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I'm ladyhearted, the maintainer of this group. I have been "officially" Pagan for 10 years, and have at some point in those 10 years called myself an Eclectic Solitary, a covened member of the late great WitchRoots, a hoodoo/rootwork student, a Feri student, a Lucumi/Santeria aleyo, and just a plain old Witch. I've always been a reader, and between us my husband and I have a couple thousand books, at least. I have tons of Pagan/Witchy/spiritual books and hope to have a good time here discussing them with you!
Anyway, please introduce yourself, and feel free to start topics, etc. Let's get the discussion going! Thanks for being here!
Just to get things started, a few questions for all participants... Who are your favorite authors? What part of the country are you from, and do you have much of a pagan community? If you had to pick one book that you would keep with you always, what would it be? Please forgive me if I'm not doing this in the proper manner!
5soulspirals Primeira Mensagem
I'm part of the Reclaiming Tradition of Witchcraft (http://www.reclaiming.org), and an organizer/teacher in my local Reclaiming community (http://www.ithacareclaiming.org).
I most closely gravitate towards the theologies of Starhawk and Phyllis Curott, and they are the two pagan authors I most recommend to students. The number one book on witchcraft I recomend is a tie between The Spiral Dance by Starhawk and Evolutionary Witchcraft by T. Thorn Coyle. For fiction, I recommend that folks read American Gods by Neil Gaiman. For kids, (and adults, really) I recommend Gaia Girls: Enter the Earth by Lee Welles.
I'm not sure which Path i would be considered to follow, Wiccan possibly. I think Starhawks works and Drawing Down The Moon are the spiritual books that have most affected me, and Neil Gaiman is definately my Favorite fiction author.
Nice to meet you all!
While browsing the metaphysical section of my favorite bookstore today, I noticed something that kinda irked me. New-age authors that cater to teens and spellcraft. Books like Teen Witch and items like the How to Turn Your Ex-Boyfriend Into A Toad are really upsetting to me in the sense that they trivialize spiritual beliefs. It's difficult enough, at times, to get society to take paganism seriously. These titles certainly aren't helping any! All of this goes without even mentioning the hazards of putting energy work into the hands of children! I won't even go into the ethics aspect of it!!! Thank you so much for allowing me to rant :) Lori
I just stumbled across this site...and this group, so I thought I would join. *smiles*
Although I loathe the standard intros (I usually avoid them like the plague)...and hate posting some sort of magical resume with it...lol...here is a short and sweet one.
I am not Wiccan nor do I consider myself a witch. I use the word pagan, for want of another one....one that I have yet to find...LOL. I do practice magic (Ceremonial and Chaos mainly) and have been for quite a few years.
I love to read and have a nice collection of books, as many do when following such a practice. I have a tendency to read books outside the 'occult' genre, but they mean just as much to my practice.
I'm pretty active in a few pagan forums and run a study group in one of them (for the book Celestine Prophecy). Lori, I do agree with you….the commercialization of magic has become quite…distasteful. *shrugs* But…such things are for a purpose…and sooner or later…the Universe will explain it all.
Anyway...that was semi short and hopefully sweet..*smiles*...so I will stop while I am ahead.
Yay, more pagans addicted to LT!!! And the meme continues ;)
I'm Lupa, bibliophile and LT addict! I've been studying and practing various pagan and occult topics for about a decade now. My primary focus has been on animal magic and related areas, but a few years ago I discovered Chaos magic, which served to really open up my worldview a lot more and diversify my practice. I live in Seattle with my husband Taylor Ellwood, Sun Ce the cat, Tatzelwurm the ocellated skink, and too many books and art supplies.
I love reading; my latest conquest was Exploring Shamanism, which is one of the best basic overviews to shamanism I've read. However, other influential books for me have been Animal Speak (which was my first pagan-related book ever), Prometheus Rising which I've used to break my brain in a good way on numerous occasions, and The Paradigmal Pirate which really explained Chaos magic to me; though I started with Peter J. Carroll's works, "Pirate" really clarified some things for me.
Taylor and I are both authors, too--we're so crazy about books that we decided to write our own ;) He coauthored Creating Magickal Entities and solo wrote Pop Culture Magick and Space/Time Magic. My first book, Fang and Fur, Blood and Bone: A Primal Guide to Animal Magic came out this past May. We're also very involved with our publisher, Immanion Press/Megalithica Books.
So our lives basically revolve around esoteric books and related activities. We have the great fortune to live in the city that has the highest number of book stores per capita in the country, which of course means that our library gets to grow even faster :P
Nice to meet y'all :) I'll quit rambling now--I got the "longest way to tell a very short story" award back in 8th grade, and apparently I'm still the defending champion!
Books and learning are a structural pillar of my being, I can't imagine life without them. I've always been oddly obsessed with words, language and just the tactile pleasure and security I associate with the physical presence of texts of all types.
People who identify Pagan or Witch, in my experience, are very diverse and broad minded and I am eager to delve the collections, share ideas, and discover new avenues of thought from all of you.
Good reading to you!
Im from South Africa, Gauteng. There arent too many peole whre i live that appreciate Wiccans/Pagans or anyone who isn't christian for that matter. So we tend to be mostly solitaries in this area since our coven unfortunately broke up because of members never showing for meetings.
Im a Tarot and Futhark Rune Reader, and i am fluent in reading and writing in Futhark. Dabbled a bit in palmistry but it wasnt for me.
Unfortunately ive never been big on Wiccan/Pagan books, i find most of them quite annoying actually since most of the ones ive read just completely had everything backwards or were just plain far fetched! Specifically The Witches Bible by some or other husband and wife combo if i am not mistaken? the book just makes Wiccans look so stupid. My oppinion anyway.
Could anyone suggest any nice books?
14Tinkerbell-NL Primeira Mensagem
I'm 38 and living in The Netherlands. My favourite pagan author is Phyllis Curott. I've attended two workshop weekends by her and met her a few times more.
I have a weblog (http://tinkerbell-nl.blogspot.com), where I write about my life including witchy stuff.
I've been officially on the Pagan path for 14 years, but I've been interested in paranormal things since childhood. My favorite topics tend to lean toward Hermetic/Esoteric studies, but in practice, nature magic comes, well, naturally. I also do some basic astrology and read tarot.
I'm in Texas and therefore right in the bible belt. There is a pagan community in the greater area around where I'm at, but not really too close by. I've tried driving distances in the past, but have not done so very much recently. I also work as a bookseller, so I like to connect to people in that way.
I think that I am an Eclectic Pagan, still in the studying process. Which means that I have plenty of books, but lacking experience.
Who are your favorite authors? My favorite authors are at the moment; Patricia Telesco and Scott Cunningham.
What part of the country are you from, and do you have much of a pagan community? I'm from The Netherlands.
If you had to pick one book that you would keep with you always, what would it be? "Magick made easy" by Patricia Telesco. I find it a such an inspiring book.
That's all for now.
22kali_licious Primeira Mensagem
I've been pagan for 16 years. I started out Wiccan and took a left turn at Albuquerque. I call myself an Eclectic Discordian Santerian Pagan that's drifting towards Feri. We do have a pagan community here in Indianapolis, but I'm more of a solitary kinda gal at heart.
Favorite Pagan Book? Right now it's Evolutionary Witchcraft by Thorn Coyle. Pagan authors, I can't settle on just one. (See my library;)
OT, I think I have some LJ friends in common with you, ladyhearted. (Shloma and Tempest)
I am not really a witch, but I loved avatar for this group so much, I just had to join.
Like I said, I am not really a witch (or warlock or whatever you might call the male counterpart) but neither am i much of anything else either. I work as a chaplain at a hospital, which means I see everything from Christian fundamentalists to wiccans, and I am pretty comfortable with whoever.
I am currently reading The Spiral Dance, and just enjoying the good people on LT who are a bit outside mainstream thinking.
I'm a Dane and I've been a practising with for the last 14 years or so. I came to it via the collection of goddess spirituality books at the local library and the very - very - few books on modern witchcraft you could find at the time. Such as the Danish favorite Heksens håndbog by Danni Druehyld.
I normally say that I'm an eclecting pagan and witch, but I have done work within the Reclaiming tradition and I wholeheartedly agree with the recommandation of Evolutionary Witchcraft made earlier. Great book.
At the moment I'm chewing my way through Helrunar and rereading The Pagan Book of Living and Dying .
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31SageWoodWitch Primeira Mensagem
I just found this group so here I am. I've been on LT for about a year but haven't been too active, that's slowly changing. I'm 21 and live in Massachusetts. I'm a Business student for now but will go on to studying world and comparative religion. I'm a huge book worm and my LT list doesn't even put a dent on my actual library. I've been a studying/practicing eclectic witch for about a decade and I love meeting new people so feel free to drop me a line anytime!
32Jennifersmirage Primeira Mensagem
I look forward to exchanging ideas, experiences and wisdom with other group members.
Still forever learning.
Just finding my way around librarything and noticed this group..hopefully not too dormant!
Well, I haven't defined myself as such as I often have difficulty doing this but I do have an affinity with the Hedgwitch path, the solitary witch but that by no way means I am a grumpy soul who doesn't like people! I try and encorporate the values, beliefs and practice in all aspects of my life but sometimes the stress, strains and worries of life and work get in the way!
I also read Runes and have my own hand made set - made from beech tree branch - although I have only been doing this for 3 years or so and am very much learning all the time!
Looking forward to perusing your collection and reading your reviews. :D
My favorite author thus far is Scott Cunningham, and my favorite book is his Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs. I've found it invaluable. I'm smack dab in the middle of Ohio, in a tiny little town, which I love for the most part. Shopping for groceries is limited, let alone good pagan books LOL!
A friend recommended this site, and I was just peeking around, seeing what groups there were, and was over the moon to see there was a pagan group here as well! I hope there will be a bit more activity here soon, as I plan to spend quite a bit of time on here once the weather cools, and hope to learn much from all of you!
Welcome to the group. There are a few pagan/witchy groups here at LibraryThing, but I find the same groups at Goodreads much more active. :(
Looking forward to hearing from all of you.
I'm D also known as Hemlock on a few other sites.
I've been a practicign witch for around 11 years now. As far as specifics on path, I'm an eclectic I suppose. My moral and religious beliefs are mostly Buddhist, my magical practice is a mixture of ceremonial and hedge witchery depending on what I'm doing at the time.
I'm from the Appalachian region of America (mostly lived in Kentucky and Tennessee) but I grew up an Army brat so I've lived all over the US. Eventually I'd like to live in New Orleans since it's been my favorite place I've traveled to so far (though, I've never been out of the country so...).
Right now reading books on aromatherapy, tarot, and some pagan fiction.
I can't help noticing that there are very few English authors listed on the Touchstones so I'll suggest a few of the most respected over here in Pagan books;
Jaq D. Hawkins
Austin Osman Spare
Peter J. Carroll
A. E. Waite
Those are the first that come to mind.
I also enjoy Israel Regardie, and recently I've started enjoying Raven Grimassi.
I've been a practicing witch for about 12 years now, and enjoy the fact that I'm constantly learning new things.
I have around 40 Tarot decks I've accumulated over the past few decades, and I have many books on Paganism, ceremonial magic, Tarot, astrology, Celtic lore, and the Western mystery tradition. And I never tire of learning. I'm also a student of Norse lore and runes, but my teacher is of the country-Norse persuasion and not Asatru. Most of my Pagan practice in recent years has been solitary, due to my like-minded friends no longer gathering in groups except at conferences or festivals.
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