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1Sile
des. 13, 2007, 5:43pm

Is there any one book, or a few books, that brought you to paganism, or made you consider paganism as a valid spiritual path?

For me, the following were inspirational:

The Bible;
Creative Visualisation by Shakti Gawain;
The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran;
The Alchemist by Paolo Coehlo (his other books pale in comparison);
Natural Magic by Doreen Valiente;
13 Moons by Fiona Walker-Craven; and
The Way of Wyrd by Brian Bates.

They are listed in chronological order, as they appeared in my life. I think the turning point was Shakti's book. It changed my perception of the world in which we live and taught me that I had the ability to alter my life, i.e. magic is real.

2SageWoodWitch
des. 20, 2007, 2:22pm

What brought me to my path wasn't really a book per say...When I was in 5th grade (about 10 or 11 yrs old) I was hanging out at the library with a friend and out of nowhere I thought it would be cool to look up witchcraft...Back then paganism was just starting to really take off in the book industry so libraries didn't yet have anything on the subject other than the old books filled with misinformation. So I looked in a book that claimed witchcraft was evil and the work of the devil and for some reason I knew that it was wrong, so I set out on the quest to find what I felt was right....I told my parents that I wanted to search out and at first I got a tiny shock and worry but luckily my dad's half sister is also a witch so she calmed them down and told my dad to get me a book...So that X-mas my dad got me Silver Raven Wolf's To Ride A Silver Broomstick....I admit that today it's not something I would recommend to anyone but at 11 I wouldn't be able to understand anything like Doreen Valiente so it was right at the time...
So that's my story :-)

3Magelet33
Editat: gen. 30, 2008, 11:57pm

Well, for me, it wasn't a book, persay, but I had several friends who self defined as wiccan, though I would personally call them more pagan in general than wiccan, but hey, not my call. Anyways, I was getting frustrated with the male centric judaism, and started looking around at paganism.

the first book I read was the spiral dance by Starhawk, which is definatly still a book I really like and refer back to. It has plenty of very very basic stuff, but I can still find new, useful things in it, after studying and practicing for sometime.
the second book I got was Scott Cunningham's Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner, which while it was interesting at first, I find it to contain very little of value for me now, having plenty of basics, and not a lot of things which are useful in learning to go beyond the basics. I checked out To Ride A Silver Broomstick from the library early on in my search, and found it anoying, light, and not useful for me, except for her story version of the charge of the goddess, which I still love. Though the poetry is more ritualistic, and can be very useful, the story version really got through to the new to paganism me what it was all about.

I love the Prophet by Kahlil Gibran, and it has always been inspirational for me, in fact, I used to borrow my mom's old worn copy to read all the time when I was young (starting at maybe 11? 10? I know, its pretty young for him, but I liked it), until eventually, it ended up among my books permanently instead of hers lol. but I never would have thought to consider it related to my finding paganism, and it isn't for me.

4RossHartyGothi
oct. 27, 2017, 1:22pm

My Gateway book was 'Poems of the Elder Edda' by Patricia Terry. Prievious to that I would say a comic series called 'The Witching hour' by DC comics. Like SageWood Witch, I was drawn to propaganda like books in elementary school. Around this time a TV series called 'Robin of Sherwood' came out with lots of Pagan imagry, I felt especially drawn to a reoccurring character named Herne. Another Character puzzled me enough to hunt down and pay for Poems of the Elder Edda, an overpriced university textbook, which became my 'gateway book'. Which I read every Thursday, after learning the Etymology of that one day of the week.

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