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    Re: Pagan Forum's Ultimate Book List

    Practical Sigil Magic: Creating Personal Symbols for Success by Frater U.D
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    It's a pretty informative book. Good for reference.

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    Lessons in Palmistry: Studies of The Eye and Planetary Influences by Cornelia Ten Eyck Gaffney
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    This is an excellent stand-alone read. It's hard to come by due to it's year (1897), but there are PDFs available of it online.
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    I have just discovered THE VERY BEST INTRODUCTORY PAGAN BOOK EVER.

    It is comprehenisve, it is accurate (in a general sort of way), it is HISTORICALLY ACCURATE, it is intellectually honest, and its well organized.



    Introduction to Pagan Studies
    by Barbara Jane Davy

    This is totally my new go-to newbie or "what is paganism again" book. I'm going to buy a copy of this for every military chaplain's office in the Navy.

    (btw, you can preview a good chunk of it on google)



    ETA: Can you tell I'm really excited about this? I feel like jumping up and down and shouting "AT LAST, AT LAST!!!" But my coworkers would look at me funny.
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    Books on the philosophy of paganism

    Steven Dillon. The Case for Polytheism.Contents: What is a god, Is there a god, How many gods are there, Are the gods good, Unanswered questions.

    John Michael Greer. A World full of Gods.
    Contents: The one and the many, How do we know about the Gods, Arguments for theism, Arguments against theism, Religious experience, The logic of polytheism, What do we know about the gods, Polytheist worship, Polytheist spirituality, Polytheist ethics, Myth and its meanings, Time and eschatology, Changing of the gods.

    Something on ethics

    Rosalind Hursthouse. On Virtue Ethics.
    This is by a professional philosopher, but accessible to the general reader. Virtue ethics was the commonest theory in Greece and China, and is increasingly accepted in modern philosophy. If you feel that the rede is not enough and don't believe in gods who say "thou shalt not", this is worth looking into.

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    Walking with the Gods: Modern people talk about deities, faith, and recreating ancient traditions / W. D. Wilkerson.

    Wendi Wilkerson is a professional ethnographer and a practitioner of Vudu. She interviewed 120 people, collected via the web, on their religion and here we get the interviews with 24 of them, chosen as particularly interesting. Their practices vary, her only requirement being that they should be real polytheists: not monists, dualists, or worshipers of their own mental archetypes.

    Some are well known, like Tess Dawson and P. Sufenas Virius Lupus, others anonymous. The results range from the profound to the entertaining. Laura, a Santeria devotee, got adopted by Loki: I loved the account of his detailed instructions to her on crocheting a woolly hat to wear during worship! I was also touched by Lupus's desire to remember British gods who've been forgotten after being famous in Antiquity: "Everybody knows Apollo ... nobody ever goes, 'Oh yeah! Good old Cocidius!'"

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    Re: Pagan Forum's Ultimate Book List

    *bump*

    I need a good book recommendation. The problem with being pagan for over 20 years, is that...all the books are 101. All of them.

    A friend lent me Witch, by Lisa Lister, and I'm returning it two chapters in, because it's a bunch of transphobic written-for-instagram garbage.

    Does anyone have any good book recommendations for a pagan-flavoured book, that doesn't teach me about all the paths, or explain how to draw a circle?
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    Re: Pagan Forum's Ultimate Book List

    Quote Originally Posted by volcaniclastic View Post
    *bump*

    I need a good book recommendation. The problem with being pagan for over 20 years, is that...all the books are 101. All of them.

    A friend lent me Witch, by Lisa Lister, and I'm returning it two chapters in, because it's a bunch of transphobic written-for-instagram garbage.

    Does anyone have any good book recommendations for a pagan-flavoured book, that doesn't teach me about all the paths, or explain how to draw a circle?
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    Re: Pagan Forum's Ultimate Book List

    Quote Originally Posted by volcaniclastic View Post
    *bump*

    I need a good book recommendation. The problem with being pagan for over 20 years, is that...all the books are 101. All of them.

    A friend lent me Witch, by Lisa Lister, and I'm returning it two chapters in, because it's a bunch of transphobic written-for-instagram garbage.

    Does anyone have any good book recommendations for a pagan-flavoured book, that doesn't teach me about all the paths, or explain how to draw a circle?
    Sadly I haven't come across any of those... like you said they are basically all beginner books with the same information.
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    Re: Pagan Forum's Ultimate Book List

    Quote Originally Posted by volcaniclastic View Post
    *bump*

    I need a good book recommendation. The problem with being pagan for over 20 years, is that...all the books are 101. All of them.

    A friend lent me Witch, by Lisa Lister, and I'm returning it two chapters in, because it's a bunch of transphobic written-for-instagram garbage.

    Does anyone have any good book recommendations for a pagan-flavoured book, that doesn't teach me about all the paths, or explain how to draw a circle?
    I really enjoy Penczaks Temple series. The first couple books are very 101, but I felt like I was encountering new info once I hit the Shamanic Temple book.

    That said, I've been going toward source material the last few years. I started with listening to Damh the Bard's Mabinogi series (he just released thre third branch). Then I listened to another version of ther Mabinogion. Now I'm listening to the Edda Prose (just got the audiobook today).

    And, all of that said, I think you reach a point where you've covered the fundamental knowledge you can get from books and the rest becomes much more philosophical. And some experiences are really hard to have alone and impossible to get from a book (like PSGs Sacred Hunt that has Hunters, Drummers, and Villagers). At that point you just have to dig into the experience.
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    Re: Pagan Forum's Ultimate Book List

    Hello! Perhaps writing your own "advanced" book?

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