Now fully revised the classic study of Neo Paganism Almost thirty years since its original publication, Drawing Down the Moon continues to be the only detailed history of the burgeoning but still widely misunderstood Neo Pagan subculture Margot Adler attended ritual gatherings and interviewed a diverse, colorful gallery of people across the United States, people who find inspiration in ancient deities, nature, myth, even science fiction In this new edition featuring an updated resource guide of newsletters, journals, books, groups, and festivals, Margot Adler takes a fascinating and honest look at the religious experiences, beliefs, and lifestyles of modern America s Pagan groups This kinda felt like reading an NPR episode, which is fitting because Adler was a host Sometimes the book dragged, but there were some really intriguing parts of the book, I particularly liked Adler s reflections, and the reflections and opinions of Devlin I read the most recent edition of Drawing Down the Moon, and I m glad I did, as it would have been really out dated had I read a second hand edition This edition allows the reader to see where Adler views the craft in 2006, compared to wher This kinda felt like reading an NPR episode, which is fitting because Adler was a host Sometimes the book dragged, but there were some really intriguing parts of the book, I particularly liked Adler s reflections, and the reflections and opinions of Devlin I read the most recent edition of Drawing Down the Moon, and I m glad I did, as it would have been really out dated had I read a second hand edition This edition allows the reader to see where Adler views the craft in 2006, compared to where it was in earlier editions I would say this is required reading, as it s a good reflection of the craft and where it was at a certain point in time One of the grandmamma books on modern Paganism There s a lot of fascinating history in this book, but it s muchof a snapshot of 1979 Pagan America and England, plus a tiny bit of updating for the new edition But the new stuff felt less like the reconsidering the subject deserves andlike where are they now tack ons to the original material Many of the groups Adler profiled originally have dwindled or died entirely, and several groups and movements I know were active in 86 are i One of the grandmamma books on modern Paganism There s a lot of fascinating history in this book, but it s muchof a snapshot of 1979 Pagan America and England, plus a tiny bit of updating for the new edition But the new stuff felt less like the reconsidering the subject deserves andlike where are they now tack ons to the original material Many of the groups Adler profiled originally have dwindled or died entirely, and several groups and movements I know were active in 86 are ignored completely Adler s psychological bias comes through strongly, as well She gives primacy to the archetypal metaphorical interpretation of deity, where the majority of Pagans I know are adamant that their gods are real Might Adler have leaned toward the psychological interpretation even when her interviewees didn t espouse it Or might she have been looking for people who had that interpretation from the beginning This is an important book in the history of modern Western Paganism, and I respect it for that, but I don t consider it the indespensible read it might have been when it was first published in 1979 Maybe if I d had the 2006 edition instead of the 1986 edition, I would ve beenimpressed Margot Adler talks to adherents in different traditions all across the United States, and a few in Europe, in order to banish some of the mystery and misconceptions surrounding neo pagan groupsSince Pagans are a very diverse group, it is wrong to say all Pagans believe this or that, but here are some beliefs that many people in this book share The world is holy Nature is holy The body is holy Sexuality is holy The imagination is holy Divinity is immanent in nature it is within you as we Margot Adler talks to adherents in different traditions all across the United States, and a few in Europe, in order to banish some of the mystery and misconceptions surrounding neo pagan groupsSince Pagans are a very diverse group, it is wrong to say all Pagans believe this or that, but here are some beliefs that many people in this book share The world is holy Nature is holy The body is holy Sexuality is holy The imagination is holy Divinity is immanent in nature it is within you as well as without Most spiritual paths ultimately lead people to the understanding of their own connection to the divinepg 11, ebook.I didn t know much of anything about pagan religions before I read this book, mainly because I am from a particularly conservative part of the country and there are very few groups of this type around It s hard to get to know people if there aren t any to talk to In some circles, just the word pagan inspires fear because it s not clear what this means or people might be threatened by how someone s beliefs might be different from their ownNeo Pagans look at religion differently they often point out that the root of the word means to relink and to connect, and therefore refers to any philosophy that makes deep connections between human beings and the universepg 24Adler examines an extraordinary number of pagan groups, an almost bewildering amount I liked that this book introduced me to so many different paths and ideologies, but at the same time, it began to get somewhat repetitive as she broke down all of the different groups.But as the friend who had recommended this book reminded me, Drawing Down the Moon was created in the years before the existence of the internet It was intended not just to explain what these groups were, but also operated as a catalog of sorts, for readers who were looking for the right path for themselves.Recommended for spiritual seekers who are looking for a tradition that fits or for anyone who is curious about the stunning variety of spiritual beliefs there are out there I learned so much I am sure there are far better reviews out there for this book than I could write but I ll say that you can believe the hype about this book I had heard about this for many years but never actually took the time to read it and boy do I feel silly now after completing it This is probably one of the best resources for Pagans and non Pagans alike in terms of accurately representing the cultural resurgence of Goddess and Nature oriented religions After reading this I truly feel proud to call myse I am sure there are far better reviews out there for this book than I could write but I ll say that you can believe the hype about this book I had heard about this for many years but never actually took the time to read it and boy do I feel silly now after completing it This is probably one of the best resources for Pagans and non Pagans alike in terms of accurately representing the cultural resurgence of Goddess and Nature oriented religions After reading this I truly feel proud to call myself Neo Pagan as I feel a great deal of what I believe in was examined and put into real context in some shape or form throughout the text, most surprisingly that despite what I previously believed a very large group Neo Pagans share the same views of technology pro opposed to con as I do and simply seek to strike a balance between the natural and artificial I would highly insist that anyone serious about studying Pagan topics take the time to read this It may be large at over 600 pages but Margot Adler kept her chapters succinct and to the point and I feel little of this book was filler content