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Old 04-18-18   #1
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Hello, Earth Song!

If no one objects, I would like to recommend a handful of books that were particularly influential to me, as a Witch. As you can see, few of these books are of recent date; in fact, I wish that Lipp's book had been written decades ago!
  • Power of the Witch, by Laurie Cabot (I splurged on a hardback copy for my personal library, several years ago, in fact)
  • The Witches' Way, by Janet & Stewart Farrar
  • Eight Sabbats for Witches, by Janet & Stewart Farrar
  • Celebrate the Earth, by Laurie Cabot
  • The Elements of Ritual, by Deborah Lipp
  • Herb Craft: A Guide to the Shamanic & Ritual Use of Herbs, by Anna Franklin*

*As with most witches, I had owned Cunningham's famous Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs for many rears, until I realized that I had scarcely used it and it wasn't addressing the questions that I was asking. Anna's book did just that, and the massive herbal that I am writing, I hope, will continue that legacy.

BTW I was heart-broken to hear about the passing of my friend, Ffetcher! I've known him for several years and I even considered him a mentor since we both had profound criticisms of Prof. Ronald Hutton's writings!
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Thanks for sharing, Satyr! The Farrars were hugely influential for me as well(back when there were so few books). Although I no longer define myself as Wiccan, I still love those books, and The Spiral Dance, and a few others. Love Marian Green. T. Thorn Coyle, Doreen Valiente, The Andersons (I've had a longstanding flirtation with Feri) and Glennie Kindred these days... but Dion Fortune remains the single biggest influence on my magic, from the beginning and still true today..

(yeah...I'm the walking definition of eclectic)..
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Yes, like you, I know longer define myself as "Wiccan," what with having to re-define myself against "neo-Wiccans"! But, they, along with everything by Doreen Valiante (a hero of mine!) still play a large role in my ritual structure; much like a cozy childhood blanket, or an old worn pair of shoes. Of course, I love Dion Fortune, esp. her thoughtful book about the Qabalah, which allows me to reflect upon and thoughtfully comment upon correspondences in a new light.

Though, I would swear, it almost seems as if Feri has become a significant tend or fad because several folks have been inferring, "What? You're not an initiate, too?!" as if it's something to hold over on others. Of course, those are the wrong reasons to seek out another Trad.
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There will always be people like that; I've been part of a music scene, the occult world and the last 20 years, the dog world...great people (adults) in all three and then... the jerks.

Feri fascinates me on many levels, but I have a firmly entrenched view of the sacred, and just struggled with their image of divinity (the blue god, etc). I'm good friends with a feri priest and I've woven some of their insights into my practise - but not enough to commit to their arduous initiatory training.
I struggle with the word Druid, but it's still closer to what I do than anything else, and hey. I was born a Witch, I'll always be a Witch. Titles and definitions don't interest me that much anymore...
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Hi new guy!
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