Books - Recommended Readings from Your Village Witch

Gods and Goddesses

Brigid: History, Mystery, and Magick of the Celtic Goddess
Brigid: History, Mystery, and Magick of the Celtic Goddess

Brigid--mother, daughter, healer, bard, warrior, fire goddess, goddess of the oak, animals, and magic. Brigid of the spring, her festival Imbolc, oversees fertility of all kinds. Brigid is many things to many people. In this enticing book, Courtney Weber offers up a wideranging exposition and celebration of all things Brigid, who is arguably the most popular figure in Celtic mythology and religion. Meet Brigid in her various incarnations--Celtic Pagan Goddess, Christian Saint, and Voudon Loa .

Each chapter ends with guided meditations and exercises that help readers tap into Brigid's healing powers. Inside you'll find Brigidfocused spells, blessings, recipes, and rituals for love, harmony, protection, and much more.

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Brigid: History, Mystery, and Magick of the Celtic Goddess $18.95 /each

Brigid: History, Mystery, and Magick of the Celtic Goddess
Celtic Queen Maeve and Addiction: An Archetypal Perspective

Drawing on twenty-six years of experience as a Jungian analyst, the author shows how the stories and images of ancient mythology can illuminate the depths of the psyche. In particular she shows how those in the grip of addiction confront the great Irish goddess Maeve, whose name means the inebriating one and whose drink was the sacred mead. Maeve represents the profoundly human and archetypal need for experiences of ecstasy and sovereignty. Written with passion and clarity, the author gives us Queen Maeve in full, and invites us to comprehend the wildness of the Celtic imagination. She brings with her the sensitivity of a psychoanalyst who has companioned many souls suffering the dislocations and addictions of modern life. For those who have had to battle with their own addictions or with those of their loved ones or clients, this book offers the promise of understanding how that battle is suffered, fought, and won.

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Celtic Queen Maeve and Addiction: An Archetypal Perspective $29.95 /each

Norse Goddess Magic: Trancework, Mythology, and Ritual
Norse Goddess Magic: Trancework, Mythology, and Ritual

A practical guide to the magic of the feminine side of the Norse pantheon

•Provides invocations and rituals to call each goddess forth for personal and group spirit work

•Details the author's trancework to discover the personalities and powers of Frigg the Allmother, wife of Odin, and the 12 lesser known Aesir goddesses associated with her

•Offers a comprehensive guide to tranceworking to connect with the deities

Combining traditional research on folklore and the Eddas with trancework and meditation techniques, Alice Karlsdóttir was able to rediscover the feminine side of the Norse pantheon and assemble working knowledge of 13 Norse goddesses for both group ritual and personal spirit work.

Detailing her trancework journeys to connect with the goddesses, the author reveals the long-lost personalities and powers of each deity. She explores the Norse goddess Frigg the Allmother, wife of Odin, along with the 12 Asynjur, or Aesir goddesses, associated with her, such as Sjofn the peacemaker, Eir the Healer, and Vor the Wisewoman. She shares their appearances in the Eddas and Germanic mythology and explains the meanings of their names, their relationships to each other, and their connections to the roles of women in Old Norse society. She provides detailed instructions for invocations and rituals to call each goddess forth for personal and group spirit work. She also offers a comprehensive guide to ritual tranceworking to allow anyone to directly experience deities and spiritual beings and develop spirit work relationships with them.

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Norse Goddess Magic: Trancework, Mythology, and Ritual $16.95 /each

Odin: Ecstasy, Runes, & Norse Magic
Odin: Ecstasy, Runes, & Norse Magic

Odin is arguably one of the most enigmatic and complex characters in Norse mythology. Revered since the Viking Age, Odin has been called the greatest of the gods--the god of words and wisdom, runes and magic, a transformer of consciousness, and a trickster who teaches truth. He is both war god and poetry god, and he is the Lord of Ravens, the All- Father, and the rune master.

Odin: Ecstasy, Runes, and Norse Magic is the first book on Odin that is both historically sourced and accessible to a general audience. It explores Odin's origins, his appearances in sagas, old magic spells, and the Poetic Edda, and his influence on modern media, such as Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy. Each chapter features suggestions for rituals, exercises, and music, so readers can comprehend and become closer to this complicated god.

Author Diana Paxson, an expert on Viking-era mythology, provides a complete portrait of Odin and draws on both scholarship and experience to provide context, resources, and guidance for those who are drawn to work with the Master of Ecstasy today.

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Odin: Ecstasy, Runes, & Norse Magic $22.95 /each

Sophia: Goddess of Wisdom, Bride of God
Sophia: Goddess of Wisdom, Bride of God

Anyone interested in the feminine face of God throughout the ages will find Sophia an illuminating experience. Caitlin Matthews' scholarship connects us to past, present, and future in the very depths of our femininity. ----Marion Woodman, Jungian analyst and author of Bone: Dying into Life. Sophia, or "wisdom" in Greek, has been revered in many forms throughout history--from the Dark Goddess of ancient Anatolia; to her Egyptian, Greek, Celtic, and Cabalistic manifestations; to her current forms as Mary and the orthodox St. Sophia. In the Gnostic Gospel of Thomas, Sophia sits with God until the creation. Then she falls into matter and becomes manifest in every atom, permeating all things "like the sparks that run through charcoal," as Matthews says. While God is "out there," the Goddess is "in here"-- the mother-wit of practical inspiration and compassion at the heart's core. This definitive work comprehensively establishes a realistic Goddess theology for Westerners in the twenty-first century: grounding spirituality in daily life and the natural world; learning to work playfully and play seriously; ending the gender war to enjoy sacred marriage.

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Sophia: Goddess of Wisdom, Bride of God $21.95 /each

The Morrigan: Celtic Goddess of Magick and Might
The Morrigan: Celtic Goddess of Magick and Might

An illuminating exploration of Ireland's ancient dark goddess—the beloved "phantom queen" of the Celtic world—with practices for modern-day devotees.

The Morrigan is one of Pagan Ireland's most famous--and notorious--goddesses. Her name translated as "phantom queen" or "great queen," the Morrigan is famous for being a goddess of war, witchcraft and death, protection and retribution. This book also explores her patronage of motherhood, healing, shapeshifting, and the land. Classified among the Sidhe (fairies), the Morrigan dates back at least to Ireland's Iron Age, but she is as modern as she is ancient―enjoying a growing contemporary and global following. Author Courtney Weber provides a guide for the modern devotee of this complex, mysterious goddess that encompasses practical veneration with modern devotionals, entwined with traditional lore and Irish-Celtic history.

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The Morrigan: Celtic Goddess of Magick and Might $16.95 /each

The Spirit of the Celtic Gods and Goddesses: Their History, Magical Power, and Healing Energies
The Spirit of the Celtic Gods and Goddesses: Their History, Magical Power, and Healing Energies

Brings the history of these gods and goddesses to life, along with visualizations, rituals, and exercises to help make them part of the reader’s spiritual practice.

Figures like Brigid, Cernunnos, Rhiannon, and the Morrigan are honored for their magic, their bravery, and their mythical deeds. Among pagans, the gods and goddesses of Gaul, Ireland, Wales, and the other Celtic lands rank with the most popular and influential of the Greek, Roman, Norse, and Egyptian pantheons.

This book provides an accessible guide for readers to learn about and connect spiritually with the gods and goddesses of the Celtic lands:
Learn key features of each of the major Irish, Welsh, and continental Celtic deities
Discover the major myths and lore associated with each deity
Create rituals and magical work appropriate for each deity
Understand the psychological archetypes of each god and goddess
Forge true and meaningful relationships with the deities for our time
Relate the various gods and goddesses to the sabbats and holy days

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The Spirit of the Celtic Gods and Goddesses: Their History, Magical Power, and Healing Energies $16.95 /each
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