Jordsvin's Seidhr Bibliography


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Blain, Jenny.  Nine Worlds of Seid-Magic: Ecstasy and Neo-Shamanism in North European Paganism.  Dr. Blain is both an academic scholar and a Seiš-worker.  Her book discusses both historical and modern practices.  Very highly recommended and available from


Buck, Patrick “Jordsvin.”  Jordsvin’s Norse Heathen Pages. is my main Heathen page and is the home of all my Heathen articles.


-----.  Pages and Links about Seidhr and Spae. the seišr pages on my own Heathen webpage.  It contains much information, plus links to materials on other sites and instructions on how to obtain the Hrafnar Seišr study materials.   There is a translation of the Hrafnar Seišr Rite into French linked from this site.


-----.  Seidhr Study List. my Seišr Study list for individuals studying the Hrafnar materials.  See the Links section for other Seišr lists, some of which are not listed here.


Dubois, Thomas. Nordic Religions in the Viking Age. Philadelphia: University of
Pennsylvania, 1999. Ch. 6 explores possible relationships between the shamanism of the Saami/Lapps and Seišr.


Flowers, Dr. Stephen E. and James A. Chisholm.  A Source-Book of Seiš: The Corpus of Old Icelandic Texts Dealing with Seiš and Related Words.  Contains both original texts and translations into English.  Very expensive for a 44-page monograph, but highly useful for the scholarly study of seišr.  Dr. Flowers is the legal name of Edred Thorsson.  Available from


Fries, Jan.  Seidways: Shaking, Swaying and Serpent Mysteries.  This one gets mixed reviews.  Available from


Frošleikr Seišr.  An alternative method of doing oracular Seišr.  A description of two versions of this technique can be accessed from a link at


Glosecki, Stephen O.  Shamanism and Old English Poetry.  New York and London: Garland Publishing, Inc., 1989.


Hutton, Ronald.  Shamans: Siberian Spirituality and the Western Imagination.


Ingerman, Sandra.  Soul Retrieval: Mending the Fragmented Self Through Shamanic Practice.  From a Core Shamanic perspective, but given that most Heathens believe in a multipartite soul complex. the ideas and techniques are relevant to our religion and Seidhr practice.


Jolly, Karen Louise.  Popular Religion in Late Saxon England: Elf Charms in Context.


Landreth, Rod.  Seidhr List.  a focused and selective Seišr list online for active practitioners.  Founded by me and now owned/run by my Seišr colleague, Rod Landreth.


 Narby, Jeremy and Francis Huxley, eds.  Shamans Through Time: 500 Years of the Path to Knowledge.


Paxson, Diana L.  “The Return of the Völva: Recovering the Practice of Seidh.”  Originally published in the Summer 1993 edition of Mountain Thunder magazine.  Available online at  This is an excellent introductory article by the pioneer of the modern Seišr revival.  Several other relevant articles, including some by Diana, are linked from


Pocs, Eva.  Between the Living and the Dead: a Perspective on Witches and Seers in the Early Modern Age.  Budapest: Central European University Press, 1999.  Beowulfrebel says: “Besides being a wonderful book about witchcraft, has some relevant comparisons between Northern seid and the Saint Lucia stool rituals which seem to be the Continental form.”


Price, Neil S.  The Viking Way: Religion and War in Late Iron Age Scandinavia.  Uppsala: Uppsala University Press, 2002.  From the abstract: “social role of magic…,evidence for Old Norse sorcery,…relationship between…religion and war,…complex border zone between the Germanic and circumpolar cultural spheres.”  Enormous, thorough, scholarly.


Runic John.  The Book of Seišr.  Available at -- I haven't read this one yet but John is well-read and highly knowledgeable, not to mention very experienced in his Heathenism.


Thorsson, Edred.  Witchdom of the True: A Study of Vana-Troth and the Practice of Seidr.  By one of the most important Heathen authors.  This work seeks to show Heathenism, especially Seišr, as the true Witchdom or Wicca.  Available from


Wódening, Eric.  Chanting Around The High Seat: An Exploration of SeišR.  An excellent and very readable 44-page chapbook discussing Seišr as described in extant lore.  Available from


Wódening, Swain.  Spae List. His method is the main alternative to Hrafnar’s.  You can get an online copy of his Witegungself Spį and Oracular Seišr Manual by joining the list and downloading it, or ordering it from




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