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Paganism 101: An Introduction to Paganism by 101 Pagans Paperback – February 28, 2014
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|Trevor Greenfield is the Publisher and Publicist for Moon Books and an Associate Lecturer in Religious Studies with the Open University. He lives in Worthing, West Sussex, and is married to Sue, with three children.|
- Item Weight : 11.4 ounces
- Paperback : 279 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1782791701
- ISBN-13 : 978-1782791706
- Publisher : Moon Books; Reprint edition (February 28, 2014)
- Product Dimensions : 5.46 x 0.62 x 8.51 inches
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,268,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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With that said, this is one book which I would definitely say is in the realm of “NOT crap on a paper plate” Especially for those pagans that may be new or just looking into the many Paths that is Paganism. If I would have had this book almost 15 years ago when I was starting out, I can say pretty confidently that my weaving journey to finally find what ultimately would work for me (mostly, let’s be fair the journey never truly ends) would have been much quicker, and filled with far less money and time spent on areas that ultimately wasn’t what I was looking for.
Now, don’t think if you are a seasoned Pagan that this book doesn’t have any use for you, as, you probably know that hearing and sharing practices, experiences, and stories. Is a swapping of fertile soil that needs to happen at least a little bit throughout the years to continue growth. Otherwise without it stagnation WILL happen eventually! Plus, come on, sharing stories through word and deed is one of the oldest universal pagan traditions out there!
As far as the contents of the book goes, there isn’t much more that needs explaining beyond the description on the amazon page, it’s pretty straight forward. But if you are brand new, just new, or feeling stagnant in your current path of practices. This book is for you! Well edited, reasonably priced, and will serve as a map for you that you will look back upon fondly!
Not only this, regardless of where you are, you will gain some “inter-tradition” knowledge, that is sadly needed and wonderfully growing within the broad pagan community because of literature like this!
The book differs from a typical Wicca textbook. It is refreshing to see a change. The book's diversity and the enthusiasm of the authors is infectious. It is hard not to enjoy this book. I am proud to have it on my shelf along with my other many magick books. I am proud to be included in the book too. Paganism 101 is also well organized.
Paganism 101 is a treasure.
Underneath the umbrella of Paganism there are a variety of spiritual paths. Starting out with Druidism the collection moves it’s way through Heathenism, Wicca. Witchcraft, straight up Goddess worship and herbalism. The book talks about being a pagan leader and what it is like to remain in the closet about things. Of course many Pagan leaers are humble enough to see themselves as just ordinary people who are fulfilling a role with regards to carrying out a ceremony. Let it be known that although Paganism is a relatively new movement on the spiritual scene it is growing fast. You might now ever know it as most Pagans are very solitary in nature and do not get together in groups that much.
A mention of Paganism being new, well yes it is but then again it is based on old concepts that are being revived. Of course as Christianity rolled it’s way through it picked up many Pagan customs and took over many Pagan places of worship and turned them into Churches. Many Christian saints and angels were formerly Pagan gods that got usurped in the maelstrom. The pagan are reclaiming them.
I thought it was great that Christo-Pagans had their own section. I mean after all the Lord Jesus Christ and the three phases of the Goddess. Mary Magdalene the maiden, Mother Mary is well um the mother and finally Sophia is the old Crone representing wisdom. The discussion of magic was good. Got a good list of herbs to use and how to charge them with my intent. Different forms of magic were discussed as well.
As good as the book was I think a couple things were missing. First off I do not remember there being much talk about Ceremonial Magic. While not Paganism per se I feel something should have been said about them, or more because they are part of the scene.
Most of the book is geared towards European Paganism, and with the exception of Egypt anyone else follwing deities from let us say the Canaanite, or Sumerians gets left out. They need to be included. What about Judeo-Pagans we’re out there too you know.
Of course when talking about magic and occultism, two topics that can be separate also over lap. More needs to be devoted to that. Over all great book. It gets 4 stars out 5.
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Five stars is not enough!