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Great Mother, The

The Great Mother: An Analysis of the Archetype

4 stars
Erich Neumann, trans. Ralph Manheim (Princeton/Bollingen, 1991)

Review:

Illustrated seminal classic on ancient Goddesses’ lore, powers, guises, attributes, affinities, invocations, hymns, oracles, and spells.

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Spiral Dance

The Spiral Dance A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Goddess

3 stars
Starhawk (Harper-Collins Publishers, 1999)

Review:

An eclectic primer about ancient and modern Goddess-worship and Pagan cosmology; written by a contemporary magical practitioner and co-founder of the Reclaiming trad.

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Encyclopedia of Goddesses and Heroines

Encyclopedia of Goddesses & Heroines

4 stars
Patricia Monaghan (New World Library, 2014)

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Lore about Goddesses worldwide, including their magical correspondences and powers, feast days, myths, and much more.

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An ABC of Witchcraft

ABC of Witchcraft

4 stars
Doreen Valiente (Phoenix Publishing, 1973)

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Alphabetized information about Craft beliefs, traditions, lore, and practices; written by a witness to the modern rise of Witchcraft.

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Witches Bible

A Witches Bible: The Complete Witches Handbook

2 stars
Janet and Stewart Farrar (Magickal Childe, 1984)

Review:

Illustrated with nude photographs, this book features modern British Alexandrian magic with an Irish emphasis; objectionable because: Its title is ungrammatical and contains an Xtian term, the term “complete” is arrogant, and the authors broke vows by including Gardnerian material forbidden to be printed.

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Drawing Down the Moon

Review:

Craft history, information about diverse magical practitioners, groups, and Covens, and resources; written by a traditionally trained Gardnerian Witch; the author included information about Coven Oldenwilde in this 20th-anniversary update of her 1986 original edition.

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Alexandria: The Journal Of The Western Cosmological Traditions

Alexandria 1: The Journal of Western Cosmological Traditions

4 stars
Vol. 1, ed. David Fideler (1991 Phanes Press)

Alexandria 2: The Journal of Western Cosmological Traditions

4 stars
Vol. 2, ed. David Fideler (1994 Phanes Press)

Alexandria 3: The Journal of Western Cosmological Traditions

4 stars
Vol. 3, ed. David Fideler (1995 Phanes Press)

Alexandria 4: The Order & Beauty of Nature

4 stars
Vol. 4, ed. David Fideler (1997 Phanes Press)

Alexandria 5: Cosmology, Philosophy, Myth, & Culture

4 stars
Vol. 5, ed. David Fideler (2000 Phanes Press)

Review:

Explorations of Pagan topics such as the Life of Hypatia, an Orphic Hymn to Artemis, the Sacred Geography of the Ancient Greeks, The Science & Art of Animating Statues, and Pythagorean Harmonics, etc.; written by academic researchers and magical practitioners.

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