Alaric embraced polytheism in the summer of 1971, and has never looked back! Over the past five 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

     

    A HANDBOOK OF SAXON SORCERY & MAGIC: Wyrdworking, Rune Craft, Divination and Wortcunning

    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. A Handbook of Saxon Sorcery & Magic 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? This book 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)

     

    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!


    MARTIN RUNE DECK


     

     


     

     


     

     

     

    We are pleased to announce the publication of the Martin Rune Deck, a set of Anglo-Saxon Futhorc Rune cards. This deck is the result of an extensive year-long collaboration between artist Taren Martin and Alaric Albertsson, author of Travels Through Middle Earth: The Path of a Saxon Pagan, A Handbook of Saxon Sorcery & Magic, and To Walk A Pagan Path. Albertsson was gracious enough to write the text for the booklet that accompanies the deck, which not only includes translations of each passage of the Rune Poem, but meanings for each rune. The booklet also gives suggested divination layouts, and an example of using Rune Magic.

    Composed of 33 illustrations, the Martin Rune Deck depicts the 29 passages of the Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem. Each card includes the runic symbol, the name of the rune and an illustration depicting the rune's meaning as given in the Rune Poem. In addition are four more cards for the runes that have no surviving lore. These additional cards were designed with a distinct look by the artist, to distinguish them from the others. The card backs show the Eormensyl, the great World Tree, surmounted by the Well of Wyrd, which holds in its inky depths the primal elements of Fire and Ice.

    Wolfden Designs

     

     


    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.


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    Wizards’ Guilds Now Accepting New Apprentices!

    Posted September 21st, 2020 by Alaric

    As the Sun moves into Libra on this equinox day, Sodalicia Magi Scriptor (the wizards’ guilds) extends an invitation to all witches, sorcerers, wizards and others who would like to expand and nurture their magical skills and knowledge!

    Sodalicia Magi Scriptor is not a “school”, but rather a fellowship of magical people helping each other learn and grow. You enter a guild as an Apprentice and are soon recognized as a Journeyman when you demonstrate a basic understanding of the respective art. Journeymen who prove themselves to be adept and have an interest in teaching others can move on further to be recognized as Masters of their art. S.M.S. currently offers seven guilds: Abjuration, Alchemy, Artificers, Cartomancy, Healing, Herbology and Runes. We plan to add more guilds as our fellowship grows.

    There is no fee to participate in Sodalicia Magi Scriptor. The easiest way to get involved is to join our Facebook group (S.M.S. Wizards) and ask to apprentice in one of the guilds. A Master of that guild will then contact you as soon as an apprenticeship is available. Whether you are an adept or a novice, you’ll find the guild format to be a useful structure for magical learning and development.  While the guilds of S.M.S. are organized in three tiers of Apprentice, Journeyman and Master, we are ever cognizant that these terms are relevant only to our guild structures, acknowledging that the Apprentice may indeed be more adept than the Master.

    If you have any interest in the magical arts, I recommend that you look up the S.M.S. Wizards group on Facebook.  Sodalicia Magi Scriptor is open to all magical people age 18 or older, regardless of religion, race, gender or sexual orientation.

     


     











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