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Drawing Down the Moon : Witches, Druids, Goddess-Worshippers, and Other Pagans in America Today
by Margot Adler
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Paperback - 584 pages Rev&Exp edition (March 1997)
Penguin USA (Paper); ISBN: 014019536X ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.53 x 7.94 x 5.30 Sales Rank: 9,361
Avg. Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Number of Reviews: 18

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For nearly two decades, Drawing Down the Moon, the only detailed history of a little-known and widely misunderstood movement, has provided the most authoritative look at the religious beliefs, experiences, and lifestyles of the neopagan culture. "A healthy corrective."--The New York Times Book Review. of photos.

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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars Number of Reviews: 18

A reader from Long Beach, CA , November 12, 1998 1 out of 5 stars
Definitely not for beginners
So many people recommended this book to me when I first became interested in Wicca but it was so boring and wordy and very hard to follow so I put it away and went to Scott Cunningham books and they were much better, 2 years later I went back to this book thinking I would be more connected to it now but still I find this book drab and boring. I prefer Silver Ravenwolfs books now.

Robin Goodfellow & Gaia Wildewoode ( from Berkeley, California USA , November 12, 1998 5 out of 5 stars
Excellent book in need of being updated
We met the author in 1978 as she was awaiting publlication of her book. We found it excellent, but already a bit dated and hoped for an update in the revision that came later. Unfortunately, the later version was only slightly different from the earlier one.The Craft has changed faster than any other religious movement, and we need a truly up-to-date revision, but we need it from Margot Adler. For her balanced and human document is the perfect contrast to the books by enemies of witchcraft who want to portray ourselves as devil-worshippers, etc. For now, the work is mainly useful in providing a history of a crucial time in the emergence of this growing religious movement. We are pleased to see attention given to our own tradition, NROOGD, in the book. It is very well written and intelligent. We highly recommend it, but again as an historical rather than a current document.

A reader from ALABAMA , October 6, 1998 5 out of 5 stars

A reader from California U.S.A , September 22, 1998 5 out of 5 stars
Drawing Down the Moon
This is simply a wonderful book, it really opened me to many of the different views and opinions that neo-pagans have incommon, and different about what their Craft means to them. It full of information on Wicca's past, present and possible future. from Emden, Germany , July 9, 1998 5 out of 5 stars
I felt like comming home
for me, as a wife of a protestant priest and also a student of religion this book was a revalation of I was searching for. It was the kick I was looking for , since I have been born. Realy,I felt like coming home. Today, I like this book, because of its polytheism, its irony about monotheism. For the first time of my life, I feel realy powerful about male dominated kingdom of western religion. This book is absolutely necessary for every person, living in the western, patriachal world, to gain new aspects of practical living. from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA , June 30, 1998 5 out of 5 stars
Hardly fluffy.
This book is scholarly and well-written, although I , too, found it over depended on "the Goddess" and left out the God, but this is forgivable because of when and how it was writen.

THAT, and the fact that she makes a point even within the title that Witches and Goddess worshippers aren't always the same folk make the errors of the book utterly forgivable.

If you go into a Psychiatrist's office, and are Pagan, bring a copy of this book for the shrink. Usually, but not always, it will convince even the strictest shrink that your religion is valid.

A reader from Chicago, Illinois , June 17, 1998 5 out of 5 stars
The best comprehensive look at Paganism available
Adler's book is the best look at Paganism and earth-centered spirituality I've found. It was a wonderful beginner book when I was first becoming interested, but I still return to it. She's fair and open-minded, explaining the good things in some traditions and the bad things in others. I've been assigned it a number of times at my Unitarian Universalist seminary, and always the class has had interesting and provocative discussions. from Midland, MI , April 4, 1998 5 out of 5 stars
One of the best guides to Earth-Centered religions available
I had a copy of this years ago, and while I found it complicated to read at first, I found it more and more useful on various groups. There is a large section on feminist Goddess Worship but other things too and I'm not sorry I read it. I thoroughly recommend it to anyone new(or old) to any Earth-Centered religion, whether it be Wicca, Faery, Eclectic, Church of All Worlds or Druidism.

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