Hey, so i'm just curious..Posted on 02/03/09, 12:37 am
Reply #1 02/03/09 3:36pm
I'm not personally aware of any one book that covers all the different paths within paganism; but when I was first trying to learn for myself, on my own in Liverpool, Marian Green's books were all the rage. (At that time, it was extremely difficult to find out about any active pagan groups or covens, people were still very secretive in order to keep their jobs and hold their families together!)
If you can still get hold of any of her writings, that would be a good sensible introduction to paganism overall, without bogging you down in too much detail about the differences between groups.
And while I don't particularly define myself as a druid, Emma Restall Orr's books are a good introduction to that side of paganism.
I'm not saying I agree with every single word either writer says - but that's a good thing as well. Paganism should be about questioning everything you're told and making up your own mind :)
Reply #2 02/03/09 6:36pm
Well, you are here, so there's a start. For reading, you might try Ramond Buckland or for a lighter touch Cassandra Eason, also your local library is bound to have some sort of collection to get you started. As you have access to the internet, there are many forums and groups. If you are a more social soul, you may find a local pagan or wiccan group and go along to an informal gathering. Subscription to pagan magazines/newsletters is always interesting.
Paganism is a very ancient belief system, and differs from culture to culture and is a very individual thing. Phoenix is quite correct, it is about questioning and examining where you as an individual want to go. You don't have to join a specific group. I like many, am a solitary, but use this site and others as a way of connecting with like minds and learning how others practice their spirituality in daily life. Feel free to question...you will get many replies...but the answer will be within yourself. love, light and peace
Reply #3 03/12/09 2:14am
Ok, so I'm very late in replying, but I'll throw in my two cents, for what they're worth ;)
I find Starhawk's "The Spiral Dance" very inspirational...I just find her a very inspiring person in general though. Janet and Stewart Farrar have written some excellent things. Scott Cunningham is pretty relaxed and easy to read, yet generally informative. I also had a book called "Wicca - A Year and a Day in the Craft" when I started out that gave you daily excercises and reading that was just interesting to do. I liked these authors because none of them say "this is completely the way things are", like Phoenix said, it's about making up your own mind :)
Reply #4 04/07/10 8:47pm
I have to say that people should stay away from Cunningham, though he is knowledgeable he is a difficult read and he is set to his own ways and thats it. He is pretty closed minded. Silver RavenWolf is a good starter book that is not based in any of the specific aspects of paganism
Reply #5 04/02/11 1:17pm
I'm new to studying my spirituality, so thank you for the book recs everyone.
This is a group for people that are shy about meeting others that have the same beliefs that they have. This group will talk about the challenges in the pagan community as well as learning about new members, and beliefs simular to your own.