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Faith and Magick in the Armed Forces: A Handbook for Pagans in the Military [Kindle Edition]

Stefani E. Barner
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Book Description

Faith and Magick in the Armed Forces provides practical guidance and genuine support to military Pagans and Wiccans as they proudly serve our country. 

Many issues that face Pagan military members and their families are explored in depth—practicing their faith, relocation, overseas deployment, preparing for combat, returning as veterans, working for peace. Religious freedoms, legal issues, and rights are clarified, and resources for help are given. Faith and Magic in the Armed Forces offers knowledgeable advice, helpful rituals and meditations designed specifically for the military experience, and candid interviews with Pagan servicepersons and their loved ones.

Respectful and straightforward, this one-of-a-kind handbook is essential for Pagans serving in a predominantly Christian military.


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Starred Review. In this practical handbook for pagans in the military, Barner reviews a wide selection of topics that could potentially confront this small group and their families. As the wife of a career Air National Guardsman who has seen two tours of duty in Iraq, she writes with firsthand knowledge about the difficulties pagans face in the military where the majority of personnel and chaplains are evangelical Christians. Barner spells out what rights pagans have and even includes an excerpt from the Wicca section of the U.S. Army Chaplain's Handbook. More importantly, she lists the potential roadblocks thrown up by military chaplains and shows how best to overcome them without risk of punishment. The book is rounded out with several excellent spells and ceremonies for such things as deployment, going into battle and returning to the home front. It also includes a ritual for a pagan military funeral. Interviews with a pagan soldier, a spouse and the child of a soldier give additional insight into the struggles they confront. Barner writes fluently and with compassion about the warrior's path in today's world. (May)
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About the Author

Stefani E. Barner (Michigan), also known as Spiral, is the wife of a two-tour Iraq War veteran and a member of a Gold Star family. She is an active member of Military Families Speak Out and is a professional mediator specializing in community and family conflict. A featured columnist for The Pagan Activist website, she wrote a recent military affairs column called Boadicea’s Children and is a freelance contributor to the Air Force Times newspaper.

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  • File Size: 2373 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (May 8, 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful and Considerate June 22, 2008
Stefani Barner explores some of the basic issues that military Pagans face in the military today. While she does explore issues of the dichotomy of working for peace while waging war, she does not do so in a way that belittles the sacrifices or seriousness of those engaged in war. She states many times in the book that all soldiers work towards peace and that there are times when war must be the instrument of peace.

She describes some basic obstacles that Pagans face in gaining recognition and working their way through the initiatory experience that the military is. And she provides commentary by other military Pagans, as she is one herself, that expands the perspective of the book.

As a member of a three-generational military Pagan family, I must say that we have all found this book to be accurate, moving and helpful. So many of the things she offers are from her own heart and touched ours. I would recommend this book to any military Pagan or to any Pagan that is looking to understand the viewpoint of the military Pagan.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful addition to the military library November 23, 2008
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It is amazing that the military tries so hard to not support pagans in the service. This book shows what resources a servicemembers spouse might use to get their faith inside the wire. I am a servicemember and not all the resources are available to active personnel since we do work for the man.

But I did give a copy to my chaplain so they can understand us pagans more and they should feel more open to talk to the pagans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Coalition Ally's View April 26, 2010
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I could be seem to be naturally biased as I was interviewed by Stefani whilst I was serving in Afghanistan. She corresponded with me and requested that I answer her questions and write a brief bio about my experiences as a Pagan serving in the military. I reccomend this book to Pagans even non US ones like myself and also to Military Chaplains of all faiths and denominations. The book is aimed mainly at American Pagans and their families. But there is insight from several peoples perspectives and some general advice on paganism, the military and some practical magic too. I am a Heathen based in the UK, with friends from all paths. The authors views are from a concerned partner of one who serves their country and the world. The aim of serving in the military is not actually to fight or to attack others. It is about Defence, defending the homeland, the family, protecting innocents and allies and ultimately about bringing peace. If you are a Pagan/Heathen/Witch/Wiccan/Druid/Shaman/other faith or path who serves or is seeking to serve in the military then check this book out. Blessed Be, Frith & Weal
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This book is a good tool for Pagan/Wiccan who wishes to know more about the military and what they can expect when they do without going through the recruiter. It has some good spells for the solitary practitioner and some rituals for the clan upon entry. It is also without pictures or symbols so if you have already joined the military and have to travel to countries that frown on this religion, this book won't affend.
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