Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess-Worshippers, and Other Pagans in America

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Penguin, Oct 3, 2006 - Religion - 672 pages
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Now fully revised-the classic study of Neo-Paganism

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. In this new edition featuring an updated resource guide of newsletters, journals, books, groups, and festivals, Margot Adler takes a fascinating and honest look at the religious experiences, beliefs, and lifestyles of modern America's Pagan groups.


  

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Review: Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess-Worshippers, and Other Pagans in America

User Review  - Sebastian Weitzeil - Goodreads

This one took me a while to get through. Mainly because my copy is badly edited, another being I'm not really feeling the writing style. BUT, if you can get through it, there is some really ... Read full review

Review: Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess-Worshippers, and Other Pagans in America

User Review  - Julie Sondra Decker - Goodreads

Adler's book on the Earth religions of the past and the present is one of the most commonly recommended books for anyone on a Goddess path or Pagan path, even though it was written decades ago and ... Read full review

Contents

The Myth of Wicca
The Murrayite Controversy
Witchcraft as Delusion
Witchcraft as an Archaic Pagan Survival
Other Sources of the Witchcraft Revival
A Revisionist History of the Craft
Family Traditions
Gardner in a New Light
Politics and Ecology
Sanctuaries Legal Recognition and Institutionalization
TwentyFirst Century Paganism
Pagan Studies
Shamanism
Contacts Between Pagans and Other Spiritual Groups
Pagan FestivalsThe Search for a Culture
Pagan Festivals Today and the Future of Paganism

Creativity
Validity
Who Defines the Wicca?
How Many Are the Wicca?
Sabbats and EsbatsHow Covens Work
The Modern Craft Traditions
Witches and Persecution Today
Essentials
Matriarchy
Ritual
Confronting the Goddess
Feminist Covens and Traditional Covens
The Streams Converge
Feminism and Paganism in the TwentyFirst Century
Church of Aphrodite
The Beautiful Jewel That Lies in Its Box
Rite as Art
The Church of the Eternal Source
Heathenism
Heathenism in the Twentyfirst Century
A Final Note on the History of Pagan Reconstructionism
Recent Notes
THE BIRTH OF THE ERISIAN MOVEMENT
GREYFACE
The Radical Faeries
Radical Faerie and Gay Pagan Spirituality Today
Coming to Terms with Ones Own Biases
A Voice for Natural People
Working and Living in the World
Urban or Rural?
Ecology
Politics
Psychological and Political Approaches
Occultists as Rebels and Innovators
Other Theories of More Than Passing Interest
A Litanyac
Litany of the EarthMotherad
Self Blessingae
Pagan Ritual for General Useaf
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CURRENT NEWSLETTERS MAGAZINES AND JOURNALS
GROUPS
FESTIVALS AND GATHERINGS
SUMMER
FALL
SOME INTERESTING ADDITIONALWEBSITES
DISCORDIAN WEB SITES
WEB SITES FOR SOME PAGAN TRADITIONS
RESOURCE GUIDE BY LOCATION
OTHER COUNTRIES
PAGANISM AND PREJUDICE
A RELIGION WITHOUT CONVERTS
THE PAGAN WORLD VIEW
THE WICCAN REVIVAL
THE CRAFT TODAY
MAGIC AND RITUAL
WOMEN FEMINISM AND THE CRAFT
RELIGIONS FROM THE PASTTHE PAGAN RECONSTRUCTIONISTS
A RELIGION FROM THE FUTURETHE CHURCH OF ALL WORLDS
RELIGIONS OF PARADOX AND PLAY
RADICAL FAERIES AND THE GROWTH OF MENS SPIRITUALITY
Epilogue
Copyright

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About the author (2006)

Margot Adler has been a radio producer and journalist since 1968, pioneering live, free-form talk shows on religion, politics, women's issues, and ecology. She lectures on the subject of Paganism and Earth-centered traditions and leads workshops on the art of ritual, celebration, and song. She is currently the New York Bureau Chief for National Public Radio as well as a well-known correspondent on NPR's All Things Considered. Her most recent book is Heretic's Heart: A Journey Through Spirit and Revolution.

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