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Irish Pagan Resources

One of the questions I am asked fairly regularly is what books I recommend for people interested in studying Irish Paganism, as there is so much confusion out there about what's good and what's not. Obviously different people will have their own suggestions here but I wanted to write a bit about how I judge sources and also offer a selection of good books (and a few websites) that I have found to be useful for people studying Irish Paganism. 

Basic Suggestions for Judging Sources

Any time we are looking at what is a good or bad source on a subject there's some basic guidelines I try to follow:

  1. Look at who the author is and their qualifications for writing on the subject.
  2. What biases does the author have? (everyone has them and biases effect our writing on many levels.) Is the author writing from experience? Are the directly involved with their subject or observing from the outside? In the case of Irish material is the author Irish? If they are using Irish language terms do they speak Irish?
  3. Look at the date it was written. Older (or newer) isn't necessarily better but the wider trends going on at different times will effect the material. 
  4. If you can check the source's bibliography or what they are using as references. 
  5. Ask around and read reviews to see what other people are saying about the source

My Suggested Resources

My first suggestion for anything related to Irish Paganism is to try to look to sources within the culture itself. I also think its good to include a blend of more academic texts as well as more experiential texts. 

Some helpful web sources:

Circle Stories
Ireland's Folklore and Traditions
Mythical Ireland

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Morgan has been a practicing witch since the early 90's with a focus on the Fairy Faith and fairylore. She has written over two dozen non-fiction and fiction books on topics related to Irish mythology, witchcraft, fairy folklore, and related subjects. Morgan has also taught workshops on these same topics across the United States and internationally. In her spare time she likes to study the Irish language in both its modern and historic forms.

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