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A triumph indeed., 17 April 2002
Have you read Margot Adler? Have you studied Dion Fortune? Have you skimmed The Farrars and danced with Starhawk? Have you immersed yourself in all the books you could possibly find on Modern Paganism, Witchcraft, Druidry and Wicca and now consider yourself to be in officially educated confusion? Then throw them all away, and read this instead.
On second thoughts, don’t throw them away, just keep them very very close at hand as you’ll wish to re-read and cross-reference until your eyes are spinning once you but glance at the Notes completing The Triumph of the Moon. Never mind the chapters, this book is worth buying for the references alone. Suffice to comment that it draws extensively from previously unpublished sources and stems from direct personal contact with some, if not all, the alleged greats of modern pagan witchcraft’s last half century. Hutton handles the politics of bitchcraft and the machinations of social history with great skill, and if you are searching for a possible history of modern pagan witchcraft based on fact rather than whimsical conjecture then you could do no better than to rest awhile here.
In fact, overall one could do no better than to take this text as a foundation for all other forays into the field. For in wading through these mists of pagan historiography Hutton manages to hold aloft a fog lamp for the wayward seeker, providing a plethora of roads to study and arming the would-be student with a map and compass of understanding with which to explore these diverse and controversial fields yet still further. What he does not do is provide anyone with any answers, but then with religion one could argue that there aren’t any anyway.