Sunday, 20 March 2016

Wotans Krieger Recommends: Icelandic Magic. Practical Secrets of the Northern Grimoires by Stephen E. Flowers, Ph.D





I have recently completed my initial reading of Dr Stephen Edred Flowers' (Edred Thorsson) Icelandic Magic. Practical Secrets of the Northern Grimoires (2016) and I can whole heartedly recommend this latest work by the Master to my readers. Books on Icelandic magic are extremely difficult to come across. This latest work by Dr Flowers should be read if possible in conjunction with his earler The Galdrabok. An Icelandic Book of Magic (2005) which gives important supplemental information but in itself is not a guide (unlike the latest book) on the practice of Icelandic magic. Slightly before the publication of this book Christopher Alan Smith published Icelandic Magic: Aims, Tools and Techniques of the Icelandic Sorcerers which I have ordered but not yet received. I hope to also give a review of this book in due time.

The practice of magic using galdrastafir should in my opinion be regarded as an addition to the arsenal of the rune magician and like the runes is part of our greater Germanic magical tradition. I certainly will be making use of the practices outlined in this very helpful and practical work. Magic involving galdrastafir in my opinion is a very solitary form of magic and is a system which is very flexible and open to individual adaptation by the magician. This is what makes the system so appealing for me. The author encourages us to view this book as a living rather than a static work and to construct our own grimoires using this work as a foundation. To this end there is a helpful section at the end of the book that allows the practitioner to record their personal workings and to truly make this a living and individual work.

I am also relieved that Dr Flowers has not abandoned his research into the Germanic tradition despite his publication of The Good Religion. The Occidental Temple of the Wise Lord (2014) under the pen name of Darban-I-Den and his foundation of the Occidental Temple of the Wise Lord. Dr Flowers over the years has carried out research into many forms of Indo-European spiritual and magical systems and his branching out into Zoroastrianism should in my opinion be viewed in this light.

The constituent parts of the book are as follows:

                      Contents

Notes to the Reader on Abbreviations, Orthography, and Foreign Words

Foreward: Magic Manuals and Sorcerous Staves by Michael Moynihan

Preface

Introduction: A Magical Text


                    Part One

 HISTORICAL BACKGROUND
                  AND
BASICS OF MAGICAL PRACTICE

1 Historical Context

2 History of Magic in Iceland
The Pre-Christian Age
Catholic Period
Protestant Period

3 Icelandic Books of Magic
Legendary Black Books
The Galdrabok
Other Collections of Magic
The Two Traditions in the North 

4 The Gods of Magic: Aesir, Demons, and Christ
The Pagan Gods and Godesses
Christian Demons 

5 Runes and Magical Signs 

6 The Theory and Practice of Galdor-Sign Magic

7 The Legends and Lore of Iceland's Magicians
Saemundur the Wise
Gottskalk the Cruel
Eirikur of Vogsosar
Galdra-Loftur

8 Preparation and Inner Work 

9 Ritual and Grammar of Signs
Introduction
Equipment
Basic Ritual Format
Guide to Special Instructions
Inner Nature of Galdor
Aims of Galdor
Interpretation and Construction of Signs
Aegishjalmur
Galdramyndir
Galdrastafir

Part Two
GRAY-SKIN

INTRODUCTION TO THE WORKINGS

I WISDOM
1. To Awaken Yourself to a Sense of Mystery and Wonder
2. For Insight into Things beyond the Earthly Realm
3. To Link Yourself with the Power and Knowledge of Your Soul
4. To Know the Unknown
5. Discovering the Unknown
6. Concealment
7. For Gaining Inspiration
8. Wayfinder
9. Thief-Detective
10. Sitting-Out Stave

II POWER
1. Winning Struggles of All Kinds
2. Victory
3. To Win a Debate
4. Herzlustafir (Strenghening Staves)

III PROTECTION
1. Return to Sender
2. Protection from Embarassment
3. A Washing Verse: To Wash Away Ill Will and Negativity
4. Sorcery Prevention 
5. Against Foreboding When You Go into the Darkness
6. Against All Witchery

IV CONTROL
1. To Calm Anger
2. To Gain the Favor of Powerful Persons
3. To Cause Fear in an Enemy
4. Against the Ill Will of Powerful Persons
5. To Calm the Anger of an Enemy
6. To Hve Success in a Meeting
7. Dunfaxi (=Dawn Mane)-To Win aLaw Case
8. The Silencer

V PROSPERITY
1. Deal-Closer
2. To Have Success in Business
3. Another Kaupaloki

VI LOVE
1. Luck in Love
2. To Enchant a Woman and Win Her Love
3. To Win the Love of a Person

VII RECEPTION OF LUCK AND RELEASE OF BLESSINGS
1. The Luck Knot
2. Lukkustafir (=Luck Staves)
3. To Get Your Wish
4. Release
5. To Get Things to Turn Out as You Wish
6. Good Luck
7. To Acquire the Object You Crave
8. To Get Back What Was Stolen

VIII SLEEP MAGIC
1. Lucid Dreaming-Dream Stave I
2. Dream Sendings-Dream Stave II
3. Against Headache and Insomnia

APPENDIX A Runes and Magical Letters

APPENDIX B Names of Odinn

APPENDIX C Magical Letters and Rune Kennings

APPENDIX D The "Our Father" Prayer in Latin


Bibliography

Index

Your Personal Magical Workings

1 comment:

Rayne said...

This is fantastic and a brilliant post. Its one of my biggst favourite posts.