The Living Tradition of Norse Paganism
by Ryan Smith
The Way of Fire and Ice reimagines and grounds Norse Paganism in today’s world, focusing on the needs of modern practitioners. This book provides practical information on crafting ritual, developing personal mystical practices, and building sustainable community. Instead of being a guide to the reconstruction of ancient Norse religion, this material helps you participate in a modern revival that integrates Norse deities and beliefs with elements of neopagan practice.
Within these pages, you will find fascinating perspectives on Norse cosmology, the runes, and the nine worlds. You will learn all about the gods, ancestors, and spirits of place and the steps you can take to begin relationships with them. You will also discover ideas for celebrating holidays and special rites as well as tips for joining or starting your own group.
Norse Paganism makes a strong impact in the lives of its practitioners. Whether you want to improve your spiritual connection in the routine matters of daily life or want to work with bigger questions of purpose and meaning, the practical informational presented here will serve you on your journey.
* Provides a strong alternative to the reconstructionist approach of Asatru/Heathenry; helps readers incorporate the wisdom and virtues found in the old Norse sagas into a contemporary lifestyle
* Written with a strong emphasis on democratic/non—hierarchical group structure and anti—fascist thought, taking inspiration from Reclaiming and other egalitarian training sources
* Directly addresses challenges facing modern Norse Pagans like organized bigotry within the community and the struggles of day—to—day living