The Wisdom of Odhinn
Here are written, for those who have the strength to grasp them, the hidden secrets with which our ancestors ruled wind and wave, fire and earth and the minds of men. For nine nights the great god Odhinn hung on the World-Tree, pierced by his own spear, the winds between the worlds blowing cold about him. At last he saw, in a blindingmoment of might, the runes written at the great tree’s roots. He took them up: great in power, great in wisdom,growing ever in might and lore from the secret his sacrifice won him. He taught the mysteries of the runes to hischildren among the human race, and these songs of might were sung and carved on wood and stone from Ger- manyto England, to Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Iceland, wherever the Teutonic peoples walked in their bright pathsof battle and hidden wisdom.Though stilled by the kristjan church for a time, the secrets of magic lived on, passing in whispers through the ties of love and blood. Only in this last century, by the work of a few hid- den heroes, has this wisdom been recovered. Now, in this book, it is set out as fully as possible for those who dare. Learn how to use the ancient runic magic of Odhinn: how to read the future written in the runes, how to write and chant the songs of power so that you yourself may shape the windings of your life. Learn the secrets of magical poetry, of ritual, of the Teu- tonic herbs and trees of enchantment, of the Nine Worlds and the ways between them,and of faring forth in the spirit to learn things hidden and work your will. Learn of the gods and wights known byour ancestors, whose might will aid you in your magic and your life: Odhinn, Thorr, Freyja, Freyr, Tyr; the elvesand dwarves; the spirits of your family and those who follow you. Take back the might of your ancestors, that youmay grow in strength and wisdom and aid in the knowledge and healing of the earth.
Magic is dedicated to the members of my first rune class, Erik (Eirikr) Malmstrom, Larry Pettit(Asgar), and Judith Pruett, who listened to this book in its first lifetime as a collection of scribbled notesand found it worthy of continued existence.I would like to thank Edred Thorsson for his kind permission to use his translations of the Rune Poems inthis book and for his encouragement and assistance in bringing it into being. Thanks are also owed toPatricia Paterson, Gloria Calasso1 and Hendrix Tolliver III of the Athanor Bookstore, who twisted myarm until I started doing the teaching work which led to this book; and to my endlessly supportiveparents, who paid all the library fines incurred in two years of research.