There is a vast and numerous ocean of pagan books out there. Navigating them for your own purposes is an immense task. I continue to look at all of them as subjective material that must be put through my own capable filter of truth before I agree or disagree with them, based on their content and the spirit of their work. Sometimes I will rely on citation or research but very rarely…unless it is a true work of academia or cultural anthropology.
i find a lot of authors are in it for the money, to make a quick buck of the rising popularity of ” The Craft” *insert mystical wiggly fingers here* and those are pretty easy to spot.
I personally combine a mix of academic research and modern thought on pagan practices.
We have to use our own common sense and our own guiding star to navigate the waters of information out there. Paganism as a practice is deeply personal, a mix of ancestral, folk and historical practice- of old and new…as I said before my practice is a modern one seen through modern eyes but guided by an ancient Celtic soul.
I’ve never let myself down…trusting the deep knowing is what leads me to wonderful modern teachers or schools of thought, not being swept up in the newest silver ravenwolf book of the “old ways”. I find teachers I don’t care for show me what to look for in the future and if I didn’t read a few of them at least, I wouldn’t know what I *didn’t* want.