Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess-Worshippers, and Other Pagans in America

Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess-Worshippers, and Other Pagans in America

by Margot Adler

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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.

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ISBN-13: 9781101549766
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/03/2006
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 672
Sales rank: 168,189
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Margot Adler has been a radio producer and journalist since 1968, pioneering live, free-form talk shows on religion, politics, women's issues, and ecology. She lectures on the subject of Paganism and Earth-centered traditions and leads workshops on the art of ritual, celebration, and song. She is currently the New York Bureau Chief for National Public Radio as well as a well-known correspondent on NPR's All Things Considered. Her most recent book is Heretic's Heart: A Journey Through Spirit and Revolution.

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Given the lurid connotations Neo-Paganism has acquired... Drawing Down the Moon is a healthy corrective. (The New York Times Book Review)

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Drawing down the Moon 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Owlsrayne More than 1 year ago
Excellent book! A comprehensive history of the Pagan Movement in America. Very engrossing and interesting read. Anyone in this spiritual movement should read this book and as a sole practitioner I no longer felt so quite alone any more.
Muse_Sage More than 1 year ago
This is a very down-to-Earth book that opened my eyes and broadened by horizons on the general information of NeoPaganism. This is a must-have book for anyone interested in finding out new information.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book comes highly recommended by several religious scholars as well as many pagans within the movement for good reason. Offering perspective from the outsider as well as the insider, Adler provides a fascinating resource for anyone looking for an unbiased and informative look at neo-pagan subculture. Whether you were raised within the pagan community and are looking to expand your understanding of the neo-pagan movement or if you are simply just interested in the scholarly aspects of the neo-pagan subculture, this book is a must read and should be at the top of your list.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great learning tool
Arctic-Stranger on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
NPR correspondent Margot Adler puts both her private interests and her journalistic acumen to work to produce a highly informative social history of the modern pagan movement. She does not do so unbiasedly, which is not a criticism on my part, just a warning.
Sassers on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Margot Adler is one of the foremost Pagan forerunners of her time. She is very courageous for the places she went and the things she did. As a Pagan and one of the first of many books I have read I still enjoy reading this book from time to time.
SlySionnach on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A great look at paganism in real life, not just in the pages of the many books out there. Margot Adler goes to the individuals who started their own traditions, aid their traditions, and live their traditions daily in an attempt to bring attention to the normalcy of the pagan religion. A must read (even if it is considered a bit dry, as it's non-fiction) for anyone interested in the umbrella of the Pagan religions.
faithful_scientist on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is an encyclopedic volume with a lot of information, from a lot of different sources. It can be somewhat dry in places, but I found it, over all, extremely enjoyable. This is the book you need if you want REAL information about REAL witches, Wiccans, pagans, Neo-pagans, Druids, etc.
lilwatchergirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I wish I could have liked this, but in the end there was too much Robert Graves-influenced talk of a mythical 'old religion' for me. And in the end just not relevant to me. Some useful ideas here if witchcraft appeals to you. I'm more the druidic type!
earthlistener on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book has become rather well known and was one of first books published academically focusing on the modern neopagan movement which gained a lot of notice. While the book has become a little out of date as to how much the neopagan community has changed and grown over the years since it was published the first time and even revised later, it still showcases and important time in the history of the neopgan movement and still remains a good book to read about the community and movement itself as a very broad whole.
MorgannaKerrie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Everyone associated with witchcraft or Wicca has this book on his or her shelf. A must to see how the modern witches lead their lives. This book also digs into the history of witchcraft.
nataliepm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It's been awhile since I read this book - around 6 years or so. I know that some newer editions have come out, at least, since I purchased this book. Nevertheless, it's a great survey of modern Paganism in the 1980s and really gives you a sense of the breadth of the movement. For a non-fiction book, it's a fairly light read and Adler has a very good perspective on Paganism's history. If you can't get through Hutton's histories, you might give this book a try.
Anituel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An entertaining and informative survey of the rise of Neo-Paganism in America, from Wicca to Discordianism. Highly recommended as a simply fantastic way to quickly educate yourself on the history of modern paganism.
Sunfell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you're trying to decide what Path is suitable for you, this survey of the various Pagan paths might be very helpful in making that decision. Margot Adler does a great job of looking at Paganism as it was back in the 80s. Her more recent update of the book has more current information, but the main intent remains the same.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book talks of the history of the different covens and beliefs with many different 'tribes' of Wicca. While not as thought, this book deals with teaching us the many diverse pagans, witches, and wiccans who are out there in the world. There is a lot of useful information and a lot of outdated info as well. Some of the covens/groups are no longer in existence so if you write to any of them please don't be upset if you never hear back from them as they may no longer be around. All in all it is a great book to learn more about Wicca and the many belief systems out there today.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Thorough and informative, Adler brings her skills as a journalist to bear on the Neopagan movement. What is excellent about this book is that it addresses all sorts of different kinds of Paganism, without pushing any one agenda. The Pagan community is 'caveat emptor' -- let the buyer beware. This book lets you know the kind of people out there, and lets you approach Paganism in an informed way.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had originally read this book to help a friend with a religion paper. However I found this book to be incredibly intriguing and helped me to actually realize where my beliefs in spirituality really lie. I recommend this to anyone who want to know anything about Neo-Paganism and Wicca studies, it will help everything become clear and easily understandable.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first read the 1st edition of Drawing Down the Moon in 1981. It was a home coming that supported me both spiritually and academically. I read the revised addition when it came out in 1986 and was even more delighted by the detailed and excellent research, scholarship, and investigative journalism. To me, this book is still the foremost Classic of Neo-Pagan culture, spirituality, and history. It remains one of my main reference books, and the 1# book I recommend to people who ask me about Neo-paganism.
uliangel More than 1 year ago
A wonderful book to have!