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.


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    A Rose by Any Other Name

    Posted February 14th, 2020 by Alaric

    “I’m not Pagan, I’m Heathen.”

    “The difference between a sorcerer and a witch is (fill in some kind of nonsense here).”

    “I’m not religious, I’m spiritual.”

    You’ve probably heard people say something like this, if not all of it.  Words define the universe around us, so it’s only natural that people want precise definitions for those words.  But topics like spirituality and magic don’t lend themselves well to precise, finite definitions, which can actually foster ignorance rather than understanding.  In science exact definitions are a useful tool, but even there it can be misleading.  Scientists scoff at the idea of alchemists trying to turn lead into gold, but the fact is they did exactly that.  (Don’t believe me?  Read Dennis William Hauck’s  The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Alchemy.)  It only seems impossible today because modern science redefined what we mean by “gold”.  The more precise a definition, the more it excludes other possibilities.  This is not always a bad thing, sometimes it is necessary, but it should be approached with humility and the knowledge that those other possibilities do indeed exist.

    And let’s face it, the English language is renowned for its fluidity.  We can choose to hop, leap or jump.  We can be joyous or delighted.  English allows us to express a single concept in multiple ways, often with a different emphasis or tone, but in words that are essentially synonymous.

    So don’t worry too much about labels.  Use what is appropriate at the moment, taking into consideration who you are speaking to and the context of the conversation.  I am a Pagan, a Heathen, a wizard and witch and sorcerer.  You can label my spiritual path Anglo-Saxon or Saxon, I don’t care which because all of these terms are correct.

    Don’t waste time trying to define what you are not.  Just know who you are, and accept that there may be numerous words that define you.


     











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