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Finding Reputable Information on The Pagan Path

How do you find information on Wicca, Witchcraft, and Paganism? If you find information, how do you know it's accurate? There have been some unscrupulous people actually selling bad information, because they realized that people are looking for this Path. How do you tell good information from bad?

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  • Robin

    Okay in response to three email requests and one post.. The following list of reference is provided... in no order and without my usual book reviews on any of them, some are very good, some are recommended because it is wise to know what others are saying thinking and doing, and still others because it will give you a historical idea of just how much modern Paganism has evolved in just the last fifty years.... It is not ordered for beginners, or advanced, I figured just to throw a few books out and this is my short version... so BE WARNED IT IS GOING TO LONGER THEN OTHER PEOPLES SHORT VERSION BECAUSE i HAVE READ A LOT OVER A LOT OF YEARS...

    Paganism an Introduction to Earth Centered Religions, Joyce and River Higginbotham
    Complete Book of Witchcraft., Raymond Buckland
    The Holy Book of Women’s Mysteries, Zsuzsanna Budapest
    Wicca A guide for the Solitary practitioner, Scott Cunningham
    A witches’ Bible The complete Witches’ handbook, Janet And Stewart Farrar

    April 7, 2013

    • Robin

      Yeah...lol

      April 7, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I seem to vaguely recall hearing something about that book from somewhere, Greyhart. It seemed that there were good reviews.

      April 8, 2013

  • Robin

    And finally the lighter reading section.... for general education and awareness, because we as Pagans cover so very much ground...

    Pagan Polyamory: Becoming a Tribe of Hearts Raven Kaldera
    Way of the Druid: Rebirth of an Ancient Religion Graeme K Talboys
    Britain BC: Life in Britain and Ireland Before the Romans Francis Pryor
    The Mysteries of Mithras Payam Nabarz
    The Real Middle Earth Brian Bates
    Boudica Vanessa Collingridge
    Spirit of the Green Man Mary Neasham
    Runa Megin Kate Waterfield
    Stonehenge: Celebration and Subversion Andy Worthington
    The Meaning of Witchcraft Gerald Gardner

    And with that I am done, years of research, years of reading, of practicing, of fine tuning and repeating that process s exposed me to the most marvelous people and ideas and ideals and beliefs, and many of them did not even realize how magical they really were... May your journey provide you with the same wonder and magic I have found and may these book open your mind to further questing

    April 7, 2013

  • Robin

    This list will probably be the last time any of you ask me anything... but you did ask and a few of you emailed me the request and this is my best effort to be direct and give you some of the ideas on reading I have....

    The Wheel of the Wiccan Year Gail Duff
    The Witches' Goddess: The Feminine Principle of Divinity Janet & Stewart Farrar
    Witches' God: Lord of the Dance Janet & Stewart Farrar
    Witchcraft: A Beginner's Guide (Beginner's Guides) Teresa Moorey
    Silver Moon Teresa Moorey
    The Real Witches' Handbook Kate West
    The Real Witches' Coven: The Definite Guide to Forming Your Own Wiccan Group Kate West
    Gay Witchcraft: Empowering the Tribe Christopher Penczak
    The Roebuck in the Thicket: An Anthology of the Robert Cochrane Tradition Evan John Jones & Robert Cochrane
    The Robert Cochrane Letters: An Insight into Modern Traditional Witchcraft Robert Cochrane
    Witchcraft: A Tradition Renewed Evan John Jones & Doreen Valiente

    April 7, 2013

  • Robin

    MORE... you will also have noticed I am covering not merely Witchcraft, Wicca, but several branches of Paganism and traditions... yes, really I have read all these and more and yes, I tend to research everything... its a hobby of sorts...

    The Gentle Arts of Natural Magic: Magical Techniques to Help You Master the Crafts of the Wise Marian Green
    Witches: An Encyclopedia of Paganism and Magic Michael Jordan
    An ABC of Witchcraft Past and Present Doreen Valiente
    Witchcraft for Tomorrow Doreen Valiente
    Charge of the Goddess: The Mother of Modern Witchcraft Doreen Valiente
    Wildwitch: The Craft of the Natural Psychic Poppy Palin
    Wicca: A Comprehensive Guide to the Old Religion in the Modern World Vivianne Crowley
    Book of Shadows: A Modern Woman's Journey into the Wisdom of Witchcraft and the Magic of The Goddess Phyllis Curot
    Witch Crafting: A Spiritual Guide to Making Magic Phyllis Curot

    April 7, 2013

  • Robin

    MORE.... Singing the Soul Back Home: Shamanism in Daily Life Caitlin Matthews
    Explore Shamanism Alby Stone
    Chosen by the Spirit: Following Your Shamanic Calling Sarangerel
    The Great Circle: Shamanism and the Psychology of C.G. Jung Robert E Ryan
    Shamanic Experience: A Practical Guide to Contemporary Shamanism Kenneth Meadows
    Shamanism: Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy (Bollingen Series (General)) Mircea Eilade
    Shamans/Neo-Shamans: Ecstasies, Alternative Archaeologies and Contemporary Pagans Robert J Wallis
    Thorsons Way of Shamanism Leo Rutherford
    Shamans: Siberian Spirituality and the Western Imagination Ronald Hutton
    Hedge Witch: Guide to Solitary Witchcraft Rae Beth
    The Hedge Witch's Way: Magical Spirituality for the Lone Spellcaster Rae Beth
    A Witch Alone: Thirteen Moons to Master Natural Magic Marian Green
    Practical Magic Marian Green
    Wild Witchcraft: A Guide to Natural, Herbal and Earth Magic Marian Green

    April 7, 2013

  • Robin

    AND MORE (You are probably beginning to understand why the pagan community calls me the encyclopedia...)

    The Trials of Arthur: The Life and Times of a Modern-day King Arthur Pendragon
    Seeking Spirit: A Quest Through Druidry and the Four Elements Sandra ParsonJennings
    The Penguin Book of Norse Myths: Gods of the Vikings Kevin Crossley-Holland
    Gods and Myths of Northern Europe Hilda R Ellis Davidson
    Myths and Symbols in Pagan Europe Hilda R Ellis Davidson
    Dictionary of Northern Mythology Rudolf Simek
    Wights and Ancestors: Heathenism in a Living Landscape (Understanding Heathenism S.) Jenny Blain
    Nine Worlds of Seid-Magic: Ecstasy and Neo-Shamanism in North European Paganism Jenny Blain
    The Prose Edda (Penguin Classics) Snorri Sturluson
    The Way of Wyrd Brian Bates
    Shamanism (Piatkus Guides) Gordon MacLellan
    Talking to the Earth Gordon MacLellan
    Sacred Animals Gordon MacLellan
    The Celtic Shaman: A Practical Guide John Matthews

    April 7, 2013

  • Robin

    AND YES MORE

    Fire in the Head: Shamanism and the Celtic Spirit Tom Cowan
    The Golden Bough, Sir James George Frazer
    The White Goddess. Robert Graves
    The Egyptian Book of the Dead
    The Tibetan Book of the Dead
    Power of the Witch. Laurie Cabot and Tom Cowan
    The Phoenix from the Flame: Paganism in the New Age Vivianne Crowley
    A History of Pagan Europe Prudence Jones, Nigel Pennick
    Paganism: An Introduction to Earth-centered Religions River Higginbotham
    The Pagan Religions of the Ancient British Isles: Their Nature and Legacy Ronald Hutton Other Ronald Hutton books
    In Search of Herne the Hunter Eric Fitch
    Rites of Passage Christine Hall
    The Elements of the Druid Tradition Phillip Carr-Gomm
    Druid Mysteries: Ancient Mysteries for the 21st Century Phillip Carr-Gomm
    Druidcraft: The Magic of Wicca and Druidry Phillip Carr-Gomm
    Druidry (Thorsons First Directions S.) Emma Restall-Orr
    Druid Priestess Emma Restall-Orr

    April 7, 2013

  • Robin

    YET MORE
    Teach yourself fortune telling: palmistry, the crystal ball, runes, tea leaves, the Tarot. Rachel Pollack,
    How to See and Read the Aura, Ted Andrews
    The Kybalion: a study of the Hermetic philosophy of Ancient Egypt and Greece, Three Initiates
    The Black Art , Richard Cavendish (published in 1967 and so is flavored with popular ideas of the time)
    Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Crystal, Gem & Metal Magic. Scott Cunningham,
    Earth Power by Scott Cunningham
    Magical Rites from the Crystal Well. Ed Fitch and Janine Renee
    Modern Magick: Eleven Lessons in the High Magickal Arts. Donald Kraig
    West Country Wicca: A Journal of the Old Religion. Rhiannon Ryall
    Earth magic: a Dianic book of shadows. Marion Weinstein
    The Magician's Companion: A practical & encyclopedic guide to magical & religious symbolism. Bill Whitcomb
    Scottish Witchcraft: the history & magick of the Picts, Raymond Buckland

    April 7, 2013

  • Robin

    STILL MORE

    Shades of Faith Minority voices in Paganism edited by Crystal Blanton
    Being a pagan Druids, wiccans and witches today, Ellen Evert Hopman and Lawrence Bond
    The Triumph of the Moon a History of Modern Witchcraft by Ronald Hutton
    When God was a Woman by Merlin Stone
    A world full of gods an inquiry into polytheism by John Michael Greer
    Pagans and the law understanding your rights by Dana S Eilers (attorney and Pagan Activist)
    Neo Pagan Rites a guide to creating public rituals that work, Isaac Bonewits
    The Temple of the Cosmos the ancient Egyptian experience of the sacred, Jeremy Maydler
    Wicca Demystified a Guide for practitioners, family and friends, Brian Lankford
    Ancient Egyptian magic, Bob Brier
    Graeco-Egyptian Magick, Tony Mierzwicki
    The Spiral Dance, Starhawk
    Drawing Down the Moon, Margot Adler

    April 7, 2013

  • Robin

    List continues

    Invocation of the Gods Ancient Egyptian magic for today, Ellen Cannon Reed
    Positive Magic ancient metaphysical techniques for modern living, Marion Weinstein
    Evolutionary Witchcraft, T. Thorn Coyle
    Treading the mill Practical Craft Working in Modern Tradition Witchcraft ,Nigel G. Pearson
    A Grimoire for Modern Cunning Folk, Peter Puddon
    The Witching way of the Hollow Hill, Robin Artisson
    Mastering Witchcraft a practical guide for witches, warlocks and covens, Paul Huson
    Essential Asatru walking the path of NIOrse Paganism, Diana L Paxson
    Bonewitt’s Essential Guide to Druidism, Isaac Bonewits
    Her hidden Children the rise of Wicca and Paganism in America, Chas S. Clifton
    Modern Paganism, in World Cultures comparative perspectives edited by Michael Strmiska

    1 · April 7, 2013

  • Willow

    I usually advise my students to read as much as possible, even if it's questionable. I do this for two reasons: 1 because even the least reputable source could have an extremely profound teaching and 2 because I want my students to develop discernment and critical thinking. I think the best way to do that is to read the crap thats out there as well as the good stuff. I will also usually provide them with a list of authors I find reputable for different subjects based on my own experience. With a few exceptions I try not to slam authors that I find disreputable, unless I think what they are writing poses a danger to the student. The most important thing for any student to develop is the intuitive discernment to know whether a teaching is correct for them, whether it comes from a book or a teacher.

    1 · April 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I feel that if those who are teachers and leaders in the community would post what they feel are good places to go for information as well as books they would suggest, that would go a long way to help those who are seeking.

    2 · April 6, 2013

  • Samantha 'Samm' F.

    I had a fantastic time. I was really happy to see & to hear from other people that have their own coven & are teachr's in this path that we are all winding are way threw. I was also really fantasticly thrilled to have a the insite & perspectives from the Norse, Sin & Kyal. This for me was a stepping stone in away & i'm greatful I took it. Thank you to all of you that were there & shared with me their thoughts & ideas. For all of that I feel blessed.

    April 6, 2013

  • Robin

    Had a few hiccups. I was hoping for more information about sources, books, sites etc. Probably because seekers need to be given directions to libraries and reference material and guides, there are ome out there, yes, some of it is not in plain English its the dry scholarly tomes, but the data is valuable in helping one find their path. I am all for trusting one's own judgment (recommend it actually) but one cannot make a sound choice base on lack of information and I am a research fiend...I study on many levels at once...and swift through the data to come up with th kernels that work... Over all the meeting was a warm hearted open discussion amongst pagans of several walks. Though some seemed timid and did not speak up... should try it again with handouts and a bit more poking.... :-P

    April 6, 2013

    • Robin

      NO me.. I am witch, poke the Heathens, the Celts all those others... the one who were being quiet.... :-D

      April 6, 2013

    • Greyhart

      I seem to remember the Heathens speaking more than once.

      April 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    So.. good meetup tonight. Had to leave before it was over, and I feel the need to pose these questions for discussion. Are the precept for Ethics up to the individual or are there (should there be) certain "Have Too's" with in the Craft. Such as interference with free will, interaction with minor's, thievery or vampire ism? Is it up to the individual to discover his or her own ethics? Is having certain givens within the community interfering with free will? Are we over thinking it and is it becoming the chicken or the egg?

    1 · April 5, 2013

    • Greyhart

      As you heard, some of the things Wiccans take as gospel, like "Harm None", are not universal to all Pagan Paths. I think there are some things most would agree with, like no sex with minors, but I think you'd be hard pressed to find something that could be considered a universal ethic.

      I agree that most of it is over thought, as far as trying to come up with something everyone can agree on. It really does come down to your own personal values.

      April 5, 2013

    • Robin

      As to ethics there are actually a few books on the subject... though in the end it is goign to boil down to the individuals own ideals and ideologies that are going to govern their ethics. I do think a discussion on ethics and morals might be a good topic.. its nice to hear what others think on certain topics...

      April 6, 2013

  • Rev. Wm. E. Ashton, A.

    I found it to be a bit tangental at times, but what good discussion doesn't wander occasionally. What I was left with was that the only reliable source of reputable pagan information is one's own UPG. I can agree with that idea to a certain degree, but having credible, empirical scholarship on history, archaeology, comparative linguistics, and general religious studies could go a long way to developing a richer sense of this sort of religious practice than UPG alone. We are old enough as a movement, and smart enough as a people to be able to hold both UPG and scholarship in equal regard, and still have room for more.

    April 6, 2013

  • Rev. Wm. E. Ashton, A.

    I've printed out some brochures with a few primary & reputable sources for reading and research. I'll bring them tonight. Blessings, and see y'all in a few hours. :)

    April 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just got offered a free ticket to Opera Colorado yesterday afternoon. Sorry. Will make it next time.

    April 4, 2013

  • Greyhart

    Since this Meetup is on Reputable Information, I figured I should put this out.

    I've been talking about this new book I've been working on. I just uploaded the file to Kindle for publishing. It's called, Witchcraft 101 - Witches, Wiccans & Pagans, Who They Are, And What They Do. It takes 12 to 48 hours to show up in the Amazon lists, so hopefully by tonight I'll have a link to share.

    April 2, 2013

    • Greyhart

      Amazon requires an exclusive contract for 90 days. After that, I should be able to get it on Nook, and other venues.

      April 3, 2013

    • Greyhart

      Ok, so Meetup ate my reply...

      Amazon requires an exclusive deal for 90 days. After the 90 days I should be able to put it to competing devices.

      April 3, 2013

  • Greyhart

    Ok, so Meetup has done it again. This mess of color is brought to you by the new, easier way of setting colors. This of course means I can't get rid of this horrible blinding white. They won't let me go back to what I had.

    I've already complained to Meetup (took 30 minutes to figure out a way to contact them, and I'm still not sure about it). If you log on to find this Meetup needs a new Organizer, it's because Meetup canceled my account, which I'm told has been known to happen.

    Either way, I'll be at Rooster & Moon Friday night.

    Gods this sucks!

    April 3, 2013

  • Alexis D.

    I don't know if I'll be able to make it this time because I might be heading to the mountains with my relatives Fri night, but I bought the book for my Kindle and will read up before the next meeting!

    1 · April 2, 2013

    • Greyhart

      Definitely let me know what you think of the book. In the next few weeks it will be warn enough for us to moved out into the patio. More room, & quieter too.

      April 2, 2013

  • Sin

    Might be able to attend, still tryin to work that out.

    1 · April 1, 2013

    • Greyhart

      That would be very cool. I know at least one person who is interested in connecting with the Norse groups in the area.

      April 1, 2013

  • Greyhart

    Wow, no topic, and already 6 attendees.

    March 24, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hmm, 2 suggestions: familiars & talismans

      March 25, 2013

    • Greyhart

      It seems a topic does help get more attendees. That, and announcing it to the group.

      March 31, 2013

  • Rev. Wm. E. Ashton, A.

    I'm looking forward to seeing everyone, and adding anything I can to help clarify some sources for people's growth. Blessings of the Kindred go with you.

    March 30, 2013

    • Greyhart

      You are definitely one of the better resources in the community. Especially for non Wiccan/Witchcraft information.

      1 · March 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Possibly with a guest

    March 31, 2013

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