Travels Through Middle Earth: The Path of a Saxon Pagan (Paperback)
Alaric Albertsson's Travels Through Middle Earth: The Path of a Saxon Pagan is a beautifully written book that tells the reader how to incporporate these old pagan beliefs into modern magical practice. The book itself serves as a bridge to the past - connecting the reader to folklore, traditions, and rituals of the Anglo-Saxons in a way that is both comforting and familiar, while still engaing enough to help the reader add depth to their practice.
Contained herein are instructions for performing the h sel, which is a ritual designed to honor one's ancestors, the Gods, and the elves and dwarves. Also included are observations on Anglo-Saxon cosmology, the wyrd and it's connection to fate, seasonal tides and ways to celebrate them, rites of passage, worshop, and magic. This book is truly a must have for anyone seeking alignment with the old ways of the Anglo-Saxons.
I've had the opportunity to see the effect of Alaric's writing on those who are hungry for the magick of the Anglo-Saxon traditions, recommend his books to students and friends, and had the joy to reference his books in my own work, including his fabulous mead recipe.
- Christopher Penczak, author of the Temple of Witchcraft Series
For the reader looking to explore a spiritual path with roots as deep as any modern initiatory tradition, Travels Through Middle Earth offers a rich resource. This re-release of Albertsson's seminal work is extensively updated and revised, making an excellent resource into something truly special.
- Lisa McSherry, Facing North (www.facingnorth.net)
In a genre rich with the lore of Celts and Vikings, the Anglo-Saxons - the ancestors of more than a few of us - often seem conspicuous by their absence. Here, finally, is a thorough introduction to the Pagan Anglo-Saxon tradition which is notable not only for its deep scholarship but for its engaging literary style.
- Kenneth Johnson, author of Witchcraft & the Shamanic Journey and Flight of the Firebird: Slavic Magical Wisdom & Lore