Pagan Visions for a Sustainable Future

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Do Pagan practices lead to an ecological approach to life? What is the role of magic in contemporary Paganism? How can ancient Pagan codes of behavior be applied today?

Representing diverse arenas of Paganism, eleven established activists, authors and academics passionately debate the critical issues facing modern Pagans. These provocative discussions-exploring feminism, magickal ecology, ancient Egyptian ethics, political activism, globalization, the power of truth, sacred ...

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Do Pagan practices lead to an ecological approach to life? What is the role of magic in contemporary Paganism? How can ancient Pagan codes of behavior be applied today?

Representing diverse arenas of Paganism, eleven established activists, authors and academics passionately debate the critical issues facing modern Pagans. These provocative discussions-exploring feminism, magickal ecology, ancient Egyptian ethics, political activism, globalization, the power of truth, sacred communities, and environmental spirituality -challenge readers to reconsider what it means to be Pagan in the twenty-first century.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780738708249
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2005
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.73 (d)

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Ly (pronounced lî) de Angeles was first published in 1987, and she has had six books released worldwide to date. She has an international reputation as a psychic, teaches and lectures on many associated subjects, is an exponent of several martial arts and, currently, is an accredited Sensei in the art of Iaido - the Japanese art of the sword.

Ly's main area of study over the past twenty years has been the history of the usurpation of indigenous people through invasion and subsequent colonization (mainly since the Roman Empire) and the history and mythology of Ireland and Britain in particular. She is known to be very outspoken on matters pertaining to the sustainability and guardianship of Earth and the rights of all species to self-determination.

Ly has three adult children and a strong magical clan. She has lived in Byron Bay, Australia for the past 14 years. An initiated witch for over thirty years, she is High Priestess of the Coven of WildWood Gate.
Emma (aka Bobcat) is the head of The Druid Network and former Joint Chief of the British Druid Order, priestess, author, poet, and singer. She is the author of many books on Druidry and ritual, as well as two collections of poetry. Emmas has also had numerous articles published in Pagan and Druid journals around the world.
Working toward a Ph.D. at the Australian National University, Thom van Dooren (Australia) is researching philosophical and political issues in modern food production.

Akkadia Ford holds a master's degree in both Egyptology and visual art and has travelled extensively into the ancient Egyptian religious beliefs.  She is the author of several books,including Iris, Afrikan Queen (Capall Bann, 1999), The Powers that Seek--Unlocking the Magick Within Ancient Egyptian Creation Legends (Capall Bann, 2001), and Egyptian Animals--Guardians and Gateways of the Gods (Capall Bann, 2005).  Her writing encompasses both Egyptological and magickal perspectives, and she maintains an ongoing practice within the Egyptian temple.

Douglas Ezzy is a senior lecturer in sociology at the University of Tasmania in Australia.

Dr. Susan Greenwood has a BA and PhD degrees in anthropology and teaches undergraduate courses on shamanism and altered states of consciousness at the University of Sussex, UK.  She has written widely on magic, taking a critically sympathetic approach to issues of identity, gender, feminism, morality and the environment.  She is the author of Magic, Witchcraft and the Otherworld (Berg, 2000), The Encyclopedia of Magic and Witchcraft (Lorenz, 2001), and The Nature of Magic: An Anthropology of Consciousness (Berg, 2005).

Gordon MacLellan works as Creeping Toad, creating celebrations with groups of people and the places where they live, work, and play.  He is the author of Talking to the Earth (Capall Bann, 1995), Sacred Animals (Capall Bann, 1997) and Shamanism (Piatkus Books, 1999). 

Marina Sala holds a master's degree in international relations and has researched the theory and practice of conflict resolution at PhD level.  She has written articles and poetry focused on breaking down the prejudice about magic and feminism in everyday life.  She is also the writer of Magic Happens in the Strangest Places, a fairy tale for all ages.

Graham Harvey teaches at The Open University, a distance learning higher education institution, offering courses at all degree levels.  For more information about Graham, visit him on the web at: GrahamHarvey.org.

Dr. Val Plumwood is an Australian Research Council Fellow at the Australian National University.  She has published four books and over one hundred papers, mostly in environmental philosophy.  Her books include Feminism and the Mastery of Nature (Routledge, 1993) and Environmental Culture: The Ecological Crisis of Reason (Routledge, 2002).

Starhawk is the author and coauthor of ten books, including The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess (Harper-Collins, 1979), long considered the essential text for the Neo-Pagan movement, and the now-classic ecotopian novel The Fifth Sacred Thing (Doubleday, 1993).  Her works have been translated into German, Danish, Dutch, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, French and Japanese.  She is also a veteran of progressive movements and deeply committed to bringing the techniques and creative power of spirituality to political activism.  She travels internationally teaching magic, the tools of ritual, and the skills of activism.

Dr. Sylvie Shaw has a PhD in sociology which has focused on nature, religion and ecopsychology.  She lectures in sociology at Monash University in Melbourne.  Her passions are sacred ecology and shamanic studies.

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Table of Contents

List of Contributors vii
Foreword xi
Introduction xvii
The Ethics of Paganism: The Value and Power of Sacred Relationship 1
Magickal Ecology: Future Visions from Ancient Egypt 39
"Of Worms, Snakes, and Dragons": Can Magic Lead to an Ecological Worldview? 69
Towards a Sacred Dance of the Sexes: An Integrative Perspective 97
What Would Happen if Everybody Started Telling the Truth?: The Sacred Art of Communication-A Key to the Well-Being of the Future 121
I Am the Mountain Walking: Wombats in the Greenwood 161
Wild Spirit, Active Love 173
Dancing in the Daylight: A Role for Shamanism in Social and Environmental Change 193
Pagan Politics, Pagan Stories: An Interview 205
Towards an Activist Spirituality 215
Place, Politics, and Spirituality: An Interview 221
Dwelling in Sacred Community 255
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