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Neolithic Shamanism: Spirit Work in the Norse Tradition

Neolithic Shamanism: Spirit Work in the Norse Tradition [Kindle Edition]

Raven Kaldera , Galina Krasskova
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"Our modern world is hungry for Spirit, and this hunger leads to some dark places if it isn't met by Spirit. The shaman's path is the strongest means we have of addressing this hunger in a meaningful way. Kaldera and Krasskova offer a grand mix of tradition, magic, and reconstruction in service to a broad community. Those with a genetic, cultural, or spiritual link with northern European culture will find this book especially satisfying."

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A step-by-step guide to working with the spirits of ancient northern Europe

• Explains how to build relationships with Earth, Sun, Moon, Plants, Animals, Water, Fire, Craft, Air, and the Ancestors through 83 practical exercises

• Explores the role of altered states in spirit work

• Outlines the ancient cultural rules and taboos to avoid spiritual debt or offense

We are all surrounded by spirits. Many people feel called to work with them, but few know where to begin. Enjoined by the gods and spirits to fulfill this need, Raven Kaldera and Galina Krasskova have reconstructed the indigenous spiritual traditions of northern Europe and Scandinavia extinguished more than one thousand years ago by the spread of Christianity. Arising from basic survival needs, these practical traditions are fundamentally tied to the elements found in the harsh world of the ancient North.

Beginning with the skills tied to the Earth element, necessary for grounding prior to the more demanding aspects of the practice--working with Sun, Moon, Plants, Animals, Water, Fire, Craft, and Air--the authors explain, step by step, how to build relationships with each elemental spirit and the Ancestors. Offering 83 practical exercises, from cleansing with the Moon or borrowing the legs of Reindeer to making sacred space with Mugwort or creating an ancestor altar, they also explore building spirit relationships through altered states. Emphasizing the proper management of your spirit relationships to avoid spiritual debt or offense, the authors outline the ancient cultural rules and taboos that circumscribe these practices, essential knowledge for successful and fruitful spirit alliances.

Detailing the beginning set of skills needed to work with the spirits of this ancient world, this comprehensive workbook offers a unique ancestral spiritual outlet for those of northern European descent as well as an accessible guide for anyone trying to fulfill their shamanic callings.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1097 KB
  • Print Length: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Destiny Books (16 Nov 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A8JP4JU
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #373,848 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I was expecting 29 Jan 2014
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The book arrived later than stated and I was quite disappointed as it was not what I thought it would be about unfortunately.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is the kind of work every one needs to read 25 Nov 2012
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"Neolithic Shamanism: Spirit Work in the Northern Tradition", by Odhinn's one good eye I wish I could have had this book thirty years ago. Literally. This is more than just a "basic" book however the basics are solidly covered and exercises are given. Much of what is here I learned the hard way, in ways that hurt. I always try to read ground level books as I can for a couple of reason's; one, it helps keep me grounded and re-iterates the need for solid groundwork and two, I have children I hope will follow me someday and I am always building my library for them. This is a solid addition to the library and I praise the authors for having the fore thought and courage to be complete and honest in their writing. It's not a wham bam oh noes I am a sorcerer fear me book which one sees all to often these days, its a book about hard work, dedication and the rewards which can come from such.

I would go so far as to say whether or not you are a believer in the Norse pantheon and the specific spirituality associated with them is irrelevant, the information to be gleaned here is well worth the price of admission and to the right individual could be adapted to suit.

Having said that; I have always been a follower of the Northern Path since before I knew it had a name.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great information... 6 Aug 2013
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I am giving the book 5 stars even though it does have some drawbacks. Firstly, there is a lot of good information, as well as many good exercises in here. And I do believe the authors have a vast store of experience and knowledge which they base their writings on. However, the authors seem to be a bit too totalitarian when it comes to their ideologies. They are on the brink of turning their particular flavor paganism/shamanism into a dogma much similar to any traditional religion. While most of the ideals they stress in such a 'black and white' manner are true for the most part, I personally don't feel shamanism was bound in such dogma. Even with that being said, I recommend you buy all of these authors books, because they do contain great information.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shamanism 9 May 2013
By Morrighan - Published on
Though there is controversy with contemporary shamanism, Raven's book is an excellent introduction. It's important that we learn about spirit work that is not Harner based but culturallly based.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect intro for those who want to get their feet wet 29 July 2013
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This is exactly the book I have been waiting for. It is full of practical advice and techniques presented in a clear and easy to understand format. I have read other books by these authors and continue to be impressed by how they can shed such a brilliant light on topics that have long been clouded by mystery and misconception. This book is a no non-sense introduction to Shamanism that I would recommend as the first book you pick up on the topic, or to those who have been dabbling for a while. It includes some great recommendations for other books if you feel like you need to know more as well.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read 22 April 2014
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Whether interested in being a Shaman, or just looking for a book to inspire your spiritual growth, this is a must read! Don't get frustrated and stop reading it if you can't "see" whilst journeying, keep reading as the lessons are worth every second you spend with this book. Also, remember there is more than one way of seeing as the authors point out.
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