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« Topic Start: July 01, 2007, 12:56:34 pm »

I'm beginning to be bored with 101 books, so where do I go from there? What would be a good second step? Any suggestions will be aprreciated!  Wink
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« Reply #1: July 01, 2007, 01:14:26 pm »

I'm beginning to be bored with 101 books, so where do I go from there? What would be a good second step? Any suggestions will be aprreciated!  Wink

Well, that depends: where do you want to go? If you're looking to go beyond 101, that usually means you're going to have to get more specific. On a 101 level, you can do a general overview, but beyond that level, if you don't specialize, it's going to get overwhelming. So pick something that interests you, and start looking for good information about that.

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« Reply #2: July 01, 2007, 01:19:25 pm »

I'm beginning to be bored with 101 books, so where do I go from there? What would be a good second step? Any suggestions will be aprreciated!  Wink

I agree with Chabas. Find an area you're curious about and look into that next. If you're into magick, then start with books on magick theory and practice (Donald Kraig's "Modern Magick" comes to mind). Herbs? Find books on herb use in magic and in medicinal arenas. Mythology? Pick up some books on the myths in your particular pantheon - and others. That's what I did when I hit the wall with 101 books! Just branch out and expand your learning into other areas!  Smiley The book reviews here might be of some help to you in your search.


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« Reply #3: July 01, 2007, 03:46:30 pm »


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Find an area you're curious about and look into that next.

I guess I'm mostly interested in magic at the moment. Is there a book about magic that you know of that has kitchen-witch type spells? Those will probably be best for me, seeing as I'm in the broomcloset.
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« Reply #4: July 01, 2007, 11:50:40 pm »


I guess I'm mostly interested in magic at the moment. Is there a book about magic that you know of that has kitchen-witch type spells? Those will probably be best for me, seeing as I'm in the broomcloset.

Ellen Dugan's books, "Cottage Witchery", "Garden Witchery", and "Natural Witchery" are easy reads and have a lot of kitchen witchery type spells.
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« Reply #5: July 02, 2007, 04:01:28 am »

Is there a book about magic that you know of that has kitchen-witch type spells? Those will probably be best for me, seeing as I'm in the broomcloset.

Not necessarily a spell-book, but A Kitchen Witch's Cookbook by Patricia Telesco is full of good recipes and Kitchen Witchery stuff. (It's my own personal holy book. LOL.)
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« Reply #6: July 02, 2007, 06:10:41 pm »

Not necessarily a spell-book, but A Kitchen Witch's Cookbook by Patricia Telesco is full of good recipes and Kitchen Witchery stuff. (It's my own personal holy book. LOL.)

I'll have to pick that up myself! I love my Cottage Witchery book myself, i'm enamored with it.

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« Reply #7: July 03, 2007, 06:13:00 am »

I'll have to pick that up myself! I love my Cottage Witchery book myself, i'm enamored with it.

I have that one as well; I had a choice between Cottage and Garden and went with Cottage. (Kind of silly in retrospect--my garden's "up-and-running", as it were, and my cottage is still in the process of being totally re-built.) Actually, this thread is making me want to read it some more. *runs off to read*
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« Reply #8: July 03, 2007, 06:14:35 am »

I'm beginning to be bored with 101 books, so where do I go from there? What would be a good second step? Any suggestions will be aprreciated!  Wink

Frankly in my opinion, aside from researhcing specific topics, the main way to go after 101 books is...to *do*.  Find out what works in practice, and what always goes wrong.  Depending on the path, I'd also recommend experimentation.
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« Reply #9: July 03, 2007, 09:31:48 am »

I'm beginning to be bored with 101 books, so where do I go from there? What would be a good second step? Any suggestions will be aprreciated!  Wink

The wonderful thing about exploring a pagan path is that books come to you as you are ready to learn.  I tended to rely on my coven for recommendations that most of the community acknowledges as worthwhile, and I have also received recommendations on this forum from folks about more mainstream books that I have overlooked.  On my own, I went off down some obscure, little-walked paths, and came up with books that really enriched my experience (not necessarily in expected ways). 

When I was exploring Yemaya as a patron deity a few years ago, I couldn't find anything scholarly and comprehensive in English.  But then I found a wonderful book on Osun called Osun Across the Waters - very extensive, well-sourced perspective on Osun, with one essay comparing and contrasting Osun and Yemaya.  By the end of the book, I had learned a tremendous amount about Osun, and I knew that I would never have an intimate connection with her.  It was learning by default in an area that I normally wouldn't have considered, which teaches open-mindedness with regard to religious belief, a valuable lesson.

Raven Kaldera's books also opened up perspectives on the pagan community that I normally wouldn't have had much interest in.  I especially felt that way about Dark Moon Rising, his book on BDSM and spirituality, and The Ethical Psychic Vampire, on vampires.  Also, Mythastrology was very good, because it really showed me how one system (Hellenic astrology) could manifest across gods and goddesses from pantheons across the planet.  Reading books like this really make me feel as if I am growing spiritually, because they expand my boundaries into areas I never would have considered if I had stuck to what I sometimes term "orthodox pagan" booklists, made up of well-acknowledged authors like Buckland, Gardner, Valiente, Cunningham, Penczak, Adler, Starhawk, Hutton and others.  Not that there is anything wrong with our literary canon (its good that we have one), but one of the purposes of a "canon" is to encourage readers to go very far beyond it.  Finding pagan and/or witch-centered themes in literature not typically identified as pagan is something I also encouraged the teenagers in our coven to do - we came up with Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins and a wonderful short story by Chekhov called "The Witch", among other examples.

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« Reply #10: July 03, 2007, 12:52:47 pm »

Finding pagan and/or witch-centered themes in literature not typically identified as pagan is something I also encouraged the teenagers in our coven to do - we came up with Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins

Jitterbug Perfume is one of my all-time favorite novels. 

I don't think I would have labeled it pagan or witch-centered, although it does have some elements that are familiar to some pagans.  F'ex, Pan makes an appearance, as do some of the Kemetic underworld deities (apologies if I got the terminiology wrong on that!).  But, otherwise, I've never thought if it as pagany, just a *really* great book.
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« Reply #11: July 03, 2007, 01:04:35 pm »

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When I was exploring Yemaya as a patron deity a few years ago, I couldn't find anything scholarly and comprehensive in English.  But then I found a wonderful book on Osun called Osun Across the Waters - very extensive, well-sourced perspective on Osun, with one essay comparing and contrasting Osun and Yemaya.  By the end of the book, I had learned a tremendous amount about Osun, and I knew that I would never have an intimate connection with her.  It was learning by default in an area that I normally wouldn't have considered, which teaches open-mindedness with regard to religious belief, a valuable lesson.


There is a book on Yemaya:

    
Yemonja Maternal Divinity: Tranquil Sea Turbulent Tides (Divine Tales of the Yorubas)
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« Reply #13: July 04, 2007, 08:45:00 pm »

Jitterbug Perfume is one of my all-time favorite novels. 

My sentiments exactly!  I'm a big fan of Tom Robbins....while this book (and many, many of his others) have no direct pagan leaning his philosophy simply makes my brain happy.  His writing teaches you to think in different ways, I believe, is the way I would put it.
   As  far as the 'Wicca 101 and beyond' I agree that you should follow your interested and persue a favorite topic deeper, however, a book I own came to mind called The Second Circle (Tool For The Advancing Pagan) by Venicia Rauls that is meant to provide a series of projects for those that have 'graduated' from Wicca 101 and wish to advance and deepen their training.  It's worth a read.
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« Reply #14: July 05, 2007, 04:49:58 pm »

I'm beginning to be bored with 101 books, so where do I go from there? What would be a good second step? Any suggestions will be aprreciated!  Wink

"The Circle Within" by Dianne Sylvan is a must, and I found "Solitary Wicca for life" by Arin Murphy-Hiscock a interesting 101 post read. It filled in some minor blanks at the time. Other than that I agree with the whole branching out theory, specialize in what most interests you. I don't know about you but I find most "advanced" witchcraft books to be little more than 101 books using larger words. I wish there were more books on old pagan practices.. there are thousands of translated cuneiform texts on the subject just doing nothing! ack..

 
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