Needful Stories & Good Advice: Reviews of Low Magick (Lon Milo DuQuette) and The Grimoire of Aleister Crowley (Rodney Orpheus)

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I read a lot of news and opinion, and reading for leisure hasn’t been a big priority in the past couple of years. I have had a strange week though, and it afforded me some offline downtime. So I read two books, one a recent Kindle purchase, and the other a book that I’d had [Read More...]

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Essential Pagan Books: My List (What’s Yours?)

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Work In Progress [I started this and then realized it's going to take some time to finish it. I'll keep this on the blog as a permanent resource, and one that will likely evolve and change.] My friend David Dashifen Kees helped put together a list of essential Pagan books over on HuffPo Religion. You [Read More...]

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Book Review: A Pagan Ritual Prayer Book by Ceisiwr Serith

I used to own A Book of Pagan Prayer by Ceisiwr Serith, so I was excited to receive a copy of his A Pagan Ritual Prayer Book to review from Weiser. To begin with it’s a good size for a prayer book. Small enough to fit easily in a purse or bag with a cover [Read More...]

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Intellectualism and Pagan Pedagogy

The following started out as a comment to be made on Star’s Nov. 9th post, “Elitism: The Intellectual Path in Paganism.” Because what I was writing grew and grew into a pretty wide-ranging little article, I thought I’d go ahead and publish it as its own blog post. So, the references to “you” below are [Read More...]

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Book Review: Exploring the Northern Tradition by Galina Krasskova

A good, solid, human and engaging introductory text to a religion, particularly a minority religion, is worth its weight in gold. Crafting an introduction to a religious practice, mythos, cosmology and values is a bit like walking a tightrope: too far to one side creates a text that is inaccessibly esoteric and too far to [Read More...]

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NPT: New Pagan Translation?

Next week we’re taking a look at theology from a Pagan perspective and as a result I’ve been wading through the classics. I’m finding it a bit frustrating, not because I have problems understanding the philosophers and theologians of ancient times, but because the translations seem off. While reading through Sallust’s On The Gods And [Read More...]

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