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« Reply #15: August 01, 2007, 06:45:26 pm »

The Ann Moura I'm talking about has this web site -- I saw no mentions of Bush conflicts there, but did see she has a new "history" book coming out.

Must be a different Ann Moura then.  Wink
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« Reply #16: August 01, 2007, 07:09:18 pm »

Using Microsoft Word to type out money spells in a green font.

*grins*  I've seen that book, and it's just badness.  But as an aspiring technopagan/magician, I have to say that particular sounds like something I would do.  Wink  Although, being me, I'm more likely to do it in Adobe Illustrator and make little vector illustrations/objects as part of the spell.  I've sigiled in Paint Shop Pro before.  Cheesy
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« Reply #17: August 01, 2007, 07:11:13 pm »

My pet peeve is Sister Moon's The Wiccaning.  Though published in 2001, it's not Pop Pagan NeoWicca, but old-school witchcrap, with an old-school "grandmother story" to go with it.

At one point my friend and I had a hobby of snarking books in the Pagan section of bookstores.  That was one of our "favorites".  (I think I might have told you this before - not sure.)
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« Reply #18: August 01, 2007, 07:23:00 pm »

Seriously the worst has to be the Malleus Maleficarum the fifteenth century Catholic manual on how to identify and persecute witches.  Hugely popular in its day - it coincided with the invention of printing and a contribution to widespread fear and persecution.

NO KIDDING!  I just went to sacred-texts yesterday and was doing some research on something.  Guess what popped up!  That drivel just about made me sick!  GAG.

I finally stopped reading in disgust, as it was basically giving me the same info I had already found at wikipedia, and wikipedia wasnt putting witches or women down! 

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« Reply #19: August 01, 2007, 10:40:34 pm »

I saw no mentions of Bush conflicts there, but did see she has a new "history" book coming out.
I think in this instance it should be spelled hiss-tory.

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« Reply #20: August 01, 2007, 10:51:48 pm »

Since I'm just passing peripheral-to-topic conversational remarks with Garnet here, I'll put 'em in one post.

*grins*  I've seen that book, and it's just badness.  But as an aspiring technopagan/magician, I have to say that particular sounds like something I would do.  Wink  Although, being me, I'm more likely to do it in Adobe Illustrator and make little vector illustrations/objects as part of the spell.  I've sigiled in Paint Shop Pro before.  Cheesy
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Yeah, that was my thought, that it didn't sound all that silly from a cybermagical POV (though I expect you or I - or Zahirah, or probably a fair few others - could pick a lot of holes in it from that POV).

At one point my friend and I had a hobby of snarking books in the Pagan section of bookstores.  That was one of our "favorites".  (I think I might have told you this before - not sure.)
Not that I recall.  It is highly snarkable!  There's something about '70s-mode witchcrap coming out thirty years later that has a kind of perverse charm - perhaps simply because it's a change from cotton candy.

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« Reply #21: August 02, 2007, 01:41:51 am »

Seriously the worst has to be the Malleus Maleficarum the fifteenth century Catholic manual on how to identify and persecute witches.  Hugely popular in its day - it coincided with the invention of printing and a contribution to widespread fear and persecution.

I dunno, I mean I know it did have a lot of crap in it, however for it's day and time it was as factual as you were ever gonna get about that subject. Not excusing it, but I see a difference between they didn't really know much better and crap like today where the information is there if they choose to look.

This is all my own opinion of course.
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« Reply #22: August 02, 2007, 10:06:33 am »


Edain McCoy's Witta, with DJ Conway's Celtic Magic a close second.
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« Reply #23: August 02, 2007, 10:44:40 am »

I'll cast my vote for Barbara Walker's The Woman's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets.

You beat me to it.  Gah!

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« Reply #24: August 02, 2007, 11:14:22 am »

Edain McCoy's Witta, with DJ Conway's Celtic Magic a close second.

It has been a while since I read Celtic Magic. I don't remember anything about the information it contained, but I do remember my copy fell apart!
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« Reply #25: August 02, 2007, 06:29:00 pm »

Aside from the part where I like bad books - well some of them - what is the single worst book you've come across?



I began to read Mysteries of the Dark Moon by Demetra George.

I almost pulled my hair out.

First, she purports the mythic history of the matriarchy goddess worshipping people of the old days were conquered by patriarchical tribes with a bad male god as fact.

She uses psychoanalysis to explain the darker parts of ourselves which drives me batty. I don't like psychobabble in my magic or religion, please. She then says that we must embrace our shadow self (which okay, I can agree with), but she does it in such a way that I felt that she was preaching at me and she kept referring back to the old days of the matriarchy and how the goddess was worshipped then.

Most of her sources are Graves and Barbara Walker. Yes, even for the section on Hekate, which I'm sure my Hellenic friends and Hekate devotees will love. She has a section on Lillith here I'm sure people will cringe at.

Oh and get this, this book was published in 1992.

Yes, you read that right. 1992.

Sigh.
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« Reply #26: August 03, 2007, 10:31:50 pm »

Aside from the part where I like bad books - well some of them - what is the single worst book you've come across?




I think the worst book(s) I've seen were Most of fiona Hornes books.  Now, if you see Pop Goes The Witch, don't be hesitant.  Fiona only edits it.  It's supposed to be really good and have wonderful essays.  Of course, SRW, because she just makes me giggle.  Silly.
Also, the book Witta.
Peice of crap.
I really don't like any of Edain Mccoys stuff.  (At least the ones I've read.)
She seems to like to use things for her advantage, or that's how she seems in her books. (Such as using Gods, fae folk, the like.)
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« Reply #27: August 04, 2007, 09:30:24 am »

I really don't like any of Edain Mccoys stuff.  (At least the ones I've read.)

I read her book Advanced Magic and it wasn't too bad. I didn't agree with a lot of the stuff, but I did enjoy it because she put forth a lot of viewpoints that I hadn't seen elsewhere. Actually, I did a review of this book a while back: http://danmara.proboards80.com/index.cgi?board=resources&action=display&thread=1162668793
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« Reply #28: August 04, 2007, 11:56:07 am »

I read her book Advanced Magic and it wasn't too bad. I didn't agree with a lot of the stuff, but I did enjoy it because she put forth a lot of viewpoints that I hadn't seen elsewhere. Actually, I did a review of this book a while back: http://danmara.proboards80.com/index.cgi?board=resources&action=display&thread=1162668793
I haven't read that one, but I read her "Witches Guide To Faerie Folk" and her celtic book she has out, the name is lost to me.  I also read most of Witta, and it was....Completely stupid.
I just don't agree with her views on how to treat the gods and fae folk.
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« Reply #29: August 04, 2007, 04:10:43 pm »

I haven't read that one, but I read her "Witches Guide To Faerie Folk" and her celtic book she has out, the name is lost to me.  I also read most of Witta, and it was....Completely stupid.
I just don't agree with her views on how to treat the gods and fae folk.


I have "Witches Guide to Faery Folk" but I more like "skimmed" it. I don't remember what it was like.

She has a lot of neat ideas; I wouldn't follow her teachings, but I would adapt them to my own.
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