For the Modern Paganism book, I have chosen to read Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess-Worshippers, and Other Pagans in America Today (4th Edition) by Margot Adler, which is a classic in Paganism publications. From the ADF recommended readings, I could also choose The Idiot’s Guide to Paganism by Carl McColman (which I also own) and The Triumph of the Moon: A History of Modern Pagan Witchcraft by Ronald Hutton (currently in my wish list but more focused on Wicca). To be honest, I already read Drawing Down the Moon and I loved it. I want to read it again to make my book review on it. The first edition was published in 1979 and my copy is the fourth Edition (2006), which is labeled as completely revised and updated. Based on the book description, “Almost thirty years since its original publication, Drawing Down the Moon continues to be the only detailed history of the burgeoning but still widely misunderstood Neo- Pagan subculture. Margot Adler attended ritual gatherings and interviewed a diverse, colorful gallery of people across the United States, people who find inspiration in ancient deities, nature, myth, even science fiction. In this new edition featuring an updated resource guide of newsletters, journals, books, groups, and festivals, Margot Adler takes a fascinating and honest look at the religious experiences, beliefs, and lifestyles of modern America’s Pagan groups.”
The book review for this title will be due on week 39, following the ADF Dedicant Path Through the Wheel of the Year Working Guide. My old notes are 30 pages in length! I’ll go though them while re-reading the book and begin my review right after.
To be continued!