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Nine Worlds of Seid-Magic: Ecstasy and Neo-Shamanism in North European Paganism Paperback – December 16, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0415256513 ISBN-10: 0415256518 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (December 16, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415256518
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415256513
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #729,162 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'It is good to see this degree of academic research applied to one of the more neglected aspects of our native spirituality and magick. Highly recommended.' - The Cauldron

'... this is an extremely honest attaempt by Blain to remain true to both her academic training and her faith as a seidr preistess.' - Jan Henning, Wood and Water


'Jenny Blain's Nine Worlds of Seid-Magic: Ecstacy and Neo-Shamanism in North European Paganism is a rich and engaging addition to the growing literature on Neopagan religions and modern-day shamanism.' - Nova Religio

About the Author

Jenny Blain is a senior lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University where she leads the Master of Research programme in Social Research. Her research interests centre on issues of identity, gender, paganism and shamanism, social theory and experiential ethnography.

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It's well researched, but the text tends to be very dense and a bit of a hard slog.
John A. Faulkner
Ms. Blain does an excellent job of studying seidr not only from a practical stance but a historical and philosophical one as well.
T. Nichols
It also could be WHEN she wrote the book... every day, there is more information out there and opinions change over night.
Rowan

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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Rede Seeker on February 22, 2002
Format: Paperback
There are many schools of thought concerning seidh. The Author has provided an overview of one area of practice, oracular seidh, as taught by Diana Paxon's Hrafnar group. The student of northern magic will recognize old friends in the bibliography (Bauschatz, Byock, H. R. Ellis Davidson). Other books listed there give further indication of the Author's direction in this study - that of shamanism and gender issues related to seidh. Perhaps the most important aspect of this book is it's emphasis on doing the work - when they aren't mounting the high seat, they are lying under the blankets accessing other sources of knowledge. They are sharing their experiences and building the horde of knowledge needed to reconstruct this magical form. My problems with the book are: 1) lack of definition for some of the terms used, e.g. the nine worlds of sied-magic could refer to the nine worlds of Yggdrasil or something specific to the Hrafnar system; 2) the frequency with which forthcoming articles/books were referenced in the text and appear in the bibliography; 3) the Author references a 1906 edition of Snorri Sturluson's HEIMSKRINGLA: A HISTORY OF THE NORSE KINGS which does not include the Ynglingasaga, there is a more recent edition which does include that saga (HEIMSKRINGLA: HISTORY OF THE KINGS OF NORWAY, Snorri Sturluson translated with introduction and notes by Lee M. Hollander, University of Texas Press, Austin, third printing, 1999. The importance of this particular saga is that it contains a catalogue of the magic powers associated with seidh.Read more ›
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By S. parker on January 15, 2002
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The author is both a sociologist by profession and a Norse Pagan and magician by training. This book looks at the practice of 'seidr' - norse shamanic-style magic - both from a scholastic and a practitioner's viewpoints. But Blain is no mere participant-observer, she is anactive carrier of the modern Asatru tradition, and her efforts to explicate that tradition in ways that are useful to her academic discipline are fascinating. A good introduction to the practice of seidr for Pagan readers, and a fine examination of an obscure corner of the modern religious landscape for scholars.
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44 of 60 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 13, 2003
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if you are a practitioner looking for mythological context, techniques or methods for magical and/or shamanic practices of northern europe, i recommend that you do not buy this book ... it does not explore the nine-world mythology of northern europe, magic practices or shamanic practices
the author openly admits that she is an academic who is writing primarily for an academic audience ... however, she also admits to being a practitioner who is supporting rediscovery and/or reinvention ... the result, in my opinion, at best this book is primarily an exploration of academic definition ... at worst, it is a justification to academia for the author being an academic and a practitioner ... i believe that it would have served better if the author had written two books, one strictly for academia and one strictly for practitioners ... it seems to me that the author is certainly capable of both ... however, dealing with both roles in one writing seems to result in the author's testifying to a "split" in purpose, and with a decisive prejudice towards academia ...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James Fessenden on August 11, 2006
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So far, this is the only book I've come across that truly presents all sides of the arguments surrounding this ancient practice. Jenny Blain manages to avoid the arrogance so many people in the Norse Heathen community present when discussing the subject, and maintain a neutral position, even while admitting that she practices seidhr (in some form) herself. This is not an instructional book, but an examination of different viewpoints, and as such it is invaluable to anyone interested in the subject. Those who are upset that she doesn't support their opinions more clearly have missed the point of the book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Roegnvaldr on February 25, 2010
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Jenny Blain is AFAIK the only author who analyzes what is really there AND describes various attempts to reconstruct Seidr today. Off course she disappoints lots of people who like to create a new magical fantasy world or want to live in a New Age world created for them by an author. The less we really know the better for the New Ager.....But she is an Ethnologist, totally commited to truth and a practioner of Seidr herself.
Jenny Blains description of Seidr is a realistic piece of hard research work and I can feel the oblique and powerful craft of our ancestors in her work. It's definetely not a game, it never was and Jenny warns her audience about the consequences throughout the book. That's another aspect New Agers "dislike" because it is not only blond Elbs, funny dwarfs and honest gods you will find in that other world. So better be prepared and protected. There may be bitter consequences if someone is doing just one little mistake during a Seidr trance "The whole luck of a person can change 100% for the rest of her life with one offended spirit in a session." Ooops! But she doesn't hand out "Do it yourself" ritual kits to her readers anyway. Her real Seidr is far too dangerous for that. She is practizing in a well protected group and she reports incidents I don't want to be part of.
Very well done! The only points that turn me off are that postmodern academic phony discussions about i.e "Transgenderism in shamanic blababla...." ;-)))
But you can't have it all....
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