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Drawing Down the Moon

by Margot Adler

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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 the belief that there is no 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."--Jacket.… (more)
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Adler's thorough study of neopagan and wiccan groups highlights the breadth and vibrancy of the movements. It was fundamental to my understanding of modern wicca. The book is lengthy, but a reader should feel free to skip to the sections that will enlighten them the most, as much of the book is long case studies of various groups. ( )
  RNCoble | Mar 24, 2021 |
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! ( )
  SumisBooks | 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
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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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"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 the belief that there is no 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."--Jacket.

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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.

Available online at The Internet Archive:
https://archive.org/details/drawingdow...
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