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Product Details

  • Paperback: 379 pages
  • Publisher: Weiser Books (August 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157863332X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578633326
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #920,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Ardinger's latest contribution to pagan literature is a short-essay book of days jammed with facts about goddesses and saints, alongside an assortment of random pop culture references and personal musings. The author of several books including Finding New Goddesses, Ardinger is a regular encyclopedia of knowledge not only about paganism but more broadly about significant women figures and goddesses in history (think Julian of Norwich, Mother Teresa, and Isis, all of whom make appearances among the 365 days). Loosely organized into monthly themes with, for example, January taking up "home and community" and July and August taking up "water" and "fire" respectively, Ardinger attempts to give some rhyme and reason to the plethora of information. Chocolate lovers will surely delight to learn the story behind Lady Godiva (July 10) and those uninitiated into the history of Sophia (December 16) will be happy to learn of her illustrious past. But the real question for general readers is whether a calendar of random, though often interesting, reflective paragraphs, with a lot of comments directly to the reader and casual prose thrown in here and there, is worth the investment. For readers looking for pagan trivia, though, Ardinger's book of days is the ultimate find. (Aug.)Correction: The review of The Language of God: AScientist Presents Evidence for Belief by Francis S. Collins (Free Press, PW, May 29) should have been starred.
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About the Author

Barbara Ardinger, Ph.D. is a Witch, teacher, and freelance writer and editor. Her book reviews have appeared in SageWoman, PanGaia, newWitch, Gnosis, and other magazines. She earned her doctorate in English Renaissance Literature and has studied the Tarot, Reiki, numerology, color healing, and the Qabalah. She holds a third degree initiation from a secret occult order, is an initiated Dianic Witch, and has been a member of the Fellowship of Isis since 1978. Ardinger is the author of several books including Goddess Meditations, Practicing the Presence of the Goddess, and A Woman's Book of Rituals and Celebrations. The chambermaid for her 20-year-old cat, she lives in Long Beach, California.

More About the Author

I am the author of eight published books of women's spirituality, plus innumerable book reviews. I am also a freelance book editor for smart people who do not, alas, have strong writing skills and don't want to embarrass themselves in print. I've edited about 250 books. I live with two Maine coon cats named Schroedinger and Heisenberg, I'm a member of the Michael Ball Fan Club, and just about my favorite activity in the whole world is going to the theater, especially musicals. See my website, www.barbaraardinger.com for my monthly blog, excerpts from my books, the FREE READER'S GUIDE to Secret Lives, and my opinions on many things.

Customer Reviews

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Songweaver on August 4, 2006
Format: Paperback
Barbara is on my list of authors to buy as soon as I see the book in a store. All of the books I have by her I have enjoyed immensely.

That said, this book is a gem! 366 one-page essays, one for each day of the year including Leap Day. They are dated so they can be read on the actual date, or just one a day start to finish, or you can just open the book at random for a bit of bibliomancy. They're the perfect length for someone like me, whose daily ritual consists of waking up before everyone else in the house, lighting my altar candles, saying "hi" to the elements, Goddess, and God - I'm very informal but it works for me - then taking a few minutes to contemplate *something* before getting on with the daily chores, work, kid stuff, etc; that *something* is usually whatever is bothering me at the moment, and that would stress me out more. Reading one of these essays is perfect for me; it takes my mind off whatever I'm worrying about and gets me thinking, and thinking is good. Sometimes I'll even have an "aha!" moment later in the day after the reading has had time to percolate in my subconscious mind. Good stuff.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Grace on October 9, 2006
Format: Paperback
When I sat down today, October 9, to write this review I thought I'd check again to see what Ardinger says about it. Here's only a portion of what she says:

"Rome honored Felicitas, the goddess of good fortune, on October 9. What good fortune have you recently had? What has happened in your life that is 'felicitous'? Make a point to honor Felicitas by celebrating every little good thing you can think of ...."

Well, this book is certainly a not-so-little good thing I celebrate, as I knew it had to be. I've read most of Ardinger's books to date and been edified and entertained by them all. I find Ardinger's books refreshing, too, as they are written with economy and clarity. No fuss, no bother, just the juice.

The above quote is a good example of the kind of information and suggestions you will find in "Pagan Every Day" -- i.e., a book with ideas for a Pagan observance for every day of the year. Some days have ideas for thought or ritual, others tell the stories of ancient and new Deities, some days have both. Ardinger's rituals and Deity stories are a delightful mix of the traditional, and the newly minted -- such as an occasional rib-tickler like Elvis, that on reflection makes archetypal sense. She occasionally asks deep questions in clear, simple ways that we can then readily ponder. Ardinger also offers many suggestions for both inner personal work and that which can connect us to others, our local communities and the world.

The upshot of all this is I was left feeling at the end of the book as if I'd just taken a ride on an extremely intelligent and well-read living spiral, with a cool sense of humor! (BTW, the book has a wonderful list of reading resources and related web sites at the end.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Garnet on June 7, 2009
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Pagan Every Day is a collection of short page-long pieces that cover the entire calendar of the year. You can read it from front to back, or open the book to a page and read a message for the day, or read the corresponding essay for that particular day. This book is essentially pagan in nature and certainly eclectic in taste. It includes mythology about various Gods and Goddesses, saints, festivals from around the world, pagan and Christian holidays, odd tidbits of history and language, and the odd allusion to pop culture.

Just to give some idea as to the range you will find here, some of the chapter titles include "Our Cybercommunity," for January 26, "Barbie" for March 9 (yes, that Barbie), "The Green Man" for April 6, "Sheela na Gig" for June 5, "St Martha" for July 29, "Odin's Ordeal" for August 17, "Xena, Warrior Princess" for September 8, "Transformation of the Bennu Bird" (the Egyptian origin of the European phoenix) for October 6, "Harry Potter" for November 14, and "Dion Fortune" for December 6.

It is a quite easy book to read. Each page attempts to relate the story, saint, God, or history to something meaningful to today's pagans, and ends with some questions to think about. It certainly does leave you with the desire to delve deeper into some of the Gods, stories, books, and myths that she references since the pieces tend to be pretty surface level.

But then since the book is intended to inspire you in regards to reading, meditating, journaling, or creating ritual, it is successfully doing its job. It would also make a nice gift, certainly for someone who enjoys an eclectic view of the world or is a newbie who is exploring possibilities for what God, Goddess, or path they are most interested in following. Non-pagans would probably find it unfrightening, as well. But I wouldn't get it for someone who had been around the pagan block for a while.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on October 14, 2006
Format: Paperback
Barbara Ardinger's Pagan Every Day: Finding The Extraordinary In Our Ordinary Lives provides a spiritual practice book for those who live in the real world but practice pagan beliefs. Daily meditations include notes on world festivals, concepts of 'green', flowers, the first UFO sighting - a host of pagan topics to encourage daily thought.

Diane C. Donovan

California Bookwatch
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