Hi I know that this has probably been done before but I cant find anything relevant. I am very interested in Paganism/ Wicca, I would like to learn more because I have always had an affinity with what i understand to be the beliefs of both to some extent. What I suppose I'm asking for is recommmendations of reading matter, advice, information etc. My e-mail addy is email@example.com I'm not asking for any other reason than a genuine need to be enlightened by people in the know.
Scott Cunningham good, Caitlin Matthews good. I always liked Doreen Valiente when I was a bit younger but you need a good bull*t detector for some of the heavily Gardnerian / Alexandrian stuff. The Pagan Federation website is great for pointers.
Is it specifically Wicca you're interested in? I know a bit more about Druid-influenced paganism (and earth-based, grow-your-own type spirituality) if that's of any use...
I'm not really sure what it is that I'm interested in. I'm curious about spirituality and how it can 'fit' questions that conventional religion don't answer for me. iyswim. I do feel 'drawn' to the concept of earth-based stuff. I believe that we need to respect the earth and all nature. I don't believe that there is an all-powerful, benevolent being that can then do/cause the things that happen. I think that we make our own choices and have to live with the results whether good or bad. I'm not sure that 'god' is responsible for the way our lives turn out. I'm looking for advice and answers to these points and so many more! Paganism/Wicca seem (from what I've read) to be more in tune with my own internal belief system. But I would like to know more before I make any statement as to what I believe. Does anyone know what I mean?
Backing up the Scott Cuningham recomendationst but adding you don't have to be Wiccan to:
Practice the craft Be Pagan
There are many paths I'd advise you to explore as many as possible before settling on one. Also, you may find that you change path mid stream to mix my metaphores This is more than ok as most Pagans won't tell you what your path is or how you should get there - ask any 10 Pagans the same question you'll get 12 different answers and they will all be right !
Your interests and beliefs seem pretty similar to mine; I have always felt drawn towards the earth, nature, fairies and magic so just thought I'd mention Doreen Virtue's books, she is an angel therapist type person but her books do not follow any specific religion and welcome all faiths - I've found she's answered a lot of my questions - especially the book 'messages from your angels'. To be honest your instinct is the best guide for you to follow; out of all the books people have just suggested - go with the 1 or 2 that immediately jumped out at you as they will most probably have the answers you are looking for