Resources

Recommended introductory texts are highlighted below.

Contemporary Neo-Pagan Studies

Adler, Margot. Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess-Worshippers, and Other Pagans in America (1979, 1986, 1996, 2006)

Berger, Helen. Witchcraft and Magic: Contemporary North America (2006)

Chase, Paul. “Neopaganism: A Twenty-First Century Synthesis of Spirituality and Nature” (thesis) (2003)

Christ, Carol (ed.). Womanspirit Rising: A Feminist Reader in Religion (1979)

Clifton, Chas. Her Hidden Children: The Rise of Wicca And Paganism in America (2006)

Clifton, Chas. The Paganism Reader (2004)

Cusack, Carole. Invented Religions: Imagination, Fiction and Faith (2010)

Davis, Philip. The Goddess Unmasked: The Rise of Neopagan Feminist Spirituality (2008)

Davy, Barbara Jane. Introduction to Pagan Studies (2006)

DiZerega, Gus. Fault Lines: The Sixties, the Culture War, and the Return of the Divine Feminine (2013)

Eller, Cynthia (ed.). Living In The Lap of Goddess: The Feminist Spirituality Movement in America (1995)

Ellwood, Robert, and Partin, Harry. Religious and Spiritual Groups in Modern America, 2nd ed. (1988)

Gallagher, Eugene and Ashcraft, William (eds.). Introduction to Alternative Religions in America, Vol. 3: Metaphysical, New Age, and Neopagan Movements (2006)

Goldenberg, Naomi. Changing of the Gods: Feminism and the End of Traditional Religion (1979)

Greer, John Michael. The New Encyclopedia of the Occult (2003)

Guiley, Rosemary Ellen. The Encyclopedia of Witches and Witchcraft, 2nd ed. (1990)

Hanegraaff, Wouter J. New Age Religion and Western Culture: Esotericism in the Mirror of Secular Thought (1997)

Hanna, Jon. “What Thou Wilt: Traditional and Innovative Trends in Post-Gardnerian Witchcraft” (2008)

Harvey, Graham. Contemporary Paganism: Listening People, Speaking Earth (2000)

Harvey, Graham, and Hardman, Charlotte (eds). Paganism Today: Wiccans, Druids, the Goddess and Ancient Earth Traditions for the Twenty-First Century (1995)

Higginbotham, River. Paganism: An Introduction to Earth- Centered Religions (2002)

Hutton, Ronald. The Triumph of the Moon: A History of Modern Pagan Witchcraft (1999)

Kelly, Aidan. Hippie Commie Beatnik Witches (2012)

Kraemer, Christine Hoff. Seeking the Mystery: An Introduction to Pagan Theologies (2012)

Lewis, James R. Witchcraft Today: An Encyclopedia of Wiccan and Neopagan Traditions (2000)

Lewis, James R. (ed.). Magical Religion and Modern Witchcraft (1996)

Luhrmann, Tanya. Persuasions of the Witch’s Craft: Ritual Magic in Contemporary England (1991)

Melton, J. Gordon. Magic, Witchcraft, and Paganism in America: a Bibliography (1982) [out of print]

Maglicco, Sabina. Witching Culture: Folklore and Neo-Paganism in America (2004)

Orion, Loretta. Never Again the Burning Times: Paganism Revived (1995)

Partridge, Christopher. The Re-Enchantment of the West: Volume 1 Alternative Spiritualities, Sacralization, Popular Culture and Occulture, Vols. I (2005) and II (2006)

Pearson, Joanne (ed.). Belief Beyond Boundaries: Wicca, Celtic Spirituality, and the New Age (2002)

Pearson, Joanne (ed.). Nature Religion Today: Paganism in the Modern World (1998)

Pengelly, James, et al. We Emerge: The History of the Pagan Federation (1997) (out of print) [contact the site administrator for a copy]

Pike, Sarah. New Age and Neopagan Religions in America (2006)

Pizza, Murphy, and Lewis, James R. (eds.). Handbook of Contemporary Paganism (2009)

Rabinovich, Shelley, and Lewis, James (eds.). The Encyclopedia of Modern Witchcraft and Neo-Paganism (2002)

Reid, Sian (ed.). Between the Worlds, Readings in Contemporary Neopaganism (2006)

Reid-Bowen, Paul. Goddess as Nature: Towards a Philosophical Thealogy (2007)

Sulak, John. The Wizard and the Witch: Seven Decades of Counterculture, Magick, and Paganism (2014)

Taylor, Bron. Enyclopedia of Religion and Nature (2005)

Waldron, David. The Sign of the Witch: Modernity and the Pagan Revival (2008) 

York, Michael. The Emerging Network: A Sociology of New Age and Neo-Pagan Movements (1995)

Neo-Pagan Texts

Bonewits, Isaac. Neopagan Rites: A Guide to Creating Public Rituals that Work (2007)

Budapest, Zsuzsanna. The Holy Book of Women’s Mysteries (1989)

Carr-Gomm, Philip. The Druid Renaissance (1998)

Crowley, Vivianne. Wicca: The Old Religion In the New Millennium (1991)

Crowley, Vivianne. A Woman’s Guide to the Earth Traditions: Exploring Wicca, Shamanism, Paganism and Celtic Spirituality (2001)

Farrar, Janet and Stewart. The Witches’ Bible, contains The Witches’ Way (1984) and Eight Sabbats for Witches (1981)

Farrar, Janet and Stewart, and Bone, Gavin. The Pagan Path: The Wiccan Way of Life (1995)

Farrar, Janet and Stewar. The Witches’ God (1989)

Farrar, Janet and Stewart. The Witches’ Goddess (1987)

Greer, John Michael. A World Full of Gods: An Inquiry into Polytheism (2005)

Grimassi, Raven. Witchcraft: A Mystery Tradition (2004)

Grimassi, Raven. The Wiccan Mysteries: Ancient Origins & Teachings (2002)

Grimassi, Raven. Encyclopedia of Wicca and Witchcraft (2000)

Lamond, Fredric. Religion without Beliefs: Essays in Pantheist Theology, Comparative Religion and Ethics (1998)

Livingstone, Glenys. PaGaian Cosmology: Re-inventing Earth-based Goddess Religion (2005)

Matthews, Caitlin. King Arthur and the Goddess of the Land: The Divine Feminine in the Mabinogion (2002)

Matthews, Caitlin. Mabon and the Guardians of Celtic Britain: Hero Myths in the Mabinogion (2002)

Matthews, Caitlin. The Elements of the Celtic Tradition (1989)

Nichols, Mike. The Witches’ Sabbats (2005)

Starkhawk, The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Goddess (1979, 1989, 1999)

Starhawk. Dreaming the Dark: Magic, Sex and Politics (1989)

Zell-Ravenheart, Oberon. Creating Circles and Ceremonies (2006) [good resource for Neo-Pagan ritual texts]

Other Texts

Abram, David. Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-Than-Human World (1997)

Abram, David. Becoming Animal: An Earthly Cosmology (2011)

Albanese, Catherine. Nature Religion in America: from the Algonkian Indians to the New Age (1990)

Berman, Morris. The Reenchantment of the World (1984)

Bolen, Jean Shinoda. Goddesses in Everywoman: Powerful Archetypes in Women’s Lives (2004) 

Campbell, Joseph. The Hero with a Thousand Faces (1949)

Campbell, Joseph. Masks of God, Vols. I, II and III (1962-1968)

Cashford, Jules, and Baring, Anne. The Myth of the Goddess: Evolution of an Image (1993)

Christ, Carol. She Who Changes: Re-imagining the Divine in the World (2004)

Christ, Carol. Rebirth of the Goddess: Finding Meaning in Feminist Spirituality (1998)

Eliade, Mircea. A History of Religious Ideas, Vols. I, II and III (1978)

Eliade, Mircea. The Myth of the Eternal Return: Cosmos and History (1971)

Eliade, Mircea. The Sacred and the Profane (1961)

Eliade, Mircea. Patterns in Comparative Religion (1958)

Eller, Cynthia. The Myth of Matriarchal Prehistory: Why An Invented Past Will Not Give Women a Future (2000)

Frazer, James. The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion: A New Abridgement from the Second and Third Editions (2009)

Harding, Esther. Women’s Mysteries: Ancient & Modern (1935, 1955)

Hutton, Ronald. The Pagan Religions of the Ancient British Isles: Their Nature and Legacy (1993)

Miller, David. The New Polytheism (1981)

Neumann, Erich. The Great Mother (1955)

Roszak, Theodore. Ecopsychology: Restoring the Earth, Healing the Mind (1995)

Roszak, Theodore. The Making of a Counter Culture: Reflections on the Technocratic Society and Its Youthful Opposition (1969, 1995)

Ruether, Rosemary Radford. Goddesses and the Divine Feminine: A Western Religious History (2005)

Sjoo, Monica, and Mor, Barbara. The Great Cosmic Mother: Rediscovering the Religion of the Earth (1987)

Stone, Merlin. When God Was a Woman (1978)

Taylor, Bron (ed.). Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature (2005)

Taylor, Bron. Dark Green Religion: Nature spirituality and the planetary future (2010)

Whitmont, Edward. The Return of the Goddess (1982)

Wise, Constance. Hidden Circles in the Web: Feminist Wicca, Occult Knowledge, and Process Thought (2008)

Select Articles and Papers

Abram, David. “Depth Ecology”, from The Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature, Taylor and Kaplan (eds.) (2005)

Abram, David. “Waking Our Animal Senses: Language and the Ecology of Sensory Experience”, first published in Wild Earth journal (1997); subsequently published Wild Earth: Wild Ideas for a World Out of Balance. Butler, Tom (ed.) (2002)

Abram, David. “The Mechanical and the Organic: On the Impact of Metaphor in Science”, from Scientists On Gaia, Schneider, Stephen and Penelope (eds.) (1991)

Abram, David. “The Perceptual Implications of Gaia”, from Dharma Gaia: A Harvest of Essays in Buddhism and Ecology, Badiner, A. H. (ed.); originally published in The Ecologist, Vol. 15, No. 3 (1985).

Bonewits, Isaac. “Defining Paganism” (1997, 2007)

Chase, Christopher. “Building a California Bildung: Theodore Roszak’s and Alan Watts’ Contribution to Pagan Hermeneutics” (paper presented at American Academy of Religion 2011 Annual National Meeting)

Dundzila, Rudra Vilius. “How do UU and Pagan Thea/ologies Fit Together?: CUUPS 20th Anniversary”

Eilberg-Schwartz, Howard. “Witches of the West: Neopaganism and Goddess Worship as Enlightenment Religions”, Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, vol. 5, no. 1 (1989)

Ellwood, Robert. “Notes on a Neopagan Religious Group in America”, History of Religions, Vol. 11, No. 1 (1971).

Fisher, Amber Laine. “Neo-Paganism in the Post-Modern Age”, Journal of the Western Mystery Tradition, Vol. 1, No. 6 (2004)

Frisk, Trudy. “Paganism, Magic, and the Control of Nature”, The Trumpeter: Journal of Ecosophy, Vol. 14. No. 4 (1997)

Gillette, Devyn, and Stead, Lewis. “The Pentagram and the Hammer”

Hanegraaff, Wouter J. “How magic survived the disenchantment of the world”, Religion, Vol. 33 (2003)

Hope, Tom, and Jones, Ieuan. “Locating Contemporary British Paganism as Late Modern Culture”, Journal of Contemporary Religion, Vol. 21, No. 3 (2006)

Kelly, Aidan. “History of Neopagan and Magickal Groups in the USA and Canada” (unpublished) [contact the site administrator for a copy]

Kelly, Aidan. “Social Structure of Paganism in America” (unpublished)

Krassova, Galina. “Race, Gender, and the Problem of ‘Ergi” in Modern American Heathenry” [unpublished, to be published]

Lee, Richard Wayne. “Strained Bedfellows: Pagans, New Agers, and ‘Starchy Humanists’ in Unitarian Universalism”, Sociology of Religion, Vol. 56, No. 4 (1995)

Macintyre, John. “An Introduction to Modern Paganism 2012”

Pearson, Jo. “Demarcating the Field: Paganism, Wicca, and Witchcraft”, DISKUS, vol. 6 (2000)

Puckett, Robert Nolan. “Plucking the Golden Bough: James Frazer’s Metamyth in Modern Neopaganism” (thesis) (1999) (unpublished)

Raphael, Melissa. “Truth in Flux: Goddess Feminism as a Late Modern Religion”, in Religion, vol. 26 (1996)

Toynbee, Arnold. “The Religious Background of the Present Environmental Crisis”, International Journal of Environmental Studies, Vol. 3 (1972)

Waldron, David and Sharn. “Jung and the Neo-Pagan Movement”, Quadrant, Vol. 34, No. 2 (2004)

Werner, Michael. “Ecofeminism, Neopaganism, and the Gaia Movement in the Postmodern Age”, Humanism Today (1992)

White, Lynn. “The Historical Roots of Our Ecological Crisis”, Science, Vol. 155 (1967)

York, Michael. “Invented Culture/Invented Religion: The Fictional Origins of Contemporary Paganism”, Nova Religio, Vol. 3, No. 1 (1999)

Select Internet Resources

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