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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A Few Authors of Note


First thing first, fellow Mage-wannabes;  whom to read and whom to avoid.

John Michael Greer tops my list in the To Read category.  Why?  Simple.  In the case of Encyclopedia of Natural MagicGreer has gone back to the old herbals and works by the master herbalists of the past, such as Nicholas Cullpepper.  So get everything you can of his.

The only other author I’ll recommend at this point is Edred Thorsson.  He seemed a bit fanatical in the introduction to Futhark: A Handbook of Rune Magicbut, he too knows his stuff.

The two authors I avoid are the late Scot Cunningham and Ralph Blum.  Unlike Greer, it seems that Cunningham didn’t go back to the old herbals and alchemical texts and Blum freely admits that his take on rune lore comes not from a traditional system like that of Thorsson but is his own making.

One final note about authors.  Many of the esoteric and occult books I’ve read over the past 20+ years have had testimonials of  ‘how the system worked for me’ crap in them.  If you find that in a book you’re reading, something’s wrong.  This could be for one of two reasons.  One, the author clearly feels that his or her work wouldn’t hold up to scrutiny, and includes the stories to give credence to what he or she is trying to sell you on, or the manuscript isn’t long enough and the stories were included to pad the text.

In Peace,

N.

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