This is a book that acts as a ‘traveler’s guide’ to a hidden country within each human being. Primal peoples all over the world embrace the ideas discussed in this work: the animistic worldview, spiritual communion with the dead and the Unseen World, sorcery and magic.
Author and traditional witch Robin Artisson explores these mystical themes from the perspective of The Old Faiths and pre-Christian metaphysical impulses of Europe and the British Isles. Bringing a new perspective to these ancient practices and making them more accessible, this book is a key to the door that leads into the mythical dimension of each person, and every feature of the sacred landscape. It helps to unlock the hidden wisdom in folklore, shed light on the enigma of the human being, and manifest an experience of the wisdom of the Old Ways- insofar as a book can. This book is about getting out of books and back into the spiritual dimension of the Land itself, and requires considerable dedication and work.
Robin Artisson has been studying folklore and supernaturalism and practicing sorcery- in the true historical meaning of the word- for 14 years now, which is far longer than most people said he'd survive. He's from South Louisiana, of Bernician (Anglo-Pictish) heritage, but also of Irish, Cajun and Sicilian descent. He grew up in the shadow of the last home of active and accepted supernaturalism in the United States: New Orleans, and the entire hairy, scary regions far south. Katrina? Fuck Katrina! The Spirit of the Great Sultan of the South has endured many hard blows of Fate before, and will endure forever.
Robin is an herbalist, a devoted deep ecologist and animist, and a skilled practitioner of trance-healing and divination. By this, we mean to say that Robin spends a good deal of time inducing altered states of consciousness whereby he may (at times) interact with extra-sensory reality for the purposes of finding guidance for himself or others, or for healing purposes. He performs these works as an Owl-Doctor or healer (some say "witch") of pretty decent folkloric learning, given to a mind of animistic principles.
Robin is a learned holistic healer, augurist, reader of omens, and a skilled dream interpreter. He is passionately in love with chess, very dark ale, sushi, religious philosophy and debate, historical re-enactment activities, occult studies, historical books and research, systems theory, the Robin of Sherwood BBC series (that is not the source of his name, however) and writing. He is a father and husband, and a student of life.
Robin holds a BA in European History/Anthropology, an MA in Criminal Justice and Policy Science, and an MA in Marriage and Family Therapy. He currently works in the field of Trouble and Pernicious Mischief, all alongside his writing, of course. He has written (currently) four books and countless articles online and in various publications. Chances are, if you've hung around the "pagan" internet, (such that it is) you've heard of him.read more
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