating the non-Pagan public? What are YOUR recommendations?

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Hooray For Sturgeon's Law! Although I Suspect That With Pagan Literature The... Sep 9th. at 3:48:57 am EDT

Mark From Hutchinson (Hutchinson, Kansas US) Age: 44 - Email


Hooray for Sturgeon's Law!

Although I suspect that with pagan literature the figure might be closer to 80% crap and 20% "Class". In the eleven years that I have been "practicing" I have seen much of both. I have really enjoyed traveling to pagan events and meeting many of the authors face to face. They are real people indeed. I think the more information the we as a group can place before the public, the more accepted we will become.

I would heartily recommend:

Trish Telesco, Amber K, Maya Heath, Phyllis Curott,
Silver (It's a system Not a religion) Ravenwolf
Gerald Gardner, Vivianne Crowley, Doreen Valiente,
Janet and Stewart Farrar, and Scott Cunningham.
I would also recommend Fire in the Belly by Sam Keen


Well, There Are Wonderful Books/sites And There Are Some Not So... Sep 10th. at 2:03:30 pm EDT

Rhiannon (Seattle, Washington US) Age: 33


Well, there are wonderful books/sites and there are some not so wonderful. But in the long run, I am very glad they exist. Without them it would have been very difficult for me when I was discovering this path. One just has to browse carefully and choose the things that speak to you. I have some books I agreed wholeheartedly with, and some not. But this is how I found what I wanted to do and what I didn't. Some are from only that author's perspective, but those to can be helpful, to see how another person handles things. It doesn't mean you have to do everything you read.

The only books that worry me, are these quickly written little spell books, that offer no insight as to WHAT or WHY you would be casting spells for, or what the craft is. So anyone can just come along and pick up this book for "fun". But in the end, what goes around comes around, yes?

I will mention the book that started it all for me "Ariadne's Thread". I thought it was beautifully written, and it made me feel. Since then I have bought so many more I can't even begin to tell you! I am eclectic, so these avaible books are a goddessend to me. It also allows more avenues to ponder, if you are not ready to speak to a "live" witch about it. And you may not want to go down that particular witches' path. Inthe end, for me, I love this self exploration and study. Then I feel more capable of disscussing with others, perhaps we have read a common book.

And let's not forget online, the Witchvox of course is priceless!


There Are Many Excellent Resources Out There, And Not Just In The... Sep 10th. at 3:01:27 pm EDT

Gwen (brentwood, Tennessee US) Age: 28


There are many excellent resources out there, and not just in the New Age section, as many have pointed out. There's also a lot of garbage, but consider for a moment that what may be worthless to one person may be valuable to another, depending upon individual needs. A spiritual quest usually involves knowledge coming from unlikely sources. I would simply encourage everyone to exercise their minds in their searchs.

The pursuit of spirituality cannot be reduced to simplistic statements, platitudes, and sound bytes. The Religious Right has attempted that, and anyone who brouses the "Christian" section in book megastores will find some truly terrifying material as a result. Butin that same section, you can also find some beautiful and inspirational material alongside it, as you will in almost all religion sections.
If a book resonates in your heart and your mind, then it probably contains something you need. If it repulses you, it can also teach you - about what you don't want to be. If you don't like Silver Ravenwolf's book (for example, and To Stir a Magic Cauldron is a favorite of mine), then be very certain why YOU feel that way - ditto if you love something. But don't let someone else make that decision for you.


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