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

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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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    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

     

    Dead Grandparents

    Posted October 21st, 2018 by Alaric

    Ray Buckland died only a year ago and already there are people making claims that they have some kind of leadership position over the tradition he created in the 1970’s.  But there’s nothing new about this behavior.  It’s easy to say that somebody initiated you or appointed you or otherwise conferred some position of authority to you when that person is safely dead and buried.  Far too many witchcraft traditions have been passed down from conveniently dead grandmothers.

    The most recent manifestation of this phenomenon has come before me with questions about the Steward of the Seax tradition.  The answer to any question like that is the Seax tradition does not have a Steward. It has not had one since Mark Ventimiglia (the tradition’s second Steward) made such a mess of things trying to promote his own homophobic, vegan agenda. This is a fact. Ray and I discussed it in person, and I also still have an email that Ray sent me on June 24th, 2013 in which he flatly says, “I therefore decided (after Ventimiglia left) that the Seax-Wica must sink or swim on its own merits. Hopefully I had given sufficient information to create a good foundation. Others could build from there. So there is no longer a Steward of the Seax-Wica.”

    This is a good thing.  The position of Steward was supposed to be nothing more than a person who people could go to if they had questions about the tradition.  But Ventimiglia’s tenure was evidence that a position like this can be corrupted if it conveys even the slightest position of “power”.  And that is the very antithesis of the Seax tradition.  One of Ray’s primary goals was to create a tradition without hierarchies and claims to authority.

    Ray did not acknowledge any Steward or other authority of the Seax tradition after Ventimiglia, and I have the email to prove it.  The lesson here is that if you need a dead grandparent to back up your claims, choose one who hasn’t left a paper trail.


     











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