Lesson Eight: Heathen Esoterica

This eighth module on esoterica is optional.  It is not covered in the Elder Troth booklet.  If you are interested in this topic, you are encouraged try to find one or more of the suggested readings.

Suggested Readings:

  • Taking up the Runes - Diana Paxson
  • Rudiments of Runelore - Stephen Pollington
  • Teutonic Magic - Kveldulf Gundarsson
  • Practical Heathen, Chapter 10-11


  1. Create a chart listing the various futharks, the letters associated with them, and their most general meanings. What insights do you have on each rune, based on your understanding of heathen ways?
  2. Define seidhr (seid). Is seidhr spae? Are they one and the same, or distinct parts of an overall whole? How were seidhworkers viewed by our ancestors (positive and negative)?
  3. What is the place of folklore? What charms do you use in every day life, and why do you use them?