I have decided to go out on another tangent which to my knowledge, no one has fully covered yet in their studies of the Viking people. As an apprentice in the Galdragildi, I wrote a work called ‘Runaz Sterno Skiwo’, a book about the possible linkages of the constellations, and star phenomenae with the runic staves and mythological astrology, in this I dug into many rare sources of wisdom, and actually pieced together some pretty convincing stuff about a Norse/Icelandic star chart, mythology influenced by astronomy, and a Northern flavored constellation system influencing the Runes, and several stories we know. Anyone can read it for free, or donate for what they think is fair to have a pdf or physical copy. http://mimirshead.bigcartel.com/product/rune-star-map
The book I have been attentively writing and working with for the past 7 months has a working title of Drugs of the Vikings, or
Entheogenic Plants of the Vikings: A Leechbook of magical herbs and fungi, and their visionary staves for Ritual use.
It is a compendium of different plants, and fungi, classed today as shamanic substances, that would have been commonly available to the Scandinavian Vikings, or could have come into contact with them, and exploration of their proven and potential uses, the magical derivations of that, with focus on the Icelandic magical staves, and bindrunes, and exploring the allies of the plant and fungal substances. I’ll be including some personal gnosis, pictures of the staves I have witnessed during the experiments, and a heap of notes, ethnographic history, and in proper leechbook fashion, magic recipes for the use of them. It won’t be a long book, but it will have weight for the material within. Here is an excerpt to excite anyone, and I shall follow with another excerpt in a month or so. The idea is to have it ready by the end of this year. So without furhter chatter:
From the intro:
The Norsemen and Scandinavian people of Sweden and Denmark knew a fair amount of medicine, and the Volva was seen as a healer/magic seer and often used plants when the suffering and dying came to her. The Vikings would have had access to the plants and documents the English kept upon their invasion, and though my intentions is not to re-iterate all the medieval spell charms, and herbal recipies of these ages, I instead want to take an approach at developing a modern day leechbook based upon some of the more intoxicating, hallucinogenic, psychoactive, nootropic, and magical plants of the Viking age. For use by the 21st century heathen in a time when our connection to the Gods, Goddesses, the cosmology of our ancestors, and mindset of mythology have been stifled by materialism, pseudo-identity, and a sense of spiritual boredom with the world. I as a vitki, have used all the plants written and portrayed here under the right circumstances, and know from the wodened experiences of the power of these plantfetches and how much a single flower, root, seed, or bark may reveal about the natural world, the mythological one, the presence of other entities, or the language of the cosmos. Runes and songs live still in the plant world and the fungal kingdom. A serious vitki will over dedicated time be able to comprehend, observse and even harness those phenomena through a heathen mindset. Within this leechbook, I will be displaying a personal grimoire of deep set experiences, failures, symbolism, drawings, botanic info, and prosaic entries in similar style of the original leechbooks with my own magical dialect throughout.
So there you have it, if you find it interesting, tell some others who share the psychedelic mind, and maybe this one can get off the ground.