During the Christianization of Europe in the Middle Ages, many books of magic were lost as the ancient pagan traditions were suppressed. But in Iceland the practice of recording magical spells in books continued in secret for centuries, on a scale not seen elsewhere. Now housed in the National Library in Reykjavik, these surviving grimoires, which represent only a hundredth of what was lost, reveal a rich magical tradition that continued to evolve into the 20th century. Drawing directly from the actual surviving Icelandic books of magic, Stephen Flowers presents a complete system of magic based on Icelandic lore and magical practices from the 16th century onward. He explores the history of magic in Iceland in pagan and early Christian times and reveals specific practical techniques and ritual templates that readers can adapt to their unique purposes. Flowers also presents an extensive catalog of actual spells and magical workings from the historical Icelandic books of magic. These examples provide ready-made forms for practical experimentation as well as an exemplary guide on how to create signs and symbols for more personalized magical work. The author also includes guidance on creating unique magical signs from the 100 mythic names of Odin, which he translates and interprets magically, and from Icelandic magical alphabets, symbols that connect Icelandic magic to the ancient runic tradition.
Stephen E. Flowers, Ph.D., received his doctorate in Germanic languages and medieval studies from the University of Texas at Austin and studied the history of occultism at the University of Goettingen, Germany. The author of more than 24 books, including Lords of the Left-Hand Path, he is the director of the Woodharrow Institute for Germanic and Runic Studies. He lives near Austin, Texas.
Notes to the Reader on Abbreviations, Orthography, and Foreign Words Foreword: Magic Manuals and Sorcerous Staves by Michael Moynihan xi Preface Introduction: A Magical Text Part One Historical Background and Basics of Magical Practice 1 Historical Context 2 History of Magic in Iceland The Pre-Christian Age Catholic Period Protestant Period 3 Icelandic Books of Magic Legendary Black Books The Galdrabok Other Collections of Magic The Two Traditions in the North 4 The Gods of Magic: AEsir, Demons, and Christ The Pagan Gods and Goddesses Christian Demons 5 Runes and Magical Signs 6 The Theory and Practice of Galdor-Sign Magic 7 The Legends and Lore of Iceland's Magicians Saemundur the Wise Gottskalk the Cruel Eirikur of Vogsosar Galdra-Loftur 8 Preparation and Inner Work 9 Ritual and the Grammar of Signs Introduction Equipment Basic Ritual Format Guide to Special Instructions Inner Nature of Galdor Aims of Galdor Interpretation and Construction of Signs AEgishjalmur Galdramyndir Galdrastafir Part Two GRAY-SKIN Introduction to the Workings I Wisdom 1. To Awaken Yourself to a Sense of Mystery and Wonder 2. For Insight into Things beyond the Earthly Realm 3. To Link Yourself with the Power and Knowledge of Your Soul 4. To Know the Unknown 5. Discovering the Unknown 6. Concealment 7. For Gaining Inspiration 8. Wayfinder 9. Thief-Detective 10. Sitting-Out Stave II Power 90 1. Winning Struggles of All Kinds 2. Victory 3. To Win a Debate 4. Herzlustafir (Strengthening Staves) III Protection 1. Return to Sender 2. Protection from Embarrassment 3. A Washing Verse: To Wash Away Ill Will and Negativity 4. Sorcery Prevention 5. Against Foreboding When You Go into the Darkness 6. Against All Witchery IV Control 1. To Calm Anger 2. To Gain the Favor of Powerful Persons 3. To Cause Fear in an Enemy 4. Against the Ill Will of Powerful Persons 5. To Calm the Anger of an Enemy 6. To Have Success in a Meeting 7. Dunfaxi (= Down Mane)--To Win a Law Case 8. The Silencer V Prosperity 1. Deal-Closer (= Kaupaloki) 2. To Have Success in Business 3. Another Kaupaloki VI Love 1. Luck in Love 2. To Enchant a Woman and Win Her Love 3. To Win the Love of a Person VII Reception of Luck and Release of Blessings 1. The Luck Knot 2. Lukkustafir (= Luck Staves) 3. To Get Your Wish 4. Release 5. To Get Things to Turn Out as You Wish 6. Good Luck 7. To Acquire the Object You Crave 8. To Get Back What Was Stolen VIII Sleep Magic 1. Lucid Dreaming--Dream Stave I 2. Dream Sendings--Dream Stave II 3. Against Headache and Insomnia Appendix A Runes and Magical Letters Appendix B Names of Odinn Appendix C Magical Letters and Rune Kennings Appendix D The "Our Father" Prayer in Latin Bibliography Index Your Personal Magical Workings