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Ynys Witrin

treesofthewood-0018“Isle of Glass” – the historic name for Glastonbury, aka the mystical isle of Avalon.

Anyone who is a fan of Arthurian legend is familiar with the legends of Avalon.  It is the place between worlds where rests King Arthur who waits for a time of great need to return to this world and lead once again.

For Christianity, the significance of Glastonbury seems to begin with the story that the first Christian church was founded by Joseph of Arimathea.  Further figures of religious importance are said to have visited Glastonbury and the abbey erected there, from Saint Patrick of Ireland to Saint David of Wales. Continue reading Ynys Witrin

Witchy Wednesday: Favourite Mythological Creature

This one has kept me stumped for a long time now.  The truth of the matter is that I don’t have a favourite mythological animal.

There are plenty that I think are awesome and interesting.  I’ve always loved the Kraken, Pegasus, Cerberus, the Chimera, etc, but I don’t think I’ve every really picked a favourite.

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It’s Raining …

… and I have a napping baby in my lap, so I thought I would write a post.  See?  I told you I wouldn’t be away too long.

I was reading over some of the other posts in the PBP, and it seems to me that a lot of folks are running out of steam.  There are some interesting topics, but too many of the articles barely break 100 words.

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Tomorrow is the Day: Don’t Forget!

Donate a Pagan Book Day is tomorrow!  For those unfamiliar with this program:

National Donate a Pagan Book Day was established in January 2012 to encourage those who love books to directly donate a Pagan or Pagan friendly book to their local public library or Pagan community center.

(from the NDPBD website)

This is a fantastic way to give back to your local Pagan community, and help those who are just starting out on their path.  It occurs to me, tho, that some libraries may not be open Easter Monday.

If you’re out and about today, you may want to check that out.  Happy donating!

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Book of the Week: Triumph of the Moon

This week’s book may be a little obscure.  Professor Ronald Hutton of Oxford University takes an in-depth and objective look at the history and development of modern British Pagan Witchcraft in his 1999 work, Triumph of the Moon.

This book is packed with information not only of Wicca’s origins, but also of the evolution of modern Pagan thought in general. Hutton illustrates where the concept of an ancient singular great Goddess cult comes from, and examines the people behind the theories.

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Book of the Week: Spiral Dance

This week’s book, Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Goddess by Starhawk is one of my all time favorite books on religious Witchcraft.

Though Spiral Dance was originally written in 1978, the copy I reviewed for this website was the twentieth anniversary edition. I found it very interesting to see how Starhawk’s ideas and practices had changed over two decades.

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Book of the Week: Drawing Down the Moon

In addition to the Good Book List, I’ve decided to add my own book reviews.  I’ll be adding one book per week so as not to overburden myself.  I should be able to keep up for the next few months at least as some of my reviews will be re-prints from my old website.

Once the post is up, I’ll add the link to the Book Reviews page to keep them easily accessible.  If you’d like me to review a specific book, please feel free to add a comment to that page.

First up – Drawing Down the Moon by Margot Adler

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