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The Highs and Lows of Magic: A Look at the Terms High Magic and Low Magic and Their Usefulness as Labels

There are two terms tossed around a lot in the occult, esoteric, and pagan communities, sometimes with derision, sometimes in an attempt to explain differences. Sometimes they are used descriptively, to define what is observed, sometimes prescriptively, to try to force a designation and discourage the practice of one or the other. As with all labels, these terms can be restrictive or insulting if used that way, or useful in understanding used a different way. While I discourage the use of any label to restrict or insult another, I find labels useful if they are used to better understand the subject without restricting it. You get a bit of the wave or particle issue in quantum physics. Can you apply the label without changing that which you are applying it to? Can you observe that which you are labeling without changing it?

For a label to be useful, we must first understand the label itself. What is meant by it? The labels in question here are High Magic and Low Magic. What do we mean by them? They can also be called Superior Magic and Inferior Magic, but these terms have even more loaded meaning due to current understanding of the terms. Superior means “above”, inferior “below”. These have taking a meaning of above or below in value or in social power or in strength, but this was not the original meaning. I’d point out a maximum used often at both ends of the spectrum. “As above, so below, as below, so above.” High Magic and Low Magic are different in form, and often in goal, but not in essence, not in principle.

The meanings have changed since the original usage. High/superior does not necessarily mean better or more advanced, nor low/inferior mean lesser or more savage. Those meanings can be blamed on the Victorians. Consider a similar pair of terms (and actually having the same meaning as here), High Church and Low Church.

High Church (n)
(Christianity / Anglicanism) the party or movement within the Church of England stressing continuity with Catholic Christendom, the authority of bishops, and the importance of sacraments, rituals, and ceremonies

Low Church (n)
A group in the Anglican Church that minimizes the episcopacy, priesthood, and sacraments and favors evangelical doctrines, polity, and usages.

Basically, High Church is religion focused around set ritual and ceremony, with a priesthood and hierarchy. Low Church is religion minimizing those aspects, more ab lib and unstructured, more focus on the laity and non-ritualized worship.

Same goes for High Magic and Low Magic. High Magic is ceremonial magic, with set ritual and form, passed down through structured teaching. Low Magic is the more non-structured folk magic.

Another similar set of terms is High Fantasy and Low Fantasy. High Fantasy is a fantasy sub-genre where the events or characters can’t exist in what is considered the laws of physics in our world. Elements like magic, dragons, elves, etc. Lord of the Rings is High Fantasy, as are the Mists of Avalon. Low Fantasy is fantasy that fits within the “real world”, usually historical with minimized supernatural elements. Both Mary Stewart’s Merlin books and Stephen Lawhead’s King Arthur series are closer to the Low Fantasy end of the spectrum. I’m not saying High Magic is impossible fantasy. High Fantasy is more airy, Low Fantasy more earthy. High Fantasy typically uses the fantastic elements to facilitate the story, like High Magic and High Church using ritual to facilitate the worship or magic (and there’s a fine line there), often focusing on inner transformation and more abstract gains and goals. Low Fantasy typically relies less on the fantastic and more on the day-to-day of living, like Low Magic and Low Church rely more of folk belief and practice, more on magic or religion for addressing mundane needs.

High Magic is an expression of ritual form and hierarchy, not a value judgement. Low Magic is an expression of more every-day and less ritualistic practice, not a value judgement. While many might use them as judgement, they are useful designators of two ends of a spectrum of form within magic and occult and esoteric practice.

FFF,
~Muninn’s Kiss

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Posted by on September 25, 2013 in muninnskiss

 

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Craft of All Crafts

Plato talked of what he called the World of the Forms. Unlike Aristotle, who would say a chair (or whatever item you choose) is called a chair and is recognizable as a chair because it is the essence of chairness, that it’s very existence makes it what it is, Plato would say we recognize it as a chair because it is modeled after the ideal chair in the World of the Forms. We recognize it as a chair based recognizing it for something following the plan for what a chair should be.

Both these viewpoints have merit, and both can be seen as simultaneously true if you can grasp paradox. Aristotle’s chair is a very real, physical chair, concrete and tangible. Plato’s chair is a reflection, an image, an illusion you could say. Seen together, you get the model of most esoteric understandings of the universe, from the Hindu Maya, the Dream, to the Taoist Yin and Yang out of Tao and Te, from the Kabbalist upper and lower heavens and earths, and the Sepherot and Qippot, to the Celtic world and otherworld.

These themes run strong in many forms of traditional witchcraft, but especially in Grimr. While some take on only Plato’s view, seeing the material world as an illusion to be rejected, others take on Aristotle’s view, seeing the otherworld as within us, to teach us about the outer world which is the only reality. Grimr holds Plato’s and Aristotle’s views in paradox. In some ways, the material world is an illusion, a reflection of worlds beyond, seen through a mirror darkly. In other ways, the material is very real, and any rejection of it is embracing illusion and moving away from Truth. For the separation of the worlds is the true illusion, and the Threads stretch through all worlds and the Tree and River and Web reach in both directions.

Looking at Plato’s view more closely, specifically in the context of what is often called the Craft, we see a pattern take form. It is significant that it almost seems each medieval craft had mystic and esoteric teachings and practice as part of their guilds and societies.

We see, most significantly and surviving, the Freemasons. There was a time it was made up of actual stone masons performing their trade, though it’s more often symbolic and esoteric masonry today. The esoteric secrets and understandings are crouched in stone mason terminology and techniques, and the legends and myths are set in this context.

Another often commented on example is the Horsemen’s Word, primarily in Scotland, which was strong and thriving from all evidence around the time of the turn of the 1900s, but has since died out. There are some surviving accounts and descriptions pointing to an esoteric tradition of Cainite nature focused around horses and their training and care.

Smiths were thought to be magical in their craft, turning raw metal into weapons and tools and other useful forms. It’s no coincidence that many cultures had smithing gods and goddesses. Smiths were treated with awe ranging from respect to fear. There’s some evidence of lore passed down master to apprentice in at least some cases that went beyond just the practical elements of their craft.

Weavers have always been associated with Fate, most cultures having weaver and weaving gods and goddesses who were usually tied to Fate or Destiny in some way. In most of the Middles Ages, and also outside that era depending on location, weaving was a male profession. Weavers seemed to have had a similar awe as smiths in many places, transforming plants into cloth and clothes, something people depended on as much as what the smith created. But the respect seems less, and the fear closer to distrust. In many areas, weavers were trusted about as much as gypsies, in other words not much. There seems to have also been esoteric lore related to weaving passed down.

You see similar things with potters, with sailors, with tinkers. Each skilled profession, each group that can be called a craft, seems to have had their lore and myth and secrets, specific to their craft. There’s a saying in Hawaii, ‘a’ohe pau ka ‘ike i ia hā lau ho’okahi, all knowledge is not taught in one shed. Each craft, each profession, teaches that which relates to their field, their understanding, their craft. The truths shown in how a thread is spun are meaningless to a mason, and a weaver knows nothing of plumbing a wall.

To come back to Plato’s idea, each of these professions, each of these crafts, reflects the ideal Craft in the World of the Forms. Each is made after the original, but none can fully capture that original, for they are but reflections. The ideal Craft, the perfect Craft, can be seen through each craft, they can each teach part of it, but none are the Craft, the Craft of all crafts.

There’s a reason witchcraft is so hard to define. A mason works with stone. A carpenter works with wood. A smith works with metal. I weaver works with thread and twine. A husbandman works with animals. But what does a witch work with? Power? Energy? Spirits? Fate? It can’t be defined because it’s not a simple craft, it is the Craft, the Craft of all crafts, that which all other crafts flow out of and are a reflection of.

We don’t practice a craft. We practice THE Craft. The Craft of all crafts.

FFF,
~Muninn’s Kiss

 
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Posted by on December 16, 2012 in muninnskiss

 

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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)
 
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Posted by on September 23, 2012 in muninnskiss

 

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Tomes of Lore, Grimoires of Wisdom

Off and on over the last few years, I’ve posted book reviews and book related posts on various blogs.  They have always been mixed in with my other posts, just as my poetry often was.  A little over a year ago, I moved my poetry posting to Muninn’s Laughter, to have it all in one place.  I’ve now done so with my esoteric book related posts as well.  I have imported the posts I have of that nature from both Blogger and LiveJournal, and plan to post more reviews and book related posts in the future.  The new blog is Tomes of Lore, Grimoires of Wisdom.

For reference, here are my blogs and webpages:

Across the Abyss (General):
http://muninnskiss.grimr.org (Blogger)
https://muninnskiss.wordpress.com (WordPress – Mirror of Blogger)
http://muninnskiss.livejournal.com (LiveJournal – Try to post everything here)
http://muninnskiss.tumblr.com (Tumblr – Miscellaneous)
http://tradwitch.com/component/option,com_myblog/blogger,muninnskiss/Itemid,38/ (Blog on The Traditionalist Witches Companion)

Muninns’s Laughter ( Esoteric Poetry):
http://muninnslaughter.grimr.org (Blogger)
http://muninnslaughter.wordpress.com (WordPress – Mirror of Blogger)
http://muninnslaughter.tumblr.com (Tumblr – Mirror of Blogger)
http://hellopoetry.com/-muninns-kiss/ (Hello Poetry – Mirror of Blogger)

Tomes of Lore, Grimoires of Wisdom (Esoteric Books):
http://tomesoflore.grimr.org (Blogger)
http://grimoiresofwisdom.wordpress.com (WordPress – Mirror of Blogger)

Social:
http://www.facebook.com/muninnskiss (Facebook)
http://twitter.com/muninnskiss (Twitter)

Grimr:
http://www.grimr.org (Homepage)
http://www.facebook.com/Grimr.org (Facebook)
http://www.despoena.org (Home of Arcadian Mysteries)

FFF,
~Muninn’s Kiss

 
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Posted by on June 27, 2012 in muninnskiss

 

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