Highly accessible and very well researched; The Norse Shaman provides an experiential guide and authentic exploration to the ancient ancestry, landscape and mythology of Northern Europe through to animism, shamanism and Seiðr.
As well as the remnants of Norse shamanic spirituality surviving in myths and folk traditions, Rysdyk draws on archaeological evidence and surviving written records from Iceland to explore clues about the ancient European shaman’s world. Evelyn Rysdyk’s parents arrived in the ‘New World’ in the early twentieth century from Norway. Fortunately her ancestors preserved as much as they could of their traditions and her elders were great storytellers, imprinting the old ways into Rysdyk’s soul and enabling her to pass on inspiration to those hearing their own shamanic calling.
Rysdyk is also a talented artist as demonstrated not just by her cover art but further in the wonderful pen and ink illustrations throughout the book.
The Norse Shaman is interspersed with useful practical exercises reconstructing traditional practices of Seiðr for contemporary personal use and also contains a very useful pronunciation guide. One of the best books on this subject I have read. If you are looking for a book on Norse Shamanism this is it!
The Norse Shaman was reviewed by June Kent, Editor of Indie Shaman Magazine
Evelyn C. Rysdyk. The Norse Shaman. Destiny Books (US August 27, 2016) (UK 6 Oct. 2016). ISBN: 978-1620555934