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Publisher's Summary

If you want to study Paganism in more detail, this book is the place to start. Based on a course in Paganism that the authors have taught for more than a decade, it is full of exercises, meditations, and discussion questions for group or individual study.

This book presents the basic fundamentals of Paganism. It explores what Pagans are like; how the Pagan sacred year is arranged; what Pagans do in ritual; what magick is; and what Pagans believe about God, worship, human nature, and ethics.

  • For those who are exploring their own spirituality, or who want a good book to give to non-Pagan family and friends
  • A hands-on learning tool with magickal workings, meditations, discussion questions, and journal exercises 
  • Offers in-depth discussion of ethics and magick
©2002 Joyce and River Higginbotham (P)2018 Tantor

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AMAZING detail and information....BUT

This book is a dear favorite. When I was starting my path over a decade ago, this book was referred to me by a stranger who said, “read this first, and then see if you still want to study.” This was in a bookstore while teenage me had a stack of books on Wicca and Witchcraft. Thank the gods they did! This book is the BEST starting point I can offer anyone, it’s also still a solid foundation block of reading to this day for my studies.

However, STOP HAVING PAM WARD READ PAGAN BOOKS! I’ve run into her a lot with pagan, Wiccan, and witchcraft books. Looking at her reading history she has no reason to be our narrator. You can tell she doesn’t care, and doesn’t know the subject. She mispronounces a ton of things from holidays, tools, traditions, and even something as simple as “Bonewits” (Dear Pam, it’s not hard, Bone-Wits... just like it’s written.)


Greet book, wonderful information, terrible reader. It saddens me that because of Pam Ward alone, this audio book gets 3 stars.

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One of the very few MUSTS in Paganism

I am new to the idea of paganism, was very informative. I finally felt that I found a home spiritually. very good writing and the narrator was awesome.

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Horrible, confusing and laughable

I thought I would be listening to an adult conversation about Pagan thought and history. What I got was idiotic mediation guides ( like way too many and waayyyyy too long). Ever have an awkward conversation with someone who is trying to explain their hobby to you but it drifts off to a painful 6 hours of dribble? yup that's about as far as I got. If you are interested in Paganism , this " book" will only make you question if you're a nut job. Better books out there.

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If this is your chosen interest, this is your book.

The first chapter is just talking about her own background views. The second chapter is when it really gets into helping you follow and study this path. I very much enjoyed this book!! I soaked it all in.

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great books super informative

this is a great introduction whether you're looking into paganism or looking to learn more about it. if anybody has a family member who is looking into the path of pagan this is a great tool. I wish the person reading the book would have gone a bit slower during the meditation. I had to physically pause my phone to give myself the one minute breather which took me out of the meditative staten But besides that, amazing!

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well written and informative.

my only minor gripe was that the narrator didn't pause for the practices to real time.

Otherwise, it was excellent and gave me a lot to consider.

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Loved the narrators voice!

The narrator is very expressive and the book stays interesting. I learned a whole lot and thank the authors for their book!!

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well written

extremely helpful and explained very well. Definitely a great book! I love how it really broke everything down.

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loved it!!

I loved every chapter. It answered alot of my questions and confirmed, I'm on the right path. ❤

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perfect for beginners

its perfect for beginners. it made me feel very at home and comfortable. it also helped me develop things for the future