Witch Hunts: Out of the Broom Closet, by Kerr Cuhulain
Spiral Publishing, 9780975540367, 302 pp. (incl. appendices and bibliography), 2005
Kerr Cuhulain is a twenty-seven year veteran of the Vancouver, BC, Police Department. He has seen, first hand, the results of the misunderstandings, both unintended and intentional, regarding Pagan beliefs – lives ruined, families destroyed, and religious agendas advanced.
The first few pages of this book are enough to frighten even the most jaded among us. From several “official sources” he cites evidence of occult activity to be looked for such as jewellery, gongs, audio/visual recording equipment, music with an occult theme, candles, silver implements, incense, needles, oil, seashells, and the list goes on. Amazing! If you use massage oils and candles to enhance your lovemaking you too can be considered a Satanist. Continue reading
Magic Of The Celtic Gods And Goddesses: A Guide To Their Spiritual Power, Healing Energies, And Mystical Joy, by Carl McColman
New Page Books, 1564147835, 203 pp. (incl. appendices, notes, bibliography and index), 2003
I’ve read several other books by Carl McColman previously, and have always found them to be extremely readable and informative. This book does nothing to change that opinion. Carl and his co-author take the time to state quite clearly what they are, and are not, trying to do in this book.
This book isn’t filled with rituals (there isn’t much really known about Celtic rituals); nor is it filled with correspondences and/or attributes (there are lots of other sources available for that); and it does not pretend to be a scholarly work. It is filled with stories of some of the Celtic deities (over 400 have been catalogued by the scholars and less than 10% of them are represented in this book. It is written with the intent of giving the reader a “feel” fore the deities and their relationship to the world we inhabit. Continue reading
Before You Cast a Spell: Understanding the Power of Magic, by Carl McColman
New Page Books, 1564147169, 143 pp. (+ appendices & index), 2004
I’ve read some of Carl’s books before and enjoyed what I read. He tends to say exactly what he means. And he lets you know early on where his books are going. On page 9 of this book the first paragraph tells it all: “This book does not contain any spells, or any specific instructions on how to cast spells, raise and direct energy, or perform any other kind of magical procedure.”
Carl’s intent is to focus on the spiritual principles of magic. Unlike many books today, this one aims to make the reader do some mind stretching exercises. If you are looking for fluffy reading, this is not it, even though it is less than 150 pages. Continue reading
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Paganism, by Carl McColman
Alpha Books, 335 pp. (+ appendices and index), 2002
Right off the top, I have to make it clear that I like Carl McColman’s style of writing. Like most writers on the topic of Paganism, he is willing to share his personal opinions. Unlike a lot of those same writers, he consistently reminds us that his opinions are just that his opinions.
I know that a lot of people will be put off by the title of this book. Don’t be! This book, like When Someone You Love is Wiccan (by the same author), is an excellent way of explaining and exploring Paganism. It deserves to be in every library – both yours and the local public library (if you can afford to do so, donate a copy to them).
One of the best features, in my opinion, is one shared by Continue reading
When Someone You Love Is Wiccan: A Guide to Witchcraft and Paganism for Concerned Friends, Nervous Parents, and Curious Co-Workers, by Carl McColman
New Page Books, 1564146227, 2003
For many years I struggled to find a single book I could recommend to those people who wanted to know about Paganism – not how to join, or how to do the rituals, but what we believe, how we relate to the world-at-large. While Mr. McColman and I don’t always agree, this current work is an invaluable tool to be used in facilitating such discussions.
Mr. McColman makes it very clear that he has no desire to convert anyone, nor is he interested in Continue reading