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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    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.


    Most recent Blog post

    As Within, So Without

    Posted June 3rd, 2014 by Alaric

    In Doreen Valiente’s The Charge of the Goddess, a cornerstone of the Wiccan religion, we are told, “If that which you seek you cannot find within yourself, you will never find it without yourself.”  This is meaningful on multiple levels; one interpretation is that all of the outer trappings and ritual of Pagan spirituality are meaningless if they are not fueled by an inner spark.  Without that essential element we are simply walking in circles, or burning paraffin or pouring booze onto the ground, depending on your path or tradition.  Over the years I have seen far too many people doing this.  It is the reason I wrote To Walk a Pagan Path: Practical Spirituality for Every Day.  The inspiration for the book came to me after a discussion with my friend Christopher Penczak.  When it comes to our approach to magic and spirituality, Christopher and I are worlds apart, and yet each of us respects the other.  We were musing about this, and Christopher suggested that it was because we both “walk the walk” (as he put it).  We live our spirituality, constantly, each and every day.

    To Walk a Pagan Path was written with the assumption that most Pagans would like to do this, but that some people aren’t quite sure how.  Most books about Paganism focus on rituals, paraphernalia and other outer manifestations of spirituality.  My book, which Llewellyn released last November, looked at how a Pagan person can integrate his or her spirituality into daily life.  It was the most ambitious project that I’d undertaken.  Unlike Travels Through Middle Earth and Wyrdworking, this new book wasn’t about Anglo-Saxon Paganism; I was writing it for all Pagans, and so I needed to compose the text in a way that all Pagans could relate to.  But my target audience was even more diverse than this, because even people following the same spiritual path have their own different interests and lifestyles.

    It is for this reason that To Walk a Pagan Path covers a range of ideas and suggestions for the contemporary Pagan.  I knew from the beginning that few people would be interested in every chapter/subject in the book.  For example, one chapter discusses growing a portion of your own food and reclaiming your role in the cycle of taking from and giving back to the earth.  But this requires a lot of outdoor time.  I have Pagan friends – pious, devout Pagan friends – who agree with Dr. Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory when he says, “If outside is so good, why has mankind spent thousands of years trying to perfect the inside?”  In the same way, not everyone connects with animals, and so not everyone will appreciate or enjoy the chapter on developing a “familiar” relationship with what would otherwise be an ordinary pet.

    This is not only okay, it is good and wonderful, because diversity and an appreciation of our differences is what contemporary Paganism is all about.  It is what distinguishes us from the “my way or the highway” religions.  (What?  You thought it was Jesus?  Have you not heard of Christo-Paganism?)  I like everything in the book, but that’s mostly because it’s my book.  If someone else were to write a similar book, I’ve no doubt the author would include topics and activities that I have absolutely no interest in.

    You see, while writing To Walk a Pagan Path, my point wasn’t that you should grow your own food, or develop a familiar relationship with a dog or cat, or bake bread or make a scrying mirror.  My point was that you should do something – anything – after the rituals are over that will continue to manifest your spirituality in your life.  My hope is that the book will encourage more Pagan people to live their spirituality rather than just read about it or talk about it.  How individuals do this will and should depend on their careers, their hobbies, their entertainment and interests and lifestyles.  This is why I gave the book the title To Walk a Pagan Path, and not “To Walk Alaric’s Path”.  It is something you have to find in your own life, and if you cannot see the connection between your daily life and your Pagan spirituality then perhaps you need to dig a little deeper.  Because, as the Wiccans’ goddess says, “If that which you seek you cannot find within yourself…”

     


     










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