The Way of Wyrd: Tales of an Anglo-Saxon Sorcerer

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9780062500847: The Way of Wyrd: Tales of an Anglo-Saxon Sorcerer

The compelling cult classic, now reissued in a brand new edition with a new introduction by Brian Bates. This bestselling fictionalized account of an Anglo-Saxon sorcerer and mystic is based on years of research by psychologist and university professor Brian Bates.

Sent on a mission deep into the forests of pagan Anglo-Saxon England, Wat Brand, a Christian scribe, suddenly finds his vision of the world turned upside down. The familiar English countryside is not what it seems; threatening spirits, birds of omen and plants of power lurk in this landscape of unseen terrors and mysterious forces. With Wulf, a sorcerer and mystic, as his guide, Wat is instructed in the magical lore of plants, runes, fate and life force until finally he journeys to the spirit world on a quest to encounter the true nature of his own soul.

An authentic and deeply compelling insight into the spiritual world of the Anglo-Saxons, it has inspired thousands of people to learn more about the ancient northern tradition. A spiritual classic!

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Professor Bates tells the original story of a devout Catholic priest becoming friends with a Shamanic elder and creates a modern masterpiece of tolerance and coexistence. By looking into the past he has planted a seed for a better world in the present and beyond. If you can develop your awareness of the nature that surrounds you and are open and unafraid to listen to your dreams, you may find that the magic described in this book works like yeast to the imagination and can be utilized in any art form. ( Nicolas Cage)

'Reads like a fusion of Carlos Castaneda ... and Tolkien.' ( Time Out)

'Brilliant, vivid, entertaining ... it deserves a place on our bookshelves along with Carlos Castaneda.' R. D. Laing

An essential aid. In our overly Keltically obsessed British mind set, this magnificent book completely restores the unfairly neglected Scandinavian and Germanic side of our psyche. (Julian Cope)

As a way of psychological and spiritual exploration, The Way of Wyrd offers not just uncanny similarities with some of our present thinking but notions which we seem only now to be rediscovering ( The Guardian)

About the Author:

Brian Bates is the author of The Real Middle Earth and co-author of two books with John Cleese. He lectures worldwide and is currently Professor of Shamanic Consciousness at Brighton University and the Anglo-Saxon representative of The Indigenous World Network.

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