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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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Formative pagan books, i.e. The Spiral Dance by Starhawk, Drawing Down the Moon by Margaret Adler, etc. Suggestions more than welcome.
  4. 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!


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