by Faelin Wolf
How many of you out there live in small towns where you don’t have access to any pagan events, groups, or shops? Do you know anyone else who is pagan that you can connect with? Once you find them, how do you connect with them? Where do you to connect when you don’t know anyone else? How do you tell others about your religion and/or spirituality? Bronwen Forbes has some ideas for you!
This is a great book for everyone, whether you live in a small town or not, whether you’re experienced or inexperienced in your path, and by Faelin Wolf Book Review The Pagan Edge whether you’re a solitary practitioner or prefer to practice with others. Forbes offers advice on how and when to come out of the broom closet, how to approach meeting other pagans in your area, how to meet your pagan material needs (think altars!) in a small town, how to connect with others online, and how to start your own groups or covens. She speaks from experience, having lived in both small towns and urban areas and having started several groups and covens over the years. She also supports her suggestions with advice from others. She collected surveys from other pagans living in small towns and offers their ideas as well as her own on various topics.
I appreciated Forbes’ approach to the topics in this book. They’ve come out of her experiences as well as others’ experiences living in small towns or making the transition to small towns. She doesn’t offer her ideas as the “right” or “only” way to do things, but offers them as they are, suggestions. When she doesn’t know or isn’t sure, she will admit it and offer the information she has, from her research or her survey respondents. You know what else I like about The Small-Town Pagan’s Survival Guide? It’s realistic. Forbes doesn’t sugar-coat things: she offers the pros and cons and lets the reader make his/her own choices. She acknowledges the good things about starting your own coven, but also acknowledges the challenges. I love her down to earth attitude.
This is definitely worth the read. Join Bronwen at her Yahoo Group smalltownpagans to continue the conversation, ask questions, or ask for advice.