After my What Next? post I puttered around (read: procrastinated) on Amazon and different religious sites to come up with some sort of plan. See, in the Myers-Briggs personality quadrant I am an INFJ. And J means I need a plan. This sometimes gets me in trouble, religiously speaking (see: inability to break free of religious structures), but sometimes—when exploring a vast depth and wealth of knowledge—helps me out.
So I read through the websites and I searched through my own desires and came up with topics that I’m really interested in and will pursue. Though the What Next post was a good start…I think I need to do some background work before jumping into some of that.
- First up will be exploring the history of satan. I think this is necessary, especially coming from the charismatic background that I do. There is so much emphasis on satan, satanic attacks and oppression, demons, demonic possession, etc. that I want to understand where it all stems from. Books I’ve looked into are: The Birth of Satan: Tracing the Devil’s Biblical Roots by T.J. Wray and Gregory Mobley, The Devil: Perceptions from Antiquity to Primitive Christianity by Jeffrey B. Russell and maybe The Origins of Satan by Ellen Pagels. Ellen Pagels’ scholarship and bias can be up for debate by a lot of people, so, I might save that for last/if I get around to it.
- The other book I’d like to read, also by Jeffrey B. Russell is A New History of Witchcraft. I’ve read Ronald Hutton’s Triumph of the Moon, which I liked but it couldn’t quiet keep my attention.
- Formative pagan books, i.e. The Spiral Dance by Starhawk, Drawing Down the Moon by Margaret Adler, etc. Suggestions more than welcome.
- Books on history/myths/psychology that interest me: Descent to the Goddess: A Way of Initiation for Women by Sylvia Perera, The Great Cosmic Mother: Rediscovering the Religion of the Earth by Monica Sjoo, etc. Again, suggestions welcome.
Okay. I really have to get to packing and stop procrastinating!