Today is the last and final installment of my Yuletide Shopping Guide. I created the Yuletide Shopping Guide in part because Yule is one of my favorite times of year. The guide features items polytheists might enjoy seeing in their homes or under their tree this yuletide. All with the hope of spreading some holiday cheer in a difficult year by finding items that can help feed our devotions within our polytheistic traditions, but also to hopefully along the way lift up some of the artisans in our midst too.
So far I’ve included resources for crafters, makers, and DIYers: cookie cutters, crafting molds, fabric (Mesoamerican, Egyptian, Greek, Northern Europe), machine embroidery designs, cross-stitch and embroidery patterns, as well as knitting and crochet patterns. I’ve also highlighted some items on a Krampus theme. I’ve spotlighted items you can use to deck the halls & trim the tree.
Check out the Greco-Roman themed products relevant to devotees of Cultus Deorum and Hellenismos, the Egyptian themed products ( Part 1 & Part 2 ) relevant to devotees of Kemetism, Northern European themed products ( Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 & Part 5) relevant to Northern Tradition polytheists (Heathens, Asatruar, etc.), as well as some Miscellaneous ( Part 1 & Part 2 ) spotlights featuring artists and artisans who offered a range of product across pantheons, or whose work focused on a tradition that I didn’t have enough items to spotlight on its own. Peruse with care and you will find items related to deities from the Norse, Slavic, Celtic, Roman, Greek, Egyptian, Hindu, Polynesian, Mesoamerican, Minoan, Assyrian, Sumerian, Welsh, Asian, Native American/Inuit, and more!
Today I’ll be spotlighting books.
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I am an avid reader and quite the bibliophile. If I really wanted to do this section justice, I could be writing for over a year on suggested books. So I decided to approach this list primarily from the point of view of more recently published works I have either personally read and therefore recommend, or for texts that are on my to read list. I’ve also sprinkled in a few classics, and some books I felt kids could enjoy too so we can pass our traditions to the next generations.
Unfortunately, I will warn you that some of the academic books are part of small academic print runs and can be prohibitively priced as a result.
- Triin Laidoner’s Ancestor Worship and the Elite in Late Iron Age Scandinavia: A Grave Matter
- Declan Taggart’s How Thor Lost His Thunder: The Changing Faces of an Old Norse God
- Anders Andren, John Lindow, Jens Peter Schjodt’s The Pre-Christian Religions of the North: History and Structures
- Maria Dahvana’s translation of Beowulf
- Barbette Stanley Spaeth’s The Roman Goddess Ceres
- Rudolf Simek’s Dictionary of Northern Mythology
Books for Polytheists
The Illustrated Havamal and Illustrated Voluspa takes the old Bellows translation of those eponymous texts but is released with illustrations by artist Sam Flegal. The Man Who Spoke Snakish is a fictional work with strong themes that should resonate with polytheists. The remaining texts were all written by polytheists for polytheists.
- The Illustrated Havamal (art by Sam Flegal)
- The Illustrated Voluspa (art by Sam Flegal)
- Andrus Kivirahk’s The Man Who Spoke Snakish (trans. Christopher Moseley)
- Dagulf Loptson’s Pagan Portals – Loki: Trickster and Transformer
- Susannah Ravenswing’s The Duergarbok: The Dwarves of the Northern Tradition
- Dan Coultas’ The Gods’ Own County: A Heathen Prayer Book
Many of these texts are geared towards children and young adults, so content tends to be adapted for that audience.
- Chris Pinard’s Celtic Mythology for Kids: Tales of Selkies, Giants, and the Sea
- Mathias Nordvig’s Norse Mythology for Kids: Tales of Gods, Creatures, and Quests
- Morgan Moroney’s Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt: Egyptian Mythology for Kids
- Yung in Chae’s Goddess Power: A Kid’s Book of Greek and Roman Mythology
- Donna Jo Napoli’s Treasury of Greek Mythology: Classic Stories of Gods, Goddesses, Heroes & Monsters
- Donna Jo Napoli’s Treasury of Egyptian Mythology: Classic Stories of Gods, Goddesses, Monsters & Mortals
- Donna Jo Napoli’s Treasury of Norse Mythology: Stories of Intrigue, Trickery, Love and Revenge
- D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths
- D’Aulaires’ Book of Norse Myths
- Johan Egerkrans’ Norse Gods
- Morgan Daimler’s A New Dictionary of Fairies: A 21st Century Exploration of Celtic and Related Western European Fairies
- Caroline Hickey’s Classic Stories – Greek Myths
- Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Greek Myths: A Wonderful Book for Girls and Boys
- Geraldine McCaughrean’s Ancient Myths Collection 16 Books Box Set
Coloring books for both kids and adults.
- John Green’s Greek Gods and Goddesses Coloring Book
- Jeff Menges’ Norse Gods and Goddesses Coloring Book
- Selina Fenech’s Goddess and Mythology Coloring Book
- Jade Summer’s Greek Mythology Coloring Book
- Jim Barrow’s Greek Mythology Coloring Book for Adults
- Johan Egerkrans’ Sketches from Norse Gods Coloring Book
In case you missed it since last December I have released 9 books. A Modern Guide to Heathenry is a significantly revised and expanded book built on the foundation of Exploring the Northern Tradition with over 70,000 words of additional, new content. Sigyn: Our Lady of the Staying Power is a re-release after a change in publishers. The other books are all new releases.
- A Modern Guide to Heathenry
- Walking the Rainbow Bridge: A Collection of Heathen Poetry
- Heart on Fire: A Novena for Loki
- Sigyn: Our Lady of the Staying Power
- Of Bow, Lyre, and Prophetic Fire: Nine Days of Prayer to the God Apollo
- The Ecstasy and the Fury: 9 Nights with Odin – A Novena
- In Love’s Winged Harbor: A Novena for Anteros
- Seven for Sekhmet: A Pocket Book of Prayer
- Seeking Valhalla: A Pocket Book of Heathen Prayers
Walking the Worlds
After several years and 12 volumes, Walking the Worlds, a peer-reviewed journal of polytheism and spiritwork has concluded its run. In commemoration, here are the links to each release of the journal in case you missed any.
- Volume 1
- Volume 2
- Volume 3
- Volume 4
- Volume 5
- Volume 6
- Volume 7
- Volume 8
- Volume 9
- Volume 10
- Volume 11
- Volume 12
What books are on your to read list? What books would you recommend? Share your thoughts in the comments.
It’s been awhile since I’ve posted any updates about our garden and that’s partly because I’ve been too busy picking veggies, cooking, canning, and pickling to do so. It’s exploded in beautiful and bountiful ways. The zucchini alone has kept me busy. So, for those who might be curious, here are a few pictures, because this endeavor (a new one for me) has brought me closer in my heart to my ancestors who worked the land, but also to the Goddess Ceres, and to certain of the Vanir. It’s not that I didn’t honor Them before this – I absolutely did—but I honored Them without fully comprehending all that They represented and governed. I won’t claim that I have full understanding now, but I certainly have more appreciation!
Firstly, here is our Ceres shrine. The photo is a little lopsided because I wanted to show the beautiful hollyhock that is growing to the left of the shrine. There are beans growing right at the base of the arch and some of them have already reached the edible stage. She receives offerings regularly at this shrine (and we also have shrines to Nerthus, Frey, Freya, Libera, and Liber on the property).
Here is our beautiful herb garden. I also have herbs in porch boxes and in front of the house, but this is our primary garden. Among other things, we have valerian, skullcap, loofa (loofah sponges come from a squash – who knew? I always thought it was a sea creature but no, it’s a vegetable!), two kinds of mint, motherwort, basil, fennel, hyssop, borage, attorlaðe, chamomile and more.
Here is our main garden bed. We have onions, peppers, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cucumbers, zucchini (so much zucchini @___@), eggplant, lettuce, dill, strawberries, squash, and watermelon (the last two are still just vines), also potatoes.
Here’s a better picture –we had to fence it off because of deer and ground hogs.
We didn’t forget to honor the Fair Folk, who have definitely made their presence known in our garden. Here are two of the little houses we symbolically set out for them (there are two more as well). We also set up a watering station for bees, and I’m waiting on a bird bath to arrive (I found a pretty one on etsy). It’s been so blisteringly hot, I figure this is the least we can do for our pollinators. I also put up these cute little bug boxes to help carpenter bees, independent bees (not all live in a colony) and lady bugs find shelter. We have three of them around our yard at strategic points and also an owl box. I’ll post pictures of those later. It’s too hot to go out and get more photos right now.
Here is the very first tomato that I have ever grown. I am unduly happy about this one and in a few days it will make a lovely sandwich. In the back you can see one of our other vegetable beds. This one has chard, eggplant, savory, more tomatoes, and asparagus. There’s another of comparable size farther back with more potatoes.
Here is some of the corn I planted at random intervals around the property. This was an experiment and next year I might plant significantly more. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, if it is knee high by July, we’re doing well and ours was at least that. Woo!
Finally, all over the property, but especially in front of the porch, we have unauthorized flowers: Queen Anne’s Lace. They’re lovely and I’m glad that authorized or not, they showed up. (we tried to plant roses, daisies, and poppies but the latter did not bloom, the daisies burned in the heat, and the former bloomed only slightly. I’ve no hand with roses I’m afraid, though I love them). I look at the explosion of Queen Anne’s Lace (and believe me, it’s EVERYWHERE), as a gift from the Fair Folk and I am grateful.
That is all for now. Meanwhile, our household is preparing for Loki’s feast day, which we celebrate on the 17th (though we’ll probably do it over the weekend instead this year) and I’m off to pickle some cucumbers.