A thorough reference to the many deities, magical beings, mythical places, and ancient customs of the Norse and Germanic regions of Europe • Explores the legends and origins of well-known gods and figures such as Odin, Thor, Krampus, and the Valkyries, as well as a broad range of magical beings such as the Elf King, the Lorelei, the Perchten, dwarves, trolls, and giants • Draws upon a wealth of well-known and rare sources, such as the Poetic Edda and The Deeds of the Danes by Saxo Grammaticus • Examines folktales, myths, and magical beliefs from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, and England The legends of the Norse and Germanic regions of Europe--spanning from Germany and Austria across Scandinavia to Iceland and England--include a broad range of mythical characters and places, from Odin and Thor, to berserkers and Valhalla, to the Valkyries and Krampus. In this encyclopedia, Claude Lecouteux explores the origins, connections, and tales behind many gods, goddesses, magical beings, rituals, folk customs, and mythical places of Norse and Germanic tradition.
A comprehensive examination of the intertwined mythology, folklore, and literary history of the little people. Most people are familiar with the popular image of elves as Santa’s helpers and dwarfs as little bearded men wearing red caps, who are mischievous and playful, helpful and sly, industrious and dexterous. But their roots go far deeper than their appearance in fairy tales and popular stories. Elves and dwarfs are survivors of a much older belief system that predates Christianity and was widespread throughout Western Europe.
The stories of Thor, Odin and Loki are familiar to most of us. Many people know that the Norse gods fought against giants and were ultimately betrayed by Loki the trickster. The end of the world and the death of the gods in a grim battle called Ragnarok has also found its way into popular culture. Ideas taken from Norse mythology are frequently found in modern fantasy and science fiction – such as elves, dwarfs and undead warriors rising from an unquiet grave, for example. Norse mythology is rich in adventure and ideas about creation, death and the afterlife. Norse Myths takes a wide-ranging approach, examining the creation stories of the Norse world, the monsters and the pantheons of the deities, including such figures as Heimdall, Freya and Baldr. It looks at the sagas and the Prose and Poetic Eddas, which tell of real and imagined people, featuring both heroic tales and humorous escapades. The book also examines how Norse myths were interpreted in a Christianized Europe and how their motifs influenced medieval German writers and, in turn, were used in the modern world in very different ways, by the likes of composer Richard Wagner and in the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien. Illustrated with 180 color and black & white artworks and illustrations, Norse Myths is an engaging and highly informative exploration of a rich mythology that still resounds today.
Odin is arguably one of the most enigmatic and complex characters in Norse mythology. Revered since the Viking Age, Odin has been called the greatest of the gods—the god of words and wisdom, runes and magic, a transformer of consciousness, and a trickster who teaches truth. He is both war god and poetry god, and he is the Lord of Ravens, the All- Father, and the rune master. Odin: Ecstasy, Runes, and Norse Magic is the first book on Odin that is both historically sourced and accessible to a general audience. It explores Odin’s origins, his appearances in sagas, old magic spells, and the Poetic Edda, and his influence on modern media, such as Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy. Each chapter features suggestions for rituals, exercises, and music, so readers can comprehend and become closer to this complicated god. Author Diana Paxson, an expert on Viking-era mythology, provides a complete portrait of Odin and draws on both scholarship and experience to provide context, resources, and guidance for those who are drawn to work with the Master of Ecstasy today. Illustrations and photographs, paperback.
Learn about the ancient goddesses and how they can empower you, guide you, and help you achieve your own life goals. From Greek and Roman to Nordic mythology, the goddesses often take center stage. Each goddess possesses her own strengths and traits that every woman can draw on for daily inspiration and guidance in their own life's journey. In Find Your Goddess, you'll learn the mythical origins of these powerful female figures and how their stories relate to modern times. From Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and fertility, to Kuan Yin, the Chinese goddess of mercy and compassion, you'll discover the history of each unique goddess and how they can manifest their virtues into your own life. Whether you're looking for guidance in relationships, your career, personal development, or physical and emotional wellness, Find Your Goddess can help you identify and draw strength from the ancient wisdom of famous goddesses. Call on the power of divine femininity and let your own goddess shine.
Celtic gods and goddesses are among the most popular of deities revered by today’s Neo-Pagans, Witches, Wiccans, and Druids. Figures like Brigid, Cernunnos, Rhiannon, and CuChulainn are honored for their magic, their bravery, and their mythical deeds. Magic of the Celtic Gods and Goddesses is an intimate glimpse into some of the most powerful, but least understood, of Pagan deities. It includes visualizations, rituals, and exercises to empower your relationship with the gods and goddesses, starting today!
Discover the Guiding Goddesses in Your Birth Chart and Ignite Your Authenticity, Passion, and Purpose Did you know that astrology and magick are woven from the same threads? The more you learn about one, the more you'll intuitively understand about the other. This inspiring, hands-on guide shows you how to connect with the twelve faces of the Goddess through astrology, story, ritual, and pathworking. Explore cross-cultural myths associated with each goddess, delve into astrology from a groundbreaking feminine perspective, and discover the personality, archetype, and correspondences of each zodiac sign to unlock a deeper understanding of yourself as the heroine of your story. Work with the specific guiding goddesses in your birth chart, learn how astrology is connected to the seasonal turning points on the Wheel of the Year, and much more. The Twelve Faces of the Goddess is a reminder that connecting with the sacred feminine is an empowering and radical act that can guide you on your journey.
Kids can sail with the Vikings—and complete fun activities with more than 150 colorful stickers of figures, weapons, clothing, jewelry, and artifacts. The exciting journey takes them on board a "dragon ship" and into a longhouse, and introduces warriors and noblewomen. Every page is filled with fascinating details and information, making this an easy, entertaining way to learn while playing.
Bestselling spiritual author of The Soul Searcher's Handbook, Emma Mildon--the "goddess-messenger-girlfriend who may just lead you to your inner guru"--provides a fascinating, fun, and inspiring exploration of female divinity throughout history, myth, and religion to help women understand, embody, and celebrate their inner goddess. Evolution of Goddess is a practical introduction to the goddess realm, digging up the histories of long-forgotten myths of goddesses of love, war, death, the sun, the moon, and more. With this clear-eyed and spirited book, you can finally become familiarized with goddesses from a wide range of cultures throughout history, including the mermaids of the Atlantic, the empresses of ancient Egypt, the wise women of the Middle Ages, right up to the modern-day goddesses who walk amongst us today as humble light workers, educating and inspiring. Through a goddess assessment, you'll uncover your own goddess archetype and be given rituals, meditations, and exercises to tap and embolden your own feminine superpowers. Imbue your life with healing, invigorating goddess energy, and discover ways to harness your new empowerment to improve the world. Now is the time to reconnect with the strength and holistic spirituality of our ancestors--to trace the evolution of the Goddess.
Here are the tales the Vikings told: of gods and goddesses, sea monsters and ice giants, dark forests, flying chariots, shapechangers, cloud spinners, and cunning, gold-hoarding underground dwarves. These eight stories start at the world’s beginning, with one realm of ice and snow and another of fire. Discover Asgard, a stronghold of shining palaces; Loki’s secret wife in Giantland and their terrifying children; the gentle goddess Idunn’s golden apples of immortality, and much more Viking lore and legend.
Sail the wild Atlantic in a longboat with Eric the Red and his son Leif Eriksson. They risked the stormy seas to reach strange new lands, becoming the first Europeans to set foot in North America. Explore their daily lives in this richly illustrated Codex, complete with gatefolds, and Viking lore.
Invoke the Morrigan - the Celtic embodiment of victory, strength, and the power of the Divine feminine for transformation and self empowerment with the Celtic Lore and Spellcraft of the Dark Goddess. by Stephanie Woodfield
The Druidry Handbook by John Greer seeks to explore the living spiritual tradition rooted in the Celtic past, and seeks to help you explore Druidry to walk a path of harmony through reconnection with the green Earth.
Druid's Herbal for the Sacred Earth Year by Ellen Evert Hopman: Showing the reader how to use herbs to create rituals in celebration of festivals, the passing of life, births, blessings, weddings, funerals and this book is an invaluable tool for anyone who would incorporate herbs in these sacred rites.
Helping to teach Druids how to practice ritual magic for practical and spiritual goals, the Druid Magic Handbook by John Greer seeks to help you learn the practice of Druidry without requiring that you use a particular Pantheon or set of symbols.
Great for both beginners and intermediates of the field of magic, Norse Magic provides step by step instructions for spells, rituals, and more. Gain love, wealth, protection, see the future, and banish negative energies with the lore within.
Nordic Runes takes the reader through Nordic Runes with: Runelore, 2000-year old Norse oracle; Runestaves, the meaning of the runes of the Elder Futhark alphabet, and Runecasting, a guide to using the ancient runes.
A complete source on Odinism, Rites of Odin brings ancient values to the solitary seeker, helping to bring the Old Ways to the individual and families who wish to be unified by the warmth of these ceremonies.
In this practical guide to Druidic plant magic, Jon G. Hughes reveals the gentle alchemy of converting plant essences into potent compounds for working sex magic rituals. Examining the identification, harvesting, and magical properties of more than 70 flowers and trees, he details the careful and meticulous spagyric preparation of plant extracts and complexes as well as the process of obtaining or creating suitable alcoholic spirits for the base of these preparations. He includes instructions to make all necessary tools and explores how to prepare yourself to work with plant essences and properly use the magical compounds you create. Hughes explains how to release the energies, healing attributes, and magical capacities of flowers and trees through the respectful seduction of a plant's virtue and the 3-step spagyric process of separation, purification, and reunification. He shows how the spagyric process maximizes the power of the acquired essence in preparation for its use in magical ritual. Detailing Druidic sex rituals for both a couple and a group, Hughes demonstrates how plant compounds are used in specific magical rituals and practices as well as the role of the plant complex in sexual potency. Exploring the underlying accord between alchemy and Druidic practices, Hughes provides a valuable manual for anyone wishing to harness the magical potential of plant energy.
Detailing her trancework journeys to connect with the goddesses, the author reveals the long-lost personalities and powers of each deity. She explores the Norse goddess Frigg the All mother, wife of Odin, along with the 12 Asynjur, or Aesir goddesses, associated with her, such as Sjofn the peacemaker, Eir the Healer, and Vor the Wisewoman. She shares their appearances in the Eddas and Germanic mythology and explains the meanings of their names, their relationships to each other, and their connections to the roles of women in Old Norse society. She provides detailed instructions for invocations and rituals to call each goddess forth for personal and group spirit work. She also offers a comprehensive guide to ritual trance working to allow anyone to directly experience deities and spiritual beings and develop spirit-work relationships with them.