Rocking the Goddess:
Campus Wicca for the Student Practitioner
by Anthony Paige
This one really surprised me by being such an excellent read: it’s almost Drawing Down the Moon for the college student. The author has interviewed college students practicing Wicca, professors of religious studies, and even the spooked parent of a Wiccan college student. But he doesn’t present this in a dry, please-recite-to-me-your-thoughts-on-Wicca style, instead, he’s simply relating anecdotes, conversation, and stories about real people, not Big Name Pagans.
He does a great job of not invalidating anyone’s approach to Wicca, be that conservative or “goth,” while showing why someone might choose one or the other. He isn’t afraid to tackle complex subjects like whether Wicca is a faith that can help you in hard times. He manages the neat trick of being non-judgmental about choices like drug use for magickal purposes without losing any respect for ethics or the need for responsibility. He’s telling stories, and letting the people speak for themselves. And he’s doing it well.
If this is truly representative of the new generation of Wicca, the future of our faith is in good, thoughtful hands. I’m surprising myself, and giving this five broomsticks. It’s worth the read, even if you’re not a student, and should be required reading if you are.
RATING: 5 Broomsticks
» Originally appeared in newWitch #02
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