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Paganism : an introduction to earth-centered religions

Author: Joyce Higginbotham; River Higginbotham
Publisher: St. Paul, Minn. : Llewellyn Publications, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Paganism is a broad term that includes such paths as Wicca, Druidism, and Asatru, whose practitioners embrace the idea that the natural world is sacred. Introduces the beliefs, ethics, and practices of modern Pagans and answers such questions about Pagan beliefs as: What are Pagan rituals like? ; When are the Pagan holidays? ; What do Pagans believe about God? ; What is magick? ; How do Pagans view Satan? ; and What  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joyce Higginbotham; River Higginbotham
ISBN: 0738702226 9780738702223
OCLC Number: 49225658
Description: xvi, 250 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Part I : What is Paganism? --
General characteristics of Paganism ; What does Pagan mean? ; Who is a Pagan? ; How many Pagans are there? ; Where Pagans come from and what they're like ; What Pagans do and when they do it ; Earth-centered religion ; Wheel of the year ; Rites of passage ; What is a ritual? ; What happens in a ritual? ; Ritual tools and symbols ; Is ritual all Pagans do? ; What do Pagans believe? ; Principles of Paganism --
Part II : You are what you believe --
How do beliefs work? ; What is a belief system? ; Claiming the power to choose your beliefs ; Search : Paganism's spiritual foundation --
Part III : Pagan view of deity --
Concepts of deity ; What do Pagans believe about deity? ; God map ; God map story --
Part IV : What about Satan? --
How do Pagans view Satan? ; Pagans, witches, and bad reputations ; Why witch-hunts ; What happened to the accused? ; Look at the biblical witch bias ; Fabricated image ; Social roles of Satan ; Mythological roles of Satan ; Who is a Satanist? ; Can a Satanist be a pagan? --
Part V : Living universe --
Current Western mindset ; Unbroken wholeness : science and a magickal universe ; Ground of being : mysticism and a magickal universe ; Universe as a cosmic TV ; Personal experience and a magickal universe --
Part VI : Magick --
Mechanics of magick ; Iceberg ; Applications of magick ; Limitations of magick ; Your magickal pager --
Part VII : Ethics and personal responsibility --
Who are you? ; Multidimensional self ; Afterlife ; Ethics : what are they? ; Western religious ethic ; Ethics : the Pagan approach ; Pagan ethical systems.
Responsibility: Joyce & River Higginbotham.

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This volume is full of exercises, meditations and discussion questions about Paganism for group or individual study. The text explores how the Pagan sacred year is arranged; what Pagans do in ritual;  Read more...

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