Book Review: To Walk the Pagan Path

To Walk the Pagan Path: Practical Spirituality for Everyday Life by Alaric Albertsson provides a comprehensive look at the Pagan religion and lifestyle.  The topics it explores is extensive: daily devotionals, familiar relationships, sacred gardening, home crafts, and the Wheel of the Year.  Along the way Albertsson, who come from an Anglo-Saxon tradition, shares his methodology for living his spirituality deeply and fully.

Something important to note is Albertsson draws not just from his experience but also from extensive research on Pagan traditions.  Yes, he draws from his own path quite a bit.  However I read this as him showing an example of what a Pagan driven life looks like, not as a prescriptive approach to Paganism.  Readers looking for a primer on Anglo-Saxon Paganism, check out Albertsson’s other books for more information on that tradition.  But for anyone looking to create a meaningful self tradition, this one is for you.

What I enjoyed the most about this book is the openness and easiness Albertsson makes fully living the path to be.  Sometimes we get so caught up in ritual and in sabat planning that practitioners forget that spirituality needs not just be performed, but also lived.  Albertsson reminds the reader that even little activities like making a grilled cheese or paying the the bills can be turned into sacred events.  Something else I enjoyed is that the author encourages flexibility in personal practice.  For example in the chapter “Leaf and Fruit,” Albertsson not only discusses traditional gardening methods and ideas for sacred gardening, but also includes information for us apartment dwellers and patio gardeners.

This book is easily the best I’ve read about walking the Pagan walk in everyday life.  It goes beyond the ritual circle and explores engaging faith on a deeper level.  I fully recommend it for intermediate to advanced practitioners.

© Ariadne Woods

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2 thoughts on “Book Review: To Walk the Pagan Path

  1. This is exactly what I try to advocate for in my coven. Ritual and magick are meaningful as they reveal to us the Mysteries and give us the means by which to engage our environment, but without LIVING as Pagans, we only begin to scratch the surface of the Mysteries.

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