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    Pagan Book Recommendations

    I'm sure this has been brought up before, but I didn't see it anywhere.

    I'm honestly fairly new to paganism and wondered what books you could recommend on any branches of paganism in general. My belief system is certainly not well-established, so I would really like absolutely anything you guys think would be a good suggestion, from magic to theology.

    Also, if there is an active thread on this, sorry for re-posting, and I'd appreciate if you'd let me know.

    Thanks

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    Re: Pagan Book Recommendations

    Tons, though how useful they will be is dependent on what kind of subject matter you're interested in.

    For an overview book, Where To Park Your Broomstick (by Lauren Manoy) is fantastic, though it's marketed to teens. It tells you up front that it's just going to touch on a lot of things and expects you to research things deeper.

    For Shamanism, I like Singing The Soul Back Home (by Caitlin Matthews). Not only does she have interesting ideas and gets the reader engaged with exercises, she tells you from eh beginning that they WILL NOT make you a shaman. That kind of honesty is refreshing.

    The best Tarot book I've found isn't really for beginner's it's more intermediate, but it teaches the reader how to view the card symbols as a language telling a story and can be applied to most decks out there. 78 Degrees of Wisdom is by Rachel Pollack.

    Energy Work! Anything by Mantak Chia would be my suggestion. It's Taoist based, but I found that it worked well regardless of one's path.

    Heathenry, well THAT is a huge kettle of fish and has more to do with reading mythology than anything else. Get your hands on the Eddas and Sagas. It's out of print now, but if you can find it, Teutonic Religion has the basics of heathen practice. It's by Kveldulf Gunersson and has some controversy around it. Honestly though, all heathenry books do since we have scant historical information to work from.

    Witchcraft, wow, okay, that really comes down to what KIND you're looking for. If you're new, just promise me one thing: Stay AWAY from anything by Silver Ravenwolf. If you want to read her stuff later, fine, but get something solid information and practice under your belt first.

    Other stuff. Two books on Electic Paganism that I really enjoyed (and which were something other than the usual 101 rehash) was A Charmed Life and its follow up An Enchanted Life by Patrica Telesco.

    Hopefully these help, but it would be a lot easier if you could give a more specific idea of what you're wanting to learn.

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    Re: Pagan Book Recommendations

    Thanks for the information, I would connect the Kane chronicles (by Rick Riordan) to the Kemetism. The three books give much information about the religion, though it is addressed to teenagers.

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    Re: Pagan Book Recommendations

    Wow! Nice recommendations. I needed to find a book.

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    Re: Pagan Book Recommendations

    “You have never answered but you did not need to. If I stand at the ocean I can hear you with your thousand voices. Sometimes you shout, hilarious laughter that taunts all questions. Other nights you are silent as death, a mirror in which the stars show themselves. Then I think you want to tell me something, but you never do. Of course I know I have written letters to no-one. But what if I find a trident tomorrow?" ~~Letters to Poseidon, Cees Nooteboom

    “We still carry this primal relationship to the Earth within our consciousness, even if we have long forgotten it. It is a primal recognition of the wonder, beauty, and divine nature of the Earth. It is a felt reverence for all that exists. Once we bring this foundational quality into our consciousness, we will be able to respond to our present man-made crisis from a place of balance, in which our actions will be grounded in an attitude of respect for all of life. This is the nature of real sustainability.”
    ~~Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

    "We are the offspring of history, and must establish our own paths in this most diverse and interesting of conceivable universes--one indifferent to our suffering, and therefore offering us maximal freedom to thrive, or to fail, in our own chosen way."
    ~~Stephen Jay Gould, Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History

    "Humans are not rational creatures. Now, logic and rationality are very helpful tools, but there’s also a place for embracing our subjectivity and thinking symbolically. Sometimes what our so-called higher thinking can’t or won’t see, our older, more primitive intuition will." John Beckett

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    Re: Pagan Book Recommendations

    For kids I would highly recommend d'Aulaire's book of Greek myths, and d'Aulaire's book of Norse myths if you're into those pantheons. They were my favorites as a kid .

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