This accessible study of Northern European shamanistic practice, or seidr, explores the way in which the ancient Norse belief systems evoked in the Icelandic Sagas and Eddas have been rediscovered and reinvented by groups in Europe and North America. The book examines the phenomenon of altered consciousness and the interactions of seid-workers or shamanic practitioners with their spirit worlds. Written by a follower of seidr, it investigates new communities involved in a postmodern quest for spiritual meaning.
Jenny Blain is a senior lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University where she leads the MA in Social Research Methods. Her research interests centre on issues of identity, gender, paganism and shamanism, social theory and experiential ethnography.
'It is good to see this degree of academic research applied to one of the more neglected aspects of our native spirituality and magick. Highly recommended.' - The Cauldron
'... this is an extremely honest attaempt by Blain to remain true to both her academic training and her faith as a seidr preistess.' - Jan Henning, Wood and Water
'Jenny Blain's Nine Worlds of Seid-Magic: Ecstacy and Neo-Shamanism in North European Paganism is a rich and engaging addition to the growing literature on Neopagan religions and modern-day shamanism.' - Nova Religio