Crafting and Creating; Photography and Poetry
Last night at the Steel Phoenix Writers Meeting at Barnes & Noble, we brainstormed for my topic for this week’s PBP post. Bats, Bast, broomcloset, beginnings, bodywork, belief, … and yet the answer surrounded us, books. Do we all gather books? I remember my initial chain of books, like a pathway into the woods. A breakup with a boyfriend in college led me to want to read something with no men – Jean Stewart’s Return to Isis fit the bill. That led me to D.J. Conway’s Maiden, Mother, Crone, which pointed be towards Scott Cunningham’s Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner, and then on to Buckland’s Big Blue Complete Book of Witchcraft. From there, the books spread like a river into a delta, gathering up everything from tarot to totems to meditation to mythology to feminism to fairies.
Partially in an attempt to help with the numerous reading challenges I’ve pledged to this year (other parts include it sounded fun and others seemed interested and I wanted another Thursday night meeting), I’ve started a Pagan book discussion group. Pagan Bookworms is an offshoot of the Steel Phoenix Writers Group.
At the first meeting (this month), we hashed out a reading list for the rest of the year. We also concluded that readings are not mandatory, people who want to learn about the books and/or join in the resulting discussions are most welcome. We expect a very fluid group as it is understood that different books will interest different people. Both fiction and nonfiction are included in our reading list. Several of the books are by local authors, and we are hoping to have them visit the group to discuss their books with us.
2012 Pagan Bookworms Reading List
March 8 – Women’s Rites, Women’s Mysteries by Ruth Barrett, Chapters 1 – 7
April 12 – Women’s Rites, Women’s Mysteries by Ruth Barrett, Chapters 8 – 13
May 10 – Vermin by Scott A Johnson
June 14 – Science of the Craft by William H. Keith, Jr., Chapters 1 – 9
July 12 – Science of the Craft by William H. Keith, Jr., Chapters 10 – 19
August 9 – Witchling by Yasmine Galenorn
September 13 – Pagan Polyamory by Raven Kaldera, Parts 1 – 3
October 11 – Pagan Polyamory by Raven Kaldera, Parts 4 – App.
November 8 – Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley, Pages 1 – 408
December 13 – Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley, Pages 409 – 912
Hopefully, I’ll be adding all of these to my “read” bookshelves over at GoodReads.