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Occasionally I wandered in where I was not wanted and gave truthful answers.
Sometimes I even did it deliberately. A little disruption now can prevent disaster later.

A book fell on my head

I had acknowledged my paganism. I was already familiar with magick. Up to this point my studies had been in friend's houses or in public libraries.

Something had to change. So I went into a used bookstore. I deliberately went to the section with pagan books. It was a big step for me. It was public. I couldn't pass it off as "just research." No, I wouldn't pass it off. For the first time, if someone asked I would answer up front.

I leaned over to pick up something from the bottom shelf. And a book fell on my head.

Doreen Valiente's An ABC of Witchcraft: Past and Present.

I've always had my suspicions about that.

Valiente's writing style was unique. It wasn't a book with definitions as such. More times than not each definition took pages and would talk about twelve other things that tied in. I read it cover to cover that first night. And I knew I had made the right choice.

It wasn't the book that "converted" me. It wasn't the first I read on the subject. But it was the first I bought.
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