Alaric embraced polytheism in the summer of 1971, and has never looked back! Over the past four decades his personal spiritual practice has developed as a synthesis of Anglo-Saxon tradition, country beliefs, herbal studies and rune lore. For Alaric, a reverence for the earth and respect for ancestral and indigenous spirits are fundamental defining qualities of Pagan religion.
   During the 70's, living in the Ozark mountains, Alaric had the opportunity to talk with rural people with traditional customs - moon lore, weather lore, healing superstitions - passed on for generations. During this time he was also influenced by spiritist traditions. He eventually moved to Kansas City, where he served as Vice President and on the Board of Directors for the Heartland Spiritual Alliance during the 1990's.
   In 2001, on the day of the winter solstice, Alaric moved to Pennsylvania. It was there where he began to share his knowledge and experience on a wider scale, beginning with the publication of his book Travels Through Middle Earth: The Path of a Saxon Pagan. In addition to writing, Alaric has traveled around the United States giving classes and presentations. In 2011 he collaborated with artist Taren Martin to create the popular Martin Rune Deck.
   Alaric and his husband Scott have since returned to the Midwest and now reside in Dubuque, Iowa.

 


BOOKS BY ALARIC ALBERTSSON


 

 


 

 


 

TRAVELS THROUGH MIDDLE EARTH: The Path of a Saxon Pagan

Within the pages of this book Alaric reveals the beliefs of the early English (Anglo-Saxon) people and shows how these are reflected in his own spiritual practice. Learn how to develop a fulfilling relationship with the Old Gods, with your ancestors and with the spirits that live in the world around you. A few of the book's topics include:

  • How Saxon beliefs and concepts are coded into the English language.
  • The concept of "wyrd" and how it shapes our destiny.
  • How to make mead.
  • The skills of the Saxon druid.
  • Rites of Passage in the life of a Saxon Pagan.
  • Travels Through Middle Earth is a reflection of Alaric's own spiritual practice. Anyone with an interest in earth-spirituality is sure to enjoy it.

    "This book is a thorough and enjoyable voyage into the heart of modern Anglo-Saxon spirituality. With his breezy style and quick wit, the author displays a practical approach to this religion that is both fascinating and informative. I heartily recommend this book to everyone, particularly folks new to this path!"
    - Rev. Kirk S. Thomas, ADF Archdruid

     

    WYRDWORKING: The Path of a Saxon Sorcerer

    Once again Alaric uncovers the practices and customs of the Anglo-Saxons hidden in early charms and English folk traditions. Travels Through Middle Earth explored how to connect with the Saxon gods and spirits. Now Wyrdworking will teach you everything you need to know to practice Saxon sorcery. Topics include:

  • Everything you need and don't need to begin your work as a Saxon sorcerer.
  • Discover the mysteries and magic of all 33 Old English runes.
  • Learn to design effective spells through the use of galdor.
  • Interested in herbology? Wyrdworking will show you how to get started.
  • Brew potions, craft charms and work spells to improve your life and the lives of your loved ones.
  • Magic is not a path for everyone, but if you feel a calling for this ancient art then this is the book you need!

    "Without denying the modern world and other occult traditions, (Alaric) remains true to the culture and traditions of the Saxons and clearly demonstrates how we can follow this path of magick."
    - Christopher Penczak (The Mystic Foundation, The Plant Spirit Familiar)



    "OUT OF PRINT"

     

    TO WALK A PAGAN PATH: Practical Spirituality for Every Day

    You've read about Pagan religion and magic. You've participated in rituals and worked a few spells. Now learn how to live as a Pagan, every day of the year! Alaric Albertsson's newest book on Pagan spirituality will show you how to:

  • Follow seven simple steps to integrate your spirituality with your daily life.
  • Design a sacred calendar relevant to your spiritual path and your local environment.
  • Transform ordinary daily activities into uplifting, sacred moments of your day.
  • Develop a working relationship with an animal familiar.
  • Connect with the earth by growing a portion of your own food - even if you live in the city!
  • Bake bread, churn butter and make jam.
  • Construct a sun wheel, a corn doll or a scrying mirror.
  • Make your own ritual candles, incense and magical potpourri.
  • No matter who you are, no matter where you live, To Walk a Pagan Path is filled with ideas to express your spirituality throughout the year!


    AND CHECK OUT ALARIC ALBERTSSON'S FICTION

    Influenced by authors like Huxley (Brave New World), Heinlein (Stranger in a Strange Land) and Foster (Nor Crystal Tears), Alaric enjoys speculative fiction that explores what it means to be human. Visit the Otherworlds of Alaric Albertsson website and learn more about his novels.


    Most recent Blog post

     

    A Potion for Our Time

    Posted September 17th, 2020 by Alaric

    If you are anything like me, this pandemic is probably getting to you. It’s hard to be separated from your tribe, masked like a bandit whenever you go out in public, worried about your friends and family. It was stressful enough for me that my physician prescribed some medication to relieve my anxiety.

    The cure, however, was as troublesome as the anxiety. I realized this when I found myself standing in the middle of our dining hall, doing nothing, simply admiring the color of the walls. The pills swept away all of my ambition as well as my anxiety, and that wasn’t acceptable. They were also (I discovered through a Google search) potentially addictive. So I ditched the pills and worked up my own calming potion. It has been working great for me. The potion takes the edge off without any noticeable side effects, so I thought I would share it here for anyone who would like to try the same approach.

    You will need:
    Chamomile
    Lavendar
    1 Coffee Filter
    A Cup or Mug
    A Kettle

    Start a kettle of water boiling. While it’s heating up, put your coffee filter into the cup. (You can use a tea ball or something similar, but you won’t get all those little bits of herb floating around if you use a coffee filter.) Then put about 2 teaspoons of chamomile and 1 teaspoon of lavendar inside the filter. When the water begins to boil remove it from the stove and pour it over the herbs, filling the cup. Let this steep for at least seven minutes. Then carefully lift out the filter to remove the herbs from the menstruum. The filter and herbs may now be discarded. Let the resulting potion cool a bit before drinking.

    Hopefully there will be a light at the end of this tunnel; a day when we can again meet in person without fear, and hug and love and bask in human contact. Until then, perhaps this potion will make the days pass more easily for you. I know it has been a great help for me.

    (Herbology is not a substitute for professional medical care. I did talk to my physician about the pills, explaining what I was doing instead. If you are uncertain about anything pertaining to your physical or mental health, talk to your doctor.)


     











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