Posted by solowytch
There is a 30 day Pagan journaling challenge for the month of September set up on Instagram and I thought it would be fun to do it – and would get me back into the swing of things as well.
And back into blogging here as I answer the posts. (I’m not much of an Instagram person.)
Today’s question is:
My favorite Pagan authors are…? Why are they my favorites?
Scott Cunningham. He was my first, and I love his gentle soft style. I think I have just about every one of his Pagan books and they are the ones that never seem to be up for shelf-purges. He passed through the veil far too soon.
Trish Telesco. Another down-to-earth writer. (Urban Pagan was one of my favorite books way back when.)
These days I’m looking for more traditional and less fluffy writers, though. And less “how to” and more… in depth explorations of spirituality and living life as a Pagan.
Alaric Albertsson’s book To Walk a Pagan Path is excellent and I want to get some of his other Pagan books.
It seems, though, that the longer I walk this path the harder it is to find authors who don’t set my teeth on edge. (I’m even pretty sure that if I’d go back and reread Cunningham or Telesco that I’d get irritated.)
I’m getting more discriminatory in my reading, I suppose, and there are some things that I really don’t like and are automatic turn offs.
I’m not a fan of books (or traditions) that are strictly Goddess-oriented. Yes, I understand that there’s a reason for them, but they don’t feel any more balanced to me than Christianity does.
Another turn-off is books or writers that are all fluffy and white light. You can’t ignore the dark. If you do, it eats you up and eventually controls you. (The Devil card in Tarot comes to mind.) You need balance. The autumn equinox (no, it was never called Mabon*) is coming soon – a good time to reflect on said balance.
Anyhow, I guess I don’t have any favorite contemporary Pagan authors. I’m going to have to remedy that.
*(The autumn equinox may actually never have been anything special to the ancients, either.)