Rochester: Destiny Books, 2015. Paperback, vii+344 pages. New.
In the pre-Christian cultures of Northern Europe, magic was a part of everyday life. In Pagan Magic of the Northern Tradition, author Nigel Pennick explores the magical Pagan traditions of the peoples now called Celtic, Germanic, Scandinavian, Slavonic and Baltic and the key concept of Wyrd which permeates their mysteries, and how it empowers magical techniques such as shape-shifting, sigil magic, and the use of the Runes. Emphasizing the importance of the cycles of nature in these traditions, Pennick provides a lucid and engaging account of the eightfold sun dials and the four ways in which the solar year was defined. He also examines the magical significance of the days of the week and their relations with deities and acts both auspicious and inauspicious, as well as sacred spaces, household magic, and the role of music. An excellent and practical guide to the magic, customs, and ceremonies of the Northern Tradition.