Alaric embraced polytheism in the summer of 1971, and has never looked back! Over the past five 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

     

    A HANDBOOK OF SAXON SORCERY & MAGIC: Wyrdworking, Rune Craft, Divination and Wortcunning

    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. A Handbook of Saxon Sorcery & Magic 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? This book 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)

     

    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!


    MARTIN RUNE DECK


     

     


     

     


     

     

     

    We are pleased to announce the publication of the Martin Rune Deck, a set of Anglo-Saxon Futhorc Rune cards. This deck is the result of an extensive year-long collaboration between artist Taren Martin and Alaric Albertsson, author of Travels Through Middle Earth: The Path of a Saxon Pagan, A Handbook of Saxon Sorcery & Magic, and To Walk A Pagan Path. Albertsson was gracious enough to write the text for the booklet that accompanies the deck, which not only includes translations of each passage of the Rune Poem, but meanings for each rune. The booklet also gives suggested divination layouts, and an example of using Rune Magic.

    Composed of 33 illustrations, the Martin Rune Deck depicts the 29 passages of the Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem. Each card includes the runic symbol, the name of the rune and an illustration depicting the rune's meaning as given in the Rune Poem. In addition are four more cards for the runes that have no surviving lore. These additional cards were designed with a distinct look by the artist, to distinguish them from the others. The card backs show the Eormensyl, the great World Tree, surmounted by the Well of Wyrd, which holds in its inky depths the primal elements of Fire and Ice.

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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

     

    What Do You Bring to the Table?

    Posted October 10th, 2021 by Alaric

    Very recently I learned of two charlatans who were preying on our community.  It hit me fairly hard because both were people who I believed in and admired.  It was also a harsh reminder of a fundamental weakness in the Pagan community.  We have a most unfortunate tendency to value titles and authority, and this focus has created a fertile playground for narcissists and similar people who will say or do almost anything to bolster their own sense of power.

    This can manifest in so many ways.  I’ve lost count of how often I have heard someone brag about their degree, or initiatory lineage, or ancestral lineage, or how long they have practiced whatever it is they do.  To be fair, our infatuation with title and authority is built into our culture.  How do I describe myself in a blurb as a presenter without mentioning how long I have worked with herbs or how long I have practiced witchcraft, or giving some other “credentials”?  As a friend mentioned to me recently, the difference is that I don’t list these things with malicious intent.  But unfortunately you can’t see or smell or taste intent.  At least not until the damage has been done.  And there are people out there who are doing damage.

    I think we can turn things around to some extent, though, in our conversations with one another.  But this is something we need to do consciously.  We need to move away from our focus on authority.  So you’re a third degree Whatzamatradition?  Why should I care?  Unless I personally know the person who initiated you, it has literally no meaning.  There isn’t any standard for these degrees.  You have some Native American ancestry?  Big damn deal.  Chromosomes do not form your ideas or your worth or your character.  Or (my favorite) you’re so proud of how long you’ve been a practicing witch, like there’s some kind of contest and Christian Bale is first prize for whoever was initiated first.  The fact is that most of the basic practice – whatever you practice – is something learned within the first year or so.  Let’s stop worshiping this meaningless crap!  Instead of admiring titles and degrees and lineage, let’s give our respect to service.

    Service.  What do you give?  Everyone in our community has worth.  Maybe you only discovered and embraced Paganism two weeks ago, but you are bringing years of life experience to the table.  What can you share?  What will you share?  Over the years I have come to realize that my real power – the real impact I have had in the world – comes not from any glory or title, but from small acts born of compassion.  And that latter quality is imperative.  It can’t be things you do because you want to be seen doing good deeds.  Your acts have to truly come from compassion; from a desire to bring some light into the world.

    So don’t tell me when you were initiated or to what elevation.  Don’t boast of your ancestry or your training, don’t drop names (who you know is not who you are).  Don’t tell me what you have done.  Just bring your best.  Because we can do better than we have.


     











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