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The Path of Paganism

By: John Beckett,Kristoffer Hughes - foreword
Narrated by: Charles Constant
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Paganism is a way of seeing the world and your place in it. It means challenging the assumptions of mainstream society and strengthening your relationships with the gods, the universe, your community, and your self. The Path of Paganism provides practical advice and support for honoring your values and living an authentic Pagan life in mainstream Western culture.  

Discover tips for establishing or deepening a regular practice. Explore how your spirituality can help you deal with life's inevitable hardships. Learn the basics of leadership roles and other steps to take as you gain experience and move into more advanced practices. With questions for contemplation as well as rituals to help you integrate new concepts, this book guides you through a profoundly meaningful way of life. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2017 John Beckett (P)2020 Tantor

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More justification than explanation

Most of this book was rationalizing why it's ok to believe in Paganism. If you're a skeptic than this is for you. I'm beyond that phase. I just want to explore new practices for fun and interest. There was some information about what to do and how to do it, but that wasn't the purpose of this book. The narrator was nice though.

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good introduction to paganism

I was curious how much of my own self guided practice aligned with a more "traditional" approach. lots of great info on begining and ritualising your practice. great for beginners looking for a place to start.

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Fantastic book for the pagan and pagan seeker

John Beckett’s writing is always level-headed, humble, grounded, wise and insightful. So it was no surprise to me that his first book The Path of Paganism: An Experience-Based Guide to Modern Pagan Practice kept this same spirit. The book is divided into main areas of focus consisting of contemplating the foundation of what Paganism is, putting those beliefs into practice, having an intermediate practice that goes beyond the 101, stepping into leadership, priesthood and “what comes next” which has a focus on continuing and mastering your spiritual education. Beckett writes, “Much of the “advanced” religious practice (in any tradition) isn’t all that advanced. It’s simply the basics, done over and over so many times it becomes intuitive. It’s not glamorous and it’s not exciting. It just works.”

Beckett states that defining Paganism is pretty much impossible with its myriad of traditions and eclecticism and provides a “big tent” inclusive model with room for everyone, consisting of four main poles holding up that big tent to explain to the types of Paganism. These poles are those who are Natured-Centered, Deity-Centered, Community-Centered, and Self-Centered. These poles create a Venn diagram of intersection creating 13 different types of Pagans. With this understanding of Paganism, we can begin to have a framework of discussion and it’s from this foundation that Beckett shares the wisdom of his experience and ruminations for the book.

One of the things that I like about Beckett’s writing is that he has a very balanced approach, acknowledging religious and spiritual experiences as well as rationality. He tackles issues such as lore and myth versus unverified personal gnosis, an emphasis that bad science makes bad religion, our relationship with nature and society as Pagans and our relationship with ourselves, our gods, ancestors, and our spirits - but most of all our relationship with our spiritual practice.

The beauty of Beckett's broad scope is that any Pagan can read the book and get something out of it, whether one is a Druid, Wiccan, Heathen, Hellenic Polytheist, a Pantheist, an Atheistic Pagan or anyone else whose practices a belief system that would fall under Paganism. There are plenty of rituals and tips for building and deepening a personal practice. Each chapter closes with profound questions for contemplation that anyone can reflect on to help strengthen what the reader personally believes and strengthen their own practice.

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Loved It

was awesome. The narrator is very humbling! Great book for those wanting to know more about Paganism.

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finally it makes some sense

this book really is great for beginners or people just curious to learn general paganism. this is not a step by step manual but thats because your path is your path, however this is such a good starting point.

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Super informative

I have been speaking with friends about their pagan lifestyle and my friend suggested this book. I have felt so hopeful and seen in my journey. I am going to reread it and try some of the rituals outlined within it. It made this world that is shrouded in mystery and drama by the church I was raised in feel so real and accessible.

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interesting and relevant listened a second time

interesting and relevant for my future safe steps forwards as a relative beginner thank you
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A practical overview of Paganism.

I enjoyed this book, it didn't cover anything Pagan in too much depth, but gives an over view of what you need to do to become initialised as a Pagan faith follower, I would have liked more on the origin story and mythology but I guess not a great deal of that survived

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  • 12-29-20

educational and flowed beautifully

informative and structured in a beautiful flow. highly educational. enjoyed every moment of it and the growth that came with it

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