Drawing Down the Moon
by Margot Adler (interview with Margot
I have yet to meet someone who can honestly say they've read all
of Drawing Down the Moon unless it was assigned by a teacher.
That doesn't mean it's a bad book; on the contrary, it is the single
best reference work on Paganism out there, and is exhaustive in
its research. Unfortunately, like most well-done references, it's
incredibly long and dry. Colleges use it as a textbook, if that
tells you anything. I did find it was way easier to read than most
textbooks, primarily because of the subject matter. Still, it's
not for the faint of heart, but if you're truly serious about your
path you'd be well-advised to add it to your collection. Just be
sure you have a cheap novel to read between chapters so your brain
Reviewed by Diane Sylvan
Ok, I admit it. This book WAS assigned reading
for a college class. It was acceptable to the academic world precisely
because it is long and yes, dry. It gave me the first insight to
the pagan world from an anthropological perspective and for that
I am thankful.
Oh, and if you are wondering what college - San Jose State University
had a class called "Gods and Goddesses", it was supposed
to be a history class and instead ended up being a Wicca class.
The other assigned reading was The Once and Future Goddess.
A college classroom was the first place that I participated in casting
Reviewed by Trinity