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Generally I have not listed things which only make brief mentions of otherkin. If that kind of thing interests you, you may want to check out Orion Sandstorrm's Otherkin and Therianthrope Book-List (second link on that page) which is far more comprehensive in that regard. (He also maintains a "Directory of Otherkin Writings and Other Works", third on the page, which mingles all kinds of shorter works together.)
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and Magic | Psi and Energy Work | Divination | General Reference | Multiples
Note that the body of non-fiction that could be considered to
be about otherkin per se is still not very large. Many of these items are listed because they
are about topics useful to otherkin, rather than about otherkin themselves.
Otherkin and our culture
- Lupa, A
Field Guide to Otherkin. (2007) Finally, a non-fiction book strictly about otherkin!
(Even if it is written by an insider and thus not good enough for a cite by
strict Wikipedia rules. Humph) In my opinion, targeted mainly towards neutral-to-sympathetic
outsiders and otherkin without a lot of community knowledge or experience.
Gives a general overview of the concept, theories of how and why people feel
this way, characteristics of various types of otherkin, some community history,
and a sizable bibliography of both print and web resources. (See also a review
- The Silver Elves, Magical Elven Love Letters Volume 1, Volume 2, and Volume 3. (2011-2012) These are anthologies of the many Magical Elven Love Letters that the Silver Elves have sent out since 1979, and historically important for that if nothing else. The books are not about otherkin or elves in a descriptive sense so much as collections of primary documents written by elves, showing their thoughts, values, and worldview.
- The Silver Elves, Eldafaryn: True Tales of Magic from the Lives of the Silver Elves. (2011) "Eldafary[n] (Elf Haven) contains a series of vignettes from the lives of the Silver Elves starting in the present and going back and forth through time describing their lives, their magic, their philosophy and their unique view of the world. If you've ever wanted to see Elfland from the inside, as the elves view it, here's your chance."
- The Silver Elves, Arvyndase (Silverspeech): A Short Course in the Magical Language of the Silver Elves. (2012) I don't think Arvyndase is quite a conlang (constructed language), since in a sense it is a cypher, a one-for-one word substitution with English. But then I don't think the Silver Elves have ever claimed it was a language on the order of English or even of Quenya. The book introduces the Arvyndase vocabulary by substituting one or two additional words at a time per short chapter, eventually winding up with text entirely in Arvyndase. Interesting if this sort of geekery is your kind of thing; personally the sounds of Arvyndase don't quite hit the spot for me in many cases, but your mileage may differ. This is the language in which the Elves give out all those Elven Names they give.
- The Silver Elves, Magic Talks: Being a Correspondence Between the Silver Elves and the Founders of the Elf Queen's Daughters and Sorcerers' Dialogues: A Further Correspondence Between the Silver Elves and the Founders of the Elf Queen's Daughters. (2012) Not strictly on otherkin topics as these are, sadly, not vintage letters from the 1970s, but a recent correspondence from late 2011 to early 2012. However, relevant topics are discussed at various points, including a discussion in the first volume of the acute seven-pointed star now commonly used by otherkin.
- Christopher Deacy and Elisabeth Arwick (eds.), Exploring Religion and the Sacred in a Media Age. (2009) This is a compilation of scholarly papers on the topic, one of which addresses otherkin: "From Pulp Fiction to Revealed Text: A Study of the Role of Text in the Otherkin Community", by Danielle Kirby. In the references for that paper she also cites an earlier piece she wrote, "Alternative Worlds: Metaphysical Questioning and Virtual Community Amongst the Otherkin" (2006), which can be viewed or downloaded in PDF at that link.
Spiritual Traditions and Magic (back
- Hugh Mynne, The
Faerie Way: A Healing Journey to Other Worlds. Interacting with the
Faery realms and beings.
- R. J. Stewart, The
Underworld Initiation; Earth
Within the Land; The
Well of Light; The
Living World of Faery. Interacting with the Faery realms and beings. General
Western mystical tradition grounded in balladry and folklore of Europe and
the British Isles. The Underworld Initiation is rather dense and high-level
material; most folks will do better to start with Earth Light as it
is much more accessible. All of the books bear multiple re-readings and will
yield more each time. The Living World of Faery is not strictly part
of the series, but covers much of the same material, with some repeats from
- Orion Foxwood, The
Faery Teachings and The Tree of Enchantment. A little similar to Stewart in some respects, and
in others very different. Blends faery material with Southern folk magic.
Unfortunately, the second edition of The Faery Teachings lacks the nine powerful Tarot-sized cards depicting central Faery
powers/beings that came with the first edition.
- John Matthews, The
Sidhe: Wisdom from the Celtic Otherworld. A partly fictionalized account
of an encounter with a certain symbol (the "Great Glyph") in a mound-grave,
and the contact with one of the Sidhe that it engendered. Besides its general
spiritual-path usefulness, many things in the book will probably "ping"
for those of Sidhe or Faery persuasion ('kin-type-wise). (See also a review
by Robert Moss.)
- The Silver Elves, An Elfin Book of Spirits: Evoking the Beneficient Powers of Faerie. (2011) "An Elven [sic] Book of Spirits contains 360 spirits with their sigils and descriptions that help one understand their powers and how they can best be magically evoked for one's positive use and benefit."
- The Silver Elves, The Book of Elven Magick: The Philosphy and Enchantments of the Seelie Elves Volume 1 and Volume 2. (2012)
- The SIlver Elves, The Elven Book of Powers: Using the Tarot for Magical Wish Fulfillment. (2012)
Psi and Energy Work (back
General Reference (back
Multiples are not, of course, a type of otherkin, but it's not unknown for otherkin to also be multuiples or for humans and non-humans to mix in a multiple system, and historically there has been a small amount of overlap in the communities. The term "Otherkin Host" (or "Hostess") used to be used sometimes.
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