Book Review - Icelandic Magic: Practical Secrets of the Northern Grimoires by Stephen E. Flowers, Ph.D.
Icelandic Magic is the latest title by an author who has been an important voice in the Asatru and wider pagan community for decades. Stephen Flowers, also known as Edred Thorsson, is a legitimate scholar earning his Ph.D. in Germanic Languages and Medieval Studies. He began studying Germanic magical practices very early on, in fact, his dissertation was entitled “Runes and Magic: Magical Formulaic Elements in the Elder Tradition.”
A note to the reader: Never has it been so evident that history can sometimes be murky and difficult to wade through than during my quest to discover the roots of Christmas caroling! Different sources give different information, conflicting dates, and varying histories.
Ordinarily I would not open with a disclaimer. But, under the circumstances, if the reader were to look up this information on their own, they might find answers different than what I’ve said here. So, I will endeavor to weed through it all and give my own assessment of the material. And, I will try to be clear about where my information came from by citing all sources. - Carolyn
(This article was previously published in Celtic Guide magazine).
Witchcraft trials, superstitions, and the practices of the accused is a topic that has been much studied in the past few decades. Most historians focus on the witch hunts of Europe or the Salem witch trials of Massachusetts. But, there are many parts of the United States that have a rich history of superstitious folk tradition that don’t get as much attention. Thomas White’s book, “Witches of Pennsylvania: Occult History & Lore,” reveals that the Keystone State has quite a wicked history of its own.