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    Re: Pagan Forum's Ultimate Book List

    I don't think anyone's mentioned Rae Beth yet - her book Hedgewitch was one of the books that got me started, and is clear and easy to follow. I also second the mention of Ronald Hutton - just about anything he's written is worth reading (though he's also written books on the English Civil War which are not about paganism).

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    Re: Pagan Forum's Ultimate Book List

    Quote Originally Posted by volcaniclastic View Post
    once Thal posts with her massive book list

    lol...I need to update that thing!


    Quote Originally Posted by Evaine View Post
    I don't think anyone's mentioned Rae Beth yet - her book Hedgewitch was one of the books that got me started, and is clear and easy to follow. I also second the mention of Ronald Hutton - just about anything he's written is worth reading (though he's also written books on the English Civil War which are not about paganism).

    Probably because there are some people on here that have issues with that book. Its not a bad book, per se...but I wouldn't call it a book about how to be a hedgewitch.

    I'm pretty sure that someone will eventually mention Ann Moura too...and its not that her books are necessarily bad (they aren't my cup of tea), but its not really what I consider being a "green witch" either...but now that she's turned it into Green Witch™ it sort of sucks for everyone else that had a path that they considered eco-centered witchcraft that called it by the same name.
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    Re: Pagan Forum's Ultimate Book List

    Oh don't even get me started on the hedge witch books. I don't even use the term in casual conversation with other pagans because they all think I'm a kitchen witch then. Meh.

    Not that there's anything wrong with kitchen witchery but it is not the same. Entire other discussion.
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    Re: Pagan Forum's Ultimate Book List

    Quote Originally Posted by Monk View Post
    You listed two of my favorites V. "Drawing Down The Moon" by Margot Adler and my first book on Wicca "A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner" by Scott Cunningham. I also liked "Living Wicca" A Further Guide for the Solitary Practitioner also by Scott Cunningham. I also like "Grimoire for the Green Witch" by Ann Moura. I know this type of book listing is subjective to ones personal likes and dislikes and there are few perfect books in the world. I do enjoy seeing what other people read and checking those books out. Thanks for bring this thread back to life V.
    I mentioned Ann Moura early in the post and like most of my books I use it as a reference source and not the final word by any means. I like to read from different authors and amend what I find feels right to me and cast off that which leaves a bad taste in my head. Not everyone likes or agrees on all things and this goes doubly with books and authors of resource(As I consider most books on Pagan/Wicca) materials. Especially ones who come across as having the final word on the subject(read ultimate expert.)combined with the attitude of you have to do it this way or your wasting your time. I do like authors like our own Tylluan Penry's whose book "Seeking the Green" and Carl McColman's book"The Complete Idiot's Guide to Paganism. Because they are just that "guides" and both offer information with basic concepts on the topics covered in them. They also promote further exploration on the readers part along with encouraging finding what is right for you without the attitude of because I said it and that's the way it is.

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    Re: Pagan Forum's Ultimate Book List

    Quote Originally Posted by Monk View Post
    " and Carl McColman's book"The Complete Idiot's Guide to Paganism. Because they are just that "guides" and both offer information with basic concepts on the topics covered in them. They also promote further exploration on the readers part along with encouraging finding what is right for you without the attitude of because I said it and that's the way it is.
    this is good book. it will definitely give a basics of the major aspects of the more popular paths of Paganism. so I would definitely second it.
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    Re: Pagan Forum's Ultimate Book List

    can we sticky this?

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    Re: Pagan Forum's Ultimate Book List

    Quote Originally Posted by loststarshine View Post
    can we sticky this?

    sure!





    (PS I updated my book list a little bit)
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    Re: Pagan Forum's Ultimate Book List

    . thank you.

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    Re: Pagan Forum's Ultimate Book List

    Quote Originally Posted by thalassa View Post
    Dang it, Thal, I just got done reading through that list this morning to take some titles down to the library... Now I have to do it again?!
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    Kami No Michi: The Way of the Kami: The Life and Thought of a Shinto Priest by Yukitaka Yamamoto

    The book is written by the Guji (High Priest) of the Tsubaki Grand Shrine, Yukitaka Yamamoto, who is the 96th Guji to serve the shrine from the Yamamoto family consecutively. Its a pretty short book at 126 pages, but I found it to be a very good read and very interesting and informative. It is essentially part autobiography and part a book about the Shinto religion. There is actually an online copy of the book which is made available for free by the Tsubaki Grand Shrine of America, which is the chapter of the Tsubaki Grand Shrine in the States.

    Here's the link to that copy of the book.

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