The latest in devotionals to the Greek Gods, Bibliotheca Alexandrina’s new devotional to Athena “Shield of Wisdom” is now available on amazon. It will shortly be available in electronic versions too. Here’s what the blurb on the back of the book says:
“Wisdom. Weaving. Warfare.
Known to the Greeks as Athena, and to the Romans as Minerva, she leapt fully grown from the skull of the Lord of Thunder. Frighteningly intelligent, quick-witted and fiercely loyal, she is a Goddess who watches over heroes, warriors, and artisans alike. A Goddess of the mind, she admires and rewards cleverness and creativity. And, while she inspires intense devotion in ancient and modern polytheists, she also inspires passionate debate. Is she a friend to women, or does she always favor the father? When she transformed Medusa into a gorgon and Arachne into a spider, was she motivated by compassion or something else? And what of her relationships with her fellow Deities, such as Hephaistos, Ares, and Aphrodite? Are they adversarial, antithetical, or complementary?
Within these pages, you will find poems of praise and rites in her honor. You will also find essays and personal reflections that question the Goddess, that challenge her, that analyze the myths around her and what they mean to us, and what they reveal about the Goddess herself. All of these are offered to her with an open heart, and a sincere questioning mind — which we hope she will find as pleasing as any reverent hymn.
All hail Athena, Keen-Eyed and Ever-Curious.”
I have one prayer to Her included.
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Good morning, readers (at least it’s morning as I’m writing this!). As promised, here is your update on the availability of my latest devotional.
Seven for Sekhmet is now available here. It joins the passel of other pocket-sized devotionals that I’ve been doing lately. I have a few more planned but probably not until at least mid-winter.
Now I’m off to drink some tea, make some breakfast, and get ready for my patristics class (at the ungodly hour of 9am lol). enjoy your day, everyone.
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I had my start as a polytheist in service to Sekhmet so this volume is a particular pleasure to add to my novena series. It’ll be out soon. I’ll post about it here, but take a look at the gorgeous cover courtesy of L. Perkins. (the image is the same as the Sekhmet prayer card she did for me several years ago). Since I retired ‘When the Lion Roars,’ I rather consider this its replacement, smaller, more compact, but it will do. 🙂
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My new Loki book is now available, the next installment in what I’ve taken to calling my ‘novena series.’ This small book fits neatly into one’s pocket and contains nine days of prayer, along with devotional suggestions for the Norse God Loki. While many of the prayers have been reprinted from my earlier book Hymns and Prayers for a Polytheistic Household, there is new material in this book, including two divination systems used extensively in my House. The book, Heart on Fire: A Novena for Loki, is available here.
As many of you know, I pulled all my books that were published through Asphodel Press (not because of Asphodel — they have been great to work with–but because the publishing platform they use, lulu has been less than stellar of late) not too long ago. Several of those books will be re-released in new editions this year (The second edition of Sigyn: Our Lady of the Staying Power, for instance, available here, has already been released), but many will not. I’m making some tough executive decisions on that front and while remainder copies of the original works may still be available on amazon and elsewhere, that will not always be the case. Once those are gone, they’re gone. My updates are taking time, as I’m working around a rather full schedule of PhD coursework and GTA work.
One of the books that I had no intention of re-releasing was When the Lion Roars: A Devotional to the Egyptian Goddess Sekhmet (remainders available here). As many of you know, I was originally ordained a priest of Sekhmet in 1995 and She remains a powerful part of my spiritual life. She was the first Deity to take me up and I in turn remain deeply grateful. The book itself was fraught with problems from the beginning, with several pieces appearing in the finished and edited text but NOT appearing in the published book (yay lulu. you strike again). To this day, I have no idea what happened and with the way I work, once a book is done it’s done and I rarely revisit. So, it was a vexing work from the beginning for me personally. Sekhmet was deeply involved in my spiritual formation though, and I love Her dearly, and I owe Her equally dearly. I want Her to have all the devotionals. LOL. Or at least, I would like Her to have something from my hands as a sign of my gratitude and devotion.
Because of that, I decided late last night, to pull some of my prayers (and that of two of my colleagues who expressed an interest in being included when I ran this idea past them) from When the Lion Roars and incorporate them into a small, pocket-sized novena book. That book, tentatively titled Seven for Sekhmet: A Pocket Book of Prayer, should be out in a month or so. As of right now, it will not incorporate new material, but will be a portable iteration of a select portion of the earlier text.
So, keep an eye out her for updates. I plan to have another book related update for you, probably on Monday (not sure there will be a movie post. I’ve been too busy to watch any!). In the meantime, have a lovely weekend, and stay safe, folks.
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Here is a sneak peak at the cover of the next novena book. This image is courtesy of Lynn Perkins. I expect this book to be available in early September. Stay tuned. 🙂
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My newest novena book is now available here. It’s about time I compiled one of these for Odin. LOL. I’m really happy with the way this one turned out. It includes a new divination system (well, new for any of my books, but something I”ve been using for about seven years now) specifically for Odin, and like all my novena books, it fits easily into pocket or purse.
The statue pictured on the front cover is a hand-made piece by Susannah Ravenswing, and the image above is used with her permission. Susannah creates extraordinary sacred pieces. Learn more about her here. She is also the author of Duergarbok: The Dwarves of the Northern Tradition, which is available here.