I have had several questions about what I read and listen to while studying my Path. Who do I turn to with questions and concerns? My Path can be a bit of a mix, a focus of Norse Wicca with Pagan, Agnostic and Universalist undertones. Not to forget the strict Roman Catholic childhood raising and parents. So that makes answering this question not so straight forward.
I do have a Spiritual Director and a local CUUPS chapter to attend. Also within a few hours' drive there are several covens and groves with some great people. Many of which also have facebook pages, blogs and podcasts. Since many readers like a list, I started with reviewing past posts and some of the people I have mentioned before. And then I looked at my playlist and bookshelf. The list quickly became very long and out of control.
The list was cut down to thirty-six: a mix of authors, musicians, priests, elders, poets and priestess; with a background in Norse Wicca, Asatru, Pagan, Native American, Agnostic, Unitarian Universalist and Witchcraft.
Thirty-six people of a wide mix should help anyone start their notes to do more research. Some people have been very influential and others have been more challenging. But all will get you thinking about your Path, values and actions.
Alaric Albertsson (Author) is a founding member of Earendel Hearth and was on the Board of Directors of the Heartland Spiritual Alliance. He is currently a member of a Druidic organization and serves as the Anglo-Saxon Vice Chieftain for a Germanic kin. Albertsson's personal spiritual practice has developed as a synthesis of Anglo-Saxon tradition, country folklore, herbal studies and rune lore.
Aleister Crowley (1875 – 1947) was an English occultist, ceremonial magician, poet, painter, novelist and mountaineer. He was responsible for founding the order Ordo Templi Orientis and philosophy of Thelema. Crowley's thought was not always cohesive, and was influenced by a variety of sources, ranging from Eastern Religious movements and practices like Hindu yoga and Buddhism, scientific naturalism, and various currents within Western esotericism, among them ceremonial magic, alchemy, astrology, Rosicrucianism, Kabbalah and the Tarot.
Alexander Rud Mills (1885 – 1964) was a prominent Australian Odinist and one of the earliest proponents of the rebirth of Germanic Neo-Paganism in the 20th century. He was a published author, lecturer and Barrister. He founded the First Anglecyn Church of Odin in Melbourne in 1936. He was also known by the pen-name Tasman Forth.
Audra Davis (High Priestess) is the proud mother of three children and the grandmother of many (most not biologically hers). She has been a member of PCCO since 1991 and a practicing Witch almost her entire life. She is the founder and leader of the Norse Wiccan Community Church, based in Columbus, Ohio.
|Lady Audra, Selena Fox and Lillie|
Black Hawk (1767 – 1838) was a war leader and warrior of the Sauk Native American tribe in what is now the Midwest of the United States. Although he had inherited an important historic medicine bundle from his father, he was not a hereditary Chief. Black Hawk earned his status as a war Chief by his actions: leading raiding and war parties as a young man and a band of Sauk warriors during the Black Hawk War of 1832.
Carl Llewellyn Weschcke (Wiccan Priest) is the owner of Llewellyn Worldwide (formerly Llewellyn Publications) since 1961. He received nationwide media attention when he bought the supposedly haunted Summit Avenue Mansion and claimed to have 'numerous odd experiences' there. Llewellyn has been the largest and most influential New Age/Pagan publishing house for the last couple of decades, and continues to release important and popular work.
Carol Queen (Author) is an American author, editor, sociologist and sexologist active in the sex-positive feminism movement. Queen has written on human sexuality and a sex tutorial, as well as erotica. She has produced adult movies, events, workshops and lectures. Queen identifies as a bisexual and a Wiccan.
Deanna "DJ" Conway (Author) is a non-fiction author of books in the field of magic, Wicca, Druidism, shamanism, metaphysics and the occult and the author of three fantasy novels. Born in Oregon to a family of Irish, Germanic and Native American descent, she has been studying the occult and Pagan religion for over thirty years. In 1998 she was voted Best Wiccan and New Age author.
Doreen Edith Dominy Valiente (1922 – 1999), who also went under the craft name Ameth, was an influential English Wiccan who was involved in a number of different early traditions. Responsible for writing much of the early Gardnerian religious liturgy, in later years she also helped to play a big part in bringing the Neo-Pagan religion of Wicca to wider public attention through the publication of a string of books on the subject. Having had a significant influence in the history of Wicca, she has been referred to as 'the mother of modern Witchcraft' and today is widely revered in the Wiccan and wider Neo-Pagan community.
Eoghan Odinsson (Author) is an award winning journalist and author. Graduating from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland with his Masters of Science degree, he subsequently taught for the University and was a dissertation advisor for graduate students. In addition to his academic background, Eoghan also holds a Black Belt in Shito-Ryu Karate and has taught Martial Arts in Canada and the USA.
Eric of Good Harvests
Eric Arsall (10th century, Old Norse: Eiríkr hinn ársæli), was a semi-historical King of Sweden. His byname indicates that the harvests during his reign were good. The 13th-century historian Snorri Sturluson wrote in the Heimskringla that Blot-Sweyn and Eric had renounced Christianity and still ruled a largely Pagan Sweden. But by the end, he became the last Pagan King in Scandinavia.
Erik the Red
Erik Thorvaldsson (950 – 1003, Old Norse: Eiríkr Þorvaldsson), known as Erik the Red, is remembered in medieval and Icelandic saga sources as having founded the first Norse settlement in Greenland. Erik the Red's Saga reveals a casual reading along with the conversions of Nordic to Christianity. Personally, I love the line in it about a pregnant woman who snatched up a sword and smacked it, freighting the natives into running away; Viking woman are not to be messed with.
William Frederick "Fred" Durst (Musician) is an American musician and film director from Florida. He spent his formative years playing in a number of local bands and working as a tattoo artist for financial support. Durst is best known as the vocalist of the multi-platinum nu metal band Limp Bizkit, formed in 1994, with which he has released six studio albums. He was raised Wiccan.
Galina Krasskova (Author) is a Heathen and has been a priestess of Odin and Loki since the early nineties. An experienced diviner, ordeal master, and conjure woman, her primary interests are in restoring Heathenry as an indigenous religion, developing a thriving ancestor culture, devotional work, and the reconstruction of Northern Tradition shamanism. Her book The Whisperings of Woden was the landmark first devotional text to be written in modern Heathenry.
Gerald Brosseau Gardner (1884 – 1964), also known by the craft name Scire, was an English Wiccan, as well as an author and an amateur anthropologist and archaeologist. He was instrumental in bringing the Contemporary Pagan religion of Wicca to public attention. He decided to revive Wicca, supplementing the coven's rituals with ideas borrowed from Freemasonry, ceremonial magic and the writings of Aleister Crowley to form the Gardnerian tradition of Wicca. Gardner is internationally recognized as the 'Father of Wicca' among the Pagan and occult communities.
Henry David Thoreau (1817 – 1862) was an American author, poet, philosopher, abolitionist, naturalist, surveyor, historian, and leading transcendentalist. He is best known for his book Walden, a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings. Echoing this belief, he went on to write: “There will never be a really free and enlightened State until the State comes to recognize the individual as a higher and independent power, from which all its power and authority are derived and treats him accordingly.”
Phillip Emmons Isaac Bonewits (1949 – 2010) was an influential American Druid who published a number of books on the subject of Neo-Paganism and magic. He was also a public speaker, liturgist, singer and songwriter, and founded a Druidic organization, as well as a Neo-Pagan civil rights group. He lived in New York and was a member of the Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPS).
Jorge Francisco Isidoro Luis Borges (1899 – 1986) was an Argentine short-story writer, essayist, poet and translator. His work embraces compilations of short stories interconnected by common themes, including dreams, labyrinths, libraries, mirrors, fictional writers, philosophy and religion. On his religious views, Borges declared himself as an agnostic.
|Jorge Luis Borges|
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (1892 – 1973) was an English writer, poet, philologist, and university professor, best known as the author of the classic high fantasy works The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion. Tolkien was inspired by early Germanic, especially Old English, literature, poetry, and mythology, which were his chosen and much-loved areas of expertise.
Leif Erikson (970 – 1020, Old Norse: Leifr Eiríksson) was a Norse explorer regarded as the first European to land in North America, nearly 500 years before Christopher Columbus. According to the Sagas of Icelanders, he established a Norse settlement at Vinland, tentatively identified with the Norse L'Anse aux Meadows on the northern tip of Newfoundland in modern day Canada.
Margot Adler (Wiccan Priestess) is an American author, journalist, lecturer, Wiccan priestess and radio journalist and correspondent for National Public Radio. Adler is a Wiccan priestess in the Gardnerian tradition, an elder in the Covenant of the Goddess and she also participates in the Unitarian Universalist faith community.
Michelle Skye (Author) is a Pagan Priestess with over ten years' experience following the Path of the Wise. An active member of the Wiccan and Pagan communities, she teaches classes, leads workshops, and has founded Massachusetts Pagan Teens and Sisterhood of the Crescent Moon. Her articles have appeared in Circle Magazine and SageWoman, and she's a regular contributor to Llewellyn annuals and Renaissance Magazine.
Neil Richard MacKinnon Gaiman (Author) is an English author of short fiction, novels, comic books, graphic novels, audio theatre and films. He is the first author to win both the Newbery and the Carnegie medals for the same work, The Graveyard Book. American Gods also became one of Gaiman's best-selling and multi-award winning novels.
Patrick Dana Stewart (1970 – 2005) was a soldier in the United States Army. He died in combat in Afghanistan when his helicopter was shot down by a grenade while returning to base. Patrick Stewart was a resident of Nevada and a practicing Wiccan. After his death, controversy ensued when the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) initially refused to imprint a Wiccan pentacle on his grave, to the dismay of his widow. As part of a settlement in 2007, the VA added the pentacle to the list of emblems allowed in national cemeteries and on VA issued headstones, markers and plaques.
Raven Kaldera (Author) is a shaman, educator, activist, priest and many other things. He counts himself a part of many different demographics and much of his work is building bridges between them. He has quite a few websites.
Raymond Buckland (High Priest) whose craft name is Robat, is an English American writer on the subject of Wicca and the occult, and a significant figure in the history of Wicca, of which he is a High Priest in both the Gardnerian and Seax traditions. He later formed his own tradition dubbed Seax-Wicca, which focuses on the symbolism of Anglo-Saxon Paganism.
Red Cloud (1822 – 1909) was a very strong war leader and a Chief of the Oglala Lakota. One of the most capable Native American opponents the United States Army faced, he led a successful campaign known as Red Cloud's War over control of the Powder River in Wyoming and Montana.
Scott Douglas Cunningham (1956 – 1993) was a writer. Cunningham is the author of several books on Wicca and various other alternative religious subjects. Cunningham practiced a fairly basic interpretation of Wicca, often worshipping alone, though his book series for solitaries describes several instances in which he worshipped with friends and teachers. Cunningham was also drawn to Huna and a range of new age movements and concepts that influenced and colored his spirituality.
Selena Fox (Wiccan Priestess) is an interfaith minister, environmentalist, Pagan elder, author, and lecturer in the fields of Pagan studies, ecopsychology and comparative religion. Fox is the founder of the "Circle Craft" tradition of the Wiccan religion. She began leading public Pagan rituals in 1971 and has done public education about Paganism since 1973, in talks and public media interviews. Fox is also the founder of the Pagan Spirit Gathering, one of the oldest Nature Spirituality festivals in the United States.
Silver Ravenwolf (Author), born Jenine E Trayer, is an American New Age, magic and Witchcraft author and lecturer who focuses on Neo-Wicca. Ravenwolf was a member of the Serpent Stone Family and received her Third Degree Initiation as a member of that coven. She is the leader of the Black Forest Circle and Seminary, an organization containing several covens spanning the United States and Canada.
Snorri Sturluson (1179 – 1241) was an Icelandic historian, poet and politician. He was the author of the Prose Edda or Younger Edda, which consists of Gylfaginning, a narrative of Norse mythology, the Skáldskaparmál, a book of poetic language, and the Háttatal, a list of verse forms.
|Snorri's Edda of 1666|
Stephen A McNallen (Author) is an influential Germanic Neo-Pagan leader and writer. He has been heavily involved in Asatru since the 1970s. McNallen was one of the earliest advocates of reconstructing Germanic Paganism in modern times.
Salvatore Paul "Sully" Erna (Musician) is an American vocalist and primary songwriter for the American rock band Godsmack. He is also a guitarist, drummer and pianist, performing these both on albums and during live shows. Sully Erna has been ranked in the Top 100 Heavy Metal Vocalists. He has been open about practicing Wicca: "I just want them to understand that Wicca has nothing to do with black magic. It's not about turning people into frogs or practicing black magic."
Vilhelm Ekelund (1880 – 1949) was a Swedish poet. His grasp of rhythmic and musical qualities in verse and his concentrated imagery propelled his poetry into increasingly ambitious forms, soon moving from bound to free verse and making it a vital model for later writers. He, along with other authors, have acknowledged their debt to the Poetic Edda.
Wendy Rule (Musician) is an Australian musical artist. She performs regularly, including several recent tours of the USA and Europe. Although her early roots were in Jazz, she has come to be identified as part of the Goth genre. She is a practicing Witch and her lyrics typically address Pagan and mythological themes. Rule has publicly spoken about her belief in Polytheism and her lyrics have been influential in Wiccan ritual.
Zsuzsanna Emese Mokcsay (Author) is an American author, activist, journalist, playwright and song-writer of Hungarian origin who writes about feminist spirituality and Dianic Wicca under the pen name Zsuzsanna Budapest or Z. Budapest. She is the founder of the Susan B Anthony Coven, the first feminist, women-only, Witches' coven. In 1975, she was arrested for fortune telling at her candle and book store. Budapest and her defense team described the event as 'the first Witch prosecuted since Salem'. Budapest was found guilty. Duly, Budapest and her legal counsel set out to establish Wicca, and more specifically Dianic Wicca, as a religion. The state's Supreme Court repealed the guilty verdict as unconstitutional and in violation of the Freedom of Religion Act.
There are many more Pagans out of the broom closet. This was just a starter list to help you find a role model or explain how the Paths have developed over time. You can find values, actions and more in the list. And even more can be found online, in the store, at a Temple or just at a casual coffee shop meet and greet.
"I just want them to understand that Wicca has nothing to do with black magic. It's not about turning people into frogs or practicing black magic." ~ Sully Erna