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  • Paperback: 726 pages
  • Publisher: Asphodel Press; (July 23, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1938197046
  • ISBN-13: 978-1938197048
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,544,140 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael G. Lloyd is an author, chemical engineer and activist. A firm believer in community service throughout his adult life, Michael has held volunteer positions that span the gamut from community radio to organic certification, neighborhood activism to queer youth services. He is a co-founder and former co-facilitator (2002-2011) of the Between the Worlds Men's Gathering, an annual spiritual retreat for men who love men. He has written for The Witches Voice, Outlook magazine, Circle magazine, and Diversity Rules magazine. He is the author of Chapter 2 - "The History of Oils" - of Lady Rhea's "Enchanted Formulary" (Citadel, 2006), and was interviewed for Margot Adler's seminal book "Drawing Down the Moon" (Penguin, 2006). "Bull of Heaven" marks his first solo book. A long-time resident of Columbus, Ohio, Michael was named in the 2011 and 2012 "Who's Who of GLBT Columbus".

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Adam Donaldson Powell on December 11, 2012
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This book is quite a tour de force ... it is extremely well-written, well-researched and documented, entertaining, and it is an important historical document that deserves a wide readership. Mr. Lloyd has taken the genre of biography to a new level. I am certain that many of us - deeply ensconced in our own spiritual practices and personal development during the '70s, '80s and even later - would benefit from the comprehensive historical, political and social perspectives that this author has so diligently provided ... and which give enhanced understanding of what we were part of, and that which influenced our motivations, and which have helped to form who we are today.

- Adam Donaldson Powell, High Priest - Minoan Brotherhood
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By H. Espy on February 18, 2013
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I don't know if anyone else has ever tried to tell so many inter-connected stories in a single volume before, but if they have, I'm sure they didn't do as great a job as Michael Lloyd does in this astounding biographical history. So many intersecting subjects, each painstakingly researched, and told with such engaging style, grace and humor, it's unbelievable! If you consider yourself "different" in any way (pagan religion, LGBT,etc.) you owe it to yourself to find out about who was fighting on your behalf a generation or two ago when it was a lot harder to speak out on such things.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Nightshade on October 23, 2012
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This is one of the most interesting books that I have read in years. It is primarily the biography of Eddie Buczynski, the gay founder of a number of modern Wiccan traditions. But it is much, much more. It also concurrently documents both the modern gay rights movement as it follows Ed Buczynski's life as a young gay man in the New York area during the 1970's and 1980's, as well as the growth of the Wiccan religion in the US during this timeframe. For Wiccans, Witches and Pagans, this is a treasure trove of historical facts and long hidden Craft history. Michael Lloyd has opened up a trunk full of informational gems, which he offers to the reader in an entertaining fashion. For older Crafters, this book will reignite memories of the passion, as well as the drama, that was part of the early Pagan/Craft movement. For younger Wiccans and Pagans, this will provide a historical background to their own current search. If you are at all interested in - The importance of occult stores in the modern pagan movement, the birth of gay friendly traditions of Witchcraft and Paganism, inside information on the witch wars of the era, the true story behind the Simon Necronomicon, history pertaining to the Gardnerian tradition of the Craft, the story of The Pagan Way organization, the history of Thelema & The OTO in the New York area, where the information contained in the Magickal Formulary of occult oils derived from, info on the rebel gay witch Dr. Leo Martello, then you must read this book. Michael Lloyd is to be sincerely thanked for traveling the country and gathering firsthand information for almost 9 years to put together this 700 page volume, and presenting the information in an intelligent and readable fashion.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By tarnation on October 12, 2012
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Michael Lloyd's massive biography of Eddie Buczynski is must-have reading for any serious Neopagan. It chronicles not just the life of Mr. Buczynski, but the origins of Wicca and other Craft "traditions" in the USA from the 60s. And in addition, it records the emergence of Gay culture from the 60s on through Eddie's life and untimely death.

This is a scholarly work but is also full of juicy bits and much of the inside stories from the NYC Pagan scene. Mr. Lloyd spent many years and interviewed dozens of people who were in the scene back in the day. His hard work pays off for those of us who want to see this history recorded. I hope to see even more added in subsequent editions.

Fabulous book. You must buy it if you are a serious student of the occult.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Steven Posch on January 28, 2013
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*Bull of Heaven* is the single most important work of modern pagan historiography since Hutton's *Triumph of the Moon*. Lloyd tells the story of Minoan Brotherhood founder Eddie Buczynski with clarity, panache, and a wry sense of humor, but the book is more than a biography of an individual: it is, in a very real sense, the first biography of a local pagan community. More: Lloyd scrupulously documents the centrality of gay men to the creation of a modern American paganism. Lloyd beautifully captures the excitement, the ferment, and the sense of endless possibility that characterized the age. Old-timers will be filled with nostalgia; for new-comers, this book will provide a fascinating window into the witch wars, the larger-than-life personalities, and the dueling-egos politics of the period. *Bull of Heaven* is a loving tribute, generous (sometimes overly so) but never hagiographic, to one of the founders of the modern pagan community. Winner of three Golden Broomstick Awards: Best Pagan History of the Year, Best Witch-Book Title of the Year, and Best Witch-Book Cover Design of the Year. Highly recommended.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ben Gruagach on April 27, 2013
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"Bull of Heaven" is an important work documenting the life of Eddie Buczynski and the role he played in the development of Wiccan and Neopagan spiritual paths. Reading the book is like reading a who's who of North American Pagans -- Eddie's life intersected with many and his influence runs deep.

Thanks to the hard work of Pagan authors as well as scholars like Ronald Hutton, most Wiccans and Neopagans today are familiar with how people like Gerald Gardner and Alex Sanders helped nurture these spiritual paths to blossom into the fast-growing movements they are now. Fewer authors, however, have focused on the equally significant contributions made by initiates in North America. Michael Lloyd's "Bull of Heaven" joins the work of scholars like Margot Adler and Chas S. Clifton in documenting this important history.

A must read for anyone interested in the history of Wicca and modern Paganism.
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