The Privilege (and Limits) of Books

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“Books contain words. Trees contain energies and wisdom books ne’er dreamt of”.

Scott Cunningham, “The Nature of our Way” from Wicca: A Guide For The Solitary Practitioner, Llewellyn, 1988.

Pagans love books. It has been often said that if Christians are “people of the book” then Pagans are “people of the library”. For many of us, especially those without easy access to local groups, covens, groves or moots of actual real-life Pagans, our Pagan education and training comes mainly from books.

Looking at the Pagan community’s “big names”, most if not all of them are authors. Pagan writers sometimes seem to act as spiritual leaders, teachers, and celebrities, all at once.

When someone is new to Paganism in any form, one of the first things they may frequently be recommended is a book, or a reading list.

This is all, by and large…

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