The esoteric minded person should be interested in a pair of new books to hit the bookstores.
Jesus Through Pagan Eyes: Bridging Neopagan Perspectives with a Progressive Vision of Christ
For Pagans and Christians alike, Jesus Through Pagan Eyes offers a provocative portrait of Jesus—as a compassionate, life-affirming, nature-inspired spiritual teacher, freed from the limiting ideology of the Church. Rev. Mark Townsend sets the stage by exploring the historical evidence of who Jesus was as a human being before delving into the realm of metaphor and mythology, the notion of Christ, and the Church’s conception of Jesus as Christ.
The heart of this unique book lies in the thoughtful and deeply moving collection of stories, essays, and interviews about Jesus from today’s most respected Pagan, Wiccan, and Druidic leaders. Contributors such as Maxine Sanders, Christopher Penczak, Janet Farrar, Diana Paxson, Philip Carr-Gomm, Oberon Zell-Ravenheart, John Michael Greer, Selena Fox, and Raven Grimassi explore the historical figure of Jesus in relation to Witchcraft, the tarot, goddess worship, and shamanism—while illustrating how this god of the Christian church blesses and inspires those who embrace non-traditional spiritual paths.
Whether you envision Jesus as an ascended master, a human teacher, or a mythic god-man, this remarkable book will introduce you to a Jesus who fits fully into the Pagan imagination. (link)
Jesus Through Pagan Eyes sounds like an interesting title, but I know a lady who really needs the next title.
The Magickal Retreat: Making Time for Solitude, Intention & Rejuvenation
When was the last time you took a break from the busyness of everyday life and worked magick just for your own delight? The more hectic life is, the more important it is to take time to refresh and recharge your spirit.
This easy-to-use workbook walks you through the process of creating a personal and rejuvenating magickal experience. Using Joseph Campbell’s model of the hero’s journey, this inspiring book helps you identify your intention and tailor a retreat to meet your needs. You’ll also find individual retreat plans for specifically focusing on:
—Arts and Crafts Green Magick
—Physical and Magickal Wellness
—Psychic Arts Cosmological Practices
—Ceremonial or Ritual Magick Dark Arts
—Science and Technomagick
With this guidebook, you’ll set your goal, choose a format—seclusion, sanctuary, vigil, or vision quest—and determine the time, place, and activities desired. You’ll return from your retreat renewed and energized, with a clear vision of how to integrate the wisdom you learned into your daily life.
Packed with creative ideas, you (or your group) will want to use this book over and over again—anytime you feel the need to slow down, step out of the ordinary, and revive yourself in your own private, sacred, magickal space.(link)