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A practical guide to the magic of the feminine side of the Norse pantheon
• Provides invocations and rituals to call each goddess forth for personal and group spirit work
• Details the author’s trancework to discover the personalities and powers of Frigg the Allmother, wife of Odin, and the 12 lesser-known Aesir goddesses associated with her
• Offers a comprehensive guide to tranceworking to connect with the deities
Combining traditional research on folklore and the Eddas with trancework and meditation techniques, Alice Karlsdóttir was able to rediscover the feminine side of the Norse pantheon and assemble working knowledge of 13 Norse goddesses for both group ritual and personal spirit work.
Detailing her trancework journeys to connect with the goddesses, the author reveals the long-lost personalities and powers of each deity. She explores the Norse goddess Frigg the Allmother, wife of Odin, along with the 12 Asynjur, or Aesir goddesses, associated with her, such as Sjofn the peacemaker, Eir the Healer, and Vor the Wisewoman. She shares their appearances in the Eddas and Germanic mythology and explains the meanings of their names, their relationships to each other, and their connections to the roles of women in Old Norse society. She provides detailed instructions for invocations and rituals to call each goddess forth for personal and group spirit work. She also offers a comprehensive guide to ritual tranceworking to allow anyone to directly experience deities and spiritual beings and develop spirit-work relationships with them.
Alice Karlsdr has been involved in the Germanic Heathen revival for nearly 40 years, both as a student of Scandinavian and Northern European mythology and folklore and as a practicing Norse Pagan (Asatru). She is a Master in the Rune Gild, an initiatic organization for the teaching and research of runelore and runework, and has been a priestess in several kindreds. She has contributed articles to a number of publications, including Gnosis Magazine, as well as given workshops and presentations on runes, tranceworking, and ritual at various festivals. She lives in Houston, Texas.
Table of Contents
Preface to the Second Edition: The Balance between Trance Knowledge and Lore Knowledge
Preface to the First Edition: The Role of Tranceworking in the Heathen Community
Part One Looking for a Goddess Discovering Mythology and Understanding Tranceworking
1 The Importance of Mythology
2 Exploring Norse Mythology
3 Defining Trance and Its Many Manifestations
4 How to Do Trancework
5 A Visit to Fensalir--An Example of Trancework
6 Challenges of Tranceworking
Part Two Frigg and Her Women The Lore and Trance Methods for Finding the Goddesses
7 The Influence of the Queen of the Gods on Germanic Culture
8 Frigg--The Allmother and a Sample Goddess Ritual