Book Review: iPagan

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image from Moon Books.

Greenfield, Trevor (ed.). iPagan: an anthology of Druidry, Shamanism, Witchcraft and Goddess Spirituality from some of the world’s leading Pagan voices. Moon Books, 2017 (http://www.moon-books.net/books/ipagan).

iPagan is another anthology book from the ever-brilliant Moon Books series, in a similar vein to Paganism 101 or Pagan Planet, in that it collects together essays on a variety of Pagan topics from multiple authors.

Unlike the others, and as the name may suggest, iPagan is only available in ebook format, which gave me a good excuse to take my new Kindle reader out for a spin. Taking full advantage of the electronic format, and not having to worry about printing out a paper copy, iPagan contains a lot of information.

The first thing that struck me with iPagan was its length. It is a long read, even though each individual essay is quite short. There are 59 articles in total, divided into sections on Druidry, Shamanism, Witchcraft, Goddess Spirituality and Paganism Today.

As you may expect from a large anthology featuring so many different Pagan voices, I found the essays in iPagan to be a bit hit-and-miss. There are some brilliant pieces, and some that to be honest made my eyes glaze over a bit.

I think the mark of a good anthology is that it has something to inspire everyone and something to infuriate everyone, and this definitely hits the mark there.

Obviously, the section on Druidry drew me in, and I also found the Witchcraft section really interesting, but the real surprise for me was the gem hidden at the end of the book; the section on contemporary topics in Paganism today. There, you will find stirring essays on civil rights, Paganism and anarchism, pacifism, rewilding, and LGBT+ Pagans.

This section alone was worth the purchase of the book, and I would love to read a future Moon Books collection looking more in depth at how Paganism relates to modern issues of social and environmental justice.

I skimmed through the sections on Shamanism and Goddess Spirituality, as they are not my particular areas of interest or primary spiritual path, but if you do follow either of these, then there will be a lot of interest for you in these digital pages.

The ebook format is an interesting idea, though I must confess to preferring a physical paper book than reading on an e-reader. It is no doubt handy, and allows for a lot of writing to be gathered together in one place, but I think it loses something in being purely digital.

If you’re looking for a collection of diverse modern Pagan voices, and a collection of short pieces that you can read on your lunch break or on the train, then iPagan could be the one for you.

I wouldn’t recommend iPagan to a newbie Pagan wanting an intro to different Pagan traditions, as a lot of the essays seem to assume a decent level of Pagan background knowledge, but for someone who wants to expose themselves to opinions outside of their own Pagan path (which is always a good thing) then it’s definitely worthwhile loading up onto your device and giving a go.

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