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Author Topic: Decent books/websites for someone with no prior knowledge?  (Read 814 times)

MichelleBlyth93

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Decent books/websites for someone with no prior knowledge?
« on: December 11, 2013, 06:40:23 am »
Hi,

I have recently succumbed to my curiousity for Paganism and witchcraft, I was hoping someone on here could tell me of any worthy books or websites that could teach me the background information/basic knowledge that a new Pagan would require?

I'm not entirely sure which route I want to take with my religion yet, so absolutely any information would help. I'm currently scrolling through the internet for information, but I would like some guidance on where to look, so that I don't take in a load of rubbish.

I really hope some of you will help me, thank you!

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Re: Decent books/websites for someone with no prior knowledge?
« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2013, 07:17:48 am »
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Hi,

I have recently succumbed to my curiousity for Paganism and witchcraft, I was hoping someone on here could tell me of any worthy books or websites that could teach me the background information/basic knowledge that a new Pagan would require?

I'm not entirely sure which route I want to take with my religion yet, so absolutely any information would help. I'm currently scrolling through the internet for information, but I would like some guidance on where to look, so that I don't take in a load of rubbish.

I really hope some of you will help me, thank you!

 
Here is a TC page to start you off: A Pagan Primer
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Re: Decent books/websites for someone with no prior knowledge?
« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2013, 08:02:30 am »
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Re: Decent books/websites for someone with no prior knowledge?
« Reply #3 on: December 11, 2013, 09:22:15 am »
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Hi,

I have recently succumbed to my curiousity for Paganism and witchcraft, I was hoping someone on here could tell me of any worthy books or websites that could teach me the background information/basic knowledge that a new Pagan would require?

I'm not entirely sure which route I want to take with my religion yet, so absolutely any information would help. I'm currently scrolling through the internet for information, but I would like some guidance on where to look, so that I don't take in a load of rubbish.

I really hope some of you will help me, thank you!

I ditto what everybody else said, and I also suggest one of the member's website for seekers. It's got really good information that's written from their personal experiences and gained knowledge.

http://gleewood.org/seeking/
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Re: Decent books/websites for someone with no prior knowledge?
« Reply #4 on: December 11, 2013, 01:14:26 pm »
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I have recently succumbed to my curiosity for Paganism and witchcraft, I was hoping someone on here could tell me of any worthy books or websites that could teach me the background information/basic knowledge that a new Pagan would require?

 Well, here are a couple of interesting web sites:
http://www.paganachd.com/faq/index.html
http://neosalexandria.org/

A good book (published in Scotland, so try the public library)
The path through the forest: a Druid guidebook, by Julie White and Graeme Talboys

The library should also have stuff on Wicca: anything not published by Llewellyn should do.
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Re: Decent books/websites for someone with no prior knowledge?
« Reply #5 on: December 11, 2013, 01:28:35 pm »
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I really hope some of you will help me, thank you!

 
RainbowSnake's already linked to my website, but in particular, my list of titles (and more to the point, why I suggest those and not others) might be of particular interest to you.

(I do not subscribe to the "anything but Lllewellyn" view, as that list will suggest: Llewellyn has put out some highly useful titles, other publishers have put out some really lousy ones: I think that while publisher can tell you some things about a book - for example, if you want highly academically cited and sourced books, Llewellyn is not your choice, but neither are most Pagan publishers - it's much better to take books on their individual merits. Or at least authors.)

Anyway: book list and suggestions are over at http://gleewood.org/seeking/suggested-reading/introductory-books/  and my essay about critical reading and Pagan books is at http://gleewood.org/seeking/suggested-reading/criticalreading/
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Re: Decent books/websites for someone with no prior knowledge?
« Reply #6 on: December 12, 2013, 07:30:26 am »
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RainbowSnake's already linked to my website, but in particular, my list of titles (and more to the point, why I suggest those and not others) might be of particular interest to you.

(I do not subscribe to the "anything but Lllewellyn" view, as that list will suggest: Llewellyn has put out some highly useful titles, other publishers have put out some really lousy ones: I think that while publisher can tell you some things about a book - for example, if you want highly academically cited and sourced books, Llewellyn is not your choice, but neither are most Pagan publishers - it's much better to take books on their individual merits. Or at least authors.)

Anyway: book list and suggestions are over at http://gleewood.org/seeking/suggested-reading/introductory-books/  and my essay about critical reading and Pagan books is at http://gleewood.org/seeking/suggested-reading/criticalreading/

 
thanks to everyone for this information, i'm just about to start looking most of it up and i'm sure it will all come in extremely useful!

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