HEATHEN: A Viking Grimoire Of Norse Sorcery
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Asbjörn Torvol

In Lessons of a Young Heathen, you’ll learn to:

  • Invoke the Gods & Goddesses for wisdom
  • Initiation in Norse Current for self-mastery
  • Wield nature forces to empower magick
  • Honor ancient heathenry with Blóts & Sumbels rituals
  • Cast Galdrstafir Sigils to manifest your desires
  • And MUCH much more…

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Heathen: A Viking Grimoire of Norse Sorcery

Peer Reviews

  • Charles McBride, Asbjorn Torvol

    I have known Asbjörn for the better part of his life and can tell you he is perhaps the most dedicated mystic I have ever met. He has a commitment to his art and craft that should be envied by any who practice the arts. Asbjörn has found his calling in The Path of the Vitki and his truth in the form of the Norse Gods. He is a consummate researcher but also recognizes the need for innovation in our modern mystical art forms. From his works you will find the direction, focus, information, and inspiration to help forge your own Norse Path.

    Charles McBride, Norse magician
  • Dean Kirkland, Asbjorn Torvol

    Asbjörn Torvol is a truly intuitive Vitki. His work in the Western mystery traditions prior to exploring the path of the Northern tradition sorcerer gave him an a very good basis in magickal theory that he readily applies to other areas of esoteric work. He has a very strong link to the ancestors and wights of Northern Europe and an instinctive understanding of their needs, and as a result is able to make connections that few others see. He also takes a balanced approach working with the Æsir, Vanir and Rokkr in equal measure, something that’s sadly missing from the practices of many modern Vitki. He truly understands the capability of the human spirit to rise above its current state, and so readily takes an egalitarian and inclusive approach to spreading knowledge of the old ways, and helping to maximize the potential of all who cross his path.

    Dean Kirkland, Norse magician
  • Edgar Kerval

    Asbjörn Torvol is a dedicated author and handcrafted individual focusing deeply into diverse forms of sorcery. mostly of his work is strongly connected with Norse shamanism, in which he has been working for years. He is one of the promising authors coming with visionary ideas and transformative spiritual process handled in a very focused way.

    Edgar Kerval, author

Dear Friend,

Heathen: A Viking Grimoire of Norse Sorcery is a pathworking guide to Norse Magick and Shamanism. Not only will you learn the fundamental concepts of the Norse belief systems and traditions but also how to tailor the methods and techniques to your own individual needs. The techniques in this book are reconstructed from the old Norse Vitki’s and Völva’s and adapted to the modern day needs of the practitioner. This book provides a step by step guide to take you from the very beginning of magick itself to the calling of the gods such as Odin, Thor and Loki, and the shamanic embrace of primordial forces. By the end of this pathworking you will not only know how to perform Norse Magick at an adept level but you will have also discovered some of the mysteries of the runes and be initiated by the Gods themselves.

In This Heathen Grimoire Of Norse Magick, You Will Learn…

Chapter One

In this chapter the basic outline of magick is presented. With this book being a pathworking tome I wanted to present in such a way that even the beginning with no background in magick or Norse culture and mythology could make a firm start. Outlining the basic definition of magick and how it works is the foundational base for this chapter but it does go into the deep psychological elements as well as the principles of magick also known as the hermetic principles. While to fully explain the works of magick itself would take an entire book itself what is provided is a small but solid base for the practitioner to continual work upon. Throughout this chapter there is a firm emphasis on the individual and perspectivism directly opposed to dogma and absolutism.

You will learn in this chapter:

  • The Law of Mentalism
  • The Law of Correspondence
  • The Law of Vibration
  • The Law of Polarity
  • The Law of Rhythm
  • The Law of Cause & Effect
  • The Law of Gender
  • The Principle of Care
  • The Two Pillars of Magick

Chapter Two

Like the first chapter this is a fundamental base for the practitioner to build off from. Many heathens and Norse magicians will already know some of these concepts. It provides a solid base of Nordic cultural concepts and beliefs that the rest of this book leans upon. From the basic understanding of reality to the more spiritual concepts of life energy and virtues of the Norse this book will take you through the most important spiritual concepts for pathworking this current. Like the first chapter and a common theme in this book you will find several references back to the individual and perspectivism rather than a dogmatic view of these concepts.

You will learn in this chapter:

  • The Web of Wyrd
  • Önd – The Odic force
  • Hámingjá and Mægan
  • The Nine Noble Virtues
  • The Shamans Call
  • Shamans Sickness
  • The Work of the Vitki

Chapter Three

Most spiritual paths and areas of magick have a harsh emphasis on meditation and this current is no different. For the Norse Vitki/Shaman/Sorcerer meditation is an essential practice and there are many different techniques that have different aims and relations that the practitioner should be familiarized with. From basic mindfulness meditations to sitting at the crossroads, grave rooting to literally being suspended on a tree are a few of the techniques you will delve into in this chapter. The aim is not to emphasis the need for meditation but rather present some of the most effective and intense techniques to achieve intense and impactful results. This book takes a different approach to most with meditation as these techniques are a lot more active in their practice than just sitting in a dark room with some candles. You will be practicing these techniques in the wild, interacting with certain places, objects, and natural currents. The aim is for the practitioner not just to condition their own mind and spirit but to kick start them into connecting with the strongest energies of this current including the energy of death itself. Unlike many light and fluffy meditation techniques you will be doing darker methods such as death related mediations pushing you out to working in cemeteries and burial mounds which in most cases are a lot more taboo and controversial.

You will learn in this chapter:

  • Four-Fold Breath
  • Mindfulness Meditation
  • Sitting out
  • Önd Meditation
  • Cemetery Meditation
  • Grave-rooting

Chapter Four

One of the most important areas of practice in this tradition and shamanism as a whole is working with natural currents and primordial forces. In this tradition and pathworking, they are called the Rökkr. Dagr (day), Sunna (sun), Nott (night), Mani (moon) and many other primordial forces are implemented here. Through this chapter, you will not only explore these currents and in some ways entities but rather become one with them through implementation of certain techniques. It is the duty of the Vitki to be one with the currents of our world and as such it means connecting with these Rökkr on a much more intimate level. It is also this area where ancestry is introduced and working with the Ancestor of the Jötnar (giant) Ymir is presented.

You will learn in this chapter:

  • Resting in Gunningagap
  • Rays of Sunna
  • Sun-Water
  • The Faces of Máni
  • Moon-Water
  • The Phases of Máni
  • Working with Dagr and Nótt
  • The Story of Sigrdrífa

Chapter Five

Working with the Norse Gods and land spirits is a common theme among heathens but many do not take this far enough into their own practice. Many go to the gods when they want something and some blatantly ignore the important of local land wights and spirits. This chapter while stressing the need to work with these beings outlines several methods for interaction, communication but most importantly of all building relationships with them. Outlining several of the major Gods and including prayers for the practitioner to base their own prayers off, this chapter provides insight on different levels of connection and relationship you can build. From small offerings and communication to strict pacts and agreements this will take you from the mundane into the deepest depths of work with the Norse Pantheon. Daily, Weekly, Monthly and yearly done techniques are added as well as instructions on times of day, incenses, colors and other suggestions for addition tools, symbols and items. The aim of this chapter is to aid the practitioner in building credit, influence, and favor with both the Gods and the Landvaettr (land wights).

You will learn in this chapter:

  • Baldr: God of Beauty, Innocence & Peace
  • Bragi: God of Poetry, Music & the Harp
  • Eir: Goddess of Healing
  • Forseti: God of Justice and Reconciliation
  • Freyja: Goddess of Beauty, Fertility, & Death
  • Freyr: God of Fertility
  • Frigg: Goddess of Marriage & Motherhood
  • Heimdall: Guardian of Asgard
  • Hel: Goddess of the Dead
  • Hodor: God of Winter
  • Hœnir: God of Silence
  • Iðunn: Goddess of Youth
  • Jörð: Goddess of the Earth
  • Loki: God of Chaos
  • Máni: God of the Moon
  • Njörðr: God of Sea, Wind, Fish, & Wealth
  • Odin – God of War, Wisdom, Poetry, & Magick
  • Skaði: Goddess of Winter
  • Thor: God of Thunder
  • Tyr: God of Justice & War
  • Other Dedication Prayers
  • Pact’s
  • Creating A Pact
  • Consecrating the Paper
  • Vitki’s Tiver
  • Sealing the Pact

Chapter Six

One of the biggest elements I have found with any current is initiation but many groups have taken to make it a requirement that a master or leading figure to be present to initiate you. With my deep emphasis on the individual I do not buy into that need for another person to initiate myself or another. Thus, the techniques in this chapter are to be done by the individual and the gods chosen for this leg of the pathworking. This chapter contains four important rites to initiate the practitioner into deeper levels of this current. The first rite is self, and the last three are working with Odin, Freyja and Hel. Each rite is different but follow a similar theme. Symbols and ritual outlines are presented; many of the symbols used have been given to me directly from these gods for this initiation purpose.

You will learn in this chapter:

  • Rite of Self-Initiation
  • Odin’s Rite of Initiation
  • Origins of the Eye of Odin
  • Opening the Eye of Odin – Odin’s Initiation Rite
  • Freyja’s Rite of Initiation
  • Origins of Freyja’s Crown
  • Touching the Crown – Freyja’s Initiation Rite
  • Hel’s Rite of Initiation
  • Traversing the Veil – Hel’s Initiation Rite

Chapter Seven

From this chapter into the next few the pathworking is focused mainly on implementing some of the basic necessity areas of practice for the practitioner to begin using. Harrowing and protection are pretty self-explanatory. You will be directed through several methods of create sacred space (also called Vé) and some basic methods of protection for your work. This chapter contains the very first guidelines for creating your first magick/ritual tool. The future work of the Vitki does have dangers and being able to harness these basic areas will be a great addition and powerful ally in your repertoire.

You will learn in this chapter:

  • Harrowing Work
  • Protection Work/Magick
  • Ritual Mjölnir
  • Creating the Ritual Mjölnir
  • Rite of the Hammer
  • Performing the Rite of the Hammer
  • The Three Cloaks
  • Performing the Three Cloaks
  • Ægishjálmur
  • A Simple Ægishjálmur
  • Helm Upon the Helm
  • Ægishjálmur of the Circle
  • Other Methods
  • The Circle of Jörð
  • Creating the Circle

Chapter Eight

Much like the previous chapter this one goes into the other two areas of basic practice essential to all future work. Basic cleansing and grounding techniques are presented with a more unique flare and twist to them unlike most witchy fluffy techniques that are out there today. This chapter also presents some of the vital concepts in completing a fully ready sacred space for more intimate work with the Gods, Land spirts and other beings.

You will learn in this chapter:

  • Grounding
  • Grounding with Jörð
  • Still Grounding
  • Galdrastafur Ground
  • Cleansing
  • Cleansing of the Body
  • Diet
  • The Annual Detox
  • Exercise
  • The Vitki’s Smudging/Receling
  • Receling the Body
  • Smoking the Vé

Chapter Nine

This chapter gets a lot more historically than the previous few. It is here the practitioner will learn how to perform some of the rituals and ceremonies that were historically performed in Norse Cultures. Blóts, Sumbels and ancestry rites are but a few of these. Additionally, with those rituals outlined you will also learn several stories of the Norse mythology and their relevance to certain ceremonies. There are several recipes for creating tools and ritual components as well as a template for the practitioner to create their own unique rituals that follow the mechanics of the originals.

You will learn in this chapter:

  • Setting the Vé/Altar
  • Personal Vé
  • Table & Platform
  • Idols, Statues & Depictions
  • Vé Items
  • Ritual Vé
  • Landvaettr Cairn
  • Setting up the Landvaettr Cairn
  • Awakening a Wight
  • Consecrating and Creating the Wight
  • Blóts
  • Blót Guideline
  • Creating Hlaut
  • Recipe & Blessing
  • Wheel of the Year’s Blóts
  • List of Blóts Around the Year
  • Sumbel Rituals
  • Round of the Sumbel

Chapter Ten

Arguably one of my favorite areas of this entire tradition the practitioner in this chapter will delve into calling upon the gods. Lokkr means to call upon. With most magick in the Norse traditions called (Galdr) it is a projection based form of magick. Lokkr is the opposite; where instead of projecting out we are calling things in. In this chapter, we go into possession, evocation, and some of the most intense rituals I have ever experienced in this tradition. From being possessed by Loki, to evoking the Jötnar Ymir the Vitki will learn to call upon some of the most powerful entities known in this current. Several sigils produced by myself through channeling each entity in ritual has been provided but instructions on how to produce your own unique and individual sigils are also included.

You will learn in this chapter:

  • The Lokkr Set-up
  • Parchment
  • Three Candles
  • Cup/Chalice/Horn
  • Mead/Wine/Ale
  • Incense
  • Other Components
  • Table/Vé
  • Sigil of Baldur
  • Sigil of Bragi
  • Sigil of Eir
  • Sigil of Forseti
  • Sigil of Freyja
  • Sigil of Freyr
  • Sigil of Frigg
  • Sigil of Hel
  • Sigil of Heimdall
  • Sigil of Hœnir
  • Sigil of Iðunn
  • Sigil of Jörð
  • Sigil of Loki
  • Sigil of Máni
  • Sigil of Njörðr
  • Sigil of Odin
  • Sigil of Skaði
  • Sigil of Thor

Chapter Eleven

The most historically documented area of magick in this tradition the practitioner will delve into specifically Norse sigil magick. Myndir means sign and Galdr means magick together making the word Galdramyndir (magick sign). The signs you will discover in this chapter will range from wayfinding, fortune, baneful and some often-called evil signs. With an outline on creating your own signs through understanding how the sigils are constructed you will be able to create new Galdramyndir as well as harness the power of ancient ones.

You will learn in this chapter:

  • Casting Galdramyndir
  • The Vegvísir – The Wayfinder
  • Protection Against Magick
  • Lukkustafir – Good Luck
  • Kaupaloki
  • Gapaldur & Ginfaxi
  • Feingur
  • Rosahringur Minni
  • Stafur Gegn Galdri
  • Creating your own

Chapter Twelve

One of the finalizing chapters of this pathworking, the practitioner here will harness everything they have learned and implemented in walking the journey of the runes. A nine month pathworking guide (in this chapter alone) on discovering the meaning of the runes and harnessing their power unto the self. The practitioner will learn several ways to work with the runes such as meditation, hypnosis, shamanic trance and physically demanding trials and challenges. This journey will take you through every rune in the elder futhark and at the end providing several new techniques for implementing the individual runes into magickal practice and casting. Included in this chapter is several rune poems that have been taken from historical texts and proverbs; Icelandic, Old Norse & Anglo-Saxon.

You will learn in this chapter:

  • The Creation Myth
  • Learning the Runes
  • Fehu – Livestock/Wealth
  • Uruz – Aurochs/Water
  • Thusisaz – Giant/Thorn
  • Ansuz – God/Oak
  • Raido – Ride/Journey
  • Kenaz – Torch/Ulcer
  • Gebo – Gift/Spear
  • Wunjo – Joy
  • Hagalaz – Hail
  • Naudiz – Need/Hardship
  • Isaz – Ice
  • Jera – Year/Harvest
  • Eihwaz – Yew
  • Peorð – Tree/Earth
  • Algiz – Elk/Sedge/Yew
  • Sowilō – Sun
  • Tiwaz – Tyr
  • Berkanan – Birch/Popular
  • Ehwaz – Horse
  • Mannaz – Man/Human
  • Laguz – Lake/Leek/Ocean/Sea
  • Ingwaz – Yngwi/Ing
  • Odal – Heritage/Estate
  • Dagaz – Day

Chapter Thirteen

Concluding the entire book into a single rite that again takes nine months (nine being an important number in Norse numerology). This chapter will take you on a final initiation to mark the end of this stage of the journey. In this chapter, you will be working with the Three Norns, Urðr, Verðandi and Skuld. With the ending of this chapter and this rite you will have a full arsenal and repertoire of powerful tools to further your own personal journey into more areas of the Norse current.

You will learn in this chapter:

  • Origins of the Rite
  • Rite Prep-Work
  • Prerequisite work
  • Norn Amulet
  • Journey to the Norns
  • 9 days of rune work
  • Between the Runes and the Norns
  • The Final Rite

The Origin Of This Norse Grimoire

Most of the information in this book derives from my own personal experiences and application of techniques reconstructed from the historical Vitki and Völva’s. My mentor Dean Kirkland has taught me many of the concepts and techniques which I have tailored to be more open but while still sticking to the goal and purpose. Some of this work comes from historical texts such as the Galdrstafir and many of the techniques are taken from shamanism collectively. Additionally, a large aspect of the work here focuses on psychology which I have been studying for a few years with the intention of including it in my magickal work.

How It Helps The Aspiring Heathen

Asatru and heathenry is by many accounts one of the fasted growing areas of spiritual interest and Norse magick is becoming just as popular. While many focus on simply the galdr-staves which is essentially sigil magick, it helps the practitioner/reader delve into a path rarely talked about and explored which is Norse Shamanism from the view of the Vitki. The historical Völva’s and Vitkis did practice magick but they left no methodology for us to follow and so this outlines a way for each individual to tailor the practices to their own flavors. With reconstructed techniques, symbolism, and methods with the inclusion of psychological association this helps the user not only follow a magickal practice but helps them understand how it works and how to tailor it to their individual psychological associations. Additionally, it pathworks the user from start to end from the basics of magick to the important rune work, each step providing fundamental concepts and ways for them to apply them.

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