B is for Books!

20 Feb

Oh come now, a nerd in love with writing and reading and speaking and any other expressions of languages? Come, you must have expected such.

I love books. A lot. Too much, maybe. But books are how I got here!

Would I have ever became a witch without Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner? Would I have even sought after the Craft without Marked, in which slutty vampyre women follow a religion that is, essentially, Wicca? And what about The Complete Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt, the Nisut (Ankh, Udja, Seneb!) Hekatawy’s The Ancient Egyptian Prayerbook, or Red Land, Black Land: Daily Life in Ancient Egypt? And what about the second source of Unitarian-Universalism: “Words and deeds of prophetic women and men which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love,” which I find perfectly exemplified in Harry Potter?

I’ve maintained for a long time that truths can be found anywhere and I think books are the perfect place to find them. Varieties of fiction centered on the gods brought me to my path. Non-fiction helped me focus them, but I find things true to my life more frequently in John Green novels than in The New York Times. If your life philosophy can be explained in a 700 page biography, that’s awesome; but I’m more interested in the person who sees their lifestyle exemplified in Aunt Peg from Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes.

 

What about you? What works of literature have shaped your life? Which ones express your views better than you ever could?

3 Responses to “B is for Books!”

  1. Linda Gibson February 21, 2012 at 8:31 am #

    One of the most influential books that I’ve read is Philip Carr-Gom’s Druid Mysteries: Ancient Wisdom for the 21st Century. Druidry is so similar to Kemeticism in many ways and I find myself nodding in agreement all the time. Red Land, Black Land: Daily life in Ancient Egypt isanother book that’s made a huge impact on my path of Druidry and Kemeticism. Hemet (AUS) is awesome, and my life is changing so much for the better since discovering KO. I haven’t looked back.

    • ALC February 21, 2012 at 7:46 pm #

      Hemet really is quite an amazing woman. Here’s to hoping that festival book comes out within the next few years, eh? 😉

      I haven’t done any reading on Druids, actually! So I may have to poke into that book at some point. As it is, I’m trying to nail down my Kemetic practices and my new-found interest in Hearth-witchery.

      • Linda Gibson February 22, 2012 at 7:49 pm #

        Yeah, I’m only just made Remetj and still very much at the learning stage. I love it though! 🙂 I think Hearth witchery is what we call Hedgewitch or Kitchen witch in the UK. This is what I’m learning too, especially the healing side which combines well with Druidry. I feel blessed to have found all three paths. Brilliant blog, by the way! 😀 I found it through you signature at the HON threads. Well done you!

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