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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    Some Thoughts About Anglo-Saxon Medicine

    Posted August 30th, 2015 by Alaric

    While re-reading some Old English healing charms, it came to me that scholars seem to make certain assumptions about early Anglo-Saxon definitions of disease.  Since the 1950’s the charm Against a Dwarf has often been interpreted as “Against a Fever” even though the word is clearly dwarf (dweorh).  It is as if the word must mean something else simply because many people today don’t perceive dwarves to be real.  We sometimes see the same treatment of the charm For the Water-Elf Disease.  Griffiths, quoting another scholar, postulates that the Water-Elf Disease (wæterælfadle) may refer to either chickenpox or measles.  But I have my own theory.  I suspect the Water-Elf Disease is exactly what it purports to be, a treatment for those afflicted with wæterælfadle, which may be only incidentally related to any modern, anatomical definition of disease.

    Assigning modern disease paradigms to early Anglo-Saxon ailments may be as erroneous as trying to reconcile so-called “Western” medicine with Traditional Chinese Medicine.  An issue of Consumer Reports presented a study in the 1990’s showing TCM to be as effective as Western medicine, despite there being no Western explanation for this.  (Of course the reverse is also true, using the definitions and concepts of Traditional Chinese Medicine there is no explanation for the efficacy of modern Western medicine.)  Today many people with absolutely no background in TCM nevertheless accept that modalities such as acupuncture and Chinese herbalism may be useful and valuable healing techniques.  Why then are scholars so quick to assume Anglo-Saxon medicine as “superstition”?

    In his book The Web That Has No Weaver: Understanding Chinese Medicine, Ted J. Kaptchuk shows how a single “Western” disease might be defined as half a dozen different ailments using the diagnostic tools of TCM.  Likewise, a person suffering from a deficiency of liver qi might be diagnosed with any of several ailments by a physician trained in Western anatomical medicine.  Perhaps the same is true of the diseases described in Old English sources.  The symptoms of wæterælfadle include discolored fingernails and teary/watery eyes.  Watery eyes are one symptom of measles, but wouldn’t a description of measles or chicken pox include some mention of a skin rash?  And discolored fingernails aren’t symptomatic of either.

    Taking this further, I wonder to what extent the Anglo-Saxon læce may have been influenced by Hippocratic medicine.  Perhaps the Water-Elf Disease was only peripherally related to physical water and instead described a phlegmatic (cold and moist) condition associated with elemental water.  If so, then the charm Against a Dwarf may have addressed a melancholic (cold and dry) condition, since dwarves are perceived as being subterranean and thus would be associated with elemental earth.  But this is only conjecture.  Anglo-Saxon diseases may have had no more relationship with Hippocratic elemental theory than they do with modern definitions of disease.  We may never know.

    One thing we do clearly see in the Old English remedies is the Anglo-Saxon holistic approach to healing.  For the early English people, disease was as much a spiritual imbalance as a physical phenomenon.


     











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