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Author Topic: Anyone read Justin Glass Witchcraft, the Sixth Sense..?  (Read 5205 times)
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« Reply #3: April 25, 2011, 08:11:36 pm »

Much appreciated! I'm slogging through it now, and that context helps in pulling out what's of value. So if a trad Wiccan HP suggested it as reading along with Valiente, Gardner (Witchcraft Today) and Cunningham's Truth About Witchcraft Today, it's prolly the differing approaches to religious witchcraft that she's highlighting? As well as a good summary, and history thereof?
Hmm - might be either to show a contrast to the BTW approach, or to help the student develop an understanding of the zeitgeist in which the modern neoPagan movement developed, or both of course.  To really be certain, you'd have to ask her - but there's a good chance she wouldn't tell you in so many words at this point, because it's likely that at least some of the purpose is to see what you get out of it.

Looking at the reading list as a whole, it seems very much directed at differing approaches (it should be remembered that Valiente, though one of Gardner's early HPses, later broke with Gardner and took up with Cochrane [and later broke with him, too]; her books show both influences), and would give some sense of the zeitgeist whether she (the HPs who assigned it) intended it or not.  One thing that really hits me is that it's an outdated list - while Gardner is as relevant as ever for Gardnerians and other BTWs, the picture it'd give of what non-BTWs do is not at all a current one (and limited in comprehensiveness/accuracy - adequate for a very general grasp on movement development, which may well be sufficient for BTW purposes, but barely scratching the surface if movement history, even just the explicitly witchcraft-related parts of the movement, was the focal subject).

It's tricky to say for sure, on the one hand because I'm not BTW (so I'm mostly going on what I know about teaching from an Eclectic POV, and what BTWs have said about book recs and teaching - I've been on a non-oathbound BTW-related e-list for six or seven years and have picked up a lot, but it's still "from outside"), and on the other because the purpose might vary quite a bit depending on your status - the intent behind assigning this list as part of formal training with the possibility of eventual initiation (some use the term "Outer Court" for this, others don't) might be very different than the intent behind suggesting these books to someone whom one is not in an ongoing training relationship with.  (And different again as part of the training of a new initiate, though I'm guessing that's neither here nor there in this convo.)

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