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Hardcover Drawing Down the Moon Book

ISBN: 0670283428

ISBN13: 9780670283422

Drawing Down the Moon

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The only detailed history of a little-known and widely misunderstood movement, Drawing Down the Moon provides a fascinating look at the religious experiences, beliefs, and lifestyles of the Neo-Pagan subculture. Margot Adler attended ritual gatherings and interviewed a diverse, colorful gallery of people across the United States, people who find inspiration in ancient deities, nature, myth, even science fiction. Contrary to stereotype, What Adler...

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Very Informative

Author did a great job of explaining various pagan beliefs and ways of worshipping, while also debunking a few common rumors.

Loving this read

A great beginner level book on paganism. A little dry but if you make it through those spots,it’s very informative.


A breathtaking book that has stood the test of time! Read it. And Bless Thee! Blessed Be!

Still the Foremost Classic of Neo-Paganism

I first read the 1st edition of Drawing Down the Moon in 1981. It was a home coming that supported me both spiritually and academically. I read the revised addition when it came out in 1986 and was even more delighted by the detailed and excellent research, scholarship, and investigative journalism. To me, this book is still the foremost Classic of Neo-Pagan culture, spirituality, and history. It remains one of my main reference books, and the 1# book I recommend to people who ask me about Neo-paganism.Other books I recommend: Goddesses & Gods of old Europe, The Language of the Goddess, The Civilization of the Goddess, The Spiral Dance, The Woman's Encyclopedia of Myths & Secrets, The Once & Future Goodess, The Grandmother of Time, The Encyclopedia of Celtic Wisdom, Casting the Circle: Women's Book of Ritual, Woman's Mysteries: Ancient & Modern, The Witches Bible: Vol I & II, The Chalice & the Blade, Real Magic, The Hebrew Goddess, Ancient Mirrors of Womanhood, The Storyteller's Goddess, The Mists of Avalon

Excellent book in need of being updated

We met the author in 1978 as she was awaiting publlication of her book. We found it excellent, but already a bit dated and hoped for an update in the revision that came later. Unfortunately, the later version was only slightly different from the earlier one.The Craft has changed faster than any other religious movement, and we need a truly up-to-date revision, but we need it from Margot Adler. For her balanced and human document is the perfect contrast to the books by enemies of witchcraft who want to portray ourselves as devil-worshippers, etc. For now, the work is mainly useful in providing a history of a crucial time in the emergence of this growing religious movement. We are pleased to see attention given to our own tradition, NROOGD, in the book. It is very well written and intelligent. We highly recommend it, but again as an historical rather than a current document.
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