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Cover Shot - Click here to order The Spiral Dance from Amazon.comThe Spiral Dance - Paperback © copyright January 1989 by Starhawk.  Published by Llewellyn Publishing; ISBN: 0062516329

Possibly one of the best books on neopaganism, Starhawk's introduction to a nonseperatist form of feminist Wicca is a must-read for any person seeking to understand more about Wicca, modern witches, the Goddess, and/or neopagan feminism.

If someone comes up to me and says "I feel like I've come home", or "I just found out that there's a name for what I've believed all these years", chances are, they've just read "The Spiral Dance" for the first time.

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Cover Shot - Click here to order Wicca : A Guide for the Solitary Practicioner from Amazon.comWicca : A Guide for the Solitary Practicioner - Paperback © copyright November 1990 by Scott Cunningham.  Published by Llewellyn Publications; ISBN: 0875421180

Written by one of the most prolific, and often-quoted names in modern pagan literature, this introductory guide to Wicca is easy to read, and highly accessible to anyone, no matter who they are, or where they are living.  Wicca, one of many modern neopagan paths, has within it many branches, and Scott Cunningham has thoroughly explored, documented, paved and marked one of the most moderate of those, making its naturally broad appeal even more accessible to anyone interested in taking up Wicca as an expressiong of their own inner earth-oriented spirituality, though of course he has done it in a way that is friendly to the landscape through which it passes.

This introductory guide is one of the best ways that the average person can approach Wicca, and learn more about it.  Long-gone are the days when access to the paths of Wicca was exclusively through initiation into a coven;  now even the most remote and inaccessible parts of the Earth are open (and highly suited) to its practise, as the door lies within the practicioner's own heart.

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Cover Shot - Click here to order Drawing Down the Moon from Amazon.comDrawing Down the Moon : Witches, Druids, Goddess-Worshippers, and Other Pagans in America Today - Paperback © copyright March 1997 by Margot Adler.  Published by Penguin USA; ISBN: 014019536X

Popular demand for this clear-sighted compendium of information about the rebirth of Pagan religions hasn't waned since its initial publication in 1979. Distinguished by the journalism of National Public Radio columnist Margot Adler, Drawing Down the Moon explains this diverse and burgeoning religion's philosophies and activities while dispelling stereotypes that have long been associated with it. Most people don't realize that pagan simply refers to pre-Christian polytheistic nature religions, such as the various Native American creeds, Japanese Shinto, Celtic Druid, and Western European Wicca. Originally, the word pagan meant "country dweller" and was a derogatory term in Rome in the third century A.D., not unlike calling someone a hick today. If you find yourself feeling queasy when you hear the words witch or pagan, a healthy dose of reeducation via Drawing Down the Moon could be the cure.

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Cover Shot - Click here to order Triumph of the Moon from Amazon.comTriumph of the Moon - Paperback © copyright January 1989 by Ronald Hutton.  Published by Oxford Univ Pr; ISBN: 0198207441

This belongs on your shelf right next to Margot Adler's "Drawing Down the Moon" if you are pagan or interested in Neo-pagan history. Ronald Hutton's new book is the only complete history of Neo-paganism (addressing both pre- and post-Gardner history) available to the pagan community. Written thoughtfully by by a historian who possesses impeccable research skills, healthy skepticism, an open mind and a willingness to admit ambiguity, Hutton deals with some of the complex aspects of Wiccan history that have been very controversial within the movement, exploring the connections Wicca has with Romantic poets and intellectuals, Freemasonry, the Rosicrucians, the Golden Dawn, cunning men and women, Crowley, Gardner, Valiente, feminism, the gay rights movement, and numerous other people and sets of ideas which have created and affected modern witchcraft. This book brings together so much. Please read it

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