Pagan Paths: A Guide to Wicca, Druidry, Asatru Shamanism and Other Pagan Practices Paperback – 7 Mar 2002
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"an essential reference work...a simply written, highly accessible guide to the pagan way" (Prediction)
"an excellent primer, taking in all the traditional earth-centred rituals as well as the more recent emergence of eco and cyber-paganism" (The Times)
Pagan Paths is an accessible, expert guide to the different paths within the flourishing modern Pagan movement, including Wicca, Druidry and Shamanism.See all Product Description
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It's always hard to answer the question us pagans often get asked by non-pagan friends "what exactly is a pagan?". In the future, instead of trying to explain paganism and often getting the person even more confused, I am just going to lend them this book.
It includes all the major pagan paths, as well as some of the less main stream ones. It also has some great sections about ethics, using magick and the future of paganism.
I don't often get past the first few chapters of most pagan books, but Pagan Paths is great. It is easy to read with a very friendly and down to earth style of writing, as well as funny, interesting and informative.
I would reckonmend it to anyone, new, old or just curious.
My only (very small) complaint about this otherwise brilliant book, is that it's slightly unbalanced, with five chapters on various different traditions of Wicca/Witchcraft, while other paths have only one chapter, or less (in the cases of a few, such as Eclectic Paganism, and Male & Female Mystery Groups). However, this is more than made up for by the excellent chapters on magic, first tackling ethics, and _only then_ moving on to the actual _use_ of magic. The different types of magic section is very useful and interesting, even if you've been using magic for some time. The final chapters about the future of Paganism and "Where do we go from here?" wrap up the book brilliantly, setting you free of persue what path you will.
Like a previous reviewer, I will be lending this book out a lot, instead of attempting to explain what Paganism is to people. This is a book every RE teacher should read.
Finally, a tip...
LOOK AT THE BACK.
Like many Pagan books, this one has sections that point you in the directions of other books, websites, organisations, give a useful glossary and basically give a wealth of extra information that can point you on where to go next.
Where Pete Jennings excels is in his wide ranging and detailed descriptions of the various paths open to modern pagans. It is true this book does include a guide to what is paganism but this is only an overview, and in my opinion not the best part of the book. I found this basic knowledge in the excellent WICCA (Scott Cunningham) and The Wicca Bible (Ann-Marie Gallagher).
I feel this is a book for someone that has acquired a sound basic knowledge of the subject, decides they wish to go further, and needs guidance how to go about it.
"Pagan Paths" is therefore essential reading but not a one stop guide.
The author clearly wrote this for the newbies in mind, the best part is the reference section at the end, which details the books, websites etc.. So you can make up your own mind on what path seems more attractive to you, also there is a really good chapter on magic and it's uses.
This really is a superb book, and it's a shame that a lot of authers don't write in this style.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Informative and balanced. The book came in the condition as described in a timely manner. Pleasure when purchases go this smoothly and the book is so enjoyablePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
A very interesting read that is not diminished by the passage of time since its writing. My only minor quibble was the lack of real mention of Celtic traditional paganism in any... Read morePublished 11 months ago by James Batty
Reading this book has confirmed my belief that I am a pagan and has left me with a clear direction to follow.Published 17 months ago by Andrew B.
Received the book by described date. I wanted a book that would be easy to understand the subject that I was interested in. Read morePublished 17 months ago by I D Lowe
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