Reclaiming Witchcraft – New Book by Irisanya

Reclaiming Witchcraft by Irisanya Moon –  July 1, 2020 from Moon Books!

The first book to provide Reclaiming 101, Reclaiming Witchcraft discusses the current state of Reclaiming, its practices and the variety of cultures around the world.

Reclaiming Witchcraft is designed to help the reader better understand the basic structure of the Reclaiming tradition, as well as discover how it has changed since its initial formation in San Francisco and subsequent journey out to the reaches of Canada, Australia, and Europe.

From the basic tenets of what makes a Reclaiming Witch, to how rituals are performed, how lessons are passed on, and how magick is made around the world, Reclaiming Witchcraft seeks to welcome those who might be interested in learning more, while also directing them to resources and paths that can help facilitate their journey.

Irisanya is a priestess and teacher in the Reclaiming tradition, and has taught classes and camps around the world, including the US, Canada, UK, and Australia. She was initiated into the tradition in 2014.

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Two more books forthcoming from Irisanya:
Aphrodite: Encountering the Goddess of Love, Beauty & Initiation (September 1, 2020) – Amazon
Practically Pagan: An Alternative Guide to Health & Well-Being (November 27, 2020) – stay tuned for more info!
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Dancing the Spiral: A Companion to the Writings of Starhawk

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Welcome to Reclaiming Quarterly’s latest project – a companion text to accompany Starhawk’s voluminous writings, featuring dozens of magical workings, ritual ideas, activist skills, pagan history, and more. The draft is now available for free download – print edition planned for 2021.

Dancing the Spiral – free download and more info.

Created in cooperation with Starhawk and Teen Earth Magic witchcamp, the goals are: (1) an exciting and challenging book for people working alone or with friends; (2) inspiration for folks to form a circle so they can do these workings with others; and (3) a fun book to flip through and get inspired!

The book also features pages of magical and activist resources – books, music, websites, free downloads, and more.This initial mock-up already contains much of the material, including the just-completed history essays.

We hope to complete and publish this book as a PDF and print edition sometime in 2021. Meanwhile, we’ll post drafts as they develop.

Dancing the Spiral – free download and more info.

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Drawing Down the Moon – Audio

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Margot Adler’s classic survey of Neo-Paganism (1979, second edition 2006) is now available in audio format. The reading is crisp and a bit dry – like a radio reporter.

Audiobook – Drawing Down the Moon

Print format

Adler, a National Public Radio reporter, interviewed people from many traditions and tendencies to paint a picture of an emerging Pagan and feminist spirituality. The accounts and interviews are informal and easy to skim.

Originally published on the same date as Starhawk’s Spiral Dance (Samhain 1979), Adler’s book serves as a sort of backstory to groups like Reclaiming, Spark, CAYA, and other millennial communities.

Shut It Down – by Lisa Fithian

Pagan Cluster activist Lisa Fithian has released a new book of activist skills and stories, ranging from Seattle in 1999 to the present. Check it out:

Lisa’s Website – ShutItDownNow.org

Online Ordering – various options

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Back Cover Description

A veteran activist’s guide to direct action and strategic civil disobedience as the most radical and rapid means to social change

For decades, Lisa Fithian’s work as an advocate for civil disobedience and nonviolent direct action has put her on the frontlines of change. Described by Mother Jones as “the nation’s best-known protest consultant,” Fithian has supported countless movements including the Battle of Seattle in 1999, rebuilding and defending communities following Hurricane Katrina, Occupy Wall Street, and the uprisings at Standing Rock and in Ferguson. For anyone who wants to become more active in resistance or is just feeling overwhelmed or hopeless, Shut It Down offers strategies and actions you can take right now to promote justice and incite change in your own community.

In Shut It Down Fithian shares historic, behind-the-scenes stories from some of the most important people-powered movements of the past several decades. She shows how movements that embrace direct action have always been, and continue to be, the most radical and rapid means for transforming the ills of our society. Shut It Down is filled with instructions and inspiration for how movements can evolve as the struggle for social justice continues in the Trump era and beyond.

While recognizing that electoral politics, legislation, and policy are all important pathways to change, Shut It Down argues that civil disobedience is not just one of the only actions that remains when all else fails, but a spiritual pursuit that protects our deepest selves and allows us to reclaim our humanity. Change can come, but only if we’re open to creatively, lovingly, and strategically standing up, sometimes at great risk to ourselves, to protect what we love.

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