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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars cold tea fusion, 9 July 2012
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This review is from: Seidways: Shaking, Swaying and Serpent Mysteries (Paperback)
This book is most entertaining.

It does not set out to redefine any tradition and only to propose that, firstly; shaking, trembling, swaying and such like have been used in the past for a magickal benefit. Secondly; they have been used by contemporary student magicians for similar purposes, and if so, they may be of value to the reader(why else would you even consider buying the book otherwise, if it were not a possibility).

Yes the author references popular traditions/mythos we are all familiar with and to those stuck in their own little faith circles this may intimidate them. However this is a book about a living magick, not a faithful reconstruction through the fallacy of non-contemporary 'authoritative' historical accounts, claiming truth.

Good books make your tea grow cold, the longer you are entranced by them, this book has ruined many cups of tea for me, hopefully it can do the same for you.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, 20 Aug. 2004
This review is from: Seidways: Shaking, Swaying and Serpent Mysteries (Paperback)
As it says on the cover, this book covers "shaking, swaying and serpent mysteries". If you want to know about any of these techniques then this book is worth 5* and more.
This book combines the history of swaying and shaking shamanic techniques and then gives practical advice as to how to achieve "trance and possession". I studied these techniques before reading the book so I can certainly say that they do work.
Unlike a lot of books Jan Fries actually does write about what it says on the cover, and it will not disappoint. It is also very well researched and had a very good bibliography. If I wanted to learn even half of what it says in this book then it would take me the next 30 years.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A book about a very effective technique, 18 Oct. 2009
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The title 'Seidways' gives the impression it is a book about the norse tradition of Seidr but it is instead a book about 'shamanic trembling'. To be fair, the author, whos background is in the Thelemic/Maatian new age systems, does present a reasonable argument for the original Norse Seidr being a form of shamanic trembling though the evidence for this is thin. There are many different examples of 'shaking' given in the book from various traditions and there is practical instruction for developing this yourself. This is a New Age book that has a very potent technique to teach but wether this is Seidr or not is debatable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 22 Dec. 2014
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