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« Reply #60: February 01, 2008, 07:15:21 pm »

I've just added this o the list of books we need to request via Interlibrary loan.

You'll really enjoy it.  It's one of the few studies of Neopaganism in general that, while recognizing that Wicca is the most common Neopagan religion, doesn't treat it as *normative*, if that makes sense; Asatru, Druidry, etc. are treated as *separate religions* under the large Pagan umbrella, rather than deviations from Wicca.
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« Reply #61: February 01, 2008, 07:18:03 pm »

You'll really enjoy it.  It's one of the few studies of Neopaganism in general that, while recognizing that Wicca is the most common Neopagan religion, doesn't treat it as *normative*, if that makes sense; Asatru, Druidry, etc. are treated as *separate religions* under the large Pagan umbrella, rather than deviations from Wicca.

I wish more books would do that -- especially some of the popular press ones by authors who really should know better.
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« Reply #62: February 01, 2008, 08:50:35 pm »

I've just added this o the list of books we need to request via Interlibrary loan.

Done. Smiley
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« Reply #63: February 02, 2008, 08:52:26 am »

Modern Paganism in World Cultures:  Comparative Perspectives (ed. Strmiska) is an excellent collection of essays -- by leading scholars of Neopagan religions such as Magliocco, Blain, and Strmiska himself -- on various Recon movements.  Wicca is also covered, by way of contrast.    The introduction is a *fantastic* layout of various theories and perspectives on  Neopagan religions.

*scribbles note* Thanks for the recommendation, Catja Smiley

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« Reply #64: February 04, 2008, 11:27:55 pm »

Buckland is really variable.  Some of his books are worth every penny and some are a waste of paper.
I totally agree!!
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« Reply #65: February 28, 2008, 06:13:51 pm »

The only Craft thingy I have going right now is Temple of Shamanic Witchcraft, by Christopher Penczak, but I am bummed b/c most of the stuff in it I already know, or do. But he has so many good citations, and he is so clear and direct, it helps me know where I want to go next, so will likely keep slogging through. For my Kali group, I'm also reading a really wonderful book by David Kinsley about the the Ten Mahavidyas called Tantric Visions of the Divine Feminine Also the Fairies encyclopedia by Kathryn Briggs is great fun, that is my current bathtub book.

I am reading too many things right now. The stack next to my bed is starting to annoy my husband b/c he keeps knocking it over.



I am quite a fan of Penczaks Inner Temple of Witchcraft and Outer Temple of Witchcraft, they are superbly written and I was quite surprised how much I really took away from those reads, especially the latter. 

To stay on topic though I bought those book on Ebay in an action and they were sold with Ann Moura's Grimiore for the Green Witch who I consider a no-no.  The correspondences and some other stuff in there was useful, but for the most part I'm glad I got it in auction and didn't pay cover.  I have since donated it away as it was taking up precious library shelf space. 
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« Reply #66: February 28, 2008, 07:53:46 pm »

To stay on topic though I bought those book on Ebay in an action and they were sold with Ann Moura's Grimiore for the Green Witch who I consider a no-no.

What was it you didn't like?
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« Reply #67: February 29, 2008, 02:08:58 pm »

What was it you didn't like?

For example, When you start reading the Grimiore, if you have not had experience in witchcraft previously or don't understand what it is to be a "green" witch you would think that Ann Moura and her "family" invented green witchcraft and that it is in and of itself a "tradition".  I know many a witch who call themselves a green witch that do not subscribe to Mouras specific tradition.  When I identify myself as a green witch, I do some simply because my particular path lies with the earth and its abundance of life, not a specific tradition or as Mours spells out "Rules of Conduct" set forth by any kind of system of belief.  It took me by surprise that Moura takes the concept of green witchery and acts as though its her tradition and everyone who claims to be a green witch follows her set of rules that her family invented.  She never points out that many people consider themselves green witches and don't have anything to do with her.  She's taken a broad classification and laid claim to it.  That slightly irks me and was the very first thing to put me off of her writing. 

Her style of green witchcraft is quite exhaustive...it kind of makes me giggle a bit.

But like I said, I did make use of her coorespondences and the like, its basically regurgitated from every other list of correspondences I've ever seen published.  And her basic rituals...are sometimes useful if you need to have that stuff spelled out for you.  If you want to view a copy of it, I found it on google books and was able to view alot of the book.
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« Reply #68: February 29, 2008, 07:18:01 pm »

For example, When you start reading the Grimiore, if you have not had experience in witchcraft previously or don't understand what it is to be a "green" witch you would think that Ann Moura and her "family" invented green witchcraft and that it is in and of itself a "tradition".  I know many a witch who call themselves a green witch that do not subscribe to Mouras specific tradition.  When I identify myself as a green witch, I do some simply because my particular path lies with the earth and its abundance of life, not a specific tradition or as Mours spells out "Rules of Conduct" set forth by any kind of system of belief.  It took me by surprise that Moura takes the concept of green witchery and acts as though its her tradition and everyone who claims to be a green witch follows her set of rules that her family invented.  She never points out that many people consider themselves green witches and don't have anything to do with her.  She's taken a broad classification and laid claim to it.  That slightly irks me and was the very first thing to put me off of her writing. 

Her style of green witchcraft is quite exhaustive...it kind of makes me giggle a bit.

But like I said, I did make use of her coorespondences and the like, its basically regurgitated from every other list of correspondences I've ever seen published.  And her basic rituals...are sometimes useful if you need to have that stuff spelled out for you.  If you want to view a copy of it, I found it on google books and was able to view alot of the book.

thanks for the review Hopecraft, I appreciate that Smiley
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« Reply #69: February 29, 2008, 10:56:59 pm »

And for every newbie too, who else should we avoid pertaining to books/online resources/stores?

Douglas Monroe's 21 Lessons of Merlyn should be treated as if the pages were laced with a particularly potent combination of Yersinia Pestis, Tularemia, Smallpox, and the worst norovirus you ever did see.
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« Reply #70: February 29, 2008, 11:24:58 pm »

That'd be the one! Good ol' Big Blue. Grin

Oooo, Uncle Buckie's Big Blue Sleeping Pill!  I haven't had consistent access to that since I divorced my first husband and that was eons ago.
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« Reply #71: March 12, 2008, 12:06:46 am »

Douglas Monroe's 21 Lessons of Merlyn should be treated as if the pages were laced with a particularly potent combination of Yersinia Pestis, Tularemia, Smallpox, and the worst norovirus you ever did see.

To be quite honest with you, I have never read the book. To me, from the title, it seemed more a work of fiction. I thought it was mis shelved in my local haunt.. lol..
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« Reply #72: March 14, 2008, 06:36:28 pm »

And for every newbie too, who else should we avoid pertaining to books/online resources/stores?

Cassandra Eason should be avoided, I feel. I've read a few books of hers and they were all complete crap. She seems to just pick a cool-sounding topic and then make up a whole bunch of hogwash about it.

I haven't read it, but this book (http://tinyurl.com/ywcg5d) looks especially bad.
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« Reply #73: March 14, 2008, 07:04:42 pm »

Cassandra Eason should be avoided, I feel. I've read a few books of hers and they were all complete crap. She seems to just pick a cool-sounding topic and then make up a whole bunch of hogwash about it.

I haven't read it, but this book (http://tinyurl.com/ywcg5d) looks especially bad.

Oh, that looks bad.
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« Reply #74: March 14, 2008, 08:04:58 pm »

Cassandra Eason should be avoided, I feel. I've read a few books of hers and they were all complete crap. She seems to just pick a cool-sounding topic and then make up a whole bunch of hogwash about it.

I haven't read it, but this book (http://tinyurl.com/ywcg5d) looks especially bad.

"Everyday Practical Magic from Around the World: Gypsy Love Cards, the I Ching, Native American Medicine-wheels And Much More (Hardcover)"

Oh dear. Makes even *my eclectic head spin a bit.
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