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Drawing Down the Moon by Margot Adler
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Drawing Down the Moon

by Margot Adler

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I read roughly half of this. I liked what I read but I feel I don't want to devote any more time to it. It seems that while Adler's impressions of the genesis of the Pagan movement were very informing, the later addition of work on reconstructionism is rather out of date.

At any rate, I did enjoy the book and would recommend it to anybody looking to learn a bit more about paganism. ( )
  jakebornheimer | Mar 27, 2019 |
One of the first books I read as I began paganism. It was invaluable to me in understanding the diversity of neo-paganism. ( )
  tldegray | Sep 21, 2018 |
This was a really interesting read, but I think might have spoke to me more if I were American? I'm not sure. I do think that reading it earlier in my pagan journey might have made it more valuable to me. ( )
  jwryn | May 11, 2018 |
5 stars for influence and fame. Not easily read and some ideas more akin to psichology than religion. In any case a fascinating book ( )
1 vote annarellix | Jan 31, 2018 |
Classic read for any Pagan. Highly recommend! ( )
  TheReadingMermaid | Nov 12, 2017 |
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...the Thessalian witches who draw down the moon from heaven...
—PLATO, Gorgias
If I beheld the sun when it shined, or the moon walking in
brightness; and my heart hath been secretly enticed, or my mouth
hath kissed my hand: this also were an iniquity to be punished by
the judge: for I should have denied the God that is above.
—JOB, XXXIII, 27-8
Dedication
Many people came across this book, or The Spiral Dance (or any of a number of related books), in some isolated corner of America or the world. Often they found it in a small-town library, or in a used bookstore, or stashed away on a friend's bookshelf. Upon opening its pages, perhaps they said, "I never knew there was anyone else in the world who felt what I feel or believed what I have always believed. I never knew my religion had a name." To these people, this edition is dedicated.
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In the last twenty years, alongside the often noted resurgence of "occult" and "magical" groups, a diverse and decentralized religious movement has sprung up that remains comparatively unnoticed, and when recognized, is generally misunderstood.
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Margot Adler - granddaughter of the renowned psychiatrist Alfred Adler and a reporter for National Public Radio - takes a fascinating and honest look at the religious experiences, beliefs, and lifestyles of the people who call themselves neopagans. Adler interviewed a colorful gallery of diverse people across the United States who believe that each person has a different path to divinity and that monotheism is a form of religious imperialism. She attended many of their ritual gatherings and discovered, contrary to stereotypical images, that most neopagans have no gurus or masters, that their beliefs are nonauthoritarian in spirit, and that they find inspiration in ancient deities, nature, myth, even science fiction. Still the only detailed history and comprehensive report on this little-known and largely misunderstood movement, Drawing Down the Moon has been revised and expanded to include new information on men's spirituality, Druids, Norse Paganism, and a complete guide of newsletters, journals, books, groups, and festivals.
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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. --P. Randall Cohan

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"Almost thirty years since its original publication, Drawing Down the Moon continues to be the only detailed history of the burgeoning but still widely misunderstood Neo-Pagan subculture. Margot Adler attended ritual gatherings and interviewed a diverse, colorful gallery of people across the United States, people who find inspiration in ancient deities, nature, myth, even science fiction. Contrary to stereotype, what Adler discovered was neither cults nor odd sects, but religious groups that are nonauthoritarian in spirit and share of the belief that there is no belief one single path to divinity." "This fully revised edition of Drawing Down the Moon has been expanded to include an updated resource guide of newsletters, journals, books, groups, and festivals."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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