Neopagan Witchcraft the Botanists

Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess-Worshppers, and Other Pagans in America Today, Third Edition, by Margot Adler. This is the latest edition of the classic book about the Neopagan movement in America — a book that galvanized the very community it was describing and changed it forever. Every member of the Neopagan, Wic-can, and/or Goddess Worship movements in the USA should own this book — at least if they want to understand our history since 1960. Note, however, that the "present tense" discussions of specific organizations and some other topics have inevitably become somewhat dated.

A Community of Witches: Contemporary Neo-Paganism and Witchcraft in the United States, by Helen A. Berger. A look at the evolution and growth of Wicca in the U.S. over the last three decades.

Witchcraft & Paganism in Australia, by Lynne Hume. A scholar from Down Under describes the history of Australian Wicca and the ways in which it has adapted to a very non-European environment.

Magical Religion and Modern Witchcraft, by James R. Lewis [Editor]. An anthology of essays by scholars, some of them within the Neopagan community, others complete outsiders.

Persuasions of the Witch's Craft: Ritual Magic in Contemporary England, by T. M. Luhrman. An anthropologist's "participant observation" research into the structures, personalities, beliefs, relationships, and concerns in some British covens. Highly educational for anthropologists and other social scientists, especially about the ethical and emotional conflicts inherent in pretending to join a religious community.

Never Again the Burning Times: Paganism Revived, by Loretta Orion. A sociological examination of U.S. Neopagans, built around a survey the author distributed at a number of Pagan festivals. Some interesting and intriguing insights into what makes Neopagans who and what we are.

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