Pantheon - The Norse
Getting to know Norse Heathenry and its Gods and Goddesses
Pantheon - The Norse explores the beliefs and practices found within Heathenry including a look at cosmology and various celebrations. It also discusses the gods and spirits that are acknowledged within the belief system giving brief descriptions of each and how they were and are understood. Designed as an introduction to the Norse pantheon, this book will guide beginners into a basic understanding of the beliefs and offer further suggested resources for those who want to dive deeper.
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"The Norse pantheon comes alive in this edifying introduction to heathenry by Daimler (Odin). The author, a witch, offers an overview of the gods, history, and beliefs of Norse heathen mythology, including the immense tree Yggdrasil that holds up the nine worlds; Ragnarök, the prophesied end of the world; and “wyrd,” a concept roughly equivalent to fate. The author notes that, though “heathenry is a diverse spiritual movement” and religious rituals are flexible among practitioners, all rituals involve reciprocity in honoring the gods and providing offerings: “Things should be in balance and... therefore a gift requires a gift in return.” Encyclopedic descriptions provide background on the many gods known collectively as the Aesir and on related spirits, such as the Valkyries that transport dead warriors to Valhalla and the Norns that influence one’s luck. The author also advises on how to live out heathenry’s values, suggesting that one act with honor, learn about one’s ancestors, and devote a place in one’s home to praising the gods. Daimler does a commendable job of covering key concepts with the verve of a hip professor, though some may be disappointed by the brevity of her treatment of modern heathenry. Newcomers to the tradition would do well to start here." ~ Publishers Weekly
This book represents heathenry and its core beliefs with as much scholarship as it can muster - a smooth read, with clear prose. ~ Patricia Lafayllve, author of Freya, Lady, Vanadis and A Practical Heathen's Guide to Asatru
“I’ve always been fascinated with Norse myth and legend, and though it doesn’t form a part of my faith, I’ve read numerous books and articles and worked with many folks who revere the Norse deities and beings. Within the first chapter of Morgan’s book, I learned half a dozen things I had no idea about! Learning about the varying ways different cultures were impacted and transformed by invasion was eye-opening for me, as there were aspects of this I simply hadn’t considered before. Beyond this, Morgan explores deity and mythology in an inclusive and highly informative manner, teaching the reader how to avoid bias in modern material whilst carefully explaining how modern Heathenry is practiced in the form of rituals, festivals, prayer and more. Morgan has managed to create the ideal beginner’s volume for anyone wanting to explore the Norse pantheon or Heathenry, but also a fantastic reference source and check-in point for seasoned practitioners.” ~ Mabh Savage, author of Pagan Pages: Celtic Witchcraft and Practically Pagan: An Alternative Guide to Planet Friendly Living
“Pantheons - the Norse” by Morgan Daimler is the book I wished I had when I was first meeting the Norse gods. Not only does this serve to bring a foundation to the reader, but the balance between personal experience and academic sources helps it feel welcoming to someone beginning to explore this pantheon. It’s amazing how Daimler brought together so many resources and magic in a way that is inviting and accessible. Highly recommended and highly enjoyable." ~ -Irisanya Moon, Author of several Moon Books Pagan Portals titles: Reclaiming Witchcraft, Aphrodite: Goddess of Love & Beauty & Initiation, and Iris:
Pantheons – The Norse by Morgan Daimler is far more than just a simple list of gods and goddesses. Well-researched and clearly worded, as we have come to expect from Daimler, this book offers a comprehensive entry into the world of modern Norse Paganism in its many varieties. Drawing on vital primary source documents, easy-to-understand explanations of the mythos, cosmology, and worldview provide the necessary background for the information about ancient and modern ritual practices, values, and manners. Then follows an insightful dive into the Aesir, Vanir, Giants, and other spirits and beings associated with the Norse traditions, some of whom the reader may find new and fascinating. The suggested reading list and extensive bibliography offer the reader a helpful way to continue their exploration. Altogether, Pantheons – The Norse is a thorough introduction and a valuable resource for anyone who is interested in exploring and practicing modern Norse Paganism. ~ Laura Perry, author of Ariadne’s Thread: Awakening the Wonders of the Ancient Minoans in Our Modern Lives
'It can be hard for newcomers to find their footing in modern Heathenry! The learning curve is steep and it can be all too easy for a new Heathen to inadvertently step on one of the many fault lines in modern Heathen communities. In Pantheon: The Norse, Morgan Daimler boils down key concepts in a balanced and nuanced way, providing both a solid overview of modern Heathenry as well as insider knowledge for the newcomer to help them avoid the most troublesome fault lines. ' ~ Cat Heath, author of 'Elves, Witches and Gods: Spinning Old Heathen Magic in the Modern Day'
"Morgan Daimler's new addition to the Pantheon series is the perfect introduction for those wishing to explore the rich religious landscape of the Norse tradition. Like Odin's eight-legged stead, Sleipnir, Daimler carries readers across the many realms of Norse religious belief and practice, paying visits to the numerous Gods and spirits who populate the nine worlds of Norse cosmology. This book strikes the balance between providing a concise overview for new-comers to Norse Paganism and offering intriguing insights that invite readers to delve in deeper. As such, this is an accessible and well-informed guide which will appeal to those seeking to learn more about the Norse tradition." ~ Olivia Church, author of Pagan Portals - Isis: Great of Magic, She of 10,000 Names