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Heathen/Asatru Learning Book Reading List

These books are best read in the order listed.

1. A Practical Heathen’s Guide to Asatru

2. The Norse Myths (Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library)

3. Gods of Asgard: A graphic novel interpretation of the Norse myths

4. Essential Asatru: Walking the Path of Norse Paganism

5. Norse Mythology

6. A Book of Troth

7. Our Troth: History and Lore

8. Our Troth: Living the Troth

9. The Poetic Edda: Stories of the Norse Gods and Heroes

10. Travels Through Middle Earth: The Path of a Saxon Pagan

11. Futhark

12. Runelore

13. Taking Up The Runes

14. Elves, Wights, and Trolls

15. Teutonic Magic

16. Northern Mysteries and Magick

17. Northern Magic: Rune Mysteries and Shamanism

18. Runecasters Handbook

19. The Big Book of Runes and Rune Magic

20. Pagan Magic of the Northern Tradition

21. Odin’s Gateways

22. A Handbook of Saxon Sorcery & Magic

23. The Saga of the Volsungs: With the Saga of Ragnar Lothbrok

24. The Sagas of Icelanders

25. Odin: Ecstasy, Runes, and Norse Practical Magic

26. Heathen Gods

27. Heathen Tribes

28. Rites of Anglo-Saxon and Norse Paganism

29. Nine Doors of Midgard

30. ALA, an Advanced Guide to Operative Runology

31. Seidr: The Gateway is Open

32. The Norse Shaman

Book review of Sea Sky Soil

For those interested in learning some very interesting theories about the hidden aspects of the Vanir I recommend the book Sea Sky Soil. This book is based on the Vanir Theory. It basically deconstructs the theoretical hidden Vanir deities on an archetypal level using the theories expressed by the Vanir theory. This book is like looking at the bones of what makes up northern European Paganism, but outside the level of particular names or traditions. It’s spiritual dissection of the essence of things.

From my own personal work with the Vanir the ideas expressed in this book totally make sense and are important for understanding about the greater whole of the Vanir which the lore does not describe. In the least it does offer up potential avenues to pursue in pathworking attempts at contacting these other hidden Vanir.

Waincraft is a tradition the authors of the book and others have made based on these archetypes they have derived from their work. I see Waincraft as more of a loose theoretical framework that is useful for people practicing Heathenism or Norse-Paganism. People could if they wanted practice Waincraft on it’s own as a religious tradition, but by itself it is very barebones and abstract in nature, very dispersonal. It’s true value comes out when used as a way to gain a deeper understanding of northern European Heathenism/Paganism (that has more of a Vanic like slant to it).

The section of the book that talks about spirit animals from a Northern European slant is amazing and perhaps the best writing anyone has made in making them clear to understand and have a deeper sense of meaning. When comparing the ideas there to the common Native American based concepts of the various spirit animals I can see some similar aspects for some animals but some totally different aspects for other animals. Of course it has animals listed with are not common or important for Native American traditions but are of importance for Heathenism or Norse-Paganism.

For anyone following any shamanic oriented northern European Heathen or Pagan practices this book would be totally invaluable since it provides a complete and detailed and I feel very accurate cosmology. There is no practices here though, it is merely like a catalog of concepts, but a very well done one.

Anyone that is looking to more deeply understand the nature of northern Heathenism or Paganism should get this book. It is ideas which are brilliant and totally ahead of their time. To make use of this book you need to be practicing some path of Northern European Paganism/Heathenism or be someone that prefer something that is very abstract, but the concepts here will vastly enhance your understanding of any northern form of Paganism/Heathenism you may be following.

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.