Well I had trouble sleeping last night with all the storms, so I did some more reading.
Chapter 4 is entitled “Wicked Good” and is about Wicca. Here are my notes:
- The author reminded me of a good point–that some people use the word “Wiccan” instead of “witch” because of the baggage associated with the latter word.
- There is mention of the so-called Burning Times. Their scope here is listed as “thousands of innocent people–mostly women…” which may or may not be true.
- Gerald Gardner and his relationship to modern Wicca is explained.
- Important point: Incidentally, one of the biggest differences between Wicca and other forms of paganism is that Wiccans tend to see God and Goddess as unified entities, whereas folks like the pagan druids tend to think in terms of many unique Gods and Goddesses rather than just one Great Lord and Lady.”
- “The word [reiki] means ‘universal life force energy.’ ” Incorrect. I haven’t had much Japanese, but what I do know tells me that “reiki” simply means “spirit energy.”
- “[M]ost Wiccan traditions consider the priestess as more important than the priest in the function of Wiccan ritual. For many women, this is a wonderful alternative to the sexism in many other religions. Even men find this attractive; for although the priestess is “first among equals,” the equality of men and women is still stressed[.]” I don’t understand how there is equality if the priestess is more important than the priest. Isn’t this contradictory?
I knew most of the rest of the info in this chapter, so it wasn’t very exciting. Chapter 5 is entitled “The Philosophical Pagans: Druids and Other Revivalist Groups.” The title of this chapter is straightforward.
- McColman points out that Druids did NOT build Stonehenge, nor were they simply tree worshipers.
- He also suggests to think of Druids as shamans in kilts. I am a Norse Druid. We Vikings did not wear kilts.
- Three ages of Druidry: ancient Druids, Renaissance Druid orders, Neopagan Druidry
- Concept of reciprocity is mentioned
- Random hints of ADF cosmology throughout the chapter, plus a section a few paragraphs long specifically about ADF.
- Chapter ends with mention of Asatru and Reconstructionist groups.