This book shows that you can take the Pagan out of the country, but you can't take the country out of the Pagan! The Old Ways can live on in the form of new rituals, totems and dieties. As other reviewers mention, you will need to know the basics before some of these chapters will make sense. The Urban Primitive : Paganism in the Concrete Jungle is very practical for the covert believer. Learn how to keep your power and position in the workplace. My house has the occasional "thievery" spirits who take some of my favorite things and hide them for a few months at a time. This book has a chapter about dealing with mischievous spirits such as this, and describes how to banish them. My favorite things about this book include a very full and no-nonsense chapter on protection, and paying attention to the things you find on the street as having possible magical properties for you. You start to gain a better awareness for what the universe has provided to you as tools, and these tools are often free. I loved the observation for example, of how something as common as a fire hydrant can be used to rid us of certain "fires" in our lives such as anger and divorce. The authors suggest that leaving alters to the opposing "water" spirits will balance situations and redirect the energy into one more peaceful. Urban Primitive reminds us of the spirits that live in everything around us, and gives us the tools we need to speak to them. From the streets to the internet, this book will re-ignite your passions to live the religion every day.
I found this book to be a refreshing change among the cookie-cutter Pagan books on the market. It is a practical, straightforward description of Pagan spirituality in the city. I like the fact that the authors do not steer clear of subjects that are controversial (like blood letting), choosing instead to offer practical advice.
What I like about the book is that it has what many others are missing - it explains how to express *your* spirituality, not try to recreate the spirituality of people outside of your culture, environment and time-frame.
There are some hokey things I didn't like, like the urban triple goddess and god, as another reviewer already mentioned. I would not suggest that people read about them and adopt them as their own manifestation of divinity, but choose instead to do as the book tells you to do in other places - communicate with the energies around you and accept the ways it manifests on its *own* terms.
The topics covered include practical advice on spellcasting, getting the feel for the energies around you, working with them and cleaning up, clothing and body decoration (with a very good description of the various spiritual purposes behind piercings and tattoos), Pagan children, exploring your under world, small list of resources, and much more.
In general I think the book is extremely practical and relevant. It does not recreate old religions, or create new ones, nor does it tell you things must be done a certain way. Good read for everyone I think.
Medium sized paper back 255 pages (minus index) 19 chapters.