First written in the late seventies, updated in 1986, this book has become a classic. It details Adler’s journey through much of the world’s Pagan community, and contains interviews and observations. A reference work more than a workbook or instruction book, it can be found on many Pagan shelves. It is out of date by a long shot, but still an interesting work. Some folks don’t like it, as it accurately depicts some of the dissensions in the community over issues such as theology, philosophy, and ethics.
Publishing Note: The 1995 edition has some tremendously annoying typeface mistakes, with line after line blurry, bolded, or in italics for no reason at all. The new 1997 edition appears to be free of these mistakes.
“A multi-faceted view of Modern Paganism as it is practiced today. Represented are Reclaiming, Gardnerian, Druids, Santeria, Shamans, Goddess historians, Technopagans, activist Pagans, Radical Faeries, Military Paganism, ex-Catholic Pagans, Spiral Dance, EarthSpirit, Pagan piercers, Pagan child-raising, second- and third-generation Pagans, sacred sex, artists, musicians, origes and more! The ‘spiritual’ sequel to Modern Primitives” — back cover
The Pagan Federation
Diane di Prima
Plus More!” — front cover
“Margot Adler—granddaughter of the renowned psychiatrist Alfred Adler and a reporter for National Public Radio—takes a fascinating and honest look at the religious experiences, beliefs, and lifestyles of the people who call themselves neopagans. Adler interviewed a colorful gallery of diverse people across the United States who believe that each person has a different path to divinity and that monotheism is a form of religious imperialism. She attended many of their ritual gatherings and discovered, contrary to stereotypical images, that most neopagans have no gurus or masters, that their beliefs are nonauthoritarian in spirit, and that they find inspiration in ancient deities, nature, myth, even science fiction. Still the only detailed history and comprehensive report on this little-known and largely misunderstood movement, Drawing Down the Moon has been revised and expanded to include new information on men’s spirituality, Druids, Norse Paganism, and a complete resource guide of newsletters, journals, books, groups, and festivals.”