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 left the Midwest and moved to Pennsylvania, where he currently resides.
   Alaric and his partner Scott co-founded the Saxon inhíred Earendel in 2003. Like all inhírdas, Earendel is an extended family and not open to the public, but its members strive to foster a greater public awareness and appreciation of Pagan Saxon traditions in southwestern Pennsylvania. As an author, speaker and drýmann, Alaric himself travels around the United States giving presentations and classes throughout the year.

 


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

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    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)

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    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!

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    PAGANISM 101

    A different kind of introduction to Paganism, this book was written by 101 Pagans from diverse paths. Alaric wrote the primary article in the Heathen chapter, but each chapter includes several authors to give a wider point of view. Paganism 101 will give you a deeper appreciation for the variety of expression found in our communities.

  • Section One looks at "who we are": Druids, Heathens, Wiccans and more.
  • Section Two explores Pagan beliefs about the deities, nature, ethics and the afterlife.
  • Section Three examines contemporary Pagan practices: rituals, magic, herbalism and so on.
  • "Paganism is an umbrella term covering a rich profusion of traditions, attitudes, experiences and beliefs. What better way to reflect that reality within one book than to get so many good writers to represent it?"
    - Professor Ronald Hutton

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    THE GREEN LOVERS

    Author and editor Christopher Penczak assembles a collection of people sharing their love of plants and plant spirit magic. Alaric contributed two pieces to this wonderful anthology. In 'Rosemary for Remembrance', Alaric discusses the uses and lore of his favorite herb. Later in the book, in 'Herb Magic and the Doctrine of Signatures', he shows how easy it is to incorporate sympathetic magic into one's work with herbs. Other authors in the anthology include Raven Grimassi (The Mandrake), Ann Moura (Rosemary and Wood Betony: Protectress and Prankster) and Christopher Penczak himself (The Magic of Lemon Balm), among many others.

    "Plants, while perhaps not invested in ego persona, do have different sides, and reveal them under different circumstances. Some are like business associates. Some are good friends, and some are even like lovers."
    - Christopher Penczak

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    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

    But My Chickens Will Stop Laying

    Posted March 30th, 2014 by Alaric

    As I point out in To Walk a Pagan Path: Practical Spirituality for Every Day, caring for the hens we have in the back yard takes no more time than caring for our parakeet.  The difference is that our hens allow us to participate more fully in the cycle of taking from and giving back to the earth.  They recycle bugs and food scraps, turning these into delicious and nourishing eggs, with a by-product of chicken poop that gets composted to renew our garden soil.

    So why don’t more people have chickens?  From the questions I receive, one reason is the uncertainty of what to do with an older hen after she stops laying.  I am often asked this, and the answer is two-fold.  I’ve done it both ways, and, for me, either option is equally valid.  Which solution you want to pursue is a personal choice.

    ANSWER #1.  You eat the hen.  Perhaps that sounds cruel, but, if done properly, it is far kinder than what has happened to every chicken you have purchased at a supermarket or munched on after driving through a fast-food outlet.  Of course you do have to dispatch the bird quickly, with as little stress or pain as possible.  After killing the hen, scalding it (dunking it into a pot of boiling water) will make it far easier to pluck out the feathers.  Get a book on slaughtering and cleaning chickens.  It really isn’t difficult, at least not compared to other livestock.  But your hen is an old bird, so don’t expect tender flesh; those big juicy breasts in the store came from very young birds.  After cleaning the bird, boil it in water to which you’ve added a tablespoon of vinegar to tenderize the muscle tissue.  Then use the meat in a chicken soup.

    Or…

    ANSWER #2.  If you are a vegan, or if you’re a bit squeamish, you’ll be happy to learn that there’s no need to ever slaughter your hens.  It’s true that a hen slows down when she gets older, but that happens to all of us, doesn’t it?  However you don’t have to worry about what to do when a chicken stops laying, because they NEVER stop laying.  At least I have never had one “stop”.  When someone says a chicken has stopped laying, what he means is that the bird has slowed down to a point where it is more profitable to replace it with a younger, more productive hen.  But people who keep backyard chickens aren’t in it for the profit (you’ll never produce eggs cheaper than they can under the horrific conditions of a factory farm).  Your old hen will continue to give you an occasional egg, and she won’t slow down a bit when it comes to keeping down the resident bug population or adding manure to your compost heap.  And, besides, she’s so darn cute.

     


     










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