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Thursday, March 06, 2008

TT #76: inspiring people

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Thirteen people that inspire(d) / influence(d) me on my path

I'm an eclectic witch, which means I don't follow one particular tradition. My path is a blend of ideas from various traditions and sources: the Old Religion, druidry, wicca, shamanism and more. Like in a witch's cauldron I add things to season the brew, spice it up, make it more effective, etc. I like to study other paths and traditions to learn from it. There's always more to know! So many people have inspired and influenced me and/or are still doing so. Here are 13 of them.

  • Phyllis Curott - Of course she's on top of my list. I'm working towards initiation by her in the tradition she founded (Ara tradition) for good reason. It appeals to me and links to my beliefs and ideas on being a witch.

  • Marian Green - I've learned a lot from her in workshops and her many books are very good. I like her approach in teaching, she's very down-to-earth.

  • Michael Harner - Through Phyllis I heard about Michael Harner, an authority on shamanism. Especially his technique of shamanic journeying has enriched my spiritual path.

  • Janet Farrar & Gavin Bone - I've done the Inner Mysteries workshop weekend a few years ago and their books are very interesting. In June I'll attend another workshop with them.

  • Anodea Judith - Inspired me mainly because of her interpretation of the Chakra System for the Western lifestyle. Her books on this topic are the best you can find. I've been to a lecture when she was in The Netherlands.

  • Dusty Miller the 13th - This Tree-Elf and hereditary shaman is the current patriarch of what is believed to be the oldest Elfin Tribe still surviving in the British Isles. He shares and nourishes my love for trees. Walking through the woods with him is a unique experience!

  • Starhawk - Not so much because of her activism or her Reclaiming tradition, but her books are very good to work with. I've been to a workshop by her last year.

  • Philip Carr-Gomm - He combines his role as Chief of the Order of Bards Ovates and Druids (OBOD) with writing, and giving talks and workshops. His Druidcraft Tarot is my favourite deck and I also have the Druid Animal Oracle.

  • Scott Cunningham - His books belong in every witch's library, great reference books, standard works.

  • members of the WhiteshadoW forum - In the beginning of this millenium I discovered the internet. This witchcraft forum was one of the first and the best forums in the Dutch language area. I still know a lot of old forum members, also in real life.

  • Joke & Ko Lankester - A Dutch High Priestess and High Priest in their own wicca coven. I've never met them (yet?), but I use their books a lot.

  • Claudia van der Sluis - This Dutch writer doesn't call herself a witch, but she wrote a few great books on modern witchcraft, that are still very useful.

  • Susan Smit - Another Dutch writer; her book "Heks" (witch) about how she discovered witchcraft was one of the first books I read when I started practising as a witch.

Of course there are so much more... Raymond Buckland, Vivianne Crowley, Dion Fortune, etc. etc. Simply not possible to name them all...

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37 comments:

  1. Few names aside I have heard and read about most of them. Philip Carr Gomm being my favorite; causing me to take on the bardic course of the OBOD.
    Happy TT!

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  2. I have read many of these authors! loved Scott Cunningham's works.

    Stop by my blog if you get a chance!

    Happy TT-13!

    Smiles,
    Holly
    http://theabundanceplace.com/blog

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  3. I recognized the names of Starhawk and Scott Cunningham from my days of working in bookstores. I had no idea that Scott had died.

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  4. Some of these I don't know!! I'll have to check these out.

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  5. Just popping in to say Hi! Reading your author list makes me want to pull out some of the oldies but goodies I have on my bookshelf!

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  6. Haven't a clue who any of them are since I don't practice anything. If they inspire you then that is great. Have a wonderful TT. :)

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  7. I have to be honest and say I don't think I know any of these. Where have I been?

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  8. Hi tink I hope you are having a good week

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  9. I'm embarrassed to say that I don't know any of those writers but it is interesting to read your descriptions, an dhow they have inspired you.

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  10. I know some of these. I must admit I have a deep interest in the history of witchcraft, and have often written about it.

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  11. I love Phyllis Currott! We had her on the Open Grove. Sandra Lieberman as well. Hurray for you! I love the open, transparent way you discuss your life and work. Hurray!

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  12. I love that you post about inspiration. Very nice.

    Happy TT :)

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  13. I don't recognize anyone on your list. Happy TT. Thanks for stopping by.

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  14. Ah, that is interesting, and probably the reason why you do not know any of the "Christian" songs on my list. :)

    Happy TT!

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  15. You've taught me plenty tonight. Thanks, Tink.+

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  16. I'm definitely marking several of these for future research! Happy TT!

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  17. Great list. I like Scott Cunningham. I'll have to read more.

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  18. Very good list. :)

    Happy TT.

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  19. I recognized many on the list from my own research. I still have many of my Starhawk books and a few of my Cunningham. Thanks for introducing me to the others. :)

    ~X

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  20. I don't know anything about modern witches, but I think it is always nice for some people to believe in something. I personally don't believe in anything. Not even my own horoscope, lol !

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  21. Thank you for this wonderful list of people. I will be looking for books by some of them!

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  22. I don't know very much about witches or their (your) craft, but what I do know fascinates me. I really should learn more.

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  23. Interesting list--I've written down the names to keep an eye out for their books--I'm always interested in new things, and your recommendations give me a place to start. Thanks.

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  24. You have been formed by some of the best. Congratulations!

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  25. Wow great influences. Happy TT

    Aline

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  26. Interesting and informative list! Only one of these names is familiar to me … Starhawk … but some of these others seem intriguing so I’ll be checking them out. Thanks for sharing.
    Hugs and blessings,

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  27. A very intriguing list -- it was interesting to read how these folks inspire/d you!

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  28. It is always wonderful to be inspired. Great list. Happy TT.

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  29. What an interesting list! I'd never heard of most of these people.

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  30. What a great resource. Wicca/druidism/paganism is the only religion that makes any sense to me. I will have to research some of these people and their works. Happy TT!

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  31. I have heard of very few of these people, but you can be assured that I will be doing my research!

    Happy TT

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  32. I hope these people continue to give you more inspiration and influence in your path many years to come :)

    Happy TTs, have a good Thursday!

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  33. Interesting list. I'm not familiar with any of those authors/teachers.

    Happy TT!

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  34. I am reading "The Artist's Way" and just decided to read "The Koran." Your Thirteen was really neat to read.

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  35. We should all do a blog post like this...inspirations.

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  36. Interesting list. I don't know much about the subject, just the spirits and ghosts of Asia.

    My TT is in honor of International Women's Day on 8 March. Thirteen Famous (and not so famous) Women

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  37. Wow - what a great T13 list! Thanks for all the links - I'll check them out.

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