Irish-American Witchcraft: Books On Irish Paganism and the Fairy Faith

Image of assorted books of fairies / M. Daimler 2015

When it comes to my particular flavor of witchcraft people occasionally ask me to recommend books that would be good for people interested in following the same approach. There are many other really important books that a person should be familiar with and I thought for this week’s blog I’d give a short list of some of them as well as a few other mixed media items that can be enormously helpful in familiarizing people with the mythology and folk practices. [Read more...]

Spear of Athena: Books for the Curious and New

Images courtesy of (left to right) Harvard University Press / Harvard University Press / The University of North Carolina Press / Simon and Schuster

Shifting to a polytheistic theology takes more than just reading a couple of books; it helps to learn about models which have persisted into the modern world, too. So here is Conor’s slightly different list “starter” books: two for historical background and two for just starting to foment a new perspective. [Read more...]

Syncretic Electric: A Brief Reflection on Fiction

Julian Betkowski

Fiction definitely had a great impact on my life, as it continues to do. However, in the end, I was not brought into Paganism by these delightful fictions. I grow nervous when people appeal to these beloved friends of mine as support for their belief and practices, not because I doubt the sincerity of their belief or the efficacy of their action, but because I wonder how we could have read these same books and come to such different conclusions. [Read more...]

Druid Thoughts: Pagan Portals

Spirituality without Structure

Introducing Pagan Portals from Moon Books: focused introductions to particular areas of Paganism, including Nimue Brown’s new SPIRITUALITY WITHOUT STRUCTURE. [Read more...]

Druid Thoughts: Beauty in Tears

Beauty in Tears

I’m interested in the capacity of pain to open us up, breaking the protective prisons we build, cracking us open as we feel things we really didn’t want to. Pain can be a great teacher, and sometimes the right pain at the right moment can be a great healer. [Read more...]

Druid Thoughts: Beyond Novicehood

Druidry and the Ancestors

When you start out as a Pagan, it’s not difficult to find reading material. Then comes a point when the books start to feel a bit samey: Yet another rough guide to the Wheel of the Year. Yet another quick list of standard deities. Where are all the mind-expanding secrets? Where’s the long-awaited ancient wisdom? [Read more...]