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Open the door to the ancient Norse world of magic and spirituality with The Rites of Odin by Ed Fitch. The ancient religion of Northern Europe was one of remarkable strength and power, as well as magic and beauty. Its adherents were themselves a solid and adventurous lot: the Norse, Slavs, Germans, ancient Russians, and of course, the Vikings. The Rites of Odin is a compleOpen the door to the ancient Norse world of magic and spirituality with The Rites of Odin by Ed Fitch. The ancient religion of Northern Europe was one of remarkable strength and power, as well as magic and beauty. Its adherents were themselves a solid and adventurous lot: the Norse, Slavs, Germans, ancient Russians, and of course, the Vikings. The Rites of Odin is a complete sourcebook that brings the ancient values back to these turbulent times. What you read here is poetic and powerful, perfect for groups who have chose to follow the Old Ways, for families who wish to be unified by warm and close ceremonies, and for the solitary seeker. - The history and philosophy of ancient Norse magic made practical for today - Basic ritual preparation and design - Seasonal festivals for groups, families, and individuals - Protection rites - Wedding rites - Norse lore - The Runes: their symbolism and use in divination - A Rune-Talisman rite - Crafting a drinking horn - Brewing your own mead The Rites of Odin puts forth the message, in rites, practice, and background lore, that you are uniquely important. You are in charge of your own destiny. The family and friends who constitute your "extended family" are also important: by working together and helping one another, all of you can prosper and be happy....

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ISBN : 9780875422244
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 360 Pages
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The Rites of Odin Reviews

  • Ruby Hollyberry
    2019-02-24 04:13

    This author has absolutely ZERO idea what he is talking about. Never bother with this, it is totally invented crap by someone who failed to even read up on the subject.

  • Andrea
    2019-03-14 01:11

    Basically just as spot on as Lewellyn's other books - that is, utter garbage. Not worth buying, and not worth reading.

  • Ranae
    2019-03-01 03:18

    Pick up this book if you want to know what the Norse traditions are not. Actually that is most likely what people do. I am surprised Llewellyn let this one be published.

  • Wulf
    2019-03-24 22:12

    This book was a gift from a friend. I initially was interested in it, just to see what it was about, as it was the first book I had read Norse related from Llewellyn. The Rites of Odin is a book in Llewellyn's Teutonic Magick Series. The word "Magick" is a dead giveaway of what I found inside. The book itself is a quick read. It covers basic subjects that most beginner books would cover. It also has a craft/brewing section. To someone new coming into Heathenry, this book would seem like a good starting point. The main problem, however, is the fact that the book is full of misinformation. Ed Fitch is a Gardnerian Wiccan. Although, this would normally not matter if he was a scholar and looked to give accurate information, this matters in this case, as it is taken as just how things are. Wiccan terms were used in the book, little research was done about the Gods/Goddesses and the brief overviews were basic information. However, even when explaining the Gods/Goddesses, there was misinformation in that as well.Overall, I wouldn't recommend this to read. For a beginner, this could cause problems if this is one of your first books in the way that much of the information presented is false. Much of the information comes from more of a New Age/Mixed Practice standpoint, and less from a strict Heathen point of view.

  • Scott Thornton
    2019-03-07 23:01

    This book is a waste of paper!

  • Michael
    2019-02-24 00:11

    The main thing I can say in this book's defense is that there wasn't much else around at the time it was published. Its purpose was to present a program for neo-pagans interested in the Norse mythos (today known as "Heathens"). It does this essentially by giving a bunch of predictable and unimaginative rituals that the user could have more profitably written themselves, if there had been some background information about the gods and the religious context. Fitch provides extremely little of that context. There is not even an index which would allow you to track down references to specific gods and goddesses.At the back of the book is a dubious "Lore" section which discusses the Runes from a limited perspective and ties in some other symbol-work and craft that one can work with. Pretty much anything by Edred Thorsson would be better. Oddly, Thorsson was "consulting editor" for this Llewellyn series, and provided an introduction, written in 1989. I suppose that he was conceding that getting anything published on the subject was better than nothing at all. Today, you can do better, and I would recommend that you do.

  • Kathy
    2019-03-04 00:59

    This book is absolutely terrible if you are a Heathen. If you're not than it might be of use to you in the sense that all the information is Wiccan friendly or catered to Wiccans with a "Heathen" spin. Basically if you don't know anything go ahead and read this book, but take it with a grain of salt. This guy is very ignorant and didn't do much research about the topic itself. I bought this book when I knew nothing of my path. Now as a seasoned person I can't read this book without laughing at how much of a joke it is. I gave it away.

  • Casandra
    2019-03-23 02:14

    I have mixed feelings about this book; there isn't a whole lot of extensive literature on Norse pagan ways (/Odinism/Asatru) so I was really looking forward to some insight... However a lot of it contains bastardized Christian holidays/traditions "made Viking like" and it was very inauthentic. I don't really think the author knows what he's talking about, or maybe he was lead astray by other people that didn't.. Either way it was disappointing. If you're looking for a Neo-Norse book that has nothing to do with actual Asatru/Norse teachings, this is it.

  • Jean-Pierre Vidrine
    2019-02-22 02:00

    Putting aside statements early on in the book that call a childless person a "genetic dead end" and warns individuals " . . . not to call unwarranted attention to oneself by being particularly different . . ." (CONFORM!), this is an interesting guide to Heathen custom and ritual as a lifestyle. It is, however, only one author's compilation. It should not be the sole source of information on Heathenry in one's library for one who is truly interested in the path.

  • Cheyenne Gordon
    2019-02-25 23:02

    It's not a bad book if you get down to it some things are wrong but it is just from one person's perspective so that is usually what you will get. However there are some very helpful and useful things in it so I say its an okay book to begin with but you defiantly need to look at others.

  • Susan
    2019-02-27 02:12

    I enjoyed some of the wording, good to inspire me to write something better however, it is not a very good book and not at all very useful to me.

  • Kendra
    2019-03-16 05:08

    Kind of a how-to for Norse ceremonies. Good basic info, though a few oddball things with regards to the runes.

  • Barbara
    2019-03-17 02:01

    Can I count this ways this book is in error, lame, without basis in Asatru and downright silly?

  • Amy Sjoquist
    2019-03-20 04:08

    Interesting. Love Norse mythology.

  • Aggatha
    2019-03-19 06:18

    I recomed this to show to people what not to read about North myths