COLLEEN’S 2020 #PAGAN #BOOK #REVIEWS – “Paganism for Beginners: The Complete Guide to Nature-Based Spirituality for Every New Seeker,” BY AUTHOR, Althaea Sebastiani, @LadyAlthaea
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About this Book
Embark on the path to Paganism with this essential modern guide
Embrace a spiritual journey to commune with nature, rediscover wonder in the world, and reconnect with yourself. Paganism for Beginners is your guide to exploring the diverse magick of modern Paganism. The up-to-date handbook introduces you to a breadth of Pagan traditions and core beliefs—welcoming you to this inclusive movement with a myriad of ways to deepen your personal spirituality.
Delve into a comprehensive overview of common Pagan practices and discover which speak most profoundly to you. Follow along with the Pagan calendar, meet a pantheon of deities, and learn the ethics and tenets of Pagan spirituality: open-mindedness, self-reliance, freedom of choice, and more. Gain essential knowledge of Pagan symbols, rituals, and tools with this guide.
Inside Paganism for Beginners, you’ll find:
- Beginners welcome—For those drawn to Earth-centric worship, get introduced to one of the world’s oldest and fastest-growing religious movements.
- The old and the new—Discover the historical seeds of Paganism and how the movement has evolved over the decades to serve modern practitioners.
- Diverse traditions—Celebrate the practices of Paganism’s many traditions: African Diasporic Religions, Celtic Polytheism, Druidry, Wicca, and more. Unlock the magick of the universe with Paganism for Beginners.
Are you new to Paganism or interested in learning about what it means to be a Pagan? If so, this book is for you.
Written in an easy and fluid style, “Paganism for Beginners,” delves into the reasons people choose this religion over other, more conventional religious teachings. Inside these pages, I found a comprehensive discussion of Pagan belief systems, core values, Pagan Deities, and the rituals associated with those deities, and an excellent discussion of the unique symbols and tools Pagans use.
There is an excellent analysis of the Wheel of the Year, and the holidays associated with the Pagan calendar. All of which I found most helpful in my own practice.
Althaea Sebastiani stresses that everyone’s journey is different. She encourages readers to learn more about Paganism through self-study to discover what works best for them.
I stumbled across this author months back. I initially followed her newsletter, which was chock-full of tales of her travels in a tiny house stuck in Oklahoma during the Corona Virus quarantine. In this book, she speaks about the things I’m interested in, like how to work with our personal energy, the energy that we each inherently possess, and how our personal energy acts as an extension of our spirit bodies and our spiritual awareness.
My favorite chapter was the one that dealt with magick. This is the most concise definition of the word magick I’ve found: “Magic is an action. When you work magick, you are engaging your spirit body to take hold of and utilize spiritual forces for the purpose of exacting change.”
At the back of the book is a questionnaire to help determine which Pagan tradition is the best fit for you. I discovered that I had an interest in Shamanism and Druidry which has opened alternative paths for me to follow and explore in my practice.
“Paganism for Beginners,” is more than just a dance into Wicca. Use this book to deepen your exploration into Paganism and find your own spirituality.
Many thanks to the publisher, Calisto Publishing, for the complimentary copy of this book.
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About the Author
Althaea Sebastiani is a spirit worker, author, spirit-led witch with 25 years’ experience, and dedicated priestess to Divine Twins who keep her life full and interesting. Her practice is land-based and devotional, focused on being responsive to the spirits of the land wherever her travels take her and doing right by the Gods Who have called her into Their service. When not writing, throwing the bones, or cavorting with Gods and spirits, Althaea spends her time wrangling six half-feral children with her husband, wandering about the West in a tiny traveling house, and living off-grid in the wilderness.
How to Connect with the Author
TWITTER: @Lady Althaea
FACEBOOK: Althaea Sebastiani @RoundtheCauldron
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