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on 5 March 2014
To Walk a pagan Path
Practical spirituality for every day
by Alaric Albertsson

A line from the back copy of this book appealed to me. It says ‘with practical tips for integrating earth-centred spirituality into every aspect of life.’ I’m not a Pagan, but I do seek a connection with nature, so I decided to give the book a go.

Chapter One offers seven steps to a new way of living including: connecting with spirit, creating a sacred space, creating sacred time, sacralize daily rituals, observing regular celebrations, observing seasonal holidays and finding your folk. Each of these steps encourages the reader to think about the sacred and the earth and suggests ways of doing this in everyday life. The chapter includes is information about the pantheons of gods and goddesses relating to different Pagan paths such as the Hellenic, Saxon and Celtic traditions. Each section also includes rituals and invocations which can be adapted to personalise them in a way that suits different paths.

Chapter Two concerns the sacred calendar and goes into depth about the celebrations suitable for different Pagan paths. There is rather a long section describing the celebrations of the Hellenic calendar but the general theme of the chapter is to live in harmony with the seasons and to celebrate in a way that shows an appreciation for nature’s tides.

Chapter Three makes suggestions for simple ways to make the sacred part of daily living. It includes simple rituals to celebrate during each day on waking, at mealtimes and so on.

Chapters Four to Eight included information about familiars, trees, growing fruit and vegetables, keeping bees and chickens, making and preserving food and Pagan crafts. There were several inspiring ideas including: how to train your dog to be quiet and calm while you complete a ritual; a nice spell for writers’ block, using a discarded bird feather; a lovely ritual for ‘bidding’ the land to encourage your plot to be fruitful and a delightful section on creating a midsummer tree, an outdoor equivalent of the yule tree. There was also useful information about making things to help with Pagan rituals such as candles and a scrying mirror,

Chapter Ten was devoted to Yule celebrations.

In some ways, this book is like many books on self sufficiency and living a greener lifestyle, but with the addition of rituals and incantations that give spiritual meaning to these activities.
While sections of this book may be irrelevant to some (bee keeping and keeping chickens), or contained knowledge that is easily available elsewhere (growing vegetables), the addition of ways to make these activities sacred is what sets this book apart.
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on 17 December 2015
I have found there to be very few Pagan books that do not focus on Wicca. This is one of them and it's a breath of fresh air.
Written by a Saxon pagan, this gives a different view to the majority of books I have previously read (without forcing his own beliefs on to the reader)and as such, inspires you to take a new approach or adopt new rituals into your existing spirituality. It covers everything from familiars and food to daily devotions, all the while keeping it simple so it fits in with YOUR lifestyle.
It also gives you ideas from a Kemetic, Hellenic, Celtic, Wiccan, etc perspective. A real eye-opener and a refreshing read.
Superb!
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on 14 January 2015
I really enjoyed this book and find it very useful. from suggestion on spiritual practice and hen keeping to recipes, and much more. won't give you knowledge on theory as it is focused on the practice. the author is a Saxon pagan but give advices also for other pagans; I don't have any knowledge whatsoever so can't say it's accurate but it's definitive useful even if you're not pagan but are looking for a practical way to express your spirituality.
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on 15 December 2014
I really enjoyed reading this book as it gave me a fascinating insight into the customs and traditions of another pagan who walks a slightly different path to me but shares so much in common to my own path. A top read and I admire Alaric Albertsson for taking the time to write it.
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on 28 March 2015
Well written but not enlightning
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on 29 February 2016
Nice book... easy read.
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on 7 March 2016
Great book, thanks
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on 7 October 2014
great book arrived on time, and im very pleased with my purchase
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on 22 April 2015
Very awkward and long to read. Needed breaking up more
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