Galdrbok: Practical Heathen Runecraft, Shamanism and Magic

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The Wykeham Press, Jun 1, 2005 - Religion - 404 pages
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"Galdrbok" ('spell-book') straddles the divide between the academic and the inspirational to provide arguably the most comprehensive and practical 'system' of Northwest European 'Heathen Shamanism' thus far in print. Nine years in preparation and painstakingly constructed by two practicing Heathen shamans, "Galdrbok" explores the magic of Migration Age Northwest Europe and outlines a complete self-study program of Heathen Runecraft. "Galdrbok" introduces the essential techniques of Scrying ('to descry'/'foresee'/crystal gaze), and Galdr (magical chants or sung spells), and other powerful techniques involving Runes (whispered secrets and magical letters) for inducing the 'altered states' necessary to enter and explore the nine magical worlds of 'Yggdrasill' - the Heathen World Tree. The book also includes an impressively thorough bibliography for sourcing essential reading on Heathenry, Paganisms and related occult subjects.
 

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"A magnificent book on practical rune magick. The Galdrbok is a work of art. It blends high-quality scholarly research with the pragmatic approach required to make things work. Out of the union emerges something new. It could be you...When we wish to imbue a fragmentary tradition with new life we have to fill in the gaps to make it work. Johnson and Wallis have done so, and unlike many other writers, they give their sources and state in plain words when they add something. What emerges is a very thorough introduction to practical rune magic and Germanic paganism. The work is free of nationalism, sloppy research and the nutty lore of Guido List. It describes techniques you can use to find your own way to the runes. The format is highly practical, and the emphasis is on things you can do. Where theory is involved, it is of an excellent scholarly quality (meaning: you can read it) and presented in a relaxed, undogmatic way...I wish there were more books on pagan religion like this."
- Jan Fries, author of Visual Magick: A Manual of Freestyle Shamanism and Helrunar: A Manual of Rune Magick
"In Galdrbok past meets present and scholarship meets shamanism. Quite simply the most important book on contemporary heathen ritual and one that is destined to have a major and lasting impact on the future of the northern revival"
- Richard Rudgeley, author of The Alchemy of Culture: Intoxicants in Society, The Lost Civilisations of the Stone Age, Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Substances and Pagan Resurrection
"I finished Galdrbok yesterday...It's the best 'how to' book on contemporary Paganism I've ever read. I'm hugely impressed and will be writing the most glowing review. Wonderful stuff. You've raised the bar for the rest of us...there's really nothing out there so far that comes close."
- Philip Shallcrass (Grae Wulf), author of The Piaktus Guide to Druidry and editor of The Druid's Voice
"The Galdrbok is inspiring, thought provoking and deeply rooted in the spiritual traditions of our germanic ancestors. A must-read for all those who know the value of a well researched text that dares to put into plain language what others shroud in unneccessary mystery"
- Hans Stucken, author of Das Seidhr Handbuch and co-founder of the German Seidhfeuer network.
"I like this book enormously. Written in what feels to me a very male Heathen way (clear, down to earth, without unnecessary creativity or emotion), the way in which the authors present their religious/spiritual path is beautiful practical. Devoid of poetic fluff, they manage to explain their vision as a rational and utilitarian system, and one that can guide the reader into a state of wakeful power that remains essentially grounded. Their fully animistic and intelligent perspective is of that consciously non-dualistic vision that warms my heart, giving me faith and courage in the future of British Paganism...This book will make a worthy addition to your source-spring of inspiration"
- Emma Restall Orr, The Druid Network
 

Contents

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
10
INTRODUCTION WHY RUNECRAFT?
45
RECOVERING THE MAGIC
55
COSMOGONY ORIGINS
93
COSMOLOGY THE REALMS AND BEINGS
159
TRANCE ENTERING ECSTASY
209
GALDR DEITY INVOCATION
223
RITUAL GUIDELINES FOR PRACTICE
269
MAGIC WORKING IT MAKING IT WORK
319
CONCLUSION RAGNAROK
337
APPENDIX B SYNOPSIS OF GALDRBOKS PATH
373
REFERENCES CITED AND FURTHER READING
381
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About the author (2005)

Nathan J. Johnson is a teacher and the author of ten books, including Barefoot Zen: The Shaolin Roots of Kung Fu and Karate (Red Wheel/Weiser 2000).

Robert J. Wallis PhD lectures in art history, archaeology and religious studies, is the author of three books including Shamans/neo-Shamans: Ecstasy, Alternative Archaeologies and Contemporary Pagans (Routledge 2003), and Co-directs the Sacred Sites, Contested Rights/Rites Project (www.sacredsites.org.uk).

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