I wondered what to start with on my first day at Pagan and Pen. As an author writing takes up so much of my time, when I’m not being a mom or serving my goddess community, so I figure might as well start there. Most people who are familiar with my work know I write multicultural paranormal fiction with a pagan flair and starring lgbt characters, most often bi and/or lesbian women.
When writing fiction one of the things that is crucial for me is the time spent doing my research. Nothing turns me off of something I’m reading or watching then finding the creator of the art didn’t do their research. I thought it might be fun for me to share a few of the books I most often use when I write. Now this doesn’t mean that when I am dealing with a special setting, culture. Etc… there aren’t tons more books I rely on, but these are used for most of my writing as a whole.
I am very fortunate to have the author of the first book as my teacher for many years. If you only get one book to touch and awaken your deep feminine magics THIS is the one, my sisters.
Women’s Rites, Women’s Mysteries: Intuitive Ritual Creation
Author: Ruth Rhiannon Barrett
How can women turn birthday parties, baby showers, and other rites of passage into empowering celebrations brimming with meaning and fiery feminine spirit?
Emphasizing the Dianic Wiccan tradition, Barrett shows women how they can create empowering, transformative rituals that strengthen their profound connection to the Goddess. Instead of providing shortcuts, scripts, or rote rituals, she teaches women how to think like a ritualist. Step by step, readers learn the ritual-making process: developing a purpose and theme, building an altar, preparing emotionally and mentally (energetics), spellcasting, and more. For beginners or experienced ritualists, solitaries or groups, this thorough, engaging guide to the art of ritual-making can help women commemorate every sacred milestone-from menstruation to marriage to menopause-that touches their lives.
“Ruth Barrett brings her many years of experience in teaching and priestessing in the Dianic tradition to this book. Her thoughtfulness, intelligence and depth of understanding make it a valuable resource and will open a new perspective for many Pagans.” -Starhawk, best-selling author of
The Spiral Dance and The Fifth Sacred Thing
Okay, I admit I likely have 35+ herbalism books on my shelves, but if I could only take one with me in a pinch, there’s no doubt, it’d be this one. Clear and concise in its information and instructions, Susan Weed is one of the first authors I think of when it comes to Green Witchery.
Author: Susan Weed
Superb herbal in the feminine-intuitive mode. Complete instructions for using common plants for food, beauty, medicine, and longevity.
The next two are self expanitory. I’m obsessive about find the the perfect names for my main and secondary characters, and sometime I go a little crazy with all the names in my book. These two books really help me give into that urge.
Beyond Jennifer & Jason, Madison & Montana: What to Name Your Baby Now
Author: Linda Rosenkrantz and Pamela Redmond Satran
The authors of “Beyond Jennifer & Jason revolutionized the world of American baby names by giving parents the information and insights they really needed. By identifying current styles and trends–instead of reciting the same old alphabetical lists of name derivations and meanings–their bestselling book changed baby-naming forever. Now this perennial favorite has been updated with new names and more fresh, fun, and indispensable advice. Hip, sweet, and user-friendly, “the best baby-naming book ever written” (“The News Journal) is now even better.
The Complete Book of Magical Names (new version)
Author: Phoenix McFarland
There is tremendous energy within names. Powerful symbols of identity, inspiration, and intention, names are magical tools of self-transformation. The original version of this classic guide, included in the prestigious New York Times “Reader’s Guide to the Best 10,000 Books in Print,” helped thousands find the perfect name for everything from their child to their coven to their cat. Now, it has been revised and expanded, and is bigger and better than ever.
The New Book of Magical Names presents a dictionary of more than 7,000 names (including pronunciations) taken from modern and ancient sources, including nature, mythology, history, fantasy literature, folklore, and faraway lands. Discover how religious and political movements, long-forgotten customs and social mores have influenced names throughout time. This fascinating guide features:
• The only dictionary of non-Christian names in print
• Names indexed both alphabetically and by the qualities they invoke (beauty, wealth, power, and more)
• Quizzes to help you figure out your magical name
• Rituals to unleash the power within your name
Whether you are looking for a baby shower gift, initiating a new era in your own life, wanting to find a pen name, a magical name, or even a name for your house, The New Book of Magical Names is your indispensable resource.
Here are just a few of the books that make my life as a writer, and in many ways as a pagan woman, a lot easier.