How disappointing. I had hoped to suggest this work as a good general overview of Paganism, especially because the work says on the cover “The only introduction you’ll ever need”. Unfortunately, it’s lousy. Ms. Crowley has decided that all Pagans are Wiccan, for starters, and has taken it upon herself to present to the reader exactly what it is all Pagans believe. She’s wrong. Not all Pagans are Wiccans, and they certainly don’t all agree on matters of faith, devotion, deity, or practice. Nicely written, well put together, but full of factual errors and conjecture presented as fact.
The Earth, The Gods and The Soul — A History of Pagan Philosophy: From the Iron Age to the 21st Century by Brendan Myers is due in November 2013 from Moon Books, and may be of interest.
“Philosophy was invented by pagans. Yet this fact is almost always ignored by those who write the history of ideas. This book tells the history of the pagan philosophers, and the various places where their ideas appeared, from ancient times to the 21st century. The Pagan philosophers are a surprisingly diverse group: from kings of great empires to exiled lonely wanderers, from devout religious teachers to con artists, drug addicts, and social radicals. Three traditions of thought emerge from their work: Pantheism, NeoPlatonism, and Humanism, corresponding to the immensities of the Earth, the Gods, and the Soul. From ancient schools like the Stoics and the Druids, to modern feminists and deep ecologists, the pagan philosophers examined these three immensities with systematic critical reason, and sometimes with poetry and mystical vision. This book tells their story for the first time in one volume, and invites you to examine the immensities with them. And as a special feature, the book includes summaries of the ideas of leading modern pagan intellectuals, in their own words: Emma Restall Orr, Michael York, John Michael Greer, Vivianne Crowley, and more.” [via]
A Day for Patricia Crowther is a conference at The Belgrave Rooms on Sunday April 6th, 2014 in Nottingham, offered by the Centre for Pagan Studies and the Doreen Valiente Foundation [HT Sorita d’Este].
“A Witchcraft Conference in honour of PATRICIA CROWTHER, Sunday 6th April 2014, 10am-6pm, The Belgrave Rooms (Masonic Hall), Nottingham, with talks by: Vivianne & Chris Crowley, Rufus & Melissa Harrington, Philip Heselton, John Harper … plus the best in Pagan stalls & historic exhibition of Witchcraft Artefacts. Tickets are available at £15 each
We are continuing our series of ‘A Day For …’ events and this year we will be honouring the achievements and contribution to the Witchcraft and Pagan community of Patricia Crowther.
Patricia is one of the few remaining contemporaries of Gerald Gardner and has to be considered one of the true Elders of the Craft. She was initially reluctant to allow us to hold a day in her honour but we have persuaded her that the Craft and pagan communities deserve their chance to pay her their respects and celebrate her so we are very pleased to announce that all being well she will be our guest of honour on the day.
We will also present talks by Vivianne & Chris Crowley, Rufus & Melissa Harrington, Philip Heselton and Patricia’s good friend and astronomy expert, John Harper.
This year we have taken note of past comments and decided to hold the conference out of London. Nottingham has played a part in the modern history of the Craft and is close to Patricia’s home town of Sheffield. Nottingham boasts a lively Pagan community, being the home of Pagan Pride whose volunteers will be on duty to support our event with us and our other major supporter, GreenMantle magazine.
As a venue we have chosen the grandoise and magnificent Masonic Halls called locally ‘The Belgrave Rooms’ which is on the tramline outside Nottingham Trent University less than 5 minutes walk from the city centre’s Market Square. On-street parking in Nottingham is readily available and Sunday rates are £1 per day on the meters.
The doors will open at 10 and close at 6, there will be refreshments and lunch available (you should be able to book your lunch on arrival) and we’ll have a selection of invited Pagan stalls as well as an exhibition from the Doreen Valiente Collection which will be ‘enhanced’ with some on-loan artefacts as well.
Tickets are priced at £15 and all the booking information is available on the Doreen Valiente website. And if you sign up as a Doreen Valiente Foundation member you will receive discounts on tickets and information about other opportunities during the conference weekend.” [via]