Vol 13 No. 10 (2011) Issue Number 18, February 2002

Readers' Forum

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California State University
Legends are extraordinarily responsive to social change; in fact, they are one of the most sensitive indices of transformations in cultural values and worldview.
A substantial piece of Reclaiming's initiation rite is inherted from the more ceremonial Witchcraft traditions and from privileged men's secret societies at the turn of the 20th century. These traditions have all made the 'dying and rising god' theme central to the rite.
...the very real danger of dissolving, around our edges, into the larger movement of environmentally aware, goddess worshipping new agers and liberal Christians.
Covert leaders often insist on some version of the consensus method of decision making knowing (often intuitively) that consensus functions as a more or less subtle method of intimidation.
How important is it for us to know the history of the beliefs and customs we weave into Neopaganism? You may be a lore maven or an experience maven or maybe both if you can find the time and energy. For lore mavens here are a couple of plums.

Book Reviews

Claiming Sacred Ground: Pilgrims and Politics at Glastonbury and Sedona by Adrian J. Ivakhiv Bl o oming t on: Indi an Uni ve r s i t y Pre s s , 200. 0 23 3389 9. x x1 + 326.
Wiccan Warrior: Walking a Spritual Path in a Sometimes Hostile World by Kerr Cuhulain Llewellyn, 2000 1 56718 252 6
The Rotting Goddess: the Origin of the Witch in Classical Antiquity by Jacob Rabinowitz Automedia: New Yo r k
The Twelve Wild Swans: Rituals, Exercises & Magical Training in the Reclaiming Tradition by Starhawk and Hilary Valentine Harper San Francisco, 2000 326 pages, $24 cloth