Way of the Ponderosa Pine: Excerpt from the Book of Ways

Excerpt from the Book of Ways: Lore from the Keeper of Ways and Builder of Paths

Way of the Ponderosa Pine

Consider the Ponderosa Pine.  In Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado, the presence of this pine mark the edge of the Plains, for they are found in the hills at the western edge, but not out onto the plains themselves.  In the hillls to the south of the Northern Frontrange, they grow among Gambel oak thickets.  In the Foothills to the west, they grow on southern facing slopes with juniper primarily, with the north facing slopes mostly lodgepole pine.  In the Highlands to the north, they grow on the ridges and hills, with scattered shrubs below them.

Ponderosa pine have a much shorter fire cycle than lodgepole, with fires occurring naturally every two to fifteen years.  Unlike the lodgepole, which has thin bark and is easily killed by fire, Ponderosa have thick bark that protects them, the fires killing off the seedlings and clearing the forest floor and leaving the mature trees scarred but alive.  As a result, natural Ponderosa forests have tall trees with very few small ones, other species making up the ground cover.  The fires in Ponderosa stands are also very low intensity, compared to the raging fires of the lodgepole.

The bark also makes this pine more resilient to the western pine beetle, so even though it is still a threat, not near as many are killed by the beetle as are the lodgepole.

The thick bark just mentioned it the most clear offset of the Ponderosa from other species.  It has yellow to red bark that is very thick, with dark to black crevices in it, giving it two of its common names, the blackjack pine and the western yellow pine.  It also has tufts of long needles, setting it apart.  In the Rocky Mountains, most have three needles per tuft, or occasionally two.

The Ponderosa has had many indigenous uses.  The pitch was used as an ointment for various things including sores and scabs, back aches, ear aches, rheumatism, and inflamed eyes.  It was also used to help infants sleep.  The needles were used for female reproductive issues and for skin issues, and for insulation in storage pits.  The roots were used for blue die.  The boughs were used for muscle pain, hemorrhaging, and treatments for children.  The wood was used for building fences, housing, and snowshoes.  Logs were made in canoes.  The bark was used for roofing.  Pollen was used with needles in healing.  Pitch, seeds, cones, bark, buds and cambium were used for food.  There is no part of the tree without a practical use.  It is a tree that provides and nurtures.

It also provides for and nurtures the animals that make their homes in its forests.  Birds roost and nest in its limbs and use it as protection from birds of prey.  Chipmunks, squirrels, and many types of birds eat its seeds.  Grouse use its needles for nesting material.  Rodents and porcupines use its bark for nesting.

A specific example is the Albert’s squirrel, which lives only in Ponderosa stands.  This squirrel doesn’t gather food to live through the winter nor hibernate like more squirrels and other rodents.  Through the winter, it feeds on the inner bark of the branch tips of the Ponderosa.  It feeds near the top of the tree, chewing off a needle clump, removes the outer bark, then eats the inner bark.  They always return to the same tree each winter.  The Ponderosa has a symbiotic fungus, the EM fungus.  Like the blue stain fungus of the lodgepole, EM fungus for root systems with Ponderosa.  These act as extensions to the roots, helping the tree draw in more water, nitrogen, phosphorus, and various other nutrients from the soil.  In return, the tree provides carbohydrates that the fungus needs to survive.  This is relevant, because the main source of food for the squirrels during the growing season is the sporocarps of this fungus.  The spores survive in the squirrel’s digestive tract and are spread through the forest by them, where they join with other pine root systems.  It is possible that the fungi concentration effects the inner bark the squirrel eats, drawing them to return to certain trees, and also that the stunting the squirrels cause on those trees and the reduction in those trees in reproduction as a result to the squirrel effects its relationship with the fungus, causing more sporocarp production.

The Ponderosa grows best in well draining soil, mostly loam, but it will grow in sandy soils as well.  In does well in dry climates and can handle the heat of the sun quite easily.

The Ponderosa pine is outer earth and inner fire.

The outer earth nature is evident in its bark. The bark is similar colour to much of the soil it grows in.  Like the surface of the earth, it protects what’s inside, from fire, from cold, from heat, from insects and other threats.  And like the earth, it nurtures and provides for those that come to it, not just animals, but humans as well.

That outer nature is nurturing and and very mother-like, though the fire inside is unforgiving of those that don’t respect the tree and can be dangerous to those who don’t approach in a respectful manner.

This fire is evident in its intolerance for moist undraining soil, its ability to grow well in hot climates and full sunlight, and its short fire cycle that leaves mature trees unharmed.  These fires are part of its nurturing and providing, as it is important for the health of a forest to be cleaned out periodically.  It provides for both the creation aspect, by providing what those under its care need for life, and the destruction aspect, cleaning things out every so often, but with low intensity and less risk to the animals than a roaring fire would be.

Earth over fire.

Consider this well, and think on it.

 

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An Ode to Storm Gods and Their Ilk

Ok, so I’m testing out Create Space, Amazon’s self publishing system, to see if it will work for my book.  As a test, I’m putting together a collection of poetry and photos called An Ode to Sky Gods and Their Ilk.  It’s going to contain a bunch of my poems about things in the sky and photos of the Wyoming sky.  I wrote the poems over about a year, a few years back, and took pictures to go with them, originally planned as a blog post, but it ended up too large and never got posted.  A few of the poems, I’ve posted on Muninn’s Laughter, but most no one has seen.  Some of the photos I’ve shared places, some I have not.  We’ll see how this goes.  Hopefully people will like it.

 

FFF,
~Muninn’s Kiss

 

The Spider’s Song: I Made an Offering of Wind…

I made an offering of wind upon the altar of dust.  ~Grimr

In the beginning was a song.  The song.  The only song there ever was, and ever will be.  It was a love song, and a song of loneliness.  It was a song of joy and sorrow, of love and loss, of peace and war, of life and death.  It was the song of creation, the song of all things.  It was the spider’s song.

It began with one note, ringing out through the outer darkness, like a single bell rang in a place of silence, or a the first harp string plucked.  It was a pure note, perfect, the only note that could pierce that silence, the silence of the outer dark.  It was the voice of the Nagara, the single note that was all, the love song of the Nagara to the Nagara, deep calling out to deep.  And it hung there in the darkness like a spark of light, like a seed, like a single harp string, or a single thread.  It was the first thread of the web, a single thread in the abyss of the outer darkness, a note ringing for none to hear.

And it echoed.  That single note reflected back on itself, reflecting off that which is not, the dark curve of the darkness.  It echoed back and in doing so, it changed, not the same as it was going out.  It rang in harmony with itself, a perfect harmonic, a perfect fifth.  The danced, round and round, catalyst and nexus, nexus and catalyst.  And so, one note became two, one thread became two, both vibrating in the darkness of the abyss, in the outer darkness, the first two threads of the web.  Two notes, hearing each other, responding to each other, first in dissonance, then in consonance, the dance of the twins.

From their play a third note arose.  It vibrated between them, both notes moving the third, the perfect third, a chord in the silence of the dark.  Three notes ringing out, moving, shifting.  A perfect chord.  Three mothers, three weavers each moving each other.  Three threads hanging in the abyss, the first three threads of the web.

But the song wasn’t finished.  The chord grew and the perfect seventh came forth, four notes, four threads, stretching out into the abyss in four directions, four winds.  And still the song grew, for where there’s a first, a third, a fifth, a seventh, there, too, there’s a second, a fourth, and a sixth.  Seven notes ringing out through the darkness, and a melody formed, the vibrations of the web.  Seven builders, seven keepers, seven guardians.

Breath.  What is breath?  Breath is life, for even many one celled life take in oxygen and need it to live.  Breath is wind, for it is the movement of gas, in or out.  There is no breath in a vacuum.

Breath.  What is breath?  Breath is the most basic of sounds.  From it comes the vowel sounds in all oral languages, the sounds made without obstruction, without build up.  Sound passing through only changed in sound by the narrowness or movement of the side it passes between.  It is outward moving air, unblocked, unfettered, unbound, loosed.

Breath, vowels, are the first notes of music, pure sound, untempered.  They are the notes of the sound of the music, of a song, the song, the first song.  They are the beginning.

Breath bound, tied, constrained, blocked, fettered, becomes consonants.  As the vowels are given form, as the tent pole is raised, the bound vowels becomes first Three Mothers, then Seven Doubles, then Twelve Singles.  22 consonants, 22 letter.  Two Dancers, Three Weavers, Seven Builders, twelve in all, twelve notes, twelve threads, Twelve Watchers.

And consonants gather around vowels, the bound around the loosed, and words form.  Words, symbols of ideas.  And the complexity grows, the song grows.  Three Mothers, Seven Doubles, Twelve Singles, 22 consonants, 29 sounds, become 231 Gates, each gate a pair of consonants, the first and the fifth.  And the 231 Gates are joined by others, 20 consonants added to the beginning, to the middle, to the end, 13,860 roots if none repeat.  And roots combine to be words, and words combine to form sentences, and sentences combine to form paragraphs, and paragraphs combine to form chapters, and chapters combine to form books, and books combine to form sets and series, and sets and series combine to form shelves, and shelves combine to form racks, and racks combine to form rows, and rows combine to form stacks, and stacks combine to form floors, that the whole world is a library, the 10,000 things.

Every note holds power.  Every breath holds power.  Every vowel holds power.  Every sound holds power.  Every consonant holds power.  Every word holds power, every sentence, every paragraph.  And the longer they exist, the more they are used, the more their power grows.

Stand in a used bookstore or library.  Look at all those books.  How many are there?  How many words do they contain? How many letters do those words contain?  Each sound is a note in the song, the song of creation.  Each sound is a vibration in the web that is all, stretched across the face of the deep, the abyss, the outer darkness.  How much power is in those pages?  What secrets?  What notes?

Now think of the world.  How many books are in the world?  Right now.  And how many words in each one?

Now think of all time.  How many books have there been?  How many will there be?  And how many words in each one?

Now realize that books are just the ideas, the thoughts, the words that have been written down.  They are written language.  They have meaning because of the oral language that spawned them, the consonants with bound flow, the vowels with looses flow.  The power is in that oral language, the written is only that small piece that was written down, loosed power bound into a page.  How many words are spoken that are never recorded?  Each is a note in the song, the song of creation, the spider’s song.

“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.  Now the earth was unformed and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the spirit of God hovered over the face of the waters.  And God said: ‘Let there be light.’ And there was light.” ~Genesis 1:1-3 JPS 1917 Edition of the Hebrew Bible in English

“darkness was upon the face of the deep” – וּ וְחֹשֶׁךְ עַל-פְּנֵי תְהוֹם – v choshek ‘al-peniy tehowm

וּ – v – and

וְחֹשֶׁךְ – choshek – darkness, obscurity, secret place

עַל-פְּנֵי – ‘al-peniy – the face, the presence, the person, the surface of, that which is in front of, before, toward

תְהוֹם – tehowm – deep, depths, deep places, abyss, sea, ocean, abyss, grave

“spirit of God” – וְרוּחַ אֱלֹהִים – Ruwach ‘elohiym – Ruach Elohim

רוּחַ – Ruwach, Ruach – breath, wind, air, gas, spirit, vivacity, vigour, courage, temper, anger, desire, sorrow, will, energy of life

אֱלֹהִים – ‘elohiym, Elohim – rulers, judges, divine ones, angels, gods, god, goddess, godlike one, G-d

“hovered over the face of the waters” – מְרַחֶפֶת עַל-פְּנֵי הַמָּיִם – mrachaphit ‘al-peniy mayim

מְ – m – from

רַחֶפֶת – rachaphit – to grow soft, relax, to hover

עַל-פְּנֵי – ‘al-peniy – the face, the presense, the person, the surface of, that which is in front of, before, toward

הַמָּיִם – mayim – water, waters, urine, springs, fountains, flood

So we could read is as:

“and the secret place was upon the surface of the ocean, and the breath of the rulers settled upon the surface of the water.”

or:

“and that which hides the face of the abyss, the wind of the gods, from the face of the water.”

or:

“and darkness was the presence of the grave, the temper of the gods toward the flood.”

But, a bit of a tangent.

Ruach is breath, but also wind and life.  Ruach is also, in Kabbalah, part of the soul.  In this way, it is the emotions, will, and energy of life.

The Breath.  The Soul.  The Wind.  Life.  Ruach, hovering above the waters of the abyss, in the darkness, is the notes of the song, which are also the threads of the web.

In the beginning was a song.
The song.
The only song there ever was, and ever will be.
It was a love song, and a song of loneliness.
It was a song of joy and sorrow, of love and loss, of peace and war, of life and death.
It was the song of creation, the song of all things.
It was the spider’s song.

I made an offering of wind upon the altar of dust.

FFF,
~Muninn’s Kiss

Kickstarter Campaign a No-Go but Book Still in the Works

Okay, I think I timed my kickstarter campaign for my book poorly. The campaign ends tomorrow, but with work changes, I haven’t had any time to promote it or give updates, and I haven’t received a single pledge. At this point, any pledges won’t be enough, so no one will be charged anything and no money will come to me, even if people pledge in the next day. So if you were thinking about it, don’t worry about it. I’ll either find a cheaper or non-self funded method of publishing or it will be released later. I’m still going to try to complete it before summer, but publication will probably be further out. This probably just means it wasn’t time for the book yet, which I’m fine with. I’ll keep everyone updated as I progress and as I find other options if there’s a better way to do it. Any advise is appreciated. You can still read the campaign, but please don’t pledge on it at this point, as it won’t help and will just take your time that would be better used elsewhere.

Book Update: Grimr’s Grimoire

Okay, I’m looking at seriously moving forward on my book that I’ve discussed a few times. I’ve been working on it off and on, and have the basic idea and structure worked out, and some of the content.

This will be the first of three books if I can pull it off and there’s enough interest to move forward on more after the first. I’ve nicknamed this one the White Book. It will be called Grimr’s Grimoire: a Book of Myths from the Spider’s Web. The second potential book, the Black Book, will be Tome of the Builders: a Book of More Myths from the Spider’s Web. The third and final, the Red Book, will be Codex of the Dancers: the Final Book of Myths from the Spider’s Web.

The purpose of the books is to teach the fundamentals of Grimr and my practice in a way that can be applied outside the Grimr context and lead people to a more independent, dynamic, and powerful esoteric practice. They will include myths, lore, poetry, experience, theory, and praxis in a consistent format that people with different backgrounds and learning styles can connect with. I will attempt to do in writing what is fundamentally accomplished through oral teaching. Not all readers will connect with the material, because it is essentially esoteric mystery. My hope is that enough will to make the writing and publishing of the books a worth while venture.

At the moment, I intend for all three books to have the same basic structure to each chapter. Each chapter will start with an opening poem to set the stage for the chapter and plant the seeds in the reader that will grow throughout the chapter. This will in a way be an invocation.

After the opening poem, there will be a major myth. This myth will be the core of the chapter, and all the myths in the books will tie together with larger themes. The myth will relate the core material of the chapter in story form, with the purpose stories in many cultures serve to pass down the ideas that are central to the family or tribe.

Following each major myth will be a commentary on that myth, helping the reader to connect on a conscious, intellectual level. After the commentary will be a ritual section, maybe one ritual, maybe three, not any more than that but I don’t want to limit to one if the chapter lends well to multiple. The rituals will probably vary a lot in nature and makeup. I don’t want to just give a script and say, do this, I want to provide a framework to help the reader develop their own while still experience the material in a tangible, usable way that will allow them to understand the material on a physical, emotional, and intuitive level. But I also want to help them be able to use what they learn from the material on a practical real level, not just creative visualization and psychobabble. And I want them to come away from the book knowing how to construct their own ritual to be able to do the work themselves and not just follow ceremony and scripts.

After the commentary and ritual sections, I’m planning on closing the chapter with a minor myth related to the first but pulling things back from head space and ritual space back into story, tying everything back together. And then I’ll have a closing poem bringing it to a close.

The first book is currently slated to contain the following thirteen chapters:

1. Exitium in Initio Ponebatur: An Introduction to Grimr and the Grimoire
2. The Prophet and the Mirror: Through a Mirror Darkly
3. The Priest and the Bridge: Across the Abyss
4. The Poet and the Cauldron: Stillness and Motion and the Inspiration of Change
5. The King and the Wasteland: Sacred and Sacrificial Kingship and the Land
6. The Wanderer and the Mask: A Thousand Frightful Faces
7. The Mistress and the Blade: Hidden Lovers and Thrice Cut Threads
8. The Watchers and the Ten Thousand Things: A Myriad Divisions of Variety and Distraction
9. The Builders and the Compass: The Star Map of Eternity
10. The Weavers and the Threads of Fate: Into the Spider’s Web
11. The Dancers and the Eternal Dance: The Catalyst and The Nexus
12. The Nagara and Everything: Secret Names and the Unity of Illusion
13. Ex nihilo: The Beginning of All Things

I have created a Kickstarter project to raise the necessary money to get the first book written and published. I’m hoping for publication next June (2013) if I can get the writing and footwork done by then. I have not made the Kickstarter project live yet, but hope to in the next week or two. I’m going to attempt to raise $2000 to cover the expenses to get it to press and available as an eBook with the major readers, plus provide some copies and fun items for some of those that contribute to the project. The project will only run for 30 days, and if I don’t reach the $2000 goal, I won’t get any of it to work with, so I’m hoping it brings in enough to make this happen.

FFF,
~Muninn’s Kiss

Reading List

Below is my newest updated reading list.  The official version I will update, in an indexed form, can be found by link at the top of this blog or with any of the following links:
While it is practice that defines a path, tradition, or system, and it cannot be learned from books, but only passed down or experienced, books and other media can provide pointers to practice and can serve as guides or inspiration to find the Truth that must be found alone.  The reading suggestions on this page form a collection of pointers that might help the seeker, student, or practitioner to dig deeper and find the Truth they seek.  This list is mostly non-Grimr sources but contain truth and ideas relevant to Grimr.  All must be taken critically and not taken as necessarily true or complete.  There is a saying in Huna, that not all knowledge is taught in one school.  Use this list to find tidbits and hints to find what you truly seek.
Non-Fiction

The following are called “non-fiction” not because anything in them is true, but because they are no intentionally fiction. There is truth in all things, but also illusion, lapwings, and lies. Always judge for yourself. The following are arranged by category. None are directly Grimr books, but contain truth that will help both those pursuing Grimr and those on different paths. Take what you can, throw out what you can’t, and weigh and judge all. May you find a seed of wisdom in each of these books. Some categories overlap, and I’ve listed the books in multiple categories. The categories reflect my views on the books, not necessarily those of the authors or other readers. In each category, books are sorted by author, series, and date.

American Witchcraft

  • Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess-Worshippers, and Other Pagans in America – Margot Adler
  • Fifty Years in the Feri Tradition – Cora Anderson
  • Thorns of the Blood Rose – Victor H. Anderson
  • Lilith’s Garden – Victor H. Anderson
  • Heart of the Initiate: Feri Lessons – Victor and Cora Anderson
  • Etheric Anatomy: The Three Selves and Astral Travel – Victor H. Anderson, Cora Anderson
  • Evolutionary Witchcraft – T. Thorn Coyle
  • Kissing the Limitless: Deep Magic and the Great Work of Transforming Yourself and the World – T. Thorn Coyle
  • Goddess Initiation: A Practical Celtic Program for Soul-Healing, Self-Fulfillment & Wild Wisdom – Francesca De Grandis
  • Share My Insanity: It Improves Everything – Francesca De Grandis
  • Children of Cain: A Study of Modern Traditional Witches – Michael Howard
  • The White Wand: Ruminations, Meditations, Reflections Toward a Feri Aesthetic – April Niino
  • The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Goddess – Starhawk
  • Truth or Dare: Encounters with Power, Authority, and Mystery – Starhawk
  • The DustBunnies’ Big Damn Handout Volume I – Valerie Walker
Balkan Witchcraft
  • Balkan Traditional Witchcraft – Radomir Ristic, Translated by Michael C. Carter, Jr.
British Isle History
  • Book of Invasions – Anonymous
  • History of the Kings of Britain – Geoffrey of Monmouth
  • Blood & Mistletoe: The History of the Druids in Britain – Ronald Hutton
British Witchcraft
  • Azoetia: A Grimoire of the Sabbatic Craft – Andrew D. Chumbley
  • Qutub. Or, The Point – Andrew D. Chumbley
  • Mysticism: Initiation and Dream – Andrew D. Chumbley
  • The Robert Cochrane Letters: An Insight into Modern Traditional Witchcraft – Robert Cochrane, Evan John Jones
  • Pillars of Tubal Cain- Nigel Jackson, Michael Howard
  • The Book of Fallen Angels- Michael Howard
  • Children of Cain: A Study of Modern Traditional Witches – Michael Howard
  • The Roebuck in the Thicket: An Anthology of Robert Cochrane Witchcraft Tradition – Evan John Jones, Robert Cochrane, Michael Howard
  • The God of the Witches -Margaret Murray
  • Tubelo’s Green Fire: Mythos, Ethos, Female, Male & Priestly Mysteries of the Clan of Tubal Cain – Shani Oates
  • The Star Crossed Serpent Volume I: Origins: Evan John Jones 1966-1998: The Legend of Tubal Cain – Evan John Jones & Shani Oates
  • The Star Crossed Serpent Volume II: The Legacy Continues: Shani Oates 1998-Present: The Legend of Tubal Cain – Shani Oates
  • The Rebirth of Witchcraft – Doreen Valiente
  • Witchcraft: A Tradition Renewed – Doreen Valiente, Evan John Jones
Buddhism and Hinduism
  • Kalachakra Tantra: Rite of Initiation – His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Translated by Jeffrey Hopkins
Celtic Myth and Legend
  • Book of Invasions – Anonymous
  • Blood & Mistletoe: The History of the Druids in Britain – Ronald Hutton
  • The Grail: From Celtic Myth to Christian Symbol – Roger Sherman Loomis
  • The Encyclopaedia of Celtic Myth and Legend: A Definitive Sourcebook of Magic, Vision, and Lore – John and Caitlin Matthews
Ceremonial Magic, Grimoire Tradition,Rosicrucian, Golden Dawn, and Thelema Related
  • 231 Gates of Initiation & The 32 Paths of Wisdom Tarot – Rawn Clark
  • Magic in Theory and Practice – Aleister Crowley 
  • The Book of Lies – Aleister Crowley
  • The Book of Thoth: A Short Essay on the Tarot of the Egyptians, Being the Equinox Volume III No. V – Aleister Crowley
  • The Book of the Law: Liber Al Gel Legis – Aleister Crowley
  • Chicken Qabalah – Lon Milo DuQuette
  • The Lesser Key of Solomon – S. L. MacGregor Matters
  • The Greater Key of Solomon – S. L. MacGregor Matters
  • The Middle Pillar: The Balance Between Mind and Magic – Israel Regardie
Charms and Spells
  • The ABC of Magic Charms – Elizabeth Pepper
Christian Mystics and Mysticism
  • The Cloud of Unknowing – Anonymous
  • The Interior Castle – St. Teresa of Avila
  • The Way of Perfection – St. Teresa of Avila
  • The Life of Saint Teresa of Avila By Herself – St. Teresa of Avila
  • The Dialogue – Catherine of Siena
  • Little Flowers of St. Francis – Brother Ugolino
  • Living with Contradiction: An Introduction to Benedictine Spirituality – Ether de Waal
Cultus Sabbati
  • Azoetia: A Grimoire of the Sabbatic Craft – Andrew D. Chumbley
  • Qutub. Or, The Point – Andrew D. Chumbley
  • Mysticism: Initiation and Dream – Andrew D. Chumbley
The Devil
  • Satan: The Early Christian Tradition – Jeffrey Burton Russell
  • Lucifer: The Devil in the Middle Ages – Jeffrey Burton Russell
  • Mephistopheles: The Devil in the Modern World – Jeffrey Burton Russell
  • The Prince of Darkness: Evil and the Power of Good of History – Jeffrey Burton Russell
Etruscan, Greek, and Roman Myth and History
  • The Golden Bough – James George Frazer
  • The Golden Ass of Apuleius – Translated by Robert Graves
  • Diodorus Siculus: Library of History – Diodorus Siculus
European Heresy, Dissent, and Religious History
  • Miracles and Pilgrims: Popular Beliefs in Medieval England – Ronald C. Finucane
  • Blood & Mistletoe: The History of the Druids in Britain – Ronald Hutton
  • The Return of the Dead: Ghosts, Ancestors, and the Transparent Veil of the Pagan Mind – Claude Lecoiteux
  • The Formation Of A Persecuting Society: Power And Deviance In Western Europe,950-1250– R.I. Moore
  • The Origins of European Dissent – R.I. Moore
  • Inquisition – Edward Peters
  • Dissent and Reform in the Early Middle Ages – Jeffrey Burton Russell
  • Witchcraft in the Middle Ages – Jeffrey Burton Russell
  • Religious Dissent in the Middle Ages – Jeffrey Burton Russell
  • Satan: The Early Christian Tradition – Jeffrey Burton Russell
  • Lucifer: The Devil in the Middle Ages – Jeffrey Burton Russell
  • Mephistopheles: The Devil in the Modern World – Jeffrey Burton Russell
  • The Prince of Darkness: Evil and the Power of Good of History – Jeffrey Burton Russell
  • A History of Medieval Christianity: Prophecy and Order – Jeffrey Burton Russell
  • A History of Witchcraft: Sorcerers, Heretics, Pagans – Jeffrey Burton Russell
  • Dissent and Order in the Middle Ages: The Search for Legitimate Authority – Jeffrey Burton Russell
  • A History of Heaven: The Singing Silence – Jeffrey Burton Russell
  • Paradise Mislaid: How We Lost Heaven and How We Can Regain It – Jeffrey Burton Russell
Faeries and other Hidden People
  • An Encyclopedia of Fairies: Hobgoblins, Brownies, Bogies,  and Other Supernatural Creatures – Katharine Briggs
  • Spirits, Fairies, Leprechauns, and Goblins: An Encyclopedia – Carol Rose
  • A Field Guide to Irish Fairies – Bob Curran
Feri Tradition and Related or Influenced Traditions
  • Fifty Years in the Feri Tradition – Cora Anderson
  • Thorns of the Blood Rose – Victor H. Anderson
  • Lilith’s Garden – Victor H. Anderson
  • Etheric Anatomy: The Three Selves and Astral Travel – Victor H. Anderson, Cora Anderson
  • Heart of the Initiate: Feri Lessons – Victor and Cora Anderson
  • Evolutionary Witchcraft – T. Thorn Coyle
  • Kissing the Limitless: Deep Magic and the Great Work of Transforming Yourself and the World – T. Thorn Coyle
  • Goddess Initiation: A Practical Celtic Program for Soul-Healing, Self-Fulfillment & Wild Wisdom- Francesca De Grandis
  • Share My Insanity: It Improves Everything – Francesca De Grandis
  • The White Wand: Ruminations, Meditations, Reflections Toward a Feri Aesthetic – April Niino
  • The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Goddess – Starhawk
  • Truth or Dare: Encounters with Power, Authority, and Mystery – Starhawk
  • The Dust Bunnies’ Big Damn Handout Volume I – Valerie Walker
Healing, Plants, and Herbalism
  • The Web That Has No Weaver – Ted J. Kaptchuk
  • The Herb Book: The Complete and Authoritative Guide to More than 500 Herbs – John B. Lust
  • Practical Chinese Medicine – Penelope Ody
  • Plants of Life, Plants of Death – Frederick J. Simoons
  • The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy: Over 600 Natural, Non-Toxic and Fragrant Recipes to Create Health, Beauty, A Safe Home Environment – Valerie Ann Worwood
Italian Witchcraft
  • Aradia: Gospel of the Witches -Charles Godfrey Leland
Jewish, Arabic, and Middle Eastern Magic and Traditions
  • Black Book of the Yezidi
  • Sefer Yetzirah: The Book of Creation
  • The Zohar
  • The Jewish Book of Days: A Companion for All Seasons – Jill Hammer
  • Magic that Works: Practical Training for the Children of Light – Frances Harrison, Nineveh Shadrach
  • I Asked For Wonder: A Spiritual Anthology – Abraham Joshua Heschel
  • The Guide for the Perplexed – Moses Maimonides
  • The Kabbalah: The Essential Texts From the Zohar – Bharat Rochlin
  • Tree of Souls: The Mythology of Judaism – Howard Schwartz, Caren Loebel-Fried, Eliot K. Ginsburg
Judaism and the Kabbalah
  • Sefer Yetzirah: The Book of Creation
  • The Zohar
  • The Jewish Book of Days: A Companion for All Seasons – Jill Hammer
  • I Asked For Wonder: A Spiritual Anthology – Abraham Joshua Heschel
  • The Guide for the Perplexed – Moses Maimonides
  • The Kabbalah: The Essential Texts From the Zohar – Bharat Rochlin
  • Tree of Souls: The Mythology of Judaism – Howard Schwartz, Caren Loebel-Fried, Eliot K. Ginsburg
King Arthur, the Grail, and Arthurian Legend
  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight – Anonymous
  • The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Arthurian Legends – Ronan Coghlan
  • The Grail: From Celtic Myth to Christian Symbol – Roger Sherman Loomis
  • The Oxford Guide to Arthurian Literature and Legend – Alan Lupack
  • Le Morte D’Arthur – Thomas Malory
  • The Elements of the Grail Tradition – John Matthews
  • The Faerie Queene – Sir Edmund Spenser
  • Erec and Enide – Chrétien de Troyes
  • Cligès – Chrétien de Troyes
  • Yvain, the Knight of the Lion – Chrétien de Troyes
  • Lancelot, the Knight of the Cart – Chrétien de Troyes
  • Perceval, the Story of the Grail – Chrétien de Troyes
Literary Theory
  • Monster Theory: Reading Culture – Jeffrey Jerome Cohen
Miscellaneous Non-Fiction
  • The Book of Qualities – J. Ruth Gendler
  • Sophia: Goddess of Wisdom – Caitlin Matthews 
  • Stillness Speaks – Eckhart Tolle
Mythology, Faerie Tales, Folk Stories, and Inventive History
  • Book of Invasions – Anonymous
  • Phantoms and Fairies from Norwegian Folklore – Tor Age Bringsvaerd
  • The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Arthurian Legends – Ronan Coghlan
  • A Field Guide to Irish Fairies – Bob Curran
  • Roles of the Northern Goddess – Hilda Ellis Davidson
  • The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion – James George Frazer
  • History of the Kings of Britain – Geoffrey of Monmouth
  • The White Goddess: A Historical Grammar of Poetic Myth – Robert Graves
  • The Golden Ass of Apuleius – Translated by Robert Graves
  • Witches, Werewolves, and Fairies: Shapeshifters and Astral Doubles in the Middle Ages – Claude Lecouteux
  • The Return of the Dead: Ghosts, Ancestors, and the Transparent Veil of the Pagan Mind – Claude Lecoiteux
  • Aradia: Gospel of the Witches -Charles Godfrey Leland
  • The Grail: From Celtic Myth to Christian Symbol – Roger Sherman Loomis
  • The Oxford Guide to Arthurian Literature and Legend – Alan Lupack
  • The Elements of the Grail Tradition – John Matthews
  • The Encyclopaedia of Celtic Myth and Legend: A Definitive Sourcebook of Magic, Vision, and Lore – John and Caitlin Matthews
  • Spirits, Fairies, Leprechauns, and Goblins: An Encyclopedia – Carol Rose
  • The Religion of the Teutons – Pierre Daniel Chantepie de la Saussaye
  • Tree of Souls: The Mythology of Judaism – Howard Schwartz
  • Diodorus Siculus: Library of History – Diodorus Siculus
  • Plants of Life, Plants of Death – Frederick J. Simoons
  • The Poetic Edda – Snorri Sturluson
  • The Prose Edda – Snorri Sturluson
  • Primal Myths: Creation Myths Around the World – Barbara C. Sproul
  • Goddess of the North – Lynda C. Welch
  • Magical Creatures – The Witches’ Almanac, LTD.
Northern European and Asian Shamanism
  • Phantoms and Fairies from Norwegian Folklore – Tor Age Bringsvaerd
  • Shamanism: Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy – Mircea Eliade
  • Witches, Werewolves, and Fairies: Shapeshifters and Astral Doubles in the Middle Ages – Claude Lecouteux
  • Riding Windhorses: A Journey into the Heart of Mongolian Shamanism – Sarangerel
Northern European and Heathen Traditions, Myth, Magic, and Practice
  • Roles of the Northern Goddess – Hilda Ellis Davidson
  • The Elements of the Runes – Bernard King
  • Witches, Werewolves, and Fairies: Shapeshifters and Astral Doubles in the Middle Ages – Claude Lecouteux
  • The Religion of the Teutons – Pierre Daniel Chantepie de la Saussaye
  • The Poetic Edda – Snorri Sturluson
  • The Prose Edda – Snorri Sturluson
  • Northern Magic: Rune Mysteries and Shamanism – Edred Thorsson
Possession
  • Drawing Down the Spirits: The Traditions and Techniques of Spirit Possession – Kenaz Filan, Raven Kaldera
Robert Cochrane, Clan of Tubal Cain, and Related or Influenced Traditions
  • The Robert Cochrane Letters: An Insight into Modern Traditional Witchcraft – Robert Cochrane, Evan John Jones
  • The Roebuck in the Thicket: An Anthology of Robert Cochrane Witchcraft Tradition – Evan John Jones, Robert Cochrane, Michael Howard
  • Tubelo’s Green Fire: Mythos, Ethos, Female, Male & Priestly Mysteries of the Clan of Tubal Cain – Shani Oates
  • The Star Crossed Serpent Volume I: Origins: Evan John Jones 1966-1998: The Legend of Tubal Cain – Evan John Jones & Shani Oates
  • The Star Crossed Serpent Volume II: The Legacy Continues: Shani Oates 1998-Present: The Legend of Tubal Cain – Shani Oates
Saints, Sages, Hermits, and Other Figures
  • Encyclopedia of Mystics, Saints, and Sages: A Guide to Asking for Protection, Wealth, Happiness, and Everything Else! – Judika Illes
Taoism, Chinese Folk Religion and Practice, and East Asian Thought and History
  • I Ching – Anonymous
  • The Web That Has No Weaver – Ted J. Kaptchuk
  • The Elements of Feng Shui – Man-Ho Kwok, Joanne O’Brien
  • Practical Chinese Medicine – Penelope Ody
  • Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai – Yamamoto Tsunetomo
  • Tao Te Ching – Lao Tzu
  • The Art of War – Sun Tzu
Traditional Witchcraft and Witchcraft History
  • Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess-Worshippers, and Other Pagans in America – Margot Adler
  • Fifty Years in the Feri Tradition – Cora Anderson
  • Heart of the Initiate: Feri Lessons – Victor and Cora Anderson
  • The Robert Cochrane Letters: An Insight into Modern Traditional Witchcraft – Robert Cochrane, Evan John Jones
  • Magic and Witchcraft: From Shamanism to the Technopagans – Nevill Drury
  • The Book of Fallen Angels – Michael Howard
  • Children of Cain: A Study of Modern Traditional Witches – Michael Howard
  • Pillars of Tubal Cain – Nigel Jackson, Michael Howard
  • Triumph of the Moon: A History of Modern Pagan Witchcraft – Ronald Hutton
  • Masks of Misrule: The Horned God & His Cult in Europe – Nigel Jackson
  • Witches, Werewolves, and Fairies: Shapeshifters and Astral Doubles in the Middle Ages – Claude Lecouteux
  • Aradia: Gospel of the Witches -Charles Godfrey Leland
  • The God of the Witches -Margaret Murray
  • Balkan Traditional Witchcraft – Radomir Ristic, Translated by Michael C. Carter, Jr.
  • Witchcraft in the Middle Ages – Jeffrey Burton Russell
  • A History of Witchcraft: Sorcerers, Heretics, Pagans – Jeffrey Burton Russell and Brooks Alexander
  • The Rebirth of Witchcraft – Doreen Valiente
  • Witchcraft: A Tradition Renewed – Doreen Valiente, Evan John Jones
War, Martial Thought, and Fighting
  • Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai – Yamamoto Tsunetomo
  • The Art of War – Sun Tzu

Poetry

Victor Anderson once said, “White magic is poetry, black magic is anything that works,” and “Every poem is a love letter to the Goddess.” Poetry is the language of the soul, or ritual, of magic. It speaks on a deeper level than prose does, and can say things that can’t be put into words any other way.

  • Thorns of the Blood Rose – Victor H. Anderson
  • Lilith’s Garden – Victor H. Anderson
  • Azoetia: A Grimoire of the Sabbatic Craft – Andrew D. Chumbley
  • Qutub. Or, The Point – Andrew D. Chumbley
  • The Faerie Queene – Sir Edmund Spenser

Fiction

Not all stories are false, not all tales are lies. The following are considered fiction because they were written as fiction, not because the are not true, or true for that matter. These is truth in all things. Read them as fiction, but look for the truth underneath. I have grouped them in categories, then sorted them by author then series. The books listed aren’t the only good ones by these authors, but are the ones I see truth in relating to Grimr. My he who has eyes see and she who has ears hear.

Fantasy

Anne Bishop

  • Daughter of the Blood
  • Heir to the Shadows
  • Queen of Darkness
  • The Invisible Ring
  • Dreams Made Flesh
  • Tangled Webs
  • The Shadow Queen
  • Shalador’s Lady
  • Twilight’s Dawn
  • The Pillars of the World
  • Shadows and Light
  • The House of Gaian
  • Sebastian
  • Belladonna
  • The Voice: An Ephernera Novella
  • Bridge of Dreams
Steven Brust
  • Jhereg
  • Yendi
  • Teckla
  • Taltos
  • Phoenix
  • Athyra
  • Orca
  • Dragon
  • Issola
  • Dzur
  • Jhegaala
  • Iorich
  • Tiassa
  • Broken Down Palace
  • To Reign in Hell
Lewis Carroll
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
  • Through the Looking Glass
David Eddings
  • The Diamond Throne
  • The Ruby Knight
  • The Sapphire Rose
  • Domes of Fire
  • The Shining Ones
  • The Hidden City
Lyndon Hardy
  • Master of the Five Magics
  • Secret of the Sixth Magic
  • Riddle of the Seven Realms
Robin Hobb
  • Assassin’s Apprentice
  • Royal Assassin
  • Assassin’s Quest
  • Ship of Magic
  • The Mad Ship
  • Ship of Destiny
  • Fool’s Errand
  • Golden Fool
  • Fool’s Fate
  • Dragon Keeper
  • Dragon Haven
  • City of Dragons
  • Blood of Dragons
Nancy Springer
  • The Book of Suns
  • The White Hart
  • The Silver Sun
  • The Sable Moon
  • The Black Beast
  • The Golden Swan
  • Chance and Other Gestures of the Hand of Fate
King Arthur, Grail, and Arthurian Legend

Stephen R. Lawhead

  • Taleisen
  • Merlin
  • Arthur
  • Pendragon
  • Grail
  • Avalon: the Return of King Arthur
Nancy Springer
  • I am Mordred
  • I am Morgan le Fay
Mary Stewart
  • The Crystal Cave
  • The Hollow Hills
  • The Last Enchantment
  • The Wicked Day
  • The Prince and the Pilgrim
T.H. White
  • The Once and Future King
  • The Book of Merlyn
Celtic Myth and Legend

Lloyd Alexander

  • The Book of Three
  • The Black Cauldron
  • The Castle of Llyr
  • Taran Wanderer
  • The High King
Stephen R. Lawhead
  • The Paradise War
  • The Silver Hand
  • The Endless Knot
  • The Iron Lance
  • The Black Rood
  • The Mystic Rose
Robin Hood Legend

Stephen R. Lawhead

  • Hood
  • Scarlet
  • Tuck
Modern Day

Hal Duncan

  • Vellum
  • Ink
Neil Gaiman
  • American Gods
John Twelve Hawks
  • The Traveler
  • The Dark River
  • The Golden City
Mythology, Faerie Tales, Folk Stories, and Inventive History
  • The Complete Brother Grimm Fairy Tales
  • One Thousand and One Arabian Nights
  • Aesop’s Fables
  • Andersen’s Fairy Tales
Graphic Novels
  • The Sandman – Neil Gaiman
  • Promethea – Alan Moore, J.H. Williams III, Mick Gray

Magazines and Periodicals

Magazines and periodicals of course vary from books in that they are on going, not one time projects. Because of this on going nature, they can address more topics within the stated subject. The following are magazines or periodicals that have had presented articles in the past that were interesting or helpful in context of Grimr.

Blogs and Website Articles

In this information age, many good books are available that would never have been published fifty years ago.  But there are a lot of rotten books, books that are lapwings leading you away from the Truth.  This is doubly true on the Internet where anyone with access to a computer can commit their thought or ideas where the whole world can read them.  You have to be careful and separate the crap from the good stuff.  Usually, the best thing is to use the Internet to point you in the direction of more verifiable sources, or go out and do the work yourself.  However, there are articles and blogs on the Internet worth while reading, that can lead you to Truth. The following are a few.  Some of these are my own, but most are other people’s.  Some are no longer updated, but include good information.

Articles and Websites with Articles


Blogs
Forums and Online Communities
Online Texts
Shops and Businesses
Traditions and Paths

Movies, Videos, and Television

Not only written media is valuable and helpful, but other mediums as well, including film. The following are movies, videos, television shows, and other types of films that contain truth, elements, or ideas relevant to Grimr, in alphabetical order.

  • 12 Monkeys (1995)
  • The 13th Floor (1999)
  • 13th Warrior (1999)
  • Alice (Miniseries 2009)
  • Alice in Wonderland (Disney Animated 1951)
  • Alice in Wonderland (2010)
  • Brave (Disney Animated 2012)
  • The Brothers Grimm (2005)
  • Caroline(Animated 2009)
  • Chronicles of Riddick (2004)
  • Dark Crystal (1982)
  • Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (2010)
  • Kung Fu Panda (Animated 2008)
  • Labyrinth (1986)
  • Lady in the Water (2006)
  • Legend (1985)
  • The Order (2003)
  • Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)
  • Sword in the Stone (Disney Animated 1963)
  • Tangled (Disney Animated 2010)