- Paperback: 312 pages
- Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (February 8, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0738734780
- ISBN-13: 978-0738734781
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,509,044 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Merry Meet Again: Lessons, Life & Love on the Path of a Wiccan High Priestess Paperback – February 8, 2013
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About the Author
Deborah Lipp was initiated into a traditional Gardnerian coven of Witches in 1981, became a High Priestess in 1986, and has been teaching Wicca and running Pagan circles ever since. She has appeared in various media discussing Wicca, including the A&E documentary Ancient Mysteries: Witchcraft in America, on MSNBC, in The New York Times, and in many smaller TV and print sources.
Deborah has been published in many Pagan publications, including The Llewellyn Magical Almanac, Pangaia, Green Egg, The Druid's Progress, Converging Paths, and The Hidden Path, as well as Mothering Magazine. She has lectured at numerous Pagan festivals on a variety of topics.
Deborah is a technical writer with a variety of skills. She lives in Rockland County, NY, with her son, Arthur, who tap dances, and two cats. Deborah reads and teaches Tarot, designs wire-and-bead jewelry, solves and designs puzzles, watches old movies, hand-paints furniture, and dabbles in numerous handcrafts.
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Lipp gives an accurate and unique telling of the search for The Path. She also sheds light upon that Path for Followers to avoid a few bumps along the way. I wish I had read this sooner.. much sooner!
I say all of this because when I say that Deborah Lipp's book "Merry Meet Again" is one of the finest books I've read on the subject of Witchcraft/Wicca and Paganism in the last decade, I want you to know what I'm comparing it to. While most books on the subject attempt to cover the "how's" and "when's" of practicing the Craft, Deborah's book delves into the "why"... why she started on the path, why she chose the tradition that she did, and why she continues in it to this day. Oh, there's some "how to" segments as well... Deborah is, at heart, a teacher of the Craft, and she often breaks from her life narrative to give simple tips on how to do things such as protection spells, partner-aided grounding rituals, and the like. But, in the end, "Merry meet Again" is the story of a woman, a mother, and a Priestess of the Craft, and her incredible life thus far.
Of course, she covers the things one would expect her to... her marriage to the late Isaac Bonewits, her work with him to help build ADF, and the like. But she also covers things that many might not know about, such as Isaac's work in her Gardnerian coven, and the healing work she and Isaac did for Scott Cunningham. Especially riveting are her accounts of doing emergency healing magick for children of her coveners... and how her small community's finest moments happened on the edge of tragedy.
I think that one of the most inspiring things about her story is how Deborah has never stopped learning, and how she's constantly deepening her knowledge of her Craft. Even as a 3rd degree Gardnerian priestess, Witchcraft is an ever-growing, ever-revealing mystery, and Deborah brings across the wonder of discovery with a skill lacking in many authors. I think that one thing I appreciate most is how honest she is with her struggle against self-doubt. I often struggle with a crisis of confidence in my abilities... as a film-maker, as a writer, as a Wiccan Priest. No matter how often people say that they like the film I made, or a workshop I gave, or an article I've written, I'm often convinced that people are going to see through my facade "any day now", and decide that I've been this giant phony. Seeing someone as accomplished as Deborah Lipp struggle with the *exact* same feelings lets me breathe a little easier, and to quell the "nay-sayer within".
This book has touched me deeply. Thank you, Deborah, for sharing our story in such an open, honest way. Thank you for your dedication to the Craft, and for inspiring all of us to carry on and to keep discovering.
Seriously, if you only buy one book about Wicca or Paganism this year, make it this one.
In the book, we follow the author as she basically practices paganism from the time she was young, unknowing there were others out there like her. She is taught and then turns to teaching, being involved not just in Wicca, but with other forms of pagan religion. We explore her relationships, including the one between her and pagan author and speaker, Isaac Bonewits, plus the birth of their son. She talks about her involvement with other famous people (Scott Cunningham, Margot Adler, to name just two) throughout the book, but it doesn't come across as "name-dropping," which is nice.
Some of the best bits include hearing about the pagan festivals and gatherings of the past and what the pagan scene was like back in the 1980's and 1990's as opposed to today. Definitely, some things have changed, while others have pretty much remained the same. But the best part of the book was reading about the author's stuggles with her own doubts and fears...showing us that one doesn't have to be perfect to be a great pagan priestess.
It must have taken guts to write a book like this, where one puts one's own regrets and failures out there for the world to see. But, overall, the book is filled with hope and promise and the determination to improve and make a good life, not just for the author but for those around here, including those she teaches and has taught.
The only question I had was about including the spells and rituals throughout the book. I'm not sure I would have included them in what is meant to be an autobiography, or perhaps they would have been better placed in a section in the back that could have been referenced.
Recommended especially for pagans who are teaching, no matter which path they follow. It might not appeal quite as much to someone who is new to the Craft. But anyone who is thinking of running a coven or magical training group someday might benefit from the advice and experiences related in this book.