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    Three Books To Start A Path

    So we have general reference threads but I wanted to do something a little different. What three books (no you can't have more than three, yes you may exchange one book for another self-contained source (meaning a book for a movie or magazine but not for a tv series or magazine subscription)) would you recommend to a newbie starting on your path and why?
    "It is not simply enough to know the light…a Jedi must feel the tension between the two sides of the Force…in himself and in the universe."
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    Yoda: Dark Rendezvous

    "But those men who know anything at all about the Light also know that there is a fierceness to its power, like the bare sword of the law, or the white burning of the sun." Suddenly his voice sounded to Will very strong, and very Welsh. "At the very heart, that is. Other things, like humanity, and mercy, and charity, that most good men hold more precious than all else, they do not come first for the Light. Oh, sometimes they are there; often, indeed. But in the very long run the concern of you people is with the absolute good, ahead of all else..."

    John Rowlands, The Grey King by Susan Cooper

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    Re: Three Books To Start A Path

    By your path, do you mean Pagan paths in general, or the path that each individual is following, or both?

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    Re: Three Books To Start A Path

    A copy of Antichrist, Superstar (the album by Marilyn Manson). It perfectly defines how to go about facing who and what you are and changing yourself to whatever you wish to become...as in your own god.

    A copy of the Satanic bible. This will give you all the general purpose basic common sense of that smarty farty billy goat.

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    Re: Three Books To Start A Path

    Quote Originally Posted by toxicyarnglare View Post
    By your path, do you mean Pagan paths in general, or the path that each individual is following, or both?
    My original thought was your specific path but I'm not overly picky here. You can be as general or specific as you like just as long as you don't go past 3 books.
    "It is not simply enough to know the light…a Jedi must feel the tension between the two sides of the Force…in himself and in the universe."
    ―Thon

    "When to the Force you truly give yourself, all you do expresses the truth of who you are,"

    Yoda

    Yoda told stories, and ate, and cried, and laughed: and the Padawans saw that life itself was a lightsaber in his hands; even in the face of treachery and death and hopes gone cold, he burned like a candle in the darkness. Like a star shining in the black eternity of space.

    Yoda: Dark Rendezvous

    "But those men who know anything at all about the Light also know that there is a fierceness to its power, like the bare sword of the law, or the white burning of the sun." Suddenly his voice sounded to Will very strong, and very Welsh. "At the very heart, that is. Other things, like humanity, and mercy, and charity, that most good men hold more precious than all else, they do not come first for the Light. Oh, sometimes they are there; often, indeed. But in the very long run the concern of you people is with the absolute good, ahead of all else..."

    John Rowlands, The Grey King by Susan Cooper

    "You come from the Lord Adam and the Lady Eve", said Aslan. "And that is both honour enough to erect the head of the poorest beggar, and shame enough to bow the shoulders of the greatest emperor on earth; be content."

    Aslan, Prince Caspian by CS Lewis



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    Re: Three Books To Start A Path

    Well my three books would be Wicca by Scott Cunningham, True Magick by Amber K, and Earth Power by Scott Cunningham. I began my journey with these books and I still stand by them. Scott Cunningham is one of my favorite authors and so is Amber K. I think they both have wonderful books.
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    Re: Three Books To Start A Path

    A World full of Gods, by John Greer
    Ancient Greek Cults, by Jennifer Larson
    Hellenic polytheism: Household Worship (Published by Labrys)

    Those cover the idea of paganism, the gods, and worship, but I'd really need to add one on morality.

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    Re: Three Books To Start A Path

    Quote Originally Posted by DavidMcCann View Post

    Those cover the idea of paganism, the gods, and worship, but I'd really need to add one on morality.
    If one extra book becomes a common need then I may up the limit to four. I'm looking for short lists deliberately but the choice of 3 vs 4 was largely arbitrary.
    "It is not simply enough to know the light…a Jedi must feel the tension between the two sides of the Force…in himself and in the universe."
    ―Thon

    "When to the Force you truly give yourself, all you do expresses the truth of who you are,"

    Yoda

    Yoda told stories, and ate, and cried, and laughed: and the Padawans saw that life itself was a lightsaber in his hands; even in the face of treachery and death and hopes gone cold, he burned like a candle in the darkness. Like a star shining in the black eternity of space.

    Yoda: Dark Rendezvous

    "But those men who know anything at all about the Light also know that there is a fierceness to its power, like the bare sword of the law, or the white burning of the sun." Suddenly his voice sounded to Will very strong, and very Welsh. "At the very heart, that is. Other things, like humanity, and mercy, and charity, that most good men hold more precious than all else, they do not come first for the Light. Oh, sometimes they are there; often, indeed. But in the very long run the concern of you people is with the absolute good, ahead of all else..."

    John Rowlands, The Grey King by Susan Cooper

    "You come from the Lord Adam and the Lady Eve", said Aslan. "And that is both honour enough to erect the head of the poorest beggar, and shame enough to bow the shoulders of the greatest emperor on earth; be content."

    Aslan, Prince Caspian by CS Lewis



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    Re: Three Books To Start A Path

    I am thinking as Duce included it,the Bible,mainly as an introduction to "Religion" as a general concept.
    For me a second book might have been "the golden bough" as an introduction to "World" religious and culture based belief

    and "Bullfinches mythology" a history of varied cultures and the effects of belief combined with culture. Perhaps more,but mainly studies of the major and minor belief systems to compare the factors that made them the belief they are.
    Also why humans have these "religious" needs in their culture.
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    Re: Three Books To Start A Path

    The Goddess Reawakening - Shirley Nicholson
    Bullfinch's Mythology
    The Bible

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    Quote Originally Posted by anunitu View Post
    For me a second book might have been "the golden bough" as an introduction to "World" religious and culture based belief
    I still haven't read this...

    For me "a beginners guide to magic and wicca" by witchcraft magazine was a great starting point.

    "Norse shamanism" is now my go to book for all basic practises, doesn't even have to be heathen related.

    I can't think of a third right now.
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