Some Short Heathen Book Reviews..

The following are some book reviews I wrote on Amazon.

5starsThe Norse Myths
by Kevin Crossley-Holland

Simply put _the_ book to read to learn about Norse lore as someone new to it…

This book is basically a retelling of the lore of the northern gods/goddesses rewritten in a modern very easy to understand story form, targeted for the modern reader. It is accurate, accessible, and enjoyable to read. For anyone interested in Asatru, or Heathenism, or Norse-Paganism, it is a must read. For anyone interested in the gods/goddesses, and mythology of the Vikings this is the book.

5starsEssential Asatru: Walking the Path of Norse Paganism
by Diana L. Paxson

Best Asatru book for getting a general overview as to what Asatru is..

This book is the best for explaining, in an accurate, well written, well researched way, over all what Asatru/Heathenism is. It gives a very balanced, fair, and easy to understand explanation of things. There is not much here of a how-to nature about Asatru, just explains well what it is, for those totally new to it.

5starsHammer of the Gods: Anglo-Saxon Paganism in Modern Times
by Swain Wodening

Good ideas and accurate research, poorly proof-read and filled with typos

The ideas presented in this book, and the accuracy of the information are great enough to overcome the very poor job at proof-reading, with all the glaring typos in this book. I do highly recommend this book since it is very informative and knowledgeable. Just be aware that there are a lot of bad grammar mistakes in it, some of which even change the meaning of a few things in ways that may mislead people new to the subject being discussed. If this book was properly edited I would give it 6 stars were that possible.

5starsFuthark: A Handbook of Rune Magic
by Edred Thorsson

The standard for learning the runes…

This and Runelore are the books to read to learn about the runes. All other books should be gauged according to the information in these two books to determine accuracy.

5starsRunelore: A Handbook of Esoteric Runology
by Edred Thorsson

The standard for learning the runes…

This and Futhark are the books to read to learn about the runes. All other books should be gauged according to the information in these two books to determine accuracy.

5starsNorthern Magic: Rune Mysteries and Shamanism
by Edred Thorsson

It is a nice pleasant read for learning some other interesting runic and northern topics

This book is the one to read to learn about the Younger Futhark runes. It also has some interesting information about Pennsylvania-Dutch Hex signs. After reading some of Thorsson’s other books first this is a nice one to read to learn about these other things. It is actually more nicely written too as far as a smooth easy read then most his other books too.

5starsNorthern Tradition for the Solitary Practitioner
by Raven Kaldera

Best book for deepening the spirituality of those into northern traditions…

This book is not for those new to Asatru/Heathenism/Norse-Paganism, but is instead for those whom are already familiar with the northern traditions and already have their own practice going. Basically what this book is about is deepening ones spirituality and this it does amazingly well like nothing else. Highly recommended for anyone on any of the northern spiritual paths. If you love the gods/goddesses of the north and have a spiritual practice involving them then do yourself a favour and read this book.

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About Volmarr

I follow the Norse gods, but am neither a Wiccan nor a strict reconstructionist. My focus is on the spiritual aspects of Heathenism and forms of practice that make Heathenism valid for the modern times, and present day needs. I am a devotee of the goddess Freyja, and loyal to the ways of the Vanir, though I also of course honor the Aesir. Been on and off in my life into Heathenism for a long time now (since 1993). Determined to stay focused on it this time after having gotten back into it this Yule (2012). I was lucky in that I met someone very knowledgeable whom taught me it back in the early 90s, along of course with reading the good books that were around at that time on it. I have felt like even at the times in my life that I have drifted away from Heathenism that the Norse gods have still been there guiding me patiently, knowing I would be back again when I was ready. Even at the times when not actively practicing it I have felt close to them, and felt their protection. I have always been and remain a solitary, other than having done rituals in the past with my teacher. It's mostly just been a very personal path for me at the times I have practiced it. One thing I have felt is sorely missing is very many publicly published seasonal rituals oriented for solitaries, and I have thus started my own blog in which I plan to publish the rituals I write there. These are the morel codes I live my own life according to.: Beauty The pursuit of beauty and elegance in thought, form and speech. Courage/Passion Zeal, vigor; the strength and courage that comes from a life worth living. Land-rightness The recognition of nature and the environment as worthy of respect, care and reverence. Even-mood Harmonious and balanced thought and action; tranquility, calm, serenity. Openness The quality of being receptive to the world around one, non-judgmental and open. Wildness/Ecstasy Music and dance; the nurturing of inner wildness and childlike being, being like the “fey” Love The all-encompassing force; love for family, for kin, for humanity, for all beings. Frith The peace and goodwill between people bound together; loyalty and the keeping of one’s word. Faith/Piety The trust that the Gods exist and are worthy of our worship, and Their ways worth following. Giving The binding of two parties into one common bond, generosity and hospitality. Joy Wonder and innocence, the recognition that life is worth living, and worth living well. Brotherhood The recognition that we – humans, animals, plants, spirits – are all part of the grander scheme of life, and we share a common heritage, as children of the Earth.

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