Amulets


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,

N.

 

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Divination: More Magic


One thing that you won’t find in ‘fantasy magic’ is divination.  However, it can be useful in daily life, so it is well worth looking into.  This is what Greer has to say about it in The Druid Magic Handbook: 

One effective way to learn divination with Ogham or any other oracle is to ask the same simple question each day — “What do I most need to know about the day before me?” — and write down your reading.  Go back a day later and compare the symbols you cast, and the interpretation you gave to them, with the events of the day.  With time and regular practice this process will teach you the meanings of each of the Ogham fews have for you and help guide the growth of your own intuitive abilities.

The Ogham is a divination system using the old Irish Ogham alphabet, each ‘letter’ (I have to assume) being called a ‘few.’  Greer gives a list of meanings for each few in The Druid Magic Handbook.  Personally, I prefer the Runic system, but that’s just me.  There’s also the Tarot.  If you’re going to use the Tarot, read Greer’s  Learning Ritual Magic: Fundamental Theory and Practice for the Solitary Apprentice.  In it Greer suggest a number of authors whose tarot systems are appropriate.  For Runes, read Runelore: A Handbook of Esoteric Runology by Edred Thorsson.

In peace,

N.

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