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Icelandic Magic: Practical Secrets of the Northern Grimoires
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January 30, 2016
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With Michael Moynihan (other contributor) | 1 edition from Inner Traditions (January 30, 2016)
9781620554050 | details & prices | 133 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.25 in. | 0.60 lbs | List price $16.95
About: A practical guide to the magical systems of pre-Christian Iceland • Reveals spells and workings drawn directly from surviving magical books from the 16th to 20th century preserved at the National Library in Reykjavík • Explores the history of magic in Iceland through original translations of Icelandic folktales about famous magicians and about legendary grimoires, such as the Galdrabók, the oldest and most complete book of its kind • Explains how to personalize the spells through the creation of unique signs and symbols based on the mythic names of Odin and Icelandic magical alphabets During the Christianization of Europe in the Middle Ages, many books of magic were lost as the ancient pagan traditions were suppressed.