Rites of Odin

( 5 )

Overview

Open the door to the ancient Norse world of magic and spirituality with The Rites of Odin by Ed Fitch. The ancient religion of Northern Europe was one of remarkable strength and power, as well as magic and beauty. Its adherents were themselves a solid and adventurous lot: the Norse, Slavs, Germans, ancient Russians, and of course, the Vikings.

The Rites of Odin is a complete sourcebook that brings the ancient values back to these turbulent times. What you read here is poetic and...

See more details below
Paperback (1st ed)
$13.93
BN.com price
(Save 30%)$19.99 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (30) from $1.99   
  • New (12) from $9.69   
  • Used (18) from $1.99   
Sending request ...

Overview

Open the door to the ancient Norse world of magic and spirituality with The Rites of Odin by Ed Fitch. The ancient religion of Northern Europe was one of remarkable strength and power, as well as magic and beauty. Its adherents were themselves a solid and adventurous lot: the Norse, Slavs, Germans, ancient Russians, and of course, the Vikings.

The Rites of Odin is a complete sourcebook that brings the ancient values back to these turbulent times. What you read here is poetic and powerful, perfect for groups who have chose to follow the Old Ways, for families who wish to be unified by warm and close ceremonies, and for the solitary seeker.

- The history and philosophy of ancient Norse magic made practical for today
- Basic ritual preparation and design
- Seasonal festivals for groups, families, and individuals
- Protection rites
- Wedding rites
- Norse lore
- The Runes: their symbolism and use in divination
- A Rune-Talisman rite
- Crafting a drinking horn
- Brewing your own mead

The Rites of Odin puts forth the message, in rites, practice, and background lore, that you are uniquely important. You are in charge of your own destiny. The family and friends who constitute your "extended family" are also important: by working together and helping one another, all of you can prosper and be happy.

Ed Fitch, one of the founders and major scholars of modern Paganism wrote The Rites of Odin. Initiated into Gardnerian Wicca during the mid-1960s, he has continually added to the existing background lore on Wicca and mainstream Paganism, and is widely considered to be one of the best and most influential writers of rituals in the U.S. today.

This is a complete source volume on Odinism. It stresses the ancient values as well as the magic and myth of this way of life.

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780875422244
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2002
  • Series: Teutonic Magick Series
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 347,707
  • Product dimensions: 6.01 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Meet the Author

Ed Fitch is one of the major figures in modern Wicca and neo-Paganism. He has traveled the world as an Air Force officer, an aerospace engineer and a private investigator. He spends as much time as possible each year in the California wilderness exploring mines, caves, and old ghost town sites.
Read More Show Less

Read an Excerpt

Come! Explore the ancient magical and spiritual practices of the Norse, Slavs, Russians, and Germans. When you practice the lyrical and elegant rituals and magical methods in The Rites of Odin by Ed Fitch, you'll be able to take charge of your life, seize your destiny, and experience the remarkable strength of this compelling way of life.

The ancient Norse knew a rough magic drawn from the beautiful grandeur of vast mountains and deep forests, from the power of rolling oceans and thundering storms. Discover the religious and magical system of these explorers, farmers, warriors, and hunters with The Rites of Odin. Rituals, traditions, lore, and mythology all combine to demonstrate the simple yet profound truth that each of us is a valuable individual and responsible for our own destiny. You'll discover how to live life with passion and honor, the way the ancient northern Europeans once did.

The Rites of Odin has been assembled from the best sources available in Scandinavia, Germany, and Eastern Europe. The background lore and rituals are fully integrated into a complete religious and magical system. Here are mystical teachings and magical rites for the solitary practitioner, groups of seekers, and even special materials for families who choose to explore this heritage together.

The archaic Way of Valhalla has a beauty and magic, a magnificence and power, that has not lessened over the past thousand years. Today, as well as in ages long past, it remains the way of the bold!

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Come! Explore the ancient magical and spiritual practices of the Norse, Slavs, Russians, and Germans. When you practice the lyrical and elegant rituals and magical methods in The Rites of Odin by Ed Fitch, you'll be able to take charge of your life, seize your destiny, and experience the remarkable strength of this compelling way of life.

The ancient Norse knew a rough magic drawn from the beautiful grandeur of vast mountains and deep forests, from the power of rolling oceans and thundering storms. Discover the religious and magical system of these explorers, farmers, warriors, and hunters with The Rites of Odin. Rituals, traditions, lore, and mythology all combine to demonstrate the simple yet profound truth that each of us is a valuable individual and responsible for our own destiny. You'll discover how to live life with passion and honor, the way the ancient northern Europeans once did.

The Rites of Odin has been assembled from the best sources available in Scandinavia, Germany, and Eastern Europe. The background lore and rituals are fully integrated into a complete religious and magical system. Here are mystical teachings and magical rites for the solitary practitioner, groups of seekers, and even special materials for families who choose to explore this heritage together.

The archaic Way of Valhalla has a beauty and magic, a magnificence and power, that has not lessened over the past thousand years. Today, as well as in ages long past, it remains the way of the bold!

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 2.5
( 5 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(2)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(3)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 5 Customer Reviews
  • Posted February 16, 2009

    Same Llewellyn formula, different name

    This book reads like most Llewellyn books on Witchcraft. The history and reasoning behind the rites are not well documented. Even the mythology seems off. The only worthwhile parts of the book, what earns it even a one star rating, are short and near the end. There are a few crafts for the reader to try and a list of sagas for further reading.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted December 26, 2008

    I Also Recommend:

    Just Wicca with Norse gods added

    In this book the author takes Wiccan Rites and places the Norse gods into them. This book is not appropriate for any who wish to live in the Norse way. If, however, one is just wanting to work with these gods in ones own rites this may be worth a look.<BR/><BR/>For those who are wanting to learn about this culture or way of life directly, I suggest reading the Eddas and legends of this culture.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted October 27, 2008

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    A must have for anyone interested in Odinism and Asatru

    I bought this book after thumbing through my dad's, I knew it was something to have. I had just started my journey into Asatru and this book really helped me get a basic understanding to grow on.For new beginners, those that have been into it for while, or anyone just wanting to check it out, you will not be disapointed.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2002

    Wiccan not Asatru

    For those reawakening to Germanic spirituality, this book will come as a shocking disappointment. It is nothing more than a Wiccan manual with Nordic gods used as ornamentation. As such, most Asatruar will not only find Fitch's work useless, but also likely insulting as well. The Germanic people simply did not worship this way. This book is a disservice to all those for whom ancestral ways are important.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2002

    Couldn't be without this book!

    This is the best book Ive ever bought! I love the rituals and information, no library should be without it! I think it does take a Wiccan approach to the Norse ways to make it easier for people, personally I like that style being Wiccan. Everyone should read this book!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing all of 5 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)