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Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Druids,…

Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess-Worshippers, and Other…

by Margot Adler

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    Die Zukunft der Aufklärung. ( Neue Folge, 479 ). by Jörn Rüsen (edwinbcn)
    edwinbcn: The authors of "Die Zukunft der Aufklärung" suggest that neo-paganism is a reaction to the ongoing process of the Enlightenment. The rationality of the Enlightenment seems to call for irrationality.

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YES!! Now, this is the pagan book I've been searcing for... If you want a book that: (A) clearly explains the history and progression of Neopaganism and Wicca; (B) concisely summarizes and clarifies the importance of the major books that inspired/influenced/directly contributed to the movement, and (C) describes the origins and differences of the various traditions and paths - than this is definitely the book!

I am thrilled with it - there is so much information here! Adler has clearly studied the pagan religion inside and out. She discusses all the books which I've seen referenced in various places, and now I feel like I have a much better handle on which ones to read/where to start. Adler also actually took the time to live with and study with a variety of different groups and learn their philosophies and practices. This is amazing, and my hats off to her.

This is, so far, the most useful and informative book on Wicca/Paganism/Neopaganism that I have read. Will be keeping this one on my shelf for years to come. Thank you, Adler, from the bottom of my heart, for giving us this detailed and informative text on our religion. ( )
  catfantastic | Jun 6, 2016 |
I wish I could have liked this, but in the end there was too much Robert Graves-influenced talk of a mythical 'old religion' for me. And in the end just not relevant to me. Some useful ideas here if witchcraft appeals to you. I'm more the druidic type! ( )
1 vote lilwatchergirl | Nov 19, 2011 |
This book has become rather well known and was one of first books published academically focusing on the modern neopagan movement which gained a lot of notice. While the book has become a little out of date as to how much the neopagan community has changed and grown over the years since it was published the first time and even revised later, it still showcases and important time in the history of the neopgan movement and still remains a good book to read about the community and movement itself as a very broad whole. ( )
1 vote earthlistener | Nov 19, 2011 |
Margot Adler is one of the foremost Pagan forerunners of her time. She is very courageous for the places she went and the things she did. As a Pagan and one of the first of many books I have read I still enjoy reading this book from time to time. ( )
  Sassers | May 4, 2010 |
This is an encyclopedic volume with a lot of information, from a lot of different sources. It can be somewhat dry in places, but I found it, over all, extremely enjoyable. This is the book you need if you want REAL information about REAL witches, Wiccans, pagans, Neo-pagans, Druids, etc. ( )
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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
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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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