"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.
Table of Contents
Sample Contents; The Runes; Wordcraft How to Use This Book Roots to Ecstasy; Shamanic Travel on the Northern World Tree Why Runecraft? The Otherworld; Recovering the Magick from Childhood Cosmogony; Origins Cosmology; The Realms of Yggdrasil Trance; Entering the Otherworld Galdr; Deity Invocation Ritual; Guidelines for Practice Magick; Working It / Making it Work Yggdrasil; The Shaman's Being Ragnarok.
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). Robert & Nathan are founders of the Ulfhednr Heathen group, Hampshire.