books I read
There has been so much going on with me since Jan 1st that I think it might take 4 or 5 blog posts just to get it all said! I don’t even know where to begin. I guess I’ll start with The Lord of the Rings – because this is the background for the stuff I’ve been excited about and doing since the New Year began.
I absolutely love that story! I first read it in 1969. And I can remember that my family was huddled around the TV or the Radio, I’m not sure which. They were all excited because this was the day that Neil Armstrong, aboard the Apollo 11 Lunar Lander, along with Buzz Aldrin, touched down on the surface of the moon. What was I doing? I was reading The Lord of the Rings. Frodo and Sam were just begining the treck through the swamp with Gollum leading the way. My dad was really aggravated with me because I was not the least bit excited that the “Eagle had Landed”.
I did pull myself away from the book long enough to hear those famous words, “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” And then I was back in Middle Earth. We were doing a lot of traveling at the time, driving from Florida to Michigan and back again, and when we drove through wooded areas, I was convinced that I could see the places where hobbits and elves still lived. The secret magical places in forests and near streams called to me.
When I finished the last book, I turned right around and started reading them again. And then, I read it again.
Years later, when the Fellowship of the Ring came out, I went to see it at the theater with a friend of mine. It was terribly disconcerting having it just stop in the middle of the story. And on the way home, I found myself falling into a terrible funk because my life seemed so ordinary and so boring and so NOT adventurous or interesting in any way, shape, or form. I decided it might even be better for me to NEVER see another fantasy movie ever again – since none of it was real anyway and that was just going to upset me. I didn’t watch another fantasy movie for more than a year. I didn’t go and see the rest of the Trilogy when it came out. I didn’t read the book, or even think about it for quite a long time.
And then, during one of my darkest moments, when I was going through what could really be described as a journey through Mordor, the most amazing thing happened. Gandalf stepped in and changed my life.
By the way: This post was migrated from my blogger blog (shirleytwofeathers.blogspot.com) and was first published almost exactly 9 years ago, on 1/08/08.
From The Astrarium, here is a great list of books about one of my favorite deities. Hekate has been revered throughout many cultures and many ages and has worked with many different practitioners and worshipers in various guises. One of the best ways to connect with a deity and begin honoring them is to heavily research their history. Below is my best attempt to give devotees and those who are new to this goddess, a wider perspective of Her throughout the ages. The following books range from classical texts & legends, scholarly writings, modern perspectives to coloring books devoted or heavily focused upon Hekate. Discover the Hellenic & Classical Hekate, The Wiccan Hecate, The Chaldean Hekate Soteira, the Luciferian Hecate, the Hecate of Macbeth and more. I hope that this is helpful. Feel a crucial book is missing? Please mention it in the comments below. Feel a crucial book is missing? Please mention it in the comments below.
- The Aeneid – Virgil
- Arcana Mundi: Magic and the Occult in the Greek and Roman Worlds: A Collection of Ancient Texts – Georg Luck
- Bearing Torches: A Devotional Anthology for Hekate – Bibliotheca Alexandrina
- Book of the Witch Moon – Michael W. Ford
- The Chaldean Oracles: Text, Translation and Commentary – Ruth Majercik
- Crossroads: The Path of Hecate – Greg Crowfoot
- Curse Tablets and Binding Spells from the Ancient World – John G. Gager
- The Goddess Hekate – Stephen Ronan
- Hekate: Die dunkle Göttin – Geschichte & Gegenwart (German Edition) – Thomas Lautwein
- Hecatean Magick – B. Morlan
- Hecate: Death, Transition and Spiritual Mastery – Jade Sol Luna
- Hecate II: The Awakening of Hydra – Jade Sol Luna
- Hecate – The Witches’ Goddess – Gary R. Varner
- Hekate Her Sacred Fires: Exploring the Mysteries of the Torchbearing Goddess of the Crossroads – Sorita d’Este
- Hekate in Ancient Greek Religion – Ilmo Robert Von Rudloff
- HEKATE: Keys to the Crossroads – A collection of personal essays, invocations, rituals, recipes and artwork from modern Witches, Priestesses and … Goddess of Witchcraft, Magick and Sorcery. – Sorita D’Este
- Hekate Liminal Rites: A Study of the rituals, magic and symbols of the torch-bearing Triple Goddess of the Crossroads – Sorita d’Este
- Hekate Soteira: A Study of Hekate’s Roles in the Chaldean Oracles and Related Literature – Sarah Iles Johnston
- The Homeric Hymn to Demeter: Translation, Commentary, and Interpretative Essays – Helene P. Foley
- Knowing Hekate: A Spiritual Coloring Experience – Sara Croft
- Lunatik Witchcraft – Shay Skepevski
- Macbeth – William Shakespeare
- Magic, Witchcraft and Ghosts in the Greek and Roman Worlds: A Sourcebook – Daniel Ogden
- Magika Hiera: Ancient Greek Magic and Religion – Christopher A. Faraone
- Mantike: Studies in Ancient Divination – Sarah Iles Johnston
- The Metamorphoses of Ovid – Ovid
- The Orphic Hymns – Orpheus
- A Paean for Hekate – Shani Oates
- Pagan Portals: Hekate: A Devotional – Vivienne Moss
- Protection and Reversal Magick – Jason Miller
- Queen of Hell – Mark Alan Smith
- Restless Dead: Encounters Between the Living and the Dead in Ancient Greece – Sarah Iles Johnston
- The Rotting Goddess: The Origin of the Witch in Classical Antiquity – Jacob Rabinowitz
- The Temple of Hekate – Exploring The Goddess Hekate Through Ritual, Meditation And Divination – Tara Sanchez
- Thracian Magic: Past and Present – Georgi Mishev
- The Voyage of Argo: The Argonautica – Apollonius of Rhodes
I do have some of these… but wowsers… my Amazon wish list just got a lot longer!
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