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Nine Worlds of Seid-Magic: Ecstasy and Neo-Shamanism in North European Paganism 1st Edition

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..."this book is rich in information about and investigation of a complex and critical practice in reconstructive shamanism.."
-The Pomegranate-International Journal of Pagan Studies

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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (December 16, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415256518
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415256513
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,185,629 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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By Ian C 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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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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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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