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 husband 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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    WITCHCRAFT TODAY - 60 Years On

    Six decades have passed since Gerald Gardner published Witchcraft Today in 1954. This book showcases some of the many witchcraft traditions that have evolved since then. Alaric's contribution is the chapter on the Seax Wica tradition. The book also has chapters about the Dianic tradition, the Alexandrian tradition, Eclectic Wicca and much more.

    Contributors to this anthology include Philip Heselton (Wiccan Roots: Gerald Gardner and the Modern Witchcraft Revival), Hearth Moon Rising (Invoking Animal Magic: A Guide for the Pagan Priestess), Rachel Patterson (Grimoire of a Kitchen Witch), David Salisbury (The Deep Heart of Witchcraft) and others, in addition to Alaric.

    "Sixty years after the publication of Witchcraft Today, we have seen Gerald Gardner's vision grow and evolve as it spreads around the globe. Witchcraft Today - 60 Years On is a fitting tribute, bringing together authors from different paths within the Craft, each with a unique contribution and insight to inspire those who are practicing, teaching and strengthening Wicca today and for the generations to come."
    - Dr. Vivianne Crowley

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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.


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    Today I think I shall wear a Pentagram

    Posted September 5th, 2014 by Alaric

    Concerning Wicca, my disillusion (or enlightenment) began in the mid-1980′s when I attended an herbalism workshop presented by Dr. Roberta Comstock.  It was at the point where the presenter was discussing historical elemental theory that I realized everything I’d learned about the elements – earth, water, air and fire – was a lie.  At the time, it was a tiny crack in the dam, but the cracks continued to spread as I looked closer at the beliefs, tenets and practices that I had held dear for years.  Over and over again I found lies that had spread like prairie wildfires throughout Wicca.

    It wasn’t until I moved to Pennsylvania, though, that the dam finally burst.  I no longer wanted to be identified as Wiccan.  There had been too many lies.  Too many betrayals by people who I had never met, but who I had trusted and believed in.  Even the word Wicca itself was a lie.  I’d been told Wicca was pronounced WICK-ah, and meant “wise one”.  Now I knew that the Anglo-Saxon word was pronounced WITCH-ah, and had always meant pretty much what it sounds like.

    Casting off the fantasies and lies was a liberating experience, and brought me back to my polytheistic roots.  The first witches I met did not believe in only two deities.  It was later that I’d accepted the God-and-Goddess paradigm, and then only because it was what everyone else professed.  The first witches I met did not “cast circles” as a matter of course.  The first witches I met did not even call themselves Wiccan – that was a term they only used in reference to Gardnerian witches.  In stepping away from Wicca, I found more freedom in studying and applying historical Pagan traditions to both my spiritual and my magical practice.  In a sense, I needed to stop identifying as a Wiccan so that I could reclaim my identity as a wicca (male witch).

    And I no longer had to be a “wise one” all the time.  Being wise can be exhausting.

    I harbored a resentment towards Wicca, or at least towards the lies, but that lessened as the years went by.  I also noticed that Wicca was changing.  It was growing, even as I was.  I encountered Wiccan-identified people who, like me, believed that “the God and the Goddess” were only two of countless deities.  I met more and more people who acknowledged and embraced Wiccan ritual as the modern, Neo-Pagan structure that it is.  I even encountered a few people, like author Christopher Penczak, who understand something about the elements and how they interact.  I began to realize that I didn’t really mind casting a circle or calling on a God and Goddess.  The Wiccan ritual structure itself is no more or less valid than an ADF druid reverencing the Well, Fire and Tree, or a group of Ásatruar standing about in a circle and pouring mead onto the ground.  It was the lies that had gotten to me.  I’m perfectly fine with a ritual that was designed last Tuesday if I’m told that it was made up on Tuesday.  The problem comes when I’m told that it’s an Ancient Celtic Ritual from the Star-People of Atlantis.

    As a rule, any mention of ”ancient” is almost guaranteed to set off my bullshitometer these days.

    If I were to identify as Wiccan, it would have to be with the Seax tradition for several reasons.  First, because Ray Buckland (the Father of Seax Wica) has never presented it as anything other than a modern expression of spirituality.  It is inspired by Anglo-Saxon culture, but there is nothing remotely “ancient” about it.  And that’s okay.  Religion is not wine, it does not necessarily improve with age.  Secondly, as mentioned, it is inspired by Anglo-Saxon culture, which is the focus of my spiritual path.  The third reason is that Seax Wica is an egalitarian path.  There are no power structures, no degrees or official leaders.

    My book Wyrdworking: The Path of a Saxon Sorcerer is inspired by Anglo-Saxon lore: the Old English Rune Poem, early healing and fertility charms, and English folk traditions.  It resonates with many Seax Wicans, and because of this I was recently asked if I would go to Peru to speak to a Seax group there.  I can’t do it at this time, but of course I was flattered to be asked.  And this past year I was asked to write the chapter on the Seax tradition for Moon Books’ recently released Witchcraft Today – 60 Years On.  Somehow I have become a “go to” person for Seax witchcraft.  I don’t know how this happened, but I’m okay with it.  I could easily practice in the Seax tradition, reverencing Woden and Frige while recognizing that there are many more deities out there; independent deities, not “aspects” of One God and One Goddess.  Of course if we’re going to “call quarters” I would like the elements to be placed in their correct, historical positions, please.  With that in mind, yes, I can say that I am a Seax Wican.  There is no question that my spiritual focus is on Saxon Paganism.  There is likewise no question that I love wiccecræft.

    And so today I think I shall wear a pentagram.  Tomorrow I may wear a hammer again, or an image of Woden, but today it will be a five-pointed star.  And if you should call me a Wiccan, I will not object.  Nor will I correct your pronunciation.


     










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