NonFiction Metaphysical Books
Edited by Shauna Aura Knight & Taylor Ellwood
The words “Pagan Leadership” are often met with scorn and tales of failed groups and so-called Witch Wars. And yet, as our communities grow and mature, we find ourselves in dire need of healthy, ethical leaders. Most Pagans have seen what doesn’t work. But what does? This anthology features over thirty authors, thirty essays, and decades of leadership experience sharing their failures and successes as leaders as well as showing you how you can become a better Pagan leader. Below is just some of what you will learn when you read this book:
- Why personal work will help you become a better leader
- How to become a better communicator
- When to deal with predators in the community
- How to resolve conflicts peacefully
- Why you need bylaws when you build a group
- And much, much more!
Pagan communities are evolving. To be an effective leader you need to know how to take care of your group and yourself. In this anthology you will get tools and techniques that work and help you become a better leader as well as enrich the overlapping Pagan communities.
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How do we build healthy community? Pagan and alternative spirituality groups find themselves in crisis. Burnout, drama, power struggles, gossip, betrayal, abuse, conflict, toxic personalities…or groups just fade away, unable to rally enough volunteers to get the work done. Groups gather together for spiritual work and find themselves unable to get past the challenges of group dynamics.
This book is a collection of articles and essays written over the past eight years articulating thoughts and techniques for leadership, community building, and the deep personal and spiritual work we need to transform into leaders who build sustainable, vibrant communities. The articles constructively look at common problems in Pagan communities and explore leadership challenges in an understandable way while working toward solutions.
Whether you’re a seasoned leader or a brand new member of a group, this book will offer some tools and techniques to build healthier communities for our future.
Pagans and practitioners of alternative spiritual path face the challenge of learning to lead compelling rituals with little to no training in techniques of facilitation, public speaking, or event planning. Many learn the theology of their tradition and then get frustrated leading ceremonies through trial and error. If you are called to lead rituals and ceremonies, learn how to create potent, powerful rituals that will inspire your participants.
Each of us can learn to create more magical, memorable rituals. Whether you are an experienced ritualist or brand new to ritual work, this collection of articles and essays will help you learn to facilitate stronger rituals. Techniques include ritual structure, handling logistics, common pitfalls, engaging participation, and helping new leaders to step into speaking roles.
Dreamwork is a core part of the path of seekers and initiates. Learn basic and in-depth techniques to work with your dreams in a concise, easy-to-understand way. This includes: remembering your dreams, exploring dream symbolism, unraveling nightmares, working with spiritual/personal transformation, better understanding prophetic dreams, and exploring your mythic and deeply internal programming.
Working with our dreams is a potent way to understand and explore ourselves at a deeper level. Our nightmares show us our fears, other dreams show us our power, a glimpse of the future, or bring messages from the divine.
In our dreams, we face many situations that we never would in the waking world. You might achieve the Grail or find yourself terrified, falling from an airplane into a night-dark sea. Dreams are multi-layered and difficult to unravel, but they will tell you more about yourself than you might believe.
Spiritual Scents: Creative use of Scent and Fire in Ritual
This book is for people facilitating rituals. Burning incense, sage, candles, or using other scents can be a powerful tool in rituals. But as more ritual attendees come forward with allergies, or as we work in venues that don’t permit smoke or fire, how can we still achieve compelling rituals? First we’ll explore how scent and fire work in ritual to engage our visceral senses. Then we’ll explore alternatives to candles, incense, and other scents for those times when you won’t be able to have them physically present, such as trance work, singing, chanting, group participation, and other techniques.
New ritualists will learn ways to avoid logistical difficulties, advanced ritualists will deepen skillsets to be able to include participants with allergies and adapt to situations where scent or fire are not allowed. Limitations don’t have to mean your ritual will lose its power; learn how to bring even stronger magic to your rituals.
Spiritual Scents: Creative Use of Scent and Fire in Ritual by Shauna Aura Knight
Available for $2.99 at Jupiter Gardens Press. Available in all major eBook formats.
Also available at: Amazon & Barnes and Noble
You can also read my work in a number of anthologies. Check those out here.