The Love of Destiny: the Sacred and the Profane in Germanic Polytheism

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Dan McCoy #ad - From the author: the love of destiny: the sacred and the Profane in Germanic Polytheism is a short book I published in 2013 about the ancient Norse/Germanic worldview as I understood it at the time. Perhaps you would, too. In hindsight, i got some things wrong, but I also got a lot of things right. Many people have found the Love of Destiny to be inspiring and illuminating, as the reviews on Amazon demonstrate.

The writing style is quite bold and unconventional – somewhere between a scholarly essay and a prose poem – which some people have liked and some people haven’t. It attempts to peer behind the mythology and religion, and to articulate the underlying ideas as a coherent and compelling philosophy.

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The Viking Spirit: An Introduction to Norse Mythology and Religion

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#ad - It includes gripping retellings of no less than 34 epic Norse myths – more than any other book in the field – while also providing an equally comprehensive overview of the fascinating Viking religion of which Norse mythology was a part. With its inclusion of the latest groundbreaking research in the field, The Viking Spirit is the ultimate introduction to the timeless splendor of Norse mythology and religion for the 21st Century.

As you’d expect from daniel mccoy, the creator of the enduringly popular website Norse Mythology for Smart People, it’s written to scholarly standards, but in a simple, clear, and entertaining style that’s easy to understand and a pleasure to read. You’ll learn about the vikings’ gods and goddesses, their concept of fate, their moral code, their views on the afterlife, how they thought the universe was structured, how they practiced their religion, the role that magic played in their lives, and much more.

The Viking Spirit: An Introduction to Norse Mythology and Religion #ad - The viking spirit is an introduction to Norse mythology like no other.

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The Poetic Edda: Stories of the Norse Gods and Heroes Hackett Classics

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Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. #ad - Jackson crawford's modern versions of these poems are authoritative and fluent and often very gripping. With their individual headnotes and complementary general introduction, motivations, they supply today's readers with most of what they need to know in order to understand and appreciate the beliefs, and values of the Vikings.

Dick ringler, professor emeritus of English and Scandinavian Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. The poems of the poetic edda have waited a long time for a Modern English translation that would do them justice. Here it is at last Odin be praised! and well worth the wait. These amazing texts from a 13th-century icelandic manuscript are of huge historical, containing the lion's share of information that survives today about the gods and heroes of pre-Christian Scandinavians, mythological and literary importance, their unique vision of the beginning and end of the world, etc.

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Gods and Myths of Northern Europe

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Penguin #ad - Surveys the pre-Christian beliefs of the Scandinavian and Germanic peoples. Provides an introduction to this subject, giving basic outlines to the sagas and stories, and helps identify the charachter traits of not only the well known but also the lesser gods of the age.

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The Wanderer's Havamal

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Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. #ad - Portable and reader-friendly, it makes an ideal companion for both lovers of Old Norse mythology and those new to the wisdom of this central Eddic poem wherever they may find themselves. The wanderer's hávamál features jackson crawford’s complete, newly annotated for this volume, carefully revised English translation of the Old Norse poem Hávamál, together with the original Old Norse text sourced directly from the Codex Regius manuscript.

Rounding out the volume are crawford’s classic Cowboy Hávamál and translations of other related texts central to understanding the character, wisdom, and mysteries of Óðinn Odin.

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Runelore: The Magic, History, and Hidden Codes of the Runes

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#ad - In part one, thorsson uses archaeological evidence to explain where the runes come from, Historical Lore, what they mean, and how they evolved. In part two, hidden lore, he takes a more psychological view of the runes and looks at the entire cosmology of the Old Norse to explain the role runes played and how they were used over time.

. Runework authority and author Edred Thorsson, explores the riddle of the runes. Combing historical lore with a detailed investigation, Runelore focuses on the esoteric aspects of the runic tradition. Included are specific sections on rune magic and divination, runic numerology, rune poems, and concise explanations of the mysteries of the 24 runes.

Runelore: The Magic, History, and Hidden Codes of the Runes #ad - Reprinted with a newly designed cover, Runelore offers a complete picture of the Runes.

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Norse Mythology: A Guide to Gods, Heroes, Rituals, and Beliefs

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Oxford University Press #ad - We meet thor, who specializes in killing giants using a hammer made for him by dwarfs, not to mention myriad trolls, one of the most powerful gods, ogres, humans and strange animals. Norse mythology explores the magical myths and legends of Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland and Viking-Age Greenland and outlines the way the prehistoric tales and beliefs from these regions that have remained embedded in the imagination of the world.

The book begins with an introduction that helps put Scandinavian mythology in place in history, followed by a chapter that explains the meaning of mythic time, and a third section that presents in-depth explanations of each mythological term. These fascinating entries identify particular deities and giants, as well as the places where they dwell and the varied and wily means by which they forge their existence and battle one another.

Norse Mythology: A Guide to Gods, Heroes, Rituals, and Beliefs #ad - In the enchanted world where this mythology takes place, storms, eagles, majestic mountains, we encounter turbulent rivers, dense forests, fierce winters, ravens, salmon and snakes in a landscape closely resembling Scandinavia. Beings travel on ships and on horseback; they eat slaughtered meat and drink mead.

Spanning from the inception of the universe and the birth of human beings to the universe's destruction and the mythic future, history, death and rebirth, gods and heroes will entertain readers and offer insight into the relationship between Scandinavian myth, these sparkling tales of creation and destruction, and culture.

. We learn of the ongoing struggle between the gods, who create the cosmos, or giants, and the jötnar, who aim to destroy it.

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The Saga of the Volsungs: With the Saga of Ragnar Lothbrok Hackett Classics

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Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. #ad - Together the two sagas recount the story of seven generations of a single legendary heroic family and comprise our best source of traditional lore about its members—including, the dragon-slayer Sigurd, Brynhild the Valkyrie, among others, and the Viking chieftain Ragnar Lothbrok. From the translator of the bestselling Poetic Edda Hackett, 2015 comes a gripping new rendering of two of the greatest sagas of Old Norse literature.

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Nordic Runes: Understanding, Casting, and Interpreting the Ancient Viking Oracle

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Destiny Books #ad - By learning to cast and interpret the runes, the user becomes receptive to the energy currents in material reality and empowered in the arts of its transformation. The runes have deep resonances within the pagan Norse world of gods and goddesses, giants, dwarves, and wizards, warriors, which have greatly influenced the work of J.

R. R. Tolkien, among others. As nordic runes shows, the runes do more than simply reflect the path of fate; they help develop and enhance intuition. A comprehensive and practical guide to the ancient oracle based on the runic alphabet of the norse• reveals the symbolism and divinatory significance of the 24 rune "staves"• Provides clear instructions on how to craft your own rune stones• Explains the role of runes in the Norse wisdom tradition and its influence on such works as Tolkien's Lord of the RingsNordic runes are a potent and profoundly transformative magic system that gives contemporary readers access to the ancient wisdom tradition of Northern European cultures.

Nordic Runes: Understanding, Casting, and Interpreting the Ancient Viking Oracle #ad - . Norse tradition attributes the discovery of the runes to the "All-Father" Odin--a god of inspiration and secret wisdom and the mythical prototype for runecasters, who established the pattern for gaining his knowledge. Nordic runes addresses three major areas: runelore, and practical lessons for daily life; and Runecasting, the history of this 2000-year-old Norse oracle; Runestaves, including their crafting, the meaning of the individual runes of the Elder Futhark alphabet and their powerful mythological, a comprehensive guide to the oracular application of the ancient runes, magical, divination, and self-development.

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Icelandic Magic: Practical Secrets of the Northern Grimoires

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Inner Traditions #ad - Drawing directly from the actual surviving Icelandic books of magic, Stephen Flowers presents a complete system of magic based on Icelandic lore and magical practices from the 16th century onward. Illustrating traditional icelandic magical practices and the icelanders’ attitudes toward them, such as the Galdrabók, he shares original translations of Icelandic folktales about famous magicians, such as the legend of Gray-Skin, and about legendary grimoires, the oldest and most complete book of its kind.

The author also includes guidance on creating unique magical signs from the 100 mythic names of Odin, which he translates and interprets magically, and from Icelandic magical alphabets, symbols that connect Icelandic magic to the ancient runic tradition. Now housed in the national library in reykjavík, these surviving grimoires, which represent only a hundredth of what was lost, reveal a rich magical tradition that continued to evolve into the 20th century.

Icelandic Magic: Practical Secrets of the Northern Grimoires #ad - These examples provide ready-made forms for practical experimentation as well as an exemplary guide on how to create signs and symbols for more personalized magical work. A practical guide to the magical systems of pre-christian iceland • reveals spells and workings drawn directly from surviving magical books from the 16th to 20th century preserved at the National Library in Reykjavík • Explores the history of magic in Iceland through original translations of Icelandic folktales about famous magicians and about legendary grimoires, such as the Galdrabók, the oldest and most complete book of its kind • Explains how to personalize the spells through the creation of unique signs and symbols based on the mythic names of Odin and Icelandic magical alphabets During the Christianization of Europe in the Middle Ages, many books of magic were lost as the ancient pagan traditions were suppressed.

. After initiating the reader into the grammar and symbols of Icelandic magic through history and lore, Flowers then presents an extensive catalog of actual spells and magical workings from the historical Icelandic books of magic. But in iceland the practice of recording magical spells in books continued in secret for centuries, on a scale not seen elsewhere.

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A Practical Heathen's Guide to Asatru

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Llewellyn Publications #ad - In this complete guide to asatru, and historical sagas of northern european heathens how to conduct rituals for birth, naming, funerals, and working with runes and charms Heathen perspectives on the nature of time, prayer, pronunciation guide, you will discover: The mythology, index, creation, ethics, oaths, worship, trance-work, and hospitality An in-depth glossary, and holy days Practical techniques for meditation, entry into adulthood, folklore, divorces, weddings, and bibliography for further study .

Written from the unique perspective of a heathen gythja, or Godwoman, A Practical Heathen's Guide to Asatru shows how to bring the beliefs and traditions of this ancient faith into your life today. Asatru then and now from its pre-Christian beginnings to its contemporary practitioners, Heathenry has long fascinated people from every corner of the world.

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