Why is it that each and every time I actively brows the vast collection of pagan literature available both hard copy and digital, I am always met with the same books? Books aimed at the beginner which regardless of author or release date seem to closely mimic each other. It seems to be a rare occurrence, these days to come across any type of original literature on the subject of Witchcraft, Wicca and other pagan paths.
I personally would love to read a book that did not contain, colour correspondence, herb correspondence, magickal days of the week, planetary hours, spells, oils and that that famous “how to make” section. Am I alone? I would love to see authors delve into deeper occult topics because there is just so much more to paganism than these run of the mill books on basics that seem to clutter bookshelves across the globe.
I would also like to know why the evolution of pagan literature has become so stunted. Does it have anything to do with the growing movement of practitioners that now identify with the title of “Eclectic”, is it too much of a challenge for authors to try and appease their varied needs?. Or is the on surge of the term “Eclectic” a direct result of a lack of diversity in specific areas of pagan literature. I know myself that I am forced to engage with literature on anthropology, arachnology, quantum mechanics, nutrition, theology, folklore, medicine etc. in order the bridge the literary gape I believe exists. If Witchcraft for instance, is truly a nature based spiritual path (and I completely believe that it is) then why is information on the topic so narrowed down? Is it a money thing? Is it that books on spell craft sell more than say, books like “The Spiral Dance” whose author (Starhawk) took the time to delve deeper into the greater meaning behind an ancient practice? Excellent book too by the way and its over 30 years old and selling strong because it has no competition!