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Northern Magic: Rune Mysteries and Shamanism
Thorsson's in-depth primer covers the concepts and practices of Gothic or Germanic magic, the ancient root of English, Dutch, Icelandic, Danish and Swedish traditions. He explores traditional Northern psychology, the religious tradition of the Troth, and concludes with four mini-grimoires on rune magic, galdor staves, hex signs and shamanism.
Paperback, 264 pages
Published September 8th 2002 by Llewellyn Publications
(first published 1992)
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Apr 07, 2014 Volmarr rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Heathens
This book is the one to read to learn about the Younger Futhark runes. It also has some interesting information about Pennsylvania-Dutch Hex signs. After reading some of Thorsson's other books first this is a nice one to read to learn about these other things. It is actually more nicely written too as far as a smooth easy read then most his other books too.
The first half of the book was a bit weak but there were interesting parts about Icelandic galdor staves and Pennsylvania Dutch hex signs. The last two chapters of the book, "The Germanic Role in the Western Tradition" and "The Revival of the Northern Way" were both good and helped to contextualize the Northern mysteries.
It was a very informative book, as long as you were looking for Norse information; I am looking for Anglo-Saxon Northern Tradition. Still, it did point me in the correct direction and gave me some foundation. I would recommend it, but know you are primarily going to get Old Norse information.
Stephen Edred Flowers (born 1953) also known by the pen-name Edred Thorsson, is an American Runologist and proponent of occultism and Germanic mysticism. He has over two dozen published books and hundreds of published papers on a disparate range of subjects. Flowers advocates "Esoteric Runology" or "Odianism", an occultist version of Germanic Neopaganism.More about Edred Thorsson...