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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.
|Publisher:||Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.|
|Series:||Teutonic Magick Series|
|Edition description:||1st ed|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.01(d)|
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!