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u/Pickleburp · 1 pointr/asatru

I'm currently learning to read runes, I've been doing Tarot cards for a few years, and I'm a guy. I know there are sources that call it ergi for a man to learn magic, but I also believe that Asatru is a "best guess" religion - with limited sources, we can do our best to reconstruct what it was, but the reality is we need to build a religion that is constructed as much on the old ways as we can, but it needs to function in our world today as well. That also applies to those who claim the runes have no magic properties. My belief (and this is just mine) is that anything we use as a magical device, emblem, etc. and that we put our faith in as such becomes magic through the process. So again, there is ample evidence that our ancestors put some faith in the magical abilities of runes, and regardless of what other scholars might say, if you put your faith in it then it will be so. That might be a Wiccan attitude, but it is what it is.

By the way, when I say I'm learning to read runes, I mean in a sense of learning the language better. I have a set of runes and a bag, but after a little experimentation I felt like this is the type of thing I really needed to familiarize myself with the basis of before doing divination with them. That is part of my goal, along with understanding rune-bindings, but for now I'm content to study the runes themselves.

There are a number of books out there on the topic of Norse magic. The one I see mentioned the most that has sparked my interest is Teutonic Magic by Kendalf Gundarsson. I'm reading Our Troth: Living the Troth by Gundarsson and other authors, and it's good stuff, but so far I haven't seen anything on magical practices (other than citing the other book).

I know there are more on the topic, maybe /u/aleglad can get a better list, his library link is currently not working or I'd reference you there.

u/aleglad · 3 pointsr/asatru

There are collections of these folk beliefs but I don't think any of them deal with the pre-Christian origins of them. You might benefit from taking a look at material regarding landvaettir. I also strongly recommend Elves, Wights, and Trolls as a REALLY good place to look into this important, and sadly neglected, side of our faith. It's been a while since I read Teutonic Religion, but I do believe that it has some information on veneration of wights in it as well.

The reality is that our faith, our way of life, is very broad and there is a lot of different areas for people to focus on. Americans are most strongly oriented towards the gods of Asgard and Vanaheim, as this forum clearly shows. The Icelanders, as /u/Argit has shown us, are much more pantheistic and the landvaettir play a very strong role in their expressions. There are other variations as well, so if this is what appeals to you most, explore it.

u/ThorinRuriksson · 3 pointsr/asatru

A few? He did the first 88 if I recall. Not the whole thing, but at least it's all of the practical advice section which is best suited for this style anyway.

On a bright note, the author (who shows great skill in translation by being able to accomplish this) is releasing a translation of the whole Elder Edda in modern English later this year.

EDIT: Now that I look again, by later this year I mean in three days. Awesome, now I know where part of my paycheck is going... I needed a new physical copy to supplement my digital anyway. Maybe I'll not give this one away for a while.

u/Ghost_in_the_Mac · 1 pointr/asatru

Hello mate, I would recommend you this order: First of all, The Norse Myths:

The who´s who in nordic pantheon. Has the most known myths plus a superb introduction to cosmology. Myths are in chronological order, from Ginnungagap to Ragnarok. The writing is very good, adult-oriented with some touches of dry humor.

After it go for the 2 Eddas. Why is important to know about the myths or the gods? Because all the books you are going to read name or make references to the gods or to myths or both. You will want to know what on Midgard are they talking about.

After that, if you want to know more about Asatru specifically, read in this order:
The Asatru Edda

The Norroena Society made a superb job publishing this Edda taking away all the christian influence. Really great job. They made with the Eddas what Dr. Viktor Rydberg did with the teutonic myths.

Next in line:
A Practical Heathen's Guide to Asatru

Exactly what it says.

Now, if later on your path you feel the itch to learn more about teutonic myths, their social construct, history etc etc let me know that I can recommend more books depending on your needs.

u/Anarcho-Heathen · 8 pointsr/asatru


A Practical Heathen's Guide to Asatru is a great beginner book. Probably essential for new heathens.

If you want to start reading about the gods, the Poetic Edda is our main source for Norse mythology. I recommend Jackson Crawford's translation. I have it, and it is a simple English translation. Crawford also has a great Youtube channel about Old Norse language and mythology. Heathen Talk, the mods' Youtube podcast, is pretty good as well for getting a feel for everything.

u/S4MH41N · 2 pointsr/asatru

Hmm. When I first started to learn about Norse culture, I started with The Norse Myths, then quickly branched over to the Poetic Edda. I thought this would be a more "true" and accurate leap into my learning. But having known that is was written after the Vikings had ended or were ending, I knew it could very well have had significant Christian influence injected into it, and it seemed so as the language was sometimes like reading straight from the Bible. So I didn't know if that was a very good source to use. I thought maybe the Havamal section would be the best from the book, as it contains wisdom for daily life during that time (which is what I'm after), as well as info on the Runes and their uses. A quick search of "Havamal" brought up the "Pocket Havamal" and I though, "aha! This must be a 'bible' type thing for Asatru." I quickly learned that to not be the case, and was stumped. Then, through this subreddit and some simple Amazon searches, I found out about the Practical Heathen's Guide, and thought maybe that would get me in the right direction.

After reading through some of the comments, it does seem the Practical Heathen's Guide would be superior to the Havamal for what I'm after. I can also see the Havamal being a difficult to interpret source due to its old style of writing and context. Maybe to find what I'm after, I should start in my own era, and let that experience connect me with the past, to form the link between ancient man and modern.

u/IdaPlainsmen_E · 6 pointsr/asatru

Here is a quality tomb regarding the landvaettir, and this book will help you in understanding house wights.

At the end of the day, it's about respect and discovering what works for you and yours. [UPG] Wights seem to be unique in their personalities, wants and desires. A lot like people are. Sometimes it can take some experimentation to find what works. At times, honoring some spirits can be a simple as leaving offerings of whole foods, or milk. Other wights seem to prefer something a little more formal. In either case, a regular routine seems to be about the only commonality. [/UPG] That's just my experience though. Your mileage may vary.

u/HeathenJourney · 4 pointsr/asatru

Not sure the age of your child but I have D'Aulaires' Book of Norse Myths. Nice large hardcover book with illustrations and a decent approach to the mythology for a child. My kids are 6 and 8 years old and they enjoyed it.

u/dbaker84 · 2 pointsr/asatru

Oh, and I also recommend Lee M. Hollander's The Poetic Edda. Good, strong, translation without added fluff or wiccatru.

u/runBAMrunfaster · 1 pointr/asatru

A Practical Heathen's Guide to Asatru has been a pretty good foundation for me, give it a crack. It lays down a lot of the basics, including generally accepted forms of both blóts and symbels.

u/UrbanHeathen · 1 pointr/asatru

Elves, Wights, and Trolls

The Tradition of Household Spirits

Demons and Spirits of the Land: Ancestral Lore and Practices

Theodish Houserites

Become familiar with reddit's search function, it will save you a lot of time! This sub has been around for a few years now, so there are plenty of very helpful posts archived.

u/Skollgrimm · 3 pointsr/asatru

My advice? Do whatever feels right to you. Many modern heathen organizations have developed new rites and ceremonies, such as the profession ritual you've been reading about. I don't think it's based on anything historical, and it just rubs me the wrong way because it strikes me as a holdover from the religion of the White Christ. On the other hand, heathenry is not the religion you were born into, so it may seem entirely appropriate to have a profession ritual. Additionally, we shouldn't feel bad about practicing our religion differently than how our ancient ancestors practiced it, since religions evolve over time. We couldn't even practice it their way if we wanted to, given the huge gap of information we have.

As far as a good place to start, I hear a lot of good things about this book:

u/bigstevek2703 · 2 pointsr/asatru

You might think I'm crazy, but children's style books helped me with the stories and the concepts, then I read the more complex literature. This is honestly still one of my favorites, and one I can't wait to share with my sons and daughters some day.

u/TryUsingScience · 6 pointsr/asatru

Diana Paxson's Taking Up the Runes is very well-regarded by almost everyone.

And if I can sneak in a bit of self-promotion, while learning the runes myself (not that I'll ever be done learning) I created a playing card deck with runes, images, and meanings on them. It's helped some of my friends learn as well. It's mostly based on the meanings given in Taking Up the Runes, plus a little bit of extra I've picked up here and there.

u/lordofthefeed · 2 pointsr/asatru

Days in Midgard is an outstanding book you should own anyway and includes a short story called "Reporting" that includes the following description of the Mistress of Niflheim:
> She was dressed as a lawyer, in a nice suit, and I suppose she could have been good looking if she had decided to be. She apparently hadn’t made that decision. And she didn’t take much care of her hair, which looked, well, scraggly. Do people still use that word these days?
> […]
> It was interesting watching her turn. Not just that time, but any time she turned. It was always done slowly and deliberately. I remember thinking it felt like she was shuffling something around behind herself, hiding some other half of herself that she didn’t want me to see. Just one of those odd quirks, I suppose. The image has always stuck with me, though. It was a little creepy. She was a little creepy."

u/[deleted] · 2 pointsr/asatru

The first thing I read when I came to heathenry was "Our Troth" its a two volume set but I found it very helpful even if its around 1500 pages combined. Vol.1 Vol.2

u/roriksson · 6 pointsr/asatru
u/NaptownBoss · 2 pointsr/asatru

Well, not trying to be a dick here, (seriously, it's hard to get "tone" on the internet) but you're willfully spreading misinformation about things we actually know quite a bit about. We know that Snorri's work was very much a product of his time and place. He and all his buddies were extremely literate. And a whole lot of all their works survived. As I said, we know quite a bit about him and Iceland/Scandinavia at that time. There are many scholars at universities around the world who spend their entire academic careers on piecing this all together, this thing we call Old Norse Religion. The info is out there, but it takes a lot of work. Even many of us armchair academic Heathens have spent many years working on this. One can't read "Asatru" books or blogs or whatever and expect to learn what Arch-Heathens actually believed. Most stuff written by any "Asatru" author is going to be crap, to be honest.
For more on Snorri and his legacy, start here

u/Wodgar-Inguing · 1 pointr/asatru

This might help. And this and definitely this

u/Jazzspasm · 2 pointsr/asatru

Hi again

This book was great and the first I read after the Poetic Edda

The other book that really opened things up for me was this one, but you need to read the Poetic Edda a couple of times first

u/GSM_Heathen · 1 pointr/asatru

I found it on Amazon. I'll see if I can send you the link. I /think/ you can get it legally as a free pdf, but I am not 100%

Edit: Amazon Link

u/black-sun-rising · 3 pointsr/asatru

Before you write anything, please read this.

u/forvrin · 1 pointr/asatru
  • The Myth of the Eternal Return, Mircea Eliade

  • The Culture of the Teutons, Vilhelm Grönbech.

    Part 1

    Part 2

  • We Are Our Deeds, Eric Wodening

    Myth of the Eternal Return is the landmark book on the phenomenology of religion. It is a complete breakdown on mythic thinking and the urge for man to find meaning.

    The Culture of the Teutons really breaks down the way our ancestors behaved, what they thought, and how they applied their culture in every day matters. It is also a guidebook for reading the Myths in their proper world-view.

    The last book breaks down heathen ethics by examining what the words we use mean, what they used to mean, and what that means for us, trying to figure out how to live a Heathen life.
u/Vanir_Scholar25 · 1 pointr/asatru

Here you go if you are getting charged too much for shipping then it's Amazon just being a bitch....

u/UsurpedLettuce · 3 pointsr/asatru

Thorr, have you read Days In Midgard?

I'm not sure how good the book is, since it's been sitting in "wishlist hell" for the better part of two years for me. But maybe it's of value to your questions?