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Coming very, very soon….
a little novena book for a very special God…
(cover art by Grace Palmer)
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The second edition of Sigyn: Our Lady of the Staying Power, now through Sanngetall Press, is available as of today on amazon.
This volume has some minor changes from its original iteration. I have removed a bit of material, and I have added several prayers that I’ve written over the last couple of years. It obviously has a new cover design too (I absolutely adored the original cover, make no mistake, but a new edition with revisions needed a new cover). It was a pleasure revisiting this text, and all the things large and small that brought Sigyn into my devotional life.
More updates and new editions will be forthcoming over the summer and early autumn. Stay tuned for those and more.
A few years ago when visiting Denmark, I was able to spend part of a day with Mathias Nordvig, who showed my oath-sister and I a lovely time around the Moesgard Museum, and then lunch afterwards. At the time he was still deep in his student studies in pursuit of his Nordic Mythology PhD from Aarhus University in Denmark, but since then he has earned the degree and now teaches Viking studies, Norse mythology, Scandinavian folklore, etc. at the University of Colorado at Boulder. His work tends to combine deeply thoughtful academic research, with an immense enthusiasm for the subject matter. Later this month his new work: Norse Mythology for Kids: Tales of Gods, Creatures, and Quests (Affiliate Disclosure) will be releasing on June 23.
The concept of the book evokes to me fond memories of the classic D’Aulaires’ Book of Norse Myths which I enjoyed as a child. While I’ve not had a chance to check out this new book yet by Dr. Nordvig, I do know that in addition to the 20 selectively chosen stories from the myths, and stunningly beautiful illustrations by Meel Tamphanon, the book also comes with language lessons with a glossary and pronunciation guide, and a bit of a spotlight on some of the familial connections between the featured gods. Even sight-unseen I’m going to recommend that those of you with children should definitely check this book out. Keep in mind this is not a religious text, but looks to be shaping up to be a lovely introduction to some of the most well known myths and stories.
The Second edition of my Sigyn devotional “Sigyn: Our Lady of the Staying Power” will be out by the end of the month. It is heavily revised and includes some new material as well.
Here is the front cover, with a lovely image by L. Perkins:
and here is the back cover, with an equally lovely image of Sigyn by G. Palmer.
I’ll let you know here when it’s available. As mentioned previously, I’ve retired several of my books, including the original version of this devotional to Sigyn. The first edition is still available on amazon, bookshop (affiliate link disclosure) as well as barnes and noble — they are selling a few remainders, but once they’re gone, they’re gone.
I’m slowly revising, updating, and reissuing the majority of my devotionals that were previously issued through Asphodel Press. But not all books will be re-issued, so in some cases this is the only way you will ever get the entirety of the content, I suggest you look at my Out of Print post for the full details. Asphodel is lovely and we’ve had a good working relationship over the years. After the recent issues with lulu.com (through whom Asphodel, of necessity, prints), I decided to pull my devotionals. Lulu updated their site with little regard for their authors and many of us found our work being offered for free, nor was it easy to correct this. I was utterly disgusted with the incompetence of lulu and decided to pull all my books. This has given me the opportunity to decide which ones I will be reissuing. “Sigyn: Our Lady of the Staying Power,” will be the first of these new editions.
This brings me to my request for help. The next work that I will be putting out is a novena book to Anteros (thank you Wynn Dark for giving me a wonderful title and thanks to everyone who suggested titles). After that, I’m going to be updating my devotional to Idunna and Bragi: “Skalded Apples.” I will be heavily, heavily revising this, so much so, that I need a new title but I am stumped. I’m hoping y’all can help me.
Please feel free to suggest titles to replace “Skalded Apples” here. If i choose your title for the actual devotional, I’ll send you a copy of the new work when it is published, along with two prayer cards, one for Bragi and one for Idunna. Just post here in the comments.
That is all for now. I’ll let you know here when Sigyn’s book is available.
Dagulf Loptson‘s latest book, a devotional to the Norse God Loki is now available and comes Highly Recommended.
Pagan Portals–Loki: Trickster and Transformer
Loki Laufeyjarson is the famous trickster of Norse Mythology, who brings its pages to life with conflict, humor, and excitement. Far from being just a villain or a prankster, Loki is a god who brings necessary change into the world, transcends boundaries, and shines light on hidden truth. In this book, you will be introduced to Loki and the many masks he wears: whether he appears as the bringer of enlightenment, the traveling companion of the gods, or the ender of worlds. This is also an accessible guide to building a devotional practice with the trickster, where you will learn new ways to honor this often misunderstood deity. Open the door to Loki’s mysteries, and prepare to laugh, be challenged, and potentially change your life.
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I have several book titles that have now been retired, this means they are officially out of print, and any product at retailers is being sold from any remaining inventory they have, or they are re-selling used product. If you want these books, and do not have them, you better pick them up them sooner, rather than later.
OUT OF PRINT
- Day Star and Whirling Wheel: Honoring the Sun and the Moon in the Northern Tradition
- Essays in Modern Heathenry
- Full Fathom Five:Honoring the Norse Gods and Goddesses of the Sea
- Into the Great Below: A devotional to Inanna and Ereshkigal
- Root, Stone and Bone: Honoring Andvari and the Vaettir of Money
- Sekhmet: When the Lion Roars
- Sigdrifa’s Prayer: An Explanation and Exegesis
- Sigyn: Lady of the Staying Power
- Skalded Apples: A Devotional Anthology for Idunna and Bragi
- Walking Toward Yggdrasil
- Whisperings of Woden: Nine Nights of Devotional Practice
In the case of both Whisperings of Woden and Walking Toward Yggdrasil, this content is also included with additional material in my book He is Frenzy: Collected Writings on Odin, however the German language content of Walking Toward Yggdrasil is not present in any other form.
Root, Stone and Bone, as well as Sigdrifa’s Prayer will be re-printed in a new edition.
[Updated for clarity] Excerpts of content from the other retired books may eventually be seen in other works, but if you want to enjoy the retired works’ complete content, these out of print books will be the only way to grab them.
As I noted in my newsletter, my latest book is now available. It’s a collection of devotional poetry, material I’ve written over the last two years and y’all can buy it here. It includes “9 for Odin,” the limited run chapbook that I’ve had available on my Etsy site for maybe two years now.
I’m really happy with the way this one turned out. In fact, I am really pleased with the last two works that I’ve done, the aforementioned “Walking the Rainbow Bridge” and my devotional to a tribe of spirits that I adore, the castrati:
This book is also available on amazon.
I have other projects to work on and right now, I’m finishing up papers and a translation project for school, and Gods know it’s rare that I am happy with the work that I do, but these two volumes make me happy. They are exactly as I intended them to be.
Now I’m off to finish up a presentation for my class on Thursday.
Just a quick FYI for folks: I have two books that will shortly be available (maybe two weeks). One will only be available on etsy so I’ll talk about that one first.
For those who don’t know, for the past year, I’ve been selling a small pocket sized prayer book on etsy, a small collection of generic prayers for use by polytheists of any denomination.
Well, last week a reader asked me if I could do one that is specifically and only Heathen. I’m home and have the time lol so I put together a Heathen prayer book roughly the same size. It has prayers to many of our better-known Gods and ends with a fairly extensive meditation. I’m happy with the way it turned out (and stunned my printer is able to make it work). It’s called “Seeking Valhalla: A Pocket Book of Heathen Prayers” and I”ll drop a line here when it’s available.
The second book will be generically available on amazon and it’s a collection of devotional poetry (that will incorporate the nine centos in “Nine for Odin“), pretty much spanning every piece that i”ve written for the past two or three years (since “He is Frenzy” was published). Anyway, it’s called “Walking the Rainbow Bridge: A Collection of Heathen Poetry.” Again, I’ll post here when ti’s available.
In the meantime, beware. Just as there is a Yule Cat, I think there might be an easter cat too. Behold. He is pissed. lol.
Happy Easter, for those of my readers who celebrate.
(the cat is not mine. I found the picture on fb).
One of my publishers, Red Wheel / Weiser Books is having a sale of 30% off their entire inventory, plus free shipping for those in the continental United States. So for those who like a deal and who have been waiting to pick up Living Runes, or a Modern Guide to Heathenry, now is your time to act and increase your book hoard. Better act fast if you’re interested, the deal expires on April 14, 2020.
To my British fans, today (January 25, 2020) is the UK release of A Modern Guide to Heathenry: Lore, Celebrations & Mysteries of the Northern Tradition from my publisher Red Wheel / Weiser Books! Some of you were impatient and imported the book already, for the rest of you, happy book release day!
The book takes what I created in Exploring the Northern Tradition: A Guide to the Gods, Lore, Rites, and Celebrations from the Norse, German, and Anglo-Saxon Traditions (2005) as a foundation and significantly expands upon it with more than 70,000 words of new material especially on devotional work, honoring the ancestors, and theological exegesis. It’s basically twice the word heft of its predecessor!
What the Back Copy Says:
An accessible yet in-depth guide to this increasingly popular pre-Christian religious tradition of Northern Europe
Heathenry, is one of the fastest growing polytheistic religious movements in the United States today. This book explores the cosmology, values, ethics, and rituals practiced by modern heathens.
In A Modern Guide to Heathenry readers will have the opportunity to explore the sacred stories of the various heathen gods like Odin, Frigga, Freya, and Thor and will be granted a look into the devotional practices of modern votaries. Blóts, the most common devotional rites, are examined in rich detail with examples given for personal use. Additionally, readers are introduced to the concept of wyrd, or fate, so integral to the heathen worldview.
Unlike many books on heathenry, this one is not denomination-specific, nor does it seek to overwhelm the reader with unfamiliar Anglo-Saxon or Norse terminology. For Pagans who wish to learn more about the Norse deities or those who are new to heathenry or who are simply interested in learning about this unique religion, A Modern Guide to Heathenry is the perfect introduction. Those who wish to deepen their own devotional practice will find this book helpful in their own work as well.
Available For Purchase from these and other booksellers