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Being a Pagan

Being a Pagan

Druids, Wiccans, and Witches Today

More than 60 pagan leaders and teachers describe in their own words what they believe and what they practice.

• Addresses how Pagans view parenting, organized religion, and politics.

• Introduces the wide range of possibilities within the neo-Pagan movement.

• By Ellen Evert Hopman, author of A Druid's Herbal for the Sacred Earth Year; Walking the World in Wonder: A Children's Herbal; and Tree Medicine, Tree Magic.

Who are the pagans and what do they stand for? Why would some of the members of the best educated, most materially comfortable generation of Americans look back to mystical traditions many millennia old? During the last few decades, millions of people have embraced ancient philosophies that honor Earth and the spiritual power of each individual. Ways of worship from sources as diverse as the pre-Christian Celts, ancient Egypt, and Native American traditions are currently helping their followers find meaning in life while living in the Information Age.

In this book Pagan leaders and teachers describe in their own words what they believe and what they practice. From Margot Adler, an NPR reporter and author of Drawing Down the Moon, to Isaac Bonewits, ArchDruid and founder of a modern neo-Druidic organization, those interviewed in this book express the rich diversity of modern Paganism. Hopman's insightful questions draw on her own experiences as a Pagan and Druid as well as on her extensive research. With coauthor Lawrence Bond, she examines how Pagans address such issues as parenting, organized religion, and politics. The resulting dialogues illuminate the modern Pagan revival.
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  • Destiny Books | 
  • 392 pages | 
  • ISBN 9780892819041 | 
  • November 2001
List Price $19.95
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Page 309
Whether the emotions are planted in an abstract picture or a realistic picture, it doesn't really matter, they are there. This took quite a while for me to accomplish; it happened after I left school.
Now I was free to just think about things, and they would naturally just come out. What I thought about were themes related to Paganism--erotic themes, joyful themes, and beauty. Not the ethereal joy of ascending to heaven but the earthy joys of being with a woman here on the earth, the joys of a sunset, the joys of walking among trees and the shading that you get in the area between the forest and the field. The feeling that you get... see more

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