“A Sea Queen’s Sailing” was originally published in 1906, by a writer who clearly reveled in writing about the various cultures in early medieval Britain.
The story is set at a time when both Christianity and pagan belief were actively practiced. Norse mythology is a constant presence within the story, demonstrating the mythical beliefs of half of the cast of characters.
Whistler writes about the Norse in both their Scandinavian homelands and also their British settlements. In this book, both the Irish and the Scots are featured. Last but not least, Whistler does not leave out my personal favorite, the Anglo-Saxons.
Characters from all three cultures feature prominently in “A Sea Queen,” with none portrayed as superior or inferior to another. This is an author who clearly has a love for all of the cultures that had a strong presence in the British Isles.
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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.”
Editor's Note: Artur Balder's "The Saga of Teutoburg" is a fiction series depicting the life of Arminius the Cheruscan. It has been available in Spanish, and an English language edition is forthcoming. You can read more about the series here, and about Artur Balder here.
Balder states that “the being is an empty fiction, while the myth is the absolute truth.” The myth becomes his central idea, and the anthology of the myth its precondition. Philology becomes to him an enlightened being through the ancient art of reading. And that can only happen when philology, with the Proto-Germanic language involved, suggests the early light of the myth in the very roots of language.
A fixture of Northern, Western, and Central European mythology, the Wild Hunt transcends several pantheons. Its leaders include the Anglo-Saxon god Woden, the Gaulish deity Cernunnos, Arawn and Gwyn ap Nudd who were written about above, Irish folk hero Fionn mac Cumhaill, and the French Hellequin who was an emissary of the Christian devil, and many more.
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.