Galdor Curse: Interesting

Sorry for the long absence folks; the next post is taking longer than I anticipated.  Here is a curse in the Galdor tradition. (Which is what I’m researching.)  I don’t know who found the original, but apparently the following is taken from the original:

This spell requireth ye hand gesture to be made in ye following way. Extend thy power hand outward toward thy intended target with thy palm facing thy face. Fold thy thumb, first, third, and small fingers into thy palm. If this be done properly, then ye finger of death and damnation shall be extended towards the heavens.

Whilst making the sign of malediction indicated above, intone the following incantation in a great and wrathful voice:





This being done, the wrongdoer’s fate is sealed. Great care must be taken with this most potent curse. It has been known in some instances for angry howling demons to take control of the intended target, causing great bodily harm to the unfortunate wizard.

The sounds are related to the runic alphabet, Futhark.  I would give you a name of a book by Edred Thorsson which goes into this in detail, but it’s another book I can’t find.  

In peace,



Alchemy: Real World Style

Alchemy.  Everyone’s heard of the mineral kind; lead into gold.  However there are a few more kinds: herbal, mineral, sexual and spiritual, and yes, I’m talking about Western traditions.  Since spiritual and sexual alchemy have no equivalent in Skyrim (you don’t really need them to swing a sword), then we’ll leave them for a later post.  As far as herbal alchemy goes, there are two methods; the one written in Greer’s Encyclopedia of Natural Magic,  and one in a book by Albertus which I can’t find right now (some people lose their socks, I lose my favorite books.)  With Greer’s method, you have to calcine the herb in a very hot oven, around the temperature that one of those self-cleaning ovens get to, which means that if you live in an apartment and try this, the fire department is going to be very cross.  Therefore, you need to live in a house.

If you live in a house and want to practice this form of alchemy, then you have many things to consider, the first of which is timing.  You can practice alchemy without bothering with timing, but you will have more success if you do use timing.  All substances in natural magic are ruled by an element, planet, and astrological sign.  At certain points of the year, certain times are better to make potion x because the energy conditions are more suited to making that potion.  As an example, say you wanted to make a potion of courage.  One of the traditional herbs used for courage is borage.    Borage is ruled by Jupiter, which governs all things associated with good fortune and growth.  Therefore your timing would be ruled by Jupiter.  Jupiter’s day is Thursday, so any working would have to be done on a Thursday.  Since the phases of the moon also have a bearing on magical energy, that would have to be considered as well.  Etheric energies are strongest at the full moon, and when the moon is waxing from new to full, the energies foster growth.  So therefore, you have to start the potion on a Thursday in the after the second quarter of the moon.

So therefore, the next Thursday in is in the waxing moon is on December 20th.  Since the full moon is on the 28th, you have two Thursdays to start your potion.  The planets also rule the hours of the day and night, so if you want to get really  anal about timing, you can also add in the hour of Jupiter as well.  This, however, requires lots of calculations, and that seems to be too much work, in my opinion.

So if you use Skyrim’s ‘make the potion when you find a table and have the time’ method then you may or may not have success.  However, I will say this about Skyrim-style alchemy: judging by the equipment on the table, I’d say that it’s more like the other method of alchemy which requires a lot of laboratory glassware.  As soon as I find that damn book again I’ll write up on that.

In peace,



Amulets are a tricky subject.  For the most part, real-world amulets can only do two things: protect,enhance and attract.  Protection is usually from those unseen, nasty, etheric creatures discussed in Greer’s book Monstersenhancement usually is of psychic abilities, and attract, well, there’s love, money, success, etc.  Everything that doesn’t require physical skill can most likely be enhanced.  I say most likely because I haven’t finished reading all of the old magical tomes (books, that is), to see if absolutely everything can be enhanced.  The only physical thing that might be enhanced is stamina, but that just might be psychosomatic.  Incidentally, the amulets of Saturn, the Moon, etc., are amulets of the heavenly bodies not of the corresponding Roman Gods,

Like I’ve said elsewhere, and probably will keep repeating, if you follow a certain panthenon (Greek/Viking/Babylonian, etc), then it’s logical to carry the amulets of that culture and only that culture or tradition. Some ancient cultures, such as Egypt have left us with more amulets than we can count, others, like the Anglo-Saxons have completely been obliterated from the archaeological record.  Yes, some have been found in the earliest of graves, but the early Christians did such a good job of ‘sanitizing’ the spiritual lives of the early English, that I’m surprised that even the ones that were found were found at all.  Heathenry amongst the Norse, on the other hand, lasted longer and so there are more amulets to be seen.  It seems that Germanic Heathenry lasted the longest in Iceland leaving us with the book Galdrabók, which is quite detailed in the art of Rune magic.  And before you ask, no I didn’t buy the book, not at that price (click on the link and you’ll find out).  It seems some generous soul has (badly!) scanned the entire book into a pdf and posted it onto one of the torrent sites.  If you search for Edred Thorsson’s books you’ll find it.  Judging from the scans, the Galdrabók has only a small amount of pre-Christian amulets/spells in it.  Most of what’s contained are a blend of Heathen and Christian beliefs and formulas.  However, at the very least, the runic patterns would make lovely decoration if incorporated into embroidery patterns on one’s robe.

In peace,




Altars: Do We Need Them?

Yes, I still exist.  The answer is no, we don’t.  If you’re not calling on a particular deity, then you certainly don’t.  Fantasy magic relies only on the talent of the spell-caster.  If you ascribe to a particular religion, then have an altar somewhere, particularly if there is a shortage of temples nearby.  It seems to me that an altar is merely a focal point to quiet the mind, however, concentrating ritual objects requires it, which is essentially enchanting.  However, in Skyrim, for instance, enchanting has a worktable, not an altar or shrine.  It’s up to you.

In peace,


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