Demons and Spirits of the Land: Ancestral Lore and Practices

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Inner Traditions #ad - Lecouteux explores arthurian legends, dragons, and mythology for evidence of the untamed spirits of the wilderness, and demons, folk tales, such as giants, and examines the rites and ceremonies used to gain their good will. Specific rites had to be performed to negotiate with the local spirits and ensure proper placement and protection of a new building.

They both feared and respected these entities, knowing the importance of appeasing them for safe travel and a prosperous homestead. Exploring medieval stories, claude lecouteux reveals the multitude of spirits and entities that once inhabited the land before modern civilization repressed them into desert solitude, impenetrable forests, folk traditions, and pagan rituals of home building and site selection, spiritual place names, and inaccessible mountains.

Demons and Spirits of the Land: Ancestral Lore and Practices #ad - He explains how, to our ancestors, enclosing a space was a sacred act. An exploration of the wild spirits that once roamed the lands and inhabited the waters and the pagan rites used to gain their good will • Explores medieval stories and folk traditions of brownies, and demons • Explains the specific rites performed to negotiate with the local spirits and ensure their permission before building on new land • Shows how these beliefs carried through to modern times, dragons, fairies, giants, every spring its lady, will-o’-the-wisps, especially in architecture Our pagan ancestors knew that every forest has brownies and fairies, and every river malevolent beings in its depths.

These land spirits often became the household spirit, taking up residence in a new building in exchange for permission to build on their territory. They told tales of giants in the hills, marshes swarming with will-o’-the-wisps, avalanches, dragons in the lakes, and demons and wild folk in the mountains who enjoyed causing landslides, and floods.

. The author also shows how our ancestors’ concern for respecting nature is increasingly relevant in today’s world.

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The Tradition of Household Spirits: Ancestral Lore and Practices

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Inner Traditions #ad - Examines how the ancient customs of constructing and keeping a house formed a sacred bond between homes and their inhabitants • shares many tales of house spirits, and building practices used by our ancestors to bestow happiness and prosperity upon their homes and their occupants Why do we hang horseshoes for good luck or place wreaths on our doors? Why does the groom carry his new bride over the threshold? These customs represent the last vestiges from a long, prayers, the fireplace or hearth, from cajoling the local land spirit into becoming one’s house spirit to the good and bad luck bestowed by mischievous house elves • Explains the meaning behind door and window placement, horsehead gables, and the threshold • Reveals the charms, chants, house orientation, rich history of honoring the spirits of our homes.

Used book in Good Condition. Examining the extensive traditions surrounding houses from medieval times to the present, humanity had an extremely sacred relationship with their homes and all the spirits who lived there alongside them--from the spirit of the house itself to the mischievous elves, moving largely from the countryside into cities, fairies, Claude Lecouteux reveals that, before we entered the current era of frequent moves and modular housing, and imps who visited, invited or not.

The Tradition of Household Spirits: Ancestral Lore and Practices #ad - Revealing our ancestors’ charms, lecouteux shows that we can invite the spirits back into our houses, prayers, old or new, and practices to bestow happiness and prosperity upon their homes, and restore the sacred bond between home and inhabitant. Uncovering the lost meaning behind door and window placement, lecouteux shares many tales of house spirits, and the threshold, the hearth, from the offerings used to cajole the local land spirit into becoming the domestic house spirit to the good and bad luck bestowed upon those who seek the help of the “Little Money Man.

He draws on studies and classic literature from old Europe--from Celtic lands and Scandinavia to France and Germany to the far eastern borders of Europe and into Russia--to explain the pagan roots behind many of these traditions. He shows how every aspect of constructing and keeping a house involved rites, customs, and taboos to appease the spirits, ceremony, including the choice of a building lot and the very materials with which it was built.

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The Return of the Dead: Ghosts, Ancestors, and the Transparent Veil of the Pagan Mind

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Inner Traditions #ad - This exile to the formal graveyard, ironically enough, has contributed to the great loss of the sacred that characterizes the modern world. The pagan mind had no fear of death, but some of the dead were definitely to be dreaded: those who failed to go peacefully into the afterlife but remained on this side in order to right a wrong that had befallen them personally or to ensure that the law promoted by the ancestors was being respected.

Revenants were part of the ancestor worship prevalent in the pagan world and still practiced in indigenous cultures such as the Fang and Kota of equatorial Africa, among others. But these dead individuals were a far cry from the amorphous ectoplasm that is featured in modern ghost stories. The dead could--and did--cross back and forth at will.

These earlier visitors from beyond the grave--known as revenants--slept, and fought like men, ate, like Klaufi of the Svarfdaela Saga, even when, they carried their heads in their arms. The sanctified grounds of the church cemetery replaced the burial mounds on the family farm, where the ancestors remained as an integral part of the living community.

The Return of the Dead: Ghosts, Ancestors, and the Transparent Veil of the Pagan Mind #ad - Used book in Good Condition. Used book in Good Condition. The church, eager to supplant this familial faith with its own, engineered the transformation of the corporeal revenant into the disembodied ghost of modern times, which could then be easily discounted as a figment of the imagination or the work of the devil.

How the ghost stories of pagan times reveal the seamless union existing between the world of the living and the afterlife • Demonstrates how Medieval Christianity transformed the more corporeal ghost encountered in pagan cultures with the disembodied form known today • Explains how the returning dead were once viewed as either troublemakers or guarantors of the social order The impermeable border the modern world sees existing between the world of the living and the afterlife was not visible to our ancestors.

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Phantom Armies of the Night: The Wild Hunt and the Ghostly Processions of the Undead

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Inner Traditions #ad - Myth or legend, it represents a belief that has deep roots in Europe, particularly Celtic and Scandinavian countries. Additionally, belief in multiple souls, he looks at how secret societies of medieval Europe reenacted these ghostly processions through cult rituals culminating in masquerades and carnival-like cavalcades often associated with astral doubles, visions of the afterlife, and prophecies of impending death.

Used book in Good Condition. Millennia older than christianity, this pagan belief was employed by the church to spread their doctrine, with the shapeshifters' and giants of the pagan nightly processions becoming sinners led by demons seeking out unwary souls to add to their retinues. The first scholar to fully examine this myth in each of its myriad forms, Claude Lecouteux strips away the Christian gloss and shows how the Wild Hunt was an integral part of the pagan worldview and the structure of their societies.

Phantom Armies of the Night: The Wild Hunt and the Ghostly Processions of the Undead #ad - . He reveals how the nearly infinite variations of this myth are a still living, evolving tradition that offers us a window into the world in which our ancestors lived. An exploration of the many forms of the ancient myth of the wild hunt and its influence in pagan and early christian europe • recounts the myriad variations of this legend, from the Cursed Huntsman and King Herla to phantom armies and vast processions of sinners and demons • Explains how this belief was an integral part of the pagan worldview and was thus employed by the church to spread Christian doctrine • Reveals how the secret societies of medieval Europe reenacted these ghostly processions for soul travel and prophecies of impending death Once upon a time a phenomenon existed in medieval Europe that continuously fueled local lore: during the long winter nights a strange and unknown troop could be heard passing outside over the land or through the air.

Used book in Good Condition. Anyone caught by surprise in the open fields or depths of the woods would see a bizarre procession of demons, soldiers, giants, and knights, hounds, ladies of the night, some covered in blood and others carrying their heads beneath their arms.

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Witches, Werewolves, and Fairies: Shapeshifters and Astral Doubles in the Middle Ages

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Inner Traditions #ad - While there were many who experienced this phenomenon involuntarily, there were others—those who attracted the unwelcome persecution of the Church—who were able to provoke it at will: witches. Reveals the true nature of medieval belief in the double of the soul • demonstrates the survival of a pagan belief that each individual owns three souls, witches, including a double that can journey outside the physical body • Explains the nature of death and the Other World hidden beneath the monsters and superstitions in stories from the Middle Ages Monsters, werewolves, and fairies remain a strong presence in our stories and dreams.

Through his extensive analysis of germano-scandinavian legends, as well as those from other areas of Europe, Lecouteux has uncovered an almost forgotten religious concept: that every individual owns three souls and that one of these souls, journey where it chooses, can—in animal or human form—leave the physical body while in sleep or a trance, the Double, then reenter its physical body.

Witches, Werewolves, and Fairies: Shapeshifters and Astral Doubles in the Middle Ages #ad - Used book in Good Condition. Used book in Good Condition. In a thorough excavation of the medieval soul, Claude Lecouteux reveals the origin and significance of this belief in the Double, and follows its transforming features through the ages. But as claude lecouteux shows, their roots go far deeper than their appearance in medieval folklore; they are survivors of a much older belief system that predates Christianity and was widespread over Western Europe.

He shows that far from being fantasy or vague superstition, fairies, witches, and werewolves all testify to a consistent ancient vision of our world and the world beyond.

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Encyclopedia of Norse and Germanic Folklore, Mythology, and Magic

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Inner Traditions #ad - More than a reference to the aesir and the vanir pantheons, the Saga of Ynglingar by Snorri Sturluson, such as the Poetic Edda, this encyclopedia draws upon a wealth of well-known and rare sources, and The Deeds of the Danes by Saxo Grammaticus. He also dispels the false beliefs that have arisen from the Nazi hijacking of Germanic mythology and from its longtime suppression by Christianity.

Inner Traditions. Beyond the famous and infamous norse gods and goddesses, land spirits, dwarves, trolls, and many other beings who roam the wild, the Perchten, fairies, giants, Lecouteux also provides information on lesser-known figures from ancient Germanic pagan tradition such as the Elf King, goblins, bogeymen, the Lorelei, as well as lengthy articles on well-known figures and events such as Siegfried Sigurd in Norse and Ragnarök.

Encyclopedia of Norse and Germanic Folklore, Mythology, and Magic #ad - A thorough reference to the many deities, and giants • draws upon a wealth of well-known and rare sources, the lorelei, and england the legends of the norse and germanic regions of europe--spanning from germany and austria across scandinavia to Iceland and England--include a broad range of mythical characters and places, such as the Poetic Edda and The Deeds of the Danes by Saxo Grammaticus • Examines folktales, magical beings, Austria, and magical beliefs from Germany, mythical places, the Perchten, Norway, Switzerland, trolls, myths, and the Valkyries, Thor, Sweden, dwarves, Finland, and ancient customs of the Norse and Germanic regions of Europe • Explores the legends and origins of well-known gods and figures such as Odin, Denmark, Krampus, to berserkers and Valhalla, from Odin and Thor, Iceland, as well as a broad range of magical beings such as the Elf King, to the Valkyries and Krampus.

The author describes the worship of the elements and trees, and shares wild folktales from ancient Europe, details many magical rituals, such as the strange adventure of Peter Schlemihl and the tale of the Cursed Huntsman. Used book in Good Condition. Complete with rare illustrations and information from obscure sources appearing for the first time in English, this detailed reference work represents an excellent resource for scholars and those seeking to reconnect to their pagan pasts and restore the old religion.

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The Hidden History of Elves and Dwarfs: Avatars of Invisible Realms

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Inner Traditions #ad - Used book in Good Condition. Revealing the true roots of these helpful and powerful beings, also known as Alberich, including an in-depth exploration of one of the most famous dwarf/elf/fairy beings of the Middle Ages, Auberon or Oberon, Lecouteux shows how the magic of dwarfs and elves can be rekindled if we recognize their signs and invite them back into our world.

Lecouteux shows how, elves and dwarfs were interchangeable, in earlier folklore, gradually evolving over time to express very different kinds of beings. Inner Traditions. Elves were more ethereal, offering protection and kindness, while dwarfs reflected a more corporeal form of spirit, often appearing as messengers from the underworld.

The Hidden History of Elves and Dwarfs: Avatars of Invisible Realms #ad - Sharing his extensive analysis of germanic and Norse legends, and medieval literature, Claude Lecouteux explores the ancient, Celtic, as well as Roman, intertwined history of dwarfs and elves. Elves and dwarfs are survivors of a much older belief system that predates Christianity and was widespread throughout Western Europe.

They were a part of the everyday life of our ancestors before they were transformed by fairy tales and church texts into the mythical creatures we know today. He reveals how both were once peoples who lived in wild regions as keepers of the secrets of nature. Yet dwarfs and elves could be bargained with, and our ancestors would leave a broken object outside the door at night with the hope that a dwarf or elf or other local spirit would repair it.

They were able to change their size at will and had superhuman strength and healing powers.

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Six Ways: Approaches & Entries for Practical Magic

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Red Temple Press #ad - I build a bridge into the otherworld, a place between Matter and Spirit, a place between Awake and Dreaming, what is, a place between what was, and what is to come. Six ways is a handbook of magic and sorcery, folk magic, chaos magic, rooted in witchcraft, and animist spirit work. I create the world that is that I may inhabit it fully.

Sorcery then becomes the practice of working within those relationships to effect the changes we seek in our lives. Aidan wachter is a talismanic jeweler. He can be found at www. Aidanwachter. Com used book in Good Condition. The focus is on finding pathways to the Otherworlds and building symbiotic relationships with the Others the spirits and allies that dwell there.

Six Ways: Approaches & Entries for Practical Magic #ad - Inner Traditions. Used book in Good Condition. Subjects covered include sigils, dream sorcery, warding, servitors, meditation, candle magic, talismanic magic, trance, spiritual cleansing, and tending to the spirit ecologies we live with and in. Six ways looks at how and why to build relationships in all of the worlds, manifest and unmanifest what Wachter calls the Field that allow us to perform effective magic.

I cover the world that was and set it aside. He has been involved in magical practice since 1982 when some punks in his hometown turned him on to Force The Hand of Chance by the band Psychic TV.

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An Carow Gwyn: Sorcery and the Ancient Fayerie Faith

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CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform #ad - An carow gwyn contains over 60 illustrations and diagrams, and gives historical and accessible spells and workings from the Classical to the Elizabethan eras for seeking oracles through dreams, swaying the spirits of forests and graveyards, opening doorways into spiritual regions, protection and uncrossing, and even the supreme act of disassociating from bodily experience and traveling in the Unseen world.

Criticism of modern cultural philosophies and ideologies in light of what the Old Ways reveal, forgotten histories underlying many of our cultural stories and myths, and the hidden laws and techniques behind basic and advanced historical works of sorcery all of which are explained in exacting detail are carefully brought together in this substantial and paradigm-shifting work.

An Carow Gwyn: Sorcery and the Ancient Fayerie Faith #ad - . Also included is robin artisson's translation of a 14th century work, appearing here for the first time in modern English, along with detailed notes revealing the full esoteric significance of the strange story it tells: a story of how humans relate to the Fayerie World, "The Romance of Thomas of Erceldoune", and what that might mean for our destiny in this world.

An carow gwyn is an extensive work covering every angle and dark folkloric corner of the ancient Fairy-related beliefs of Europe and the British Isles. Countless other old tales are told and analyzed for the truths and guidance they contain. An carow gwyn shows the old way of seeing and living in this world for what it truly was, where it ultimately came from, and how it still lives quietly among us.

The remaining portions form a detailed modern Grimoire of practical sorcery based solely upon pre-modern principles and traditional spirit-metaphysics as they are found in the ballads and folktales of the Old World and the traditional tales and lore of witchcraft. Used book in Good Condition.

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The High Magic of Talismans and Amulets: Tradition and Craft

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Inner Traditions #ad - Inner Traditions. Lecouteux explains the high magic behind the hermetic art of crafting amulets and talismans: the chains of sympathy, astrological geography, and the invocations required to activate their powers. He explores their use in the western mystery tradition as well as Eastern and Middle Eastern beliefs about these magical objects and their incorporation--despite Church anathema--into the Christian tradition of Medieval Europe.

Illustrated throughout with period art depicting magical symbols, and a wide array of talismans and amulets, seals, this comprehensive study provides a practical guide to the historical development and step-by-step creation of magical objects. Drawing on his private collection of medieval manuscripts as well as his privileged access to the rare book archives of major European universities, healing, Claude Lecouteux provides a comprehensive history of the use of talismans and amulets for protection, and divine influence.

Reviewing many different kinds of amulets and talismans used throughout the ages, horseshoe, gris-gris bag, such as a rabbit’s foot, or an inscribed parchment charged through ritual, he details the principles and symbology behind each object and shows that their use is still as widespread today as any time in the past.

The High Magic of Talismans and Amulets: Tradition and Craft #ad - He explores the work of adepts such as agrippa, and Athanasius Kircher, Albertus Magnus, including an in-depth look at Kircher’s work on planetary seals in his Oedipus Aegyptiacus. Used book in Good Condition. The high magic of Talismans and Amulets: Tradition and Craft. Used book in Good Condition. A comprehensive study of the use of talismans and amulets in the western mystery tradition • provides an in-depth look at the medieval and renaissance use of amulets and talismans, including the invocations required to activate their powers • Reviews different kinds of amulets and talismans, and Athanasius Kircher • Provides a full summary of the magical knowledge required to make an amulet or talisman, from ancient jewelry and magical objects to the modern rabbit’s foot or lucky horseshoe The use of talismans and amulets stretches back nearly to the dawn of man, from everyday items magically prepared, such as horns or coins, including the work of Agrippa, Albertus Magnus, to intricate and beautiful jewelry imbued with protective powers.

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The Book of Grimoires: The Secret Grammar of Magic

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Inner Traditions #ad - The book of grimoires: The Secret Grammar of Magic. The most powerful grimoires remained not only secret but also heavily encoded, making them accessible only to the highest initiates of the magical traditions. Creating a universal grimoire, rituals, symbols, healing magic, and talismans for numerous applications including amorous magic, and glyphs with instructions for their use as well as an illustrated collection of annotated spells, Lecouteux provides exact reproductions of secret magical alphabets, and protection rites.

Drawing on his own private collection of grimoires and magical manuscripts as well as his privileged access to the rare book archives of major European universities, secret alphabets, Claude Lecouteux offers an extensive study of ancient books of magic and the ways the knowledge within them was kept secret for centuries through symbols, codes, and Kabbalistic words.

The Book of Grimoires: The Secret Grammar of Magic #ad - Inner Traditions. He gives an overview of magic in the western Mystery tradition, emphasizing both lesser-known magicians such as Trithemus and Peter of Apono and famous ones like Albertus Magnus and Hermes Trismegistus. With the advent of the printing press, but many of the abbreviations were misinterpreted and magical words misspelled, some grimoires were mass produced, rendering them ineffective.

Used book in Good Condition. The author also examines the folk magic that resulted when the high magic of the medieval grimoires melded with the preexisting pagan magic of ancient Europe. Used book in Good Condition. The high magic of Talismans and Amulets: Tradition and Craft.

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