Norse Magic (Llewellyn's World Religion & Magick) Paperback – 31 Jan 1991
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About the Author
A native of the Pacific Northwest, author D.J. Conway has studied the occult fields for over 35 years. Her quest for knowledge has covered every aspect of Paganism and Wicca to New Age and Eastern philosophies; plus history, the magical arts, philosophy, customs, mythologies and folklore. In 1998, she was voted Best Wiccan and New Age author by Silver Chalice, a Pagan magazine. Conway is the author of more than 20 nonfiction books including: Celtic Magic (Llewellyn), Dancing with Dragons (Llewellyn), Mystical Dragon Magic (Llewellyn), The Ancient Art of Faery Magick (10 Speed Press), and The Little Book of Candle Magic (10 Speed Press). She lives a rather quiet life, with most of her time spent researching and writing.
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This is before I even get near the travesty she makes of Norse beliefs and magic. Wicca is not Norse - it is based on ceremonial magic which the Norse peoples did not know or care about. Her descriptions of the gods are cartoony at best and insulting in several instances. Her research is laughable - not least because she took some of her information from a fantasy novel (the names of Freya's cats are from a Diana Paxon story) and from romantic Victorian visions of the Norse peoples.
This is a useless book unless read as comedy!
I feel cheated as Wicca and Northern Magick/Runes are two different things, these do not mix apart from in the authors mind.
If I wanted to read about Wicca, I would have got a book about Wicca, not a so called Asatru book, trying to disguise the fact that it's Wicca!!!
These are worlds apart, and Wicca plays no part in the Norse magick. Norse magick arrived before wicca... Wicca is a newish "school of thought" and is built upon Norse magic, yes: Stone circles, use of metal, herbs, stones etc etc But Wiccan altered it by introducing ceremonial magic influencees such the use of the pentacles and athames etc and from there Norse Magick and Wicca went their seperate ways.
I guess if you know nothing and are into fluffy-bunny magick and this is your first book, them maybe it isn't a complete waste of your time and money. But to me the book reeks of very little research and plenty of fiction all mixed in together, served on a cheap cover.
If you want to get away from all this fluffy-bunny-make-believe and read something meaty, whith good research behind it, you're better off with Helrunar, Hammer of the Gods or Seidways by Jan Fries, Northern Tradition by Pete Jennings, Northern Magic: Rune Mysteries and Shamanism by Eldred Thorsson or Our Throth... Our any of the books mentioned in the review below for Wicca (wicca is not my strong point).
As a piece of fiction or a bit of fluff, then be my guest and buy this book, otherwise, you're better off spending your money on a more serious book, where the author has taken their time to do the proper research behind it.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have many books on witchcraft, wicca, the occult, and everything in between. This is the book that is dog-eared from lots of use! Read morePublished on 11 Jun. 1999
This book is very nice.I like it because it is interesting and really explores the world of magic and gives you a mystic feeling. Read morePublished on 4 May 1999
Though starting out fine with norse ideals, The book really falls short after the beginning by focusing on wicca rituals.Published on 22 Mar. 1999
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