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iPagan ❮PDF / Epub❯ ★ iPagan Author Trevor Greenfield – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk With fifty nine contributions from over forty authors iPagan is an anthology that covers Druidry Shamanism Witchcraft Goddess Spirituality and a range of contemporary issues that affect Pagans across With fifty nine contributions from over forty authors iPagan is an anthology that covers Druidry Shamanism Witchcraft Goddess Spirituality and a range of contemporary issues that affect Pagans across the globe The book is an ideal introduction to the writing of each of the authors as well as an essential primer for anyone interested in modern Paganism and for those wishing to engage in current Pagan thinking.

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  1. ☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~ ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣ ☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~ ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣ says:

    I totally fell in love with this book will be rereading this for certain I loved the miltidimentionality of this book Druidism Paganism Witchcraft Shamanism Various authors address approaches to meditation dreaming and praying living and prospering in body and mind inspiration and progress spirits and action transcendence self awareness and worldly concerns Even the uirky concepts of Spitirit Spouses is reviewed History marries myth and issues the changed spiritual perspectives As a Neo Pagan Druid myself I first experienced Paganism as a child through the mythology of the Greeks Romans Vikings Egyptians and Celts I did not choose to become a Pagan until I was already an adult; being free to explore a number of different religions over time Eventually I settled on Celtic Polytheism not because I was born into it but simply because it suits my beliefs cJust as every dandelion leaf is uniue the face of the gods is uniue to each and every one of us Perhaps it is not the divine that has changed at all it is us humanity that has undergone immense changes over thousands of years As we change so does our ability to see feel and understand what the divine actually is and what our relationship with the Creation is or should becsome ‘interesting’ discussions not least of was an extremely puzzling sentiment that I later found repeated in a number of other places This was that Geoffrey of Monmouth one of the chroniclers of Arthur and Merlin wrote The History of the Kings of Britain as a hoax This stopped me in my metaphorical tracks I had to read it several times I was so utterly perplexed I went investigating Writing is difficult enough at the best of times but sitting in a cold scriptorium using expensive materials and sometimes having to wait months for a reply or go travelling to other monasteries to consult books would tend to put off the most ardent hoaxer Besides which why would Geoffrey of Monmouth do such a thing? Did the person who made this claim mean that Geoffrey wrote a huge book in the hope of fooling who? His patron? His contemporaries? Future historians? Aliens?It seems on reading further that what was being said is that Geoffrey of Monmouth’s book is not history Because it is not history it is a LIE Excuse the shouting but that is the impression I got from some of the online discussions I stumbled across There are some very scary people out there Never mind that they were not prepared to give a definition of what they meant by history or even whose history they were considering let alone take on the fact that notion of history has changed over the centuries And you can imagine a discussion in which you pointed out that ‘ history’ is a somewhat imperfect translation of the Latin ‘historia’ embracing as it does the notion of history narrative story inuiry and hypothesis These online ‘historians’ had made up their minds and that was thatThere was so much wrong with what was being said that I beat a hasty retreat You do not mix it with such people You do not even politely suggest they may have misunderstood or missed the point That would probably be worse than using capital letters to call them rude namescMyths are wonderful They are not fairy tales and even if they were so what They are not bits of fiction or sly attempts to expose children to bits of pagan religion and even if that were the case so what Myths are stories of wonder Myths are multi coloured mind expanding adventures Myths are metaphor Myths are truth Let’s be straight about this They are not facts They are not knowledge They are truth They are part of the collective wisdom of the people with which they originate In some cases they are faltering first steps in science explaining natural phenomena In other cases they embody basic social legal and ethical principles They are the foundation of what we have since become If you get the foundations right If you understand them and can see where they are inadeuate you stand a much better chance of building a lasting and euitable structure on top of themOur ancestors were not stupid They knew that myth was just that They knew the difference between fact and a fiction that conveyed other truths Druids were certainly aware of this difference; otherwise they would not have been employed to preserve both history and myth And just as they knew the difference they knew the importance of both strands of our understanding of the past Myths help to shape the way a people thinks cThe Ancient Greeks had a better idea as they had 4 different words for different kinds of love Eros for romantic love Philos for brotherly love Agape for charity and Storge for empathy cIncidentally if you have never actually hugged a tree I encourage you to do so as it really is an experience worth having cI change how I experience the world because I am hungry for wonder and for a sense of the numinous I do it because I’m not prepared to accept banal and rationally tidied up reality as all there is I do it in search of inspiration and experience I do it because it changes me and while I neither understand nor am in control of that process of change it calls me and I relish it Sometimes it puts me at odds with consensus reality cMy preferred method of working has always been to contemplate or pray along the edges of sleep It is a time when our state of mind is already not in everyday mode and it is a roomy permissive part of the day when my sense of time is less solid and my thoughts naturally flow freely and without constraint There are things it is possible to think on the edge of sleep that are not otherwise available to me and when it comes to matters of personal transformation I can access ideas at this point in the day that I am not reliably capable of thinking about when awake I have a better and healthier sense of self and wellbeing on the edges of sleep and tend to develop better perspectives on life the time between sleep and wakefulness is fertile and full of possibilities cShowing up regularly to prayer meditation dream work contemplation even to daydreaming changes things cShowing up creates the possibility of something else happening It makes space for miracles whether they turn up or not If you don’t make space for something numinous to get in if you don’t actively create the opportunity for wonder and amazement then the odds of experiencing it are much reduced However awkwardly we do it taking time to pray meditate and dream is a way of offering the self up to the universe as a whole You may choose to think of it as deity inspiration higher self or any number of things I don’t believe the terms matter because we’re trying to express that which is beyond us cSome say that the study of philosophy was of barbarian origin For the Persians had their Magi the Babylonians or the Assyrians the Chaldeans the Indians their Gymnosophists while the Kelts and the Galatae had seers called Druids and Semnotheoi or so Aristotle says in the ‘Magic’ and Sotion in the twenty third book of his ‘Succession of Philosophers’ cLet him keep my advice which follows hereTell him before every other wordBring him with every word this lasting adviceLet him preserve justice it will preserve himLet him raise justice it will raise himLet him exalt mercy it will exalt himLet him care for his tribes they will care for himLet him help his tribes they will help himLet him sooth his tribes they will soothe himTell him it is through the justice of the ruler that plagues and great lightnings are keptfrom the peopleIt is through the justice of the ruler that he judges great tribes and great richesIt is through the justice of the ruler that he secures peace tranuility joy ease andcomfortIt is through the justice of the ruler that he dispatches great battalions to the borders ofhostile neighboursIt is through the justice of the ruler that every heir plants his house post in his fairinheritanceIt is through the justice of the ruler that abundances of great tree fruit of the great woodare tastedIt is through the justice of the ruler that milk yields of great cattle are maintainedIt is through the justice of the ruler that there is abundance of every tall high cornIt is through the justice of the ruler that abundance of fish swim in streamsIt is through the justice of the ruler that fair children are well begotten AudachtMorann §4 21The word translated here as ‘justice’ is fîrinne which can also be translated as ‘truth’ and is related to the word fîor which has to do with truth correct ness and reality we can infer the meaning of firinne from that descriptionTell him let him be merciful just impartial conscientious firm generous hospitable honourable stable beneficent capable honest well spoken steady true judging For there are ten things which extinguish the injustice of every ruler Beware that you do not do it beware of everything o all rulers Announce from me the ten rule and worth fame and victory progeny and kindred peace and long life good fortune and tribes Audacht Morann §55 6 c“Do not speak noisily; do not mock do not give insults do not make little of old people Do not think ill of any one; do not ask what is hard to give Let you have a law of lending a law of oppression a law of pledging Be obedient to the advice of the wise; keep in mind the advice of the old Be a follower of the rules of your fathers Do not be cold hearted to friends; be strong towards your enemies; do not give evil for evil in your battles Do not be given to too much talking Do not speak any harm of others Do not waste do not scatter do not do away with what is your own When you do wrong take the blame for it; do not give up the truth for any man Do not be trying to be first the way you will not be jealous; do not be an idler that you many not be weak; do not ask too much that you may not be thought little of Are you willing to follow this advice my son?” Gregory Cuchulain of Muirthemney pg 639 670c the Councils of Cormac offer us a much comprehensive picture than all the other wisdom texts Its 37 chapters cover a wide variety of topics from specialized advice like what is expected from kings and leaders to ordinary topics like mead hall etiuette health and nutrition and growing up One of its most memorable passages describes a general principle of temperance as follows§ 29 ‘O grandson of Conn O Cormac’ said Carbre ‘I desire to know how I shall behaveamong the wise and the foolish among friends and strangers among the old and theyoung among the innocent and the wicked‘Not hard to tell’ said Cormac‘Be not too wise be not too foolishbe not too conceited be not too diffidentbe not too haughty be not too humblebe not too talkative be not too silentbe not too harsh be not too feebleIf you be too wise one will expect too much of you;If you be too foolish you will be deceived;If you be too conceited you will be thought vexatious;If you be too humble you will be without honour;If you be too talkative you will not be heeded;If you be too silent you will not be regarded;If you be too harsh you will be broken;If you be too feeble you will be crushed c77 Three things which justice demands judgment measure conscience78 Three things which judgment demands wisdom penetration knowledge80 Three things for which an enemy is loved wealth beauty worth81 Three things for which a friend is hated trespassing keeping aloof fecklessness82 Three rude ones of the world a youngster mocking an old man a healthy personmocking an invalid a wise man mocking a fool84 Three fair things that hide ugliness good manners in the ill favoured; skill in a serf;wisdom in the misshapen86 Three things that kindle love a face demeanour speech90 Three ungentlemanly things interrupting stories a mischevious game jesting so as toraise a blush93 Three fewnesses that are better than plenty a fewness of fine words; a fewness ofcows in grass; a fewness of friends around good ale96 Three ruins of a tribe a lying chief a false judge a lustful priest110 Three maidens that bring love to good fortune silence diligence sincerity113 Three impossible demands go though you cannot go bring what you have not gotdo what you cannot do115 The three chief sins avarice gluttony lust119 Three things that constitute a physician a complete cure; leaving no blemish behind;a painless examination122 Three things that constitute a harper a tune to make you cry a tune to make youlaugh a tune to put you to sleep173 Three doors of falsehood an angry pleading a shifting foundation of knowledgegiving information without memory174 Three doors through which truth is recogised a patient answer a firm pleadingappealing to witnesses177 Three glories of speech steadiness wisdom brevity178 Three ornaments of wisdom abundance of knowledge a number of precedents toemploy good counsel179 Three hateful things in speech stiffness obscurity a bad delivery194 Three things that make a wise man foolish uarreling anger drunkenness197 Three signs of a bad man bitterness hatred cowardice201 Three candles that illume every darkness truth nature knowledgeMeyer The Triads of Ireland pp 8 35 cShamanism is a Mystery It is that which constantly dances beyond the horizon of the known the expected the understood It is an amazing dance that some of us find irresistible in our spiritual journey This dance calls us to join to engage to whirl into the depths of the unknown in search of something our souls hunger forcVast emptiness can be somewhat daunting It is only when we realize that this emptiness is filled with light that we begin to experience soul awareness cInvisible wounds I have seen many clients and students simply forget about addictions that had troubled them for years as they deepened their connection with ancestors spirit and soul cWe live in individualistic culture where it’s every man or woman for themselves This has created many heart wounds in our disconnection from any sense of community and the togetherness and support this brings This I would say is causing a loneliness of spirit in many modern people which in itself creates much sicknessWe are also taught to constantly worry about the future and to be prepared for it to make our homes and belongings as safe and secure as possible – the ultimate effect of which is to disconnect us from nature Nature can never be still even when it may appear so on the surface it is in constant movement and flux It is the same with us If reality is too fixed as it often is in modern society this often creates the fragmenting of parts of our souls that cannot fit into such a narrow criteria of what it means to be alive Again this paves the way for diseases of spirit that give birth to most sickness cMabinogion To know them we sit with them dreaming and journeying full of expectancy but without any expectations allowing the stories to show themselves to us The Lady has many names including Ceridwen Arianrhod Olwen Ffraid Morgan Don Iwerydd Underlying them all is Elen the antlered reindeer goddess goddess of the twilight and threshold guardian lady of the deer trods The stories also tell of the gods the guardians to the goddess and they too have many names – Arawn Gwyn ap Nudd Gwydion Cernunnos Amatheon Bel Bran Dylan and many All of them offer us different aspects of nature and reality just as the Lady does through their different names The gods watch over the goddess and care for her we call them guardians and husbandmenThe Lady is Sovereignty the ultimate goddess and she grants the power of sovereignty to the gods not the other way aroundcall of us are multi dimensional beings and that there is to us than we can ever perceive or express in everyday reality cspirit guides are far active and interact than our concept of deities Guides are entities who upon manifesting themselves elected to provide insight to humanity They are angelic beings mythic creatures precocious nature spirits fantastic figures that entrance comfort and sometimes frighten However it’s often forgotten that they must be fed Relationships with spirit allies must be tended just as relationships in all other aspects of our lives must be They must be allowed to evolve and bridge beyond our limited concepts of who they are and should be In this way spirit allies become living forces We embody them and in doing so they sustain beyond the trappings of time and mythologyLikewise we must be willing to act on the wisdom of our spirit allies cIf we try to imagine a web of perhaps fine vibrant fibres of light that connects each of us to each other and to every other thing that exists to all time past present and future and then imagine that these strands of light are two way connections and that communication flows back and forth along these connections every moment of every day it might sound a bit like science fiction cHave a good look around your room home or gardenWhat do you have there that is important to you?Do you have collections of any kind?Think back to your childhood What did you surround yourself with?Have you held onto any of those things as an adult?Make a list of anything that comes to mind cHave you ever awoken from a sleep so delectably deep one where you knew you had been in an entirely different state or reality? cAfter leaving full time employment opening a high street Shamanic healing clinic had unearthed many further life lessonsI remember a gleeful feeling of freedom that came when I walked away from the confines of nine to five working cAnd if not now when?And if not us then who? cI loved the stars in the night sky though they seemed always from as young as I can remember a form of comfort grace and infinite promisecStir it upDon’t get caught up in the ‘how to’ Once you’ve decided on an idea you have to get moving on it Stirring up the energy gives you the confidence to take that first step Motivation is everything The journey gets easier and Witches especially can always make good use of their magical tools to boost the energy c

  2. Jane Kelly Jane Kelly says:

    This is absolutely not an “introduction” to modern Paganism and it really needed some additional editorial work It's a bit of a sandbox a veritable jungle gym of anecdotal philosophical historical and experiential essays laid open for a reader’s exploration and play Unfortunately the uality of the euipment in this playground varies wildly; there are creaking loose jointed articles in here than strong ones there are probably swings than a single park needs and my metaphor is getting out of hand now so I'll move on to some substanceThis text really really needed an introduction by the editor I needed a signpost an indication of the overall goal or purpose of this text Is this an introductory text or as Moon Books puts it an “essential primer” to modern Paganism? I would argue that if this is the goal of the text this goal has not been achieved This collection also would have been vastly improved by a brief introductory paragraph to each article by the editor outlining who this contributor is what they call their practice and the purpose or source of the article Without these introductions this text is incredibly inaccessible particularly to readers not already familiar with the material and contributors Even within each Section I have not found the articles to be very cohesive in tone style coverage purpose or focus I wish there had been some collaboration between the contributors or at least some communication as to who would be contributing what to the collection to ensure broad coverage of topics and prevent overlap—for example instead of multiple refrains of “druidic history is murky because of oral histories and Roman propaganda etc” the Druid section contributors could have gotten together to agree on only one or two contributors who would focus on agreed upon historical sources of the descriptions of druids instead of a smattering of citations in multiple articles to the exact same passages in Julius Caesar’s The Conuest of Gaul That could allow other contributors to discuss less redundant topics broadening the scope a bit Instead we have a collection of articles that do not feel like pieces of a single polished collection and that instead seem to have been self selected by their contributors each of whom had a slightly different understanding of what the collection would beFor most of this text I was forced to wonder if a call had gone out to all of the most prominent pagan bloggers asking “Send me your pieces that address modern paganism in the context of modern technology” and each blogger did term searches of their work for words like modern or “internet” The references to technology vary wildly while one article discussed technology in terms of its effect on the uniuely druidic practice of seeking mastery of certain traditional skills ie that modern druidry is necessarily informed by changing technology and increased ease of scholarly research the only modern theme in another article about the legitimacy of Geoffrey of Monmouth’s The History of the Kings of Britain as a historicalmythical text is a reference to a heated argument about this text between “online ‘historians’” on an internet forum I hate to nit pick but as an editor it was also hard for me to overlook the relatively poor proofreading at least for the e book that reinforced an impression that I was basically clicking my way through the online pagan community There were certainly some spectacular stand out articles but they were only helpful in isolation and not as part of a cohesive collection I did not read every article in this book and I would not recommend it as any form of introductory text However since it is so cheap as an e book I would not discourage anyone from picking it up to peruse For the cost of 099 and a little skimming time you might find something of value for you

  3. Debora Williams Debora Williams says:

    Not what I expected It was ok

  4. Claire Claire says:

    Interesting scope mixed uality contributionsThis is a collection of short essays both original or relating to some of the authors’ work published elsewhere It’s a reasonable way to get a feel for a cross section of approaches or experiences with a few main types of pagan spirituality from shamanism to druidery to goddess focused beliefs While most chapters are well written and argued this is not the case for all In particular a chapter on reforestation makes the argument that all deserts are man made throughout history This is a gross misrepresentation of the loss of historic forest in some regions over Millenia due to shifts in climate directly related to shifts in latitude The chapter focuses initially on Australian loss of vegetation in the red centre and blames it on indigenous fire based land practices This fails to recognise the mosaic of approaches used by indigenous Australians through time but worse aligns correlated events of settlement and non linked geographic changes that resulted in lower rainfall and chooses to blame anthropogenic effects only It’s very very poor science and I would genuinely hope druids make an effort to have a better understanding of broad scale ecological factorsWhile I agree that there is scope to work on our understanding and feelings regarding actions of our ancestors and their impacts on the ecosystem as part of our spirituality this approach is an overstep and overstatement To be clear Antarctica also was once covered in rainforest It no longer is This is unrelated to human exploration in the last century given that it’s been under ice for a bit longer than that Some screening into the accuracy and uality of verifiable statements should have been made

  5. Síochánta Síochánta says:

    This anthology covers a diverse collection of experienced voices about druidry pagan witchcraft shamanistic and goddess spirituality I was so intrigued by two of them that I spontaneously bought two books after reading their essaysIn the section about goddess spirituality several goddesses are portrayed The section about witchcraft covers subjects like kitchen witchcraft magic dealing with scorpions magic where snakes play a vital part Celtic witchcraft and In the essays about druidry the historical role of druids is explored as well as the uestion what it means to work with druidry todayThere are several different approaches in the essays about shamanism portrayedThe section about paganism is diverse too For instance modern pagan parenting is one subject another explains how social and ecological activism can be a vital part of paganism and there are several essays Most writers seem to be based in the UK some in the USA and a few other countries as well Some of the texts are very personal or share anecdotes about a personal path of faith Others are a bit factual for instance when it comes to a historical backgroundSome of the essays resonated with me a lot others not so much All in all it was an interesting read and I can recommend this book to anyone interested in the beformentioned subjects

  6. Chromium Kitty Chromium Kitty says:

    This is a collection of essays There was little or no editing I found glaring typographical errors in several of the essays This tells me no one actually bothered to proof read it The content isn't all that useful either You could get opinions about what paganism means to different pagans by going on Facebook joining a pagan community group and asking them directly This book might've had a place 20 years ago but it wasn't published 20 years ago and hardly has much use now I have other books about paganism that will give me better information I didn't finish this book I'm not wasting any of my precious time on it

  7. Luke Nyland Luke Nyland says:

    Have to agree with some of the other reviewers Rather than an introductionprimer it's a collection of disjointed excerpts and articles which vary in uality I'm sure it'd be of some use to those who might be uote mining but I didn't enjoy it much

  8. Brendan Howlin Brendan Howlin says:

    Excellent review of the state of the art in paganism but I'm biased because I wrote something for it

  9. Amy Foltz Amy Foltz says:

    An informative anthology of essays with a breadth of topics

  10. Darryl Whitelock Darryl Whitelock says:

    Very good insight into a pagan lifestyleAs somebody new to paganism I was looking for a book that showed many views to help shape my views and it certainly done that

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