For several years author Lisa Wagoner and I co-facilitated The Welcoming Circle at Asheville’s Raven & Crone. It became a jumping off place for many seekers who are new to earth-based religions and magic. We tried to give them a firm foundation to build on and connect them to the resources they needed to grow in their chosen spiritual path. So, I was very excited and proud when I first heard the news that Lisa was asked to write a book for Llewellyn. I knew she would do a great job with it and, indeed, she did!
Positive Pagan is more than just a book. It’s a lifestyle. In Lisa’s words “When used in this book, the term ‘positive’ describes the energy that flows within one’s self. No matter the obstacles or hardships, or how wonky or horrific the world seems, positivity helps to move forward.” I have always believed that we receive back whatever kind of energy we project out into the universe. Even when bad things happen to us, we always have a choice regarding how we will react to them. Will they leave us feeling sad and defeated, or will they give us the motivation to make positive changes in our lives and in our world? Clearly, Lisa falls into the latter category. And as someone who knows her personally, she definitely practices what she preaches.
The book itself is impeccably organized and is jam packed with practical information and tons of rituals. It’s the perfect book to give to someone who is new to the Craft or Paganism and provides a solid foundation for them to build on. It’s also a great book for someone who feels like their spiritual path is either stagnant or ineffective. Positive Pagan will definitely help to jump start their magical practice. Everyone will find ideas that are well suited to them.
One of the strengths of Positive Pagan is the clarity of Lisa’s writing. It is easy to understand, concise and accessible to everyone. She continually asks the reader questions to ponder and it feels like she’s taking you by the hand and gently leading you through everything.
The other strength is that she never comes across as dogmatic regarding “the way things should be done.” Instead, she offers the reader a buffet of tools, ideas and rituals from which they can sample and see what works for them. And, trust me, it’s quite a feast!
Needless to say, I highly recommend this book and hope you’ll consider adding it to your collection. It’s one of those books you’ll find yourself returning to again and again.
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