This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Drawing Down The Moon Essay

2071 words - 8 pages

     I chose to read the book Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess Worshippers, and Other Pagans in America Today, by Margot Adler, because I myself am a practicing Wiccan.
     I began following this religion the summer before I entered high school. I have read many books on my religion, and I thought that this one would compliment the knowledge that I have on the subject.
     I was raised a Roman Catholic, but I never felt truly comfortable with the teachings of the Catholic church. It always seemed a little off to me and I never felt like I belonged there. After I received the Sacrament of Confirmation, my parents stopped enforcing that I attend mass every Sunday. It made the transition a lot easier for me. Although, they did not and still do not approve of my religion, they understand that Catholicism is not for me.
     When people hear that I am a “witch,” they automatically assume that I am either crazy, or a “devil worshipper.” Books such as Alder’s Drawing Down the Moon, are the only way to allow other people to realize that there are many facets to the term “Pagan.” They also make people realize that not all Pagan religions revolve around curses, crystal balls and sacrifices.
     Although, I did not agree with everything that Margot Adler had to say, or with some of the interviews she chose to include in Drawing Down the Moon, I am happy that I chose to read it for my final paper. I do not feel that we cover enough about Pagan religions in our class, and this assignment gave me the opportunity to learn more about Pagan religions other than my own.

Brief Summary
     In America today, there are a myriad of “occult” or “magickal” groups. Some of these groups are small with maybe only 5 or 6 members, some have hundreds. The groups that I am referring to call themselves Pagans or Neo-Pagans. There are a wide variety of Pagans and Neo-Pagans. They can be animists, polytheists, pantheists, monotheists, or a combination of any of these. There are also many different classifications of Witches, such as: Gothic, Classical, Familial, Immigrant, Ethnic and Feminist. Each group is very distinct and different from the next. They do however share a common set of values.      
     Pagan religions are said to be a culmination of the creator’s own mind and a bit of old tradition such as rituals an scriptures from other Pagan religions in the past. In Margot Alder’s book, I was able to learn about a few types of Pagans, and some of the problems that face them. One of the main problems is that people do not understand certain terms used when referring to Pagan religions, and therefore make assumptions and associate negative things with anything “Pagan.” Adler clears up some of these bad connotations with definitions throughout her...

Find Another Essay On Drawing Down The Moon

Why the Moon Appears to Change Color

648 words - 3 pages reflects it down to earth. As the moon reflects the sun’s light rays down to earth, those rays of light travel through the earth’s atmosphere in the form of different wavelengths which then produce different colors of visible light. For example when the moon is low in the sky and close to the earth’s horizon, light from the sun has to pass through more of the earth’s atmosphere in comparison to when the moon is high in the sky or positioned

The Moon Landing: Was It Worth It?

1788 words - 7 pages distraction from the horrors of the War, cooling down the protests that were going on at the time. The moon landing the lighthouse in a foggy harbor, the beacon of hope that the country needed.The 1969 moon landing was a necessary use of resources because of the scientific advancements made by the samples, data, and discoveries brought back from the moon. The most profoundly significant tangible objects we got from the moon landing and the


684 words - 3 pages This famous folklore about Chang’e dates back to ancient China. The earliest record is in The Huai-nan Tzu.6 And the version presented hereinafter is a composite of various versions currently told.7 This lady’s name is Chang'e8, who is the Chinese goddess of the Moon. Unlike many lunar deities in other cultures who personify the Moon, Chang'e only lives on the Moon as an punishment. And she has been living there for more than 4000 years

Title: Was the Moon Landing A Hoax? This report has information on the Moon Landings and if it was a hoax. Many research proofs support it

935 words - 4 pages low earth orbit and stayed there while Kubrick's footage was released to the public. The astronauts were brought down in the Pacific perfectly and on time. Kubrick was such a thorough person and made NASA look typical and gallant. The "1201 alarm" let people know that this was a human mission, and NASA looked like a liberator when they fixed the problems (Plait 193). Also, one reason NASA couldn't go to the moon was the "free return trajectory

Analysis of “The Moon: Cold, Wet, and Breathing.”

996 words - 4 pages ). It is known that the surface of the moon that is exposed to the sun doesn’t contain water since the sun breaks it down and evaporates it as hydrogen and oxygen (NASA 2005). Due to the Moon’s unique orbit, there are craters on the Moon that are never exposed to the sun. These are potential sites for water as they are not exposed to the sun and likely haven’t been exposed for billions of years (Barone 2009). This is the first step in scientific

Earth's tides. How the moons gravity and other factors affects this natural pattern

598 words - 2 pages Earth's TidesGravity is the key to the Earth's rising and falling tides. The combinedgravitational effects of the Sun and the Moon constantly pull the world's oceansin different directions and create tidal effects. But there are several otherfactors that complicate this basic process. Friction, the Earth's rotation, thetilt of its axis and the gravitational pull given off by the Sun and Moon thataffects Earth's atmosphere. These forces together

Apollo 11: The First Spaceship on the Moon

1295 words - 6 pages Apollo 11 On October 4, 1957 the Soviet Union, our chief rival the in Civil War, launched the worlds first satellite, the Sputnik 1 (Piddock, Zissou). Scared the Soviet Union would gain control of space; President John F. Kennedy met with NASA to discuss putting a man on the moon (Piddock, Zissou). The Apollo 11 mission wasn’t just the first lunar-landing attempt: it was a giant step for mankind that came with various consequences (SV; SV

One Small Step for a Man, One Giant Leap for Mankind: The Moon Landing Hoax

1428 words - 6 pages A Wednesday morning on July 16, 1969, a fervent crew of three astronauts including Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Edwin Aldrin, Jr. was launched by a Saturn V rocket into a controversy. Apollo 11 departed from Cape Kennedy into Earth’s orbit after Columbia, the service module, attached itself with the lunar module, Eagle, and continued the group’s journey towards the Moon. By July 20, Apollo 11 approached the craterous satellite after

One Piece theory

685 words - 3 pages people of beerka migrated to the blue planet because of lack of resources.) the ship schematic that the people of beerka used to migrate is probably the one that tom (franky's dad) had. when the people from the moon (beerka) came down to earth, they accepted everyone to join and use their technology in peace and soon developed into a huge kingdom. however, a secret organization wanted to take the power and authority of the beerka for themselves

The Lunar Landing Hoax Theory - Evidence Pro and Con

1327 words - 5 pages The Lunar Landing Hoax Theory - Evidence Pro and Con A cash reward of $100,000 was offered to anyone who could prove, with conclusive physical evidence, the existence of the moon. This reward still remains unclaimed ("The Moon-The Real Truth"). After all, how does one know for sure the moon even exists? Even if it does exist, how does one prove it? That's what NASA set out to do in the late 1960's. On July 20, 1969 Neil Armstrong planted

A Place Other Than Earth

1505 words - 6 pages Eagle to make sure all was well (Kelly 156). There was one final check and they were separated from the command module. Collins still continued to pilot the Columbia in orbits around the moon. Armstrong and Aldrin stood at their controls of the lunar module. One piloted and the other gave instructions. As the astronauts were preparing to put down, they noticed large rocks and boulders covering the landing site. Armstrong overrode the automatic

Similar Essays

Effects Of War In Steinbeck's "The Moon Is Down"

1732 words - 7 pages War effects everyone involved. The conquerors and those beingconquered. War is a struggle that is internal and external. Man can be adedicated and loyal soldier for only so much at a time. He then longs forlaughter, music, girls, a good meal and more. In The Moon is Down, thesoldiers get the need to return home. They begin to doubt what they aredoing and if they are being told the truth. They become uneasy when theenemy doesn't talk to them. The

Never Giving Up In Steinbeck's The Moon Is Down

1039 words - 4 pages Never Giving Up in Steinbeck's The Moon is Down Machine Gun fire blasts over your head while your hiding in your home, the only protection available. A slight whistle begins in the distance but it soon becomes closer and closer, its sound becomes louder and more intense with every inch of ground that it covers. Then as soon as it started the whistle becomes an explosion-killing half of your friends and destroying any-thing in its path. The

The Moon Is Down Essay

1220 words - 5 pages people in it. This is how Steinbeck gets his main points across. With out the plot and setting in this story you have nothing. I think Steinbeck chose a small town cause there is something about it that is strong.This story has more than one possible theme. The ones I thought were war, mankind and, human spirit. War plays an important role I this story. The story first of all takes place in wartime. In the begging three men are gunned down for no

The Moon Essay

859 words - 3 pages hard solid rock, and even the type of rocks in the mantle are different. The moon's crust is not very similar to the earth but is still classified in the same way.The gravitational attraction between the Earth and the Moon acts as a brake on the rotation of both Earth and Moon. The Earth's spin has gradually slowed; its 24-hour day is getting still longer. The smaller Moon has been slowed down even more. It now rotates once every 27 days, which is