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Out of the Shadows: An Exploration of Dark Paganism and Magick
By John J. Coughlin
* Publisher: 1st Books Library
* Number Of Pages: 276
* Publication Date: 2002-10-22
* ISBN-10 / ASIN: 1403350582
* ISBN-13 / EAN: 9781403350589
* Binding: Hardcover
So often darkness is associated with evil. Since the term evil has no place in a nature-based religion, we Pagans are forced to look beyond such stereotypes.
But what then is "darkness"? Why are so many of us drawn to themes associated with darkness such as death, mystery, wisdom, magic, and the night? These themes and symbols are empowering to many of us because they tap into the deepest reaches of our unconscious.
The goal of this book, which is a culmination of over 16 years of study and practice, is to not only share with you the author's views on Dark Paganism and spirituality, but to encourage you - if not challenge you - to personalize your own belief system.
While the first part explores the aspects and spirituality of darkness, the second part of this book discusses the nature and practice of magic by exploring the underlying principles at work. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
John Coughlin, also known by his Internet handle Dark Wyccan, has been involved in the craft for over 16 years. In that time, he has worked with several groves and covens, although he primarily prefers to walk a solitary, eclectic path.
Also associated with the Gothic scene, John has incorporated his personal aesthetics and ideals into his spirituality giving him an often unique perspective on Wicca and Paganism in general.
Currently, John is Editor of the NYC Pagan Resource Guide and has created many other web-based projects for both Pagans and Goths on waningmoon.com such as the Pagan Personals, Gothic Personals, Corporate Goth and Gothic Guide to Nail Care. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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