Book Sharing

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Tue, 03-29-2011 - 8:19am

Good Morning.

I am currently reading The Tao of Pooh and the Te of Piglet by Benjamin Hoff.

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Tue, 03-29-2011 - 11:56pm

I could talk about books all day! I am a huge bookworm and am always reading something. I often am reading three or more books at one time. There have been a number of books that have been important to me in my life. I don't want to overwhelm you with all of them in one post, so I'll introduce them gradually through other posts.

The one I want to tell you about is An Unknown Woman by Alice Koller, which I've read several times. It's a memoir, that takes place in 1962. She is 37, single, has a PhD in philosophy, doesn't have a job and doesn't have a home (she crashes with friends). She doesn't know what she wants to do with her life, so she rents a beach house on the island of Nantucket for three months in the middle of winter. Her only companion is a German shepherd puppy that she names Logos (in philosophy the word means knowledge). She is looking for the truth about her life and she becomes suicidal at one point. But she emerges stronger in the end.

An Unknown Woman taught me that you can live your own life according to your own rules, that you don't need the white picket fence and the 2.5 kids in order to be happy. You can strive for something more and be free to be yourself.

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Wed, 03-30-2011 - 1:53am

The literature that has become most important to my spiritual path is a collection of myths and legends from Wales that is called the Mabinogion. They are ancient tales, which were collected and written down in the Middle Ages. One of the most famous translations was done by Lady Charlotte Guest, who was a contemporary of the Irish poet William Butler Yeats.

The stories are important to me because many of them concern the Welsh horse Goddess Rhiannon, who is my main Goddess that I follow. The books were also written as fantasy novels by Evangeline Walton. There are four books in the series: Prince of Annwn, The Children of Llyr, The Song of Rhiannon and The Island of the Mighty. The prince of Annwn is Pwyll, who was the first (and mortal) husband of Rhiannon. The first book relates of how Pwyll became a lord of the Otherworld (Annwn) and his courting of the Goddess Rhiannon. The second book concerns Bran and Branwen, the children of the sea God Llyr and of a battle fought between Ireland and Wales. The third book tells of what happens after the battle and the courting of Manawyddan (Bran and Branwen's brother) and Rhiannon. The fourth book tells the story of Llew and his flower bride Blodeuwedd. To me, the books are as important as the Bible is to a Christian.

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Thu, 03-31-2011 - 9:22am

Thats sounds like just the sort of book my Partner would love. Im going to share the info with her. Thanks!!

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Thu, 03-31-2011 - 9:25am

They sound really interesting. And the fact that they go back as far as they do is awesome. Yeats is one of my favorite poets by the way. :smileyhappy:

Im glad you have these books. I know for me, reading something in a book that touches me, is really uplifting and validating. (if there is such a word LOL)

Peace,

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Thu, 03-31-2011 - 3:14pm

Another favorite book of mine is A Snowflake in my Hand by Samantha Mooney. She worked at the Animal Medical Center in New York City and specialized in cats with terminal illnesses, particularly cancer. You get to know each of the patients very well. The book is heartrending, though, if you are an animal lover like I am. Even though I cry all the way through it, the book is a beautiful one to read, because of all the care that Samantha Mooney and her team have for the cats in the hospital. I've looked all over online to see if she's written anymore books (this one was written in the early 80s), but A Snowflake in My Hand appears to have been her only book.

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Mon, 04-04-2011 - 1:49pm

I love those books and I have both of them in my "spiritual library." ;) I have a lot of books I've collected over the years, a lot of Zen, as well as various Pagan and New Age authors. One pivotal book long before I found my way to the Goddess and God, was Zen Mind, Beginners Mind by Shunryu Suzuki. In those days I was a member of a small local Zen group, and sat meditation in their zendo. Even though I did not find that to be my final path, the wisdom applies and still sticks with me now. :) As for Pagan books, Scott Cunningham's books for the Solitary Practitioner, Starhawk's Spiral Dance are still my favorites.

Some others that have been helpful on my journey:

DON'T PUSH THE RIVER by Barry Stevens (1970).

NOTHING SPECIAL: Living Zen by Charlotte Joko Beck (1989).

WOMEN WHO RUN WITH WOLVES by Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Ph.D.

THE ONCE AND FUTURE GODDESS by Elinor W. Gadon

THE CELESTINE PROPHECY series by James Redfield (1993)

THE FEMININE FACE OF GOD: the Unfolding of the Sacred in Women by Sherry Ruth Anderson & Patricia Hopkins (1991).

THE ZEN ENVIRONMENT by Marian Mountain

THE FOUR AGREEMENTS (Toltec Wisdom) by Don Miguel Ruiz

WAY OF THE PEACEFUL WARRIOR by Dan Millman

CREATIVE VISUALIZATION by Shakti Gawain

But I'll quit now. I have too many books on my groaning bookshelves, LOL! :smileyvery-happy: It's been a long journey of a lot of years...


Blessings,

Gypsy

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Mon, 04-04-2011 - 4:06pm

What a great list! thanks for sharing.

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Wed, 04-06-2011 - 4:50pm

As for Pagan/Witchcraft/Druidism books, there are some that I have relied on more than others while on my path. Here's a list of the ones that have been the most important to me:

Drawing Down the Moon by Margot Adler

The Spiral Dance by Starhawk

People of the Earth: The New Pagans Speak Out by Ellen Evert Hopman (It was recently reissued as Being a Pagan)

Shamanism by Mircea Eliade

The Ancient Celts by Barry W. Cunliffe

The White Goddess by Robert Graves

Diary of a Witch by Sybil Leek

King Arthur and the Goddess of the Land by Caitlin Matthews

Mabon and the Guardians of Celtic Britain by Caitlin Matthews

Aradia: Gospel of the Witches by Charles Godfrey Leland

The Complete Art of Witchcraft by Sybil Leek

The Apple Branch by Alexei Kondratiev

The Ancient British Goddess by Kathy Jones

The Triumph of the Moon by Ronald Hutton

The Druids by Ronald Hutton

Blood and Mistletoe by Ronald Hutton

The Meaning of Witchcraft by Gerald Gardner

Witchcraft Today by Gerald Gardner

A Witches' Bible by Stewart and Janet Farrar

The Witches' Goddess by Stewart and Janet Farrar

The Witches' God by Stewart and Janet Farrar

The Solitary Druid by Robert Lee Ellison

The Complete Book of Witchcraft by Raymond Buckland

Bonewits's Essential Guide to Witchcraft and Wicca by Isaac Bonewits

Bonewits's Essential Guide to Druidism by Isaac Bonewits

Northern Mysteries and Magick by Freya Aswynn

The Witch Cult in Western Europe by Margaret Murray

The God of the Witches by Margaret Murray

The Quest for Merlin by Nikolai Tolstoy

Not all of these books are good scholarship, particularly the ones by Murray and Graves, but they were important to the development of Wicca and Witchcraft, so they are important books for a Pagan to read.

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Wed, 04-06-2011 - 8:25pm

Thanks for sharing all of those. I'm sure they will help lots of people. I may check out a few myself. I love learning about Paganism, even if its not directly on my Path.

Peace

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