Paganism is a way of seeing the world and your place in it. It means challenging the assumptions of mainstream society and strengthening your relationships with the gods, the universe, your community, and your self. The Path of Paganism provides practical advice and support for honoring your values and living an authentic Pagan life in mainstream Western culture.
Discover tips for establishing or deepening a regular practice. Explore how your spirituality can help you deal with life's inevitable hardships. Learn the basics of leadership roles and other steps to take as you gain experience and move into more advanced practices. With questions for contemplation as well as rituals to help you integrate new concepts, this book guides you through a profoundly meaningful way of life.
"This is an absolute gem of a book! John's love of his Pagan path fills this book with incredible enthusiasm and confidence...I would recommend this book to beginners and experienced practitioners alike. Both will find many pearls of wisdom within these pages. Highly recommended."Damh the Bard
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About the Author
John Beckett (Fort Worth, Texas) is a Druid in the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids, and a member of Ár nDraíocht Féin. Locally, he serves as the Coordinating Officer of the Denton Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans and is a former Vice President of CUUPS Continental. His blog Under the Ancient Oaks is part of the Pagan Channel of the multifaith website Patheos. John has been writing, speaking, teaching, and leading public rituals since 2003. Visit him at www.patheos.com/blogs/johnbeckett.
Table of Contents
CONTENTS Acknowledgments xi Foreword by Kristoffer Hughes xiii Introduction 1 PART 1: BUILDING A FOUNDATION Chapter 1: Foundations 13 Chapter 2: Contemporary Paganism 35 Chapter 3: Nature 55 Chapter 4: The Gods 73 Chapter 5: The Ancestors 99 Chapter 6: Being Spiritual in a Materialist Society 113 PART 2: PUTTING IT INTO PRACTICE Chapter 7: Daily Spiritual Practice 129 Chapter 8: Altars 153 Chapter 9: Faith and Fear 161 Chapter 10: Ethics 173 Chapter 11: Magic 187 Chapter 12: Living in Troubled Times 203 PART 3: INTERMEDIATE PRACTICE Chapter 13: Intermediate Practice 219 Chapter 14: Group Practice 231 Chapter 15: Rituals 251 Chapter 16: Initiation 273 Chapter 17: Priesthood 289 Chapter 18: Publicize, Don’t Proselytize 297 PART 4: LIVING AT THE EDGE Chapter 19: Continuing Education 303 Epilogue: Finding Your Place in the Circle 307 Bibliography and References 311