At the time I write this, Northern Mysteries and Magick is nearly twelve years old. It took me at least five years to write the first incarnation, Leaves of Yggdrasil. This book initially had a marvelous reception, especially from women in Asatru. I'll never forget when I arrived at the campsite for a Troth Moot in the Bay area. There were a number of women all dressed up to the hilt in the most beautiful period costumes, all pointing the fingers at me and shouting in unison: "It's your fault!" That was an interesting reception. Since then, of course, a lot more people got involved in Asatru and some serious criticism was leveled last year on a Asatru mailing list that my work was not historical. I never claimed it was. Some people-well, men, basically-made their own assumptions.
Long before that, however, I was compiling notes of Runic thoughts and associations which came to me during workshops, talks, and more often than not in the bath. Have you ever tried to have a bubble bath with a running tape recorder on the ledge—not to mention cats! Recent events in my private life have forced me to examine closely how this book came about, and if someone were ever to ask me; what are your sources? The honest answer is, dammit, there aren't any. The only other author on Runes whose book Futhark influenced me to a certain extent was Edred Thorsson, and I gave him full credit. Other than that, my sources are original and personal. When I had written my book, I never conceived of the idea that it might be worthy of a proper publisher. It was just my private hobby and I certainly did not consider myself a "professional author." I had a small private print run done out of my own pocket and hawked in and about central London in a shopping trolley on the underground.
Not for Fluff Bunnies
I am very pleased with the chapter on divination, even after all this time. It has proven over and over again its value, and many, many people since have adopted my systems. For example, the Nine Worlds of Yggdrasil lay out successfully in the personal practice of Runic Divination. Occasionally I have been given credit for this, which is always nice. Some of my Runic interpretations have been incorrectly assumed to be lore, but they were not. However, they are beginning to become established as lore, as I find more and more websites using them!
A Runic school has been founded based largely on my works, as well as others, and this is very gratifying. Finally, I am grateful to Odin who inspired me and Llewellyn who kept it in print all those years. Hopefully, many more people will derive benefit from this book. In the meantime, I've started on the sequel.
Born in Holland, Freya Aswynn was aware of her natural psychic abilities as early as four years old, often able to perceive what would occur before it did. At the age of 19, with no real formal education except for the ...