Book Club: Reading Schedule for 2019

For 2019 the book club will be working through one academic text: Cunningfolk and Familiar Spirits: Shamanistic Visionary Traditions in Early Modern British Witchcraft and Magic, by Emma Wilby.  The book itself is about $30-40 depending on where you purchase it, and is available on Amazon.  If you have financial difficulties and cannot afford a copy, let the Eboard know and we may be able to help you out!

In December we met to discuss the preface and the pace of reading, and we decided that we’d do approximately one chapter a month.  We will adjust as necessary, however, if we find the discussion of each chapter is taking longer or shorter than expected.  Please do read the preface and the earlier chapters if you join us late, as the book builds upon these early foundations.  Also, do take a look at the end notes!  They have a lot of helpful additional material.  We’ll also be publishing notes from the meetings here for those who miss them, and we will have ongoing conversations in the event pages on facebook, and in a Discord text channel (please ask an EBoard member for a link if you wish to join us on Discord).  Feel free to bring supplementary material, if you have any, to the meetings or share it online.


Reading Schedule

December 8th, 2018: Preface

January 12th, 2019: Introduction to Part I, and Ch 1: A Hash and Enchanted World

February 9th: Ch 2: Cunning Folk and Witches

March 9th: Ch 3: The Magical Use of Spirits

April 13th: Ch 4: Human and Spirit: The Meeting

May 11th: Ch 5: The Working Relationship

June 8th: Ch 6: Renunciation and Pact

July 13th: Ch 7: Demon and Fairy: The Interface

August 10th: All of Part II (Introduction, Ch 8, Ch 9)

September 7th: Introduction to Part III, and Ch 10: Phantasticks and Phantasms

October 12th: Ch 11: Psychosis or Spirituality?

November 9th: Ch 12: The Unrecognized Mystics

December 7th: Ch 13: Greedigut and the Angel Gabriel

January 11th, 2020 (TBD): Ch 14: The Freedom of Magic

February 8th, 2020 (TBD): Final Thoughts

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