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    Re: Pagan Forum's Ultimate Book List

    Quote Originally Posted by Shahaku View Post
    Dang it, Thal, I just got done reading through that list this morning to take some titles down to the library... Now I have to do it again?!
    Lol, wait a few weeks, I have about two (handwritten) pages of books to add...and that is before browsing through my kindle!!

    Plus, ya know...I'm updating the other booklists too, and starting a new one.
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    “We still carry this primal relationship to the Earth within our consciousness, even if we have long forgotten it. It is a primal recognition of the wonder, beauty, and divine nature of the Earth. It is a felt reverence for all that exists. Once we bring this foundational quality into our consciousness, we will be able to respond to our present man-made crisis from a place of balance, in which our actions will be grounded in an attitude of respect for all of life. This is the nature of real sustainability.”
    ~~Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

    "We are the offspring of history, and must establish our own paths in this most diverse and interesting of conceivable universes--one indifferent to our suffering, and therefore offering us maximal freedom to thrive, or to fail, in our own chosen way."
    ~~Stephen Jay Gould, Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History

    "Humans are not rational creatures. Now, logic and rationality are very helpful tools, but there’s also a place for embracing our subjectivity and thinking symbolically. Sometimes what our so-called higher thinking can’t or won’t see, our older, more primitive intuition will." John Beckett

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    Re: Pagan Forum's Ultimate Book List

    My apologies if this is a strange question, but I'm a bit confused. I'd always heard that Cunningham wasn't a good source of information... because of the whole not-actually-teaching-Wicca thing. Is it just that he uses an inaccurate label, but is otherwise useful... or have I just heard wrong?

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    Re: Pagan Forum's Ultimate Book List

    Quote Originally Posted by underthesun View Post
    My apologies if this is a strange question, but I'm a bit confused. I'd always heard that Cunningham wasn't a good source of information... because of the whole not-actually-teaching-Wicca thing. Is it just that he uses an inaccurate label, but is otherwise useful... or have I just heard wrong?
    It really depends on what you're using him for. I don't really take any of his wiccan teachings to heart (but again, I'm not wiccan). One of the first books I read when I was starting out was his Wicca for Solitary Witches (that's not what it's actually called. Hm, Wicca 101? Oh! Wicca for One! That's it) ...and I mean, it started me down the path, but that's all I can say about it.

    His magical encycopaedia's though, I enjoy those. His book on magical herbs is informative, and I have his incense, oils, and brews book, and it's got some good magical recipes in it.

    Really though, with every book and every source you read, you should take it with a grain of salt. Even history textbooks are only telling a one-sided story.
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    Re: Pagan Forum's Ultimate Book List

    Quote Originally Posted by volcaniclastic View Post
    It really depends on what you're using him for. I don't really take any of his wiccan teachings to heart (but again, I'm not wiccan). One of the first books I read when I was starting out was his Wicca for Solitary Witches (that's not what it's actually called. Hm, Wicca 101? Oh! Wicca for One! That's it) ...and I mean, it started me down the path, but that's all I can say about it.

    His magical encycopaedia's though, I enjoy those. His book on magical herbs is informative, and I have his incense, oils, and brews book, and it's got some good magical recipes in it.

    Really though, with every book and every source you read, you should take it with a grain of salt. Even history textbooks are only telling a one-sided story.
    Fair point! That makes a lot of sense; thank you for the reply! (:

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    Re: Pagan Forum's Ultimate Book List

    My two pennies worth I figured..

    My practices lay mainly in British and traditional Cornish witchcraft, so my top suggestions are going to be on those subjects. Hope it helps!

    Traditional Witchcraft. A Cornish Book of Ways - Gemma Gary
    The Black Toad - Gemma Gary
    Popular Magic: Cunning Folk in English History - Owen Davies
    A Grimoire for Modern Cunning Folk - Peter Paddon
    Treading the Mill - Nigel Pearson
    Old Tradition Crafte - (translated by) Robin Artisan
    West Country Witches - Michael Howard
    Pretty much anything by Doreen Valiente, a Wiccan author but her work should not be avoided, in my opinion.

    Books specifically on charms, spells and customs:
    Nummits and Crummits - Sarah Hewitt (Just got into this book, but its great.)
    Defences Against the Witches Craft - John Canard
    Protection and Reversal Magic, Beyond 101 - Jason Miller
    Crones Book of Charms and Spells - Valerie Worth
    The Element Encyclopedia of 5,000 Spells - Judika Illes

    Herbs, potions, incense, recipes etc:
    Traditional Witches Formulary and Potion-making Guide - Sophia DiGregorio
    The Complete Book of Incense, Oils and Brews - Scott Cunningham
    Book of Herbs - Sybil Leek
    Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs - Scott Cunningham
    Herbs and Things. A Compendium of Practical and Exotic Herb Lore - Jeanne Rose
    Encyclopedia of Folk Medicine. Old World and New World Traditions - Gabrielle Hatfield

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    Re: Pagan Forum's Ultimate Book List

    A booklist for Naturalistic Paganism: http://humanisticpaganism.com/books/
    “You have never answered but you did not need to. If I stand at the ocean I can hear you with your thousand voices. Sometimes you shout, hilarious laughter that taunts all questions. Other nights you are silent as death, a mirror in which the stars show themselves. Then I think you want to tell me something, but you never do. Of course I know I have written letters to no-one. But what if I find a trident tomorrow?" ~~Letters to Poseidon, Cees Nooteboom

    “We still carry this primal relationship to the Earth within our consciousness, even if we have long forgotten it. It is a primal recognition of the wonder, beauty, and divine nature of the Earth. It is a felt reverence for all that exists. Once we bring this foundational quality into our consciousness, we will be able to respond to our present man-made crisis from a place of balance, in which our actions will be grounded in an attitude of respect for all of life. This is the nature of real sustainability.”
    ~~Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

    "We are the offspring of history, and must establish our own paths in this most diverse and interesting of conceivable universes--one indifferent to our suffering, and therefore offering us maximal freedom to thrive, or to fail, in our own chosen way."
    ~~Stephen Jay Gould, Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History

    "Humans are not rational creatures. Now, logic and rationality are very helpful tools, but there’s also a place for embracing our subjectivity and thinking symbolically. Sometimes what our so-called higher thinking can’t or won’t see, our older, more primitive intuition will." John Beckett

    Pagan Devotionals, because the wind and the rain is our Bible

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    Re: Pagan Forum's Ultimate Book List

    Quote Originally Posted by thalassa View Post
    A booklist for Naturalistic Paganism: http://humanisticpaganism.com/books/
    Ooh! I'll add that to the top post (and then maybe go buy them all on my new kindle)

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldMotherWestWind View Post
    My two pennies worth I figured..

    My practices lay mainly in British and traditional Cornish witchcraft, so my top suggestions are going to be on those subjects. Hope it helps!

    Traditional Witchcraft. A Cornish Book of Ways - Gemma Gary
    The Black Toad - Gemma Gary
    Popular Magic: Cunning Folk in English History - Owen Davies
    A Grimoire for Modern Cunning Folk - Peter Paddon
    Treading the Mill - Nigel Pearson
    Old Tradition Crafte - (translated by) Robin Artisan
    West Country Witches - Michael Howard
    Pretty much anything by Doreen Valiente, a Wiccan author but her work should not be avoided, in my opinion.

    Books specifically on charms, spells and customs:
    Nummits and Crummits - Sarah Hewitt (Just got into this book, but its great.)
    Defences Against the Witches Craft - John Canard
    Protection and Reversal Magic, Beyond 101 - Jason Miller
    Crones Book of Charms and Spells - Valerie Worth
    The Element Encyclopedia of 5,000 Spells - Judika Illes

    Herbs, potions, incense, recipes etc:
    Traditional Witches Formulary and Potion-making Guide - Sophia DiGregorio
    The Complete Book of Incense, Oils and Brews - Scott Cunningham
    Book of Herbs - Sybil Leek
    Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs - Scott Cunningham
    Herbs and Things. A Compendium of Practical and Exotic Herb Lore - Jeanne Rose
    Encyclopedia of Folk Medicine. Old World and New World Traditions - Gabrielle Hatfield
    Added to the main page. Thank you!
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    Re: Pagan Forum's Ultimate Book List

    V, do you want me to just go in to the first post and add in my books from my booklist? Or do you want to do it?

    (I won't get to it until later, maybe by this weekend...I'm about to go to the doctor's)
    “You have never answered but you did not need to. If I stand at the ocean I can hear you with your thousand voices. Sometimes you shout, hilarious laughter that taunts all questions. Other nights you are silent as death, a mirror in which the stars show themselves. Then I think you want to tell me something, but you never do. Of course I know I have written letters to no-one. But what if I find a trident tomorrow?" ~~Letters to Poseidon, Cees Nooteboom

    “We still carry this primal relationship to the Earth within our consciousness, even if we have long forgotten it. It is a primal recognition of the wonder, beauty, and divine nature of the Earth. It is a felt reverence for all that exists. Once we bring this foundational quality into our consciousness, we will be able to respond to our present man-made crisis from a place of balance, in which our actions will be grounded in an attitude of respect for all of life. This is the nature of real sustainability.”
    ~~Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

    "We are the offspring of history, and must establish our own paths in this most diverse and interesting of conceivable universes--one indifferent to our suffering, and therefore offering us maximal freedom to thrive, or to fail, in our own chosen way."
    ~~Stephen Jay Gould, Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History

    "Humans are not rational creatures. Now, logic and rationality are very helpful tools, but there’s also a place for embracing our subjectivity and thinking symbolically. Sometimes what our so-called higher thinking can’t or won’t see, our older, more primitive intuition will." John Beckett

    Pagan Devotionals, because the wind and the rain is our Bible

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    Re: Pagan Forum's Ultimate Book List

    Quote Originally Posted by Monk View Post
    I do like authors like our own Tylluan Penry's whose book "Seeking the Green" and Carl McColman's book"The Complete Idiot's Guide to Paganism. Because they are just that "guides" and both offer information with basic concepts on the topics covered in them. They also promote further exploration on the readers part along with encouraging finding what is right for you without the attitude of because I said it and that's the way it is.

    I hope I don't sound pissed because I'm not, I just tend to come off sounding that way.
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    Re: Pagan Forum's Ultimate Book List

    Quote Originally Posted by thalassa View Post
    V, do you want me to just go in to the first post and add in my books from my booklist? Or do you want to do it?

    (I won't get to it until later, maybe by this weekend...I'm about to go to the doctor's)
    Ooh! Yes please!
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