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Question of the Week: 64 - 10/29/2001

What Are YOUR book/video/dvd Recommendations?

What books do you like? Which ones do you read over and over again? What ones do you recommend for those 'taking a mental break' moments or for holiday gift giving? Do you have some suggestions for videos/dvds that deserve a viewing? Your suggestions need not be Pagan specific. In fact, we encourage you here to offer tips on good selections that may be found in the often-overlooked area of mythology, history, humor, sociology, sci-fi or art sections of the bookstores or video sections.

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So Many Books And Movies Out There Can Be Used For Pagan... Oct 26th. at 3:01:52 pm EDT

White Rose (Farmington, Maine US) Age: 19

So many books and movies out there can be used for Pagan purposes that it is hard to pick a few! :) IÕve divided it up into sections to make it easier to read.
Mists of Avalon (I taped this off of the television- I LOVE THIS MOVIE!!)
Inherit the Wind
Ever After. (Great for just chilling on a Friday night.)
First Knight

Fiction Books
The Once and Future King TH White
The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
Cat in the Mirror by Mary Stolz
The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul (I love this one!!)
The Mabinogion
These I have read over and over again because they take you to a different time and place.

Wiccan Books
The Spiral Dance by Starhawk
The Book of Runes by Ralph Blum- I consult this one almost daily. I know it is not Wiccan in nature, but the meanings are sound, in my opinion.

Pagan Children Books
Wild Child by Lynn Plourde
Winter Waits by Lynn Plourde
Young Guinevere, Young Arthur, Young Merlin, Young Lancelot by Robert San Souci
All of these books have LOVELY pictures and are a joy to look through. I highly recommend them.

Other Books that are useful to Pagans
World History Encyclopedia
The Visual Dictionary of Ancient Civilizations
These two have wonderful information and pictures of various ancient civilizations, including photographs of the Venus of Windeldorf
The Encyclopedia of Mythology by Arthur Cotterell- Very good for stories and pictures of the Gods
The Goddess Myths and Stories Lindell Barker-Revell
Walden by Henry David Thoreau
The Portable Emerson Ralph Waldo Emerson

Blessed Samhain everyone!
White Rose

Merry Meet All, The Best Books I Have Found On Wicca Are... Oct 26th. at 3:31:33 pm EDT

Mary (CopperasCove, Texas US) Age: 25

Merry Meet all,

The best books I have found on Wicca are those by Scott Cunningham. Unfortunately I have also found that it isn't to easy to find them all anymore. I am under the understanding that offers them at good prices. Anyone new to the craft or needing specific information on herbs, incenses, oils or such, I would highly recomend these books.

I was quite suprised to find some good books on Gods and Goddesses in flea markets and thrift shops. These books tend to be old, but have good information.

I Would Highly Suggest The Burning Times, To Anyone Doing A Presentation... Oct 26th. at 5:03:15 pm EDT

Jess Donald (15101, Pennsylvania US) Age: 20

I would highly suggest The Burning Times, to anyone doing a presentation on Wicca and the Earth Mother, it was presented at one point on PBS, but can purchased for about $15.

My Personal All Time Favorite Is Stephen King.. I've Read Everything He's... Oct 26th. at 7:35:18 pm EDT

Laura (Ashburn, Georgia US) Age: 37 - Email

My personal all time favorite is Stephen King.. I've read everything he's every written.. But I have to admit.. in previewing the Harry Potter books for my daughter.. I got hooked... I own them all in hard back.. also anything to do with cooking or home renovation since myself and my beloved have recently undertaken the job of renovating our 100 year old home..
Happy Samhain
Love and Light

I Stray From The Glittery Glamour Of Fluffy-bunny Type Books From D.j... Oct 27th. at 1:36:18 am EDT

9;2;2 (Derby, Kansas US) Age: 17 - Email

I stray from the glittery glamour of fluffy-bunny type books from D.J. Conway, Silver Ravenwolf, and all of that crap. I have more anthropology and ceremonial leanings. Books who shove the "Wicca from pre-history" crap are to be widely avoided, as well as the "it's about balance but darkness is to be avoided" junk. Here are my recs:


Gerald Gardner
Israel Regardie
Scott Cunningham (his Wicca / Living Wicca and herb books only)
Aleister Crowley
"Dark Moon Mysteries" by Timothy Roderick
Janet & Stewart Farrar
"The Golden Bough" by James Frazer (tired, boring, prejudiced, but a wealth of info)
"Cat Magic" by Jonathan Barry & Whitley Streiber (rare)
"Women Who Run With The Wolves" by Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Phd.
"Papal Sin: Structures of Deceit" by Garry Wills
"True Magick" by Amber K (fluffy, but exposes one to different Pagan / magickal areas, and lays down very good principles)
"Three Books of Occult Philosophy" by Henry Cornelius Agrippa
Jyade Cythrawl
Dr. John Dee
"The Sacred Works of Abramelin the Mage" trans. by Mathers
Dion Fortune

For A Very Thoughtful Samhain Poem Check Out Oct 27th. at 3:24:59 am EDT

Lynne Sylvrthorne (Chandler, Arizona US) Age: 42

For a very thoughtful Samhain poem check out

Someone Mentioned In An Earlier Post That She Had A Hard Time... Oct 27th. at 10:36:50 am EDT

Airsucker (Walled Lake, Michigan US) Age: 28 - Email

Someone mentioned in an earlier post that she had a hard time finding Scott Cunningham books. I work at Borders and we carry several. If you cannot find what you are looking for we can place special orders too. Our Magical Studies section is steadily growing and the bargain books are a great place to find books that you wouldn't expect.

Shamless plug finished.

Garrrison Keilor makes a good read. He may speak form the perspctive of the Luthren-raised, but he is pretty funny and occasionally has some wonderful insight on human existance.


I Am An Avid Sci-fi Fantasy Reader, And I've Discovered David Eddings... Oct 27th. at 12:10:11 pm EDT

owlfeather (Battle Ground, Washington US) Age: 37 - Email

I am an avid sci-fi fantasy reader, and I've discovered David Eddings Belgariad series has a surprising Pagan streak deep in it. He followed it up with another five book series called the Mallorean. Same characters, new problems. For some fun reading, with a earthy twist, try these.

If You Are Looking To Think But Escape At The Same Time... Oct 27th. at 1:24:28 pm EDT

Ashley (Los Angeles, California US) Age: 21

If you are looking to think but escape at the same time, I have to recommend "Einstein's Dreams" by Alan Lightman. I'm sure many of you have heard of it, but for those who have not read it - it is amazing. It contains chapters full of different concepts of what time really is. It is definitely a mind bender, and a quick read. I literally could not put it down.

Greetings All! First, Books! I Love Books! Non-fiction: Book Of Shadows By... Oct 27th. at 2:28:59 pm EDT

Metalligoth (Brighton, Michigan US) Age: 19 - Email

Greetings All!

First, books! I love books!


Book of Shadows by Phylis Currot. I wish this book was around when I was first trying to figure out what Wicca is all about. It's a wonderful book for not only Wiccans, but for anyone interested in why someone would want to become a Witch.

The Spiral Dance by Starhawk. Another awesome book. This one has a lot for beginners, but is one of those books that you can always pick up and find an idea in it, no matter how long you've been practicing.

Eight Sabbats for Witches and The Witches Way by the Farrars. (Compiled together as one softcover volume, simply called The Witches Bible.) These have anything you could ever want to know on Witchcraft from a traditional perspective.

If I had to pick only three books, those would be the three.

For Celtic studies, The Encyclop¾dia of Celtic Wisdom by Caitlin & John Matthews is awesome. It uses old myth for reference to modern Celtic spiritual practice. Another goodie is By Oak Ash & Thorn by DJ Conway. That one helped a lot with Astral Projection.

For Tarot, I reccomend only one book, The Pictorial Key to the Tarot, by Arthur Edward Waite. It's the original book written by the writer of the most well known and widely used deck.

Keep in mind, I know people that are Pagan and have never read a book. They just have done what feels right, and some of them have been doing it for decades.


The Fifth Sacred Thing by Starhawk. It's tale brings hope to our future.

Mists of Avalon. (Nothing more needs to be said for this one...)

The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien. Fantasy at its finest.

Revelations. This book is a compilation of short stories, and it is wonderful. Each story is by a different author, and while they all have their good points, my favorite is "Fixtures of Matchstick Men and Joo" by Elizabeth Massie. It's about a secret government plot during the 1960's to start communes so they can keep people in the anti-war movement drugged and out of trouble.


Mists of Avalon. (Nothing more needs to be said for this one...)

Legend, Labyrinth, Willow, and just about any other 80's fantasy film you can find. They're all awesome!

Romeo and Juliet (the 90's version) was very well done, as was Ever After. 90's fantasy usually doesn't cut it, but sometimes there are special cases.

The Postman had potential. It's too long. If they deleted a half an hour from the running time, it could have been one of the best movies ever made.

Any movie by Kuberic. I've never seen a movie by him I didn't like.

Princess Mononoke, Final Fantasy, and the Fifth Element all have some intersting plots and Pagan-ish themes to them. On a seperate note, Final Fantasy VII (the game) has probably the best plot of any book or movie I've ever encountered.

City of Lost Children and Run Lola Run are two awesome foreign films.

The Crow is immortal.

Alright, that's enough for now... Good luck finding entertainment!

Dragonlance Chronicles By Weis And Hickman Can't Say Enough Good Things About... Oct 28th. at 1:10:04 am EDT

alucard (rhinelander, Wisconsin US) Age: 16

dragonlance chronicles by weis and hickman
can't say enough good things about these books...
read one and you will be hooked

For Wonderful Irish Mythology Reading I Turn To Juliet Marillier's "sevenwaters" Trilogy... Oct 28th. at 5:35:46 am EST

Londubh (Honolulu, Hawaii US) Age: 24

For wonderful Irish mythology reading I turn to Juliet Marillier's "Sevenwaters" trilogy. The first two books are out; "Daughter of the Forest" deals in a very old Irish legend of the girl-child Sorcha and how she worked to save her brothers, who had been turned into swans by an evil enchantress. The second book, "Son of the Shadows", continues the family saga with the next generation of spellcrafters.
For moments when I want to read but don't have the time to dive into a large novel I read anthologies of short stories collected or written by the late Marion Zimmer Bradley. "Sword and Sorceress", a sci-fi/fantasy-themed collection, is one of my favorites. "Lythande" is another fantasy collection I recommend.

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