Pagan Portals - God-Speaking
What can we do to save the planet? Three R’s are not enough. Reduce, reuse, recycle...and religion.
Pagan Portals - God-Speaking offers a new concept in Earth ecology incorporating mysticism and folk religion. The author is both a trance seer and a biologist, bringing a unique balance to an examination of nature philosophy. Storytelling examples from Irish folklore, NeoPagan theology, and scientific observations all contribute to a carefully reasoned theory about the future of the Earth and ourselves.
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A lot of Pagans talk about listening to the Gods, but when asked if they mean that literally, get all metaphorical. Of course we don’t really hear voices. That would be insane. The trouble is that we live in a culture that pathologizes religious experience. The result being that most Pagans either very carefully aren’t hearing voices, will have ways of pretending they aren’t bat-shit crazy, or just won’t talk about the heart of their practice. And of course there are the odd crazy ones as well, for good measure. Judith O’Grady takes the bull by the horns in this striking little book. It’s a serious look at what deity means, what it means to listen, what the social implications are and how you strike that balance between hearing something, and not going insane. I’d rather like every Pagan out there to buy and read this one, alongside every mental health practitioner… actually truth be told I’d like everyone to read it. This is a rare and valuable piece of work, and I hope it will give other people the courage to be more open about what they do, and to think more about what it means to be a modern Pagan. Having said this is a serious book, I’d like to add that it’s also one of the funniest books I’ve read in a while. I laughed out loud. The wit and lightness of touch Judith brings to her subject matter makes it very easy to take some big ideas onboard. It’s an extremely readable piece of work, full of wisdom, insight and compassion. Highly recommended. ~ Nimue Brown, Druid Network
I really didn't know what to expect from this one...written from the perspective of an Animist and believer in many Gods it is a gloriously wonderful book all about BELIEF. The author takes you on a journey through pagan history, belief in god, worship and the ritual that accompanies it ending with a reflection on belief in the modern day. It will open your mind and challenge your views and perception of belief and the divine - a book to kick start the grey cells into action and a must have on everyone's book shelf. ~ Rachel Patterson, Kitchen Witch -- www.rachelspaganbookblog.blogspot.co.uk