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A radical new take on Norse paganism

The Way of Fire and Ice reimagines Norse Paganism with mystical practices and rituals for today's world as well as tips for building community and resisting fascism. This approach to working with Norse deities and beliefs is a living, adaptable tradition, representing a strong alternative to the reconstructionist perspectives of Asatru and Heathenry.

In this book, the old ways come alive in a radically inclusive form. You will explore the secrets of the World Tree and the mysteries of the gods, work with the many spirits around us, and feel the deep rhythms that drive all life while creating new songs of power. You will also discover how to make these practices part of your every waking moment, developing your own personal spirituality and building healthy, sustainable communities along the way.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Ryan Smith (P)2020 Tantor

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  • Marc W. Rogers
  • 06-10-2020

Very Informative and Detailed

Incredibly informative and detailed book about Norse Paganism. Anyone describing this book as a Liberal, Leftist, Antifi guide clearly didn't read the description, didn't listen to the book in it's entirety and missed it's point completely.

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  • James L. Garner
  • 01-12-2020

Very Good Book

This is a very informative book with details about the gods, and rituals. If this book is anti anything, it is against the misuse of sacred symbols for hate groups. I would highly recommend this book for anyone wanting to go down the path of Norse Paganism.

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  • Kevin J Engebretson
  • 25-09-2020

di d nt like it a r all

Never got passed the second chapter, first book I've got that I wished I didn't get.

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  • Sophia Rasmussen
  • 28-08-2020

Very Informative

The narrators voice and inflection adds to the content. I enjoyed the chapter concerning working with others.

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  • brian
  • 24-12-2020

Great book until 8th hour.

This audiobook is a great one even with the last hour-hour and a half of trying to talk you into joining and rationalizing anitifa. Antifa is a radical group that shuts down all voices that are different or they don’t agree with making it a fascist group in and of itself. If you can take what you can from the first 8 hrs and use that it is amazing information. The last bit is full of incredibly hard eye rolls and verbally saying ok in a sarcastic manner. This book/audiobook would get a perfect rating if it had the last bit edited out. That being said listen to it if you disagree take it with a bit of salt and go on ignoring it. If you agree that you should help radicals to fight radicals then well you’re just wrong. Hate doesn’t make peace it doesn’t matter the source of the hate nothing good comes from it.
Very easy to listen to and again 95% of it is very great information. It’s no different than a great saga with a disappointing ending.

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  • Javier smith
  • 15-01-2021

This book sells lies

This book attempts To recruit you into antifa what the hell is this doing masquerading as a norse pagan or Asatru book. It would be like somebody putting a title on Hitlers book mine comf And calling it a new age Christian book really. The author and the narrator and audible should be ashamed.

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  • N1ghtH0wler
  • 10-12-2020

Great detail.

I love the read of this book. It held a lot of information the I would have never imagined to find in this type of book. It is a must read for anyone interested in learning or getting a new perspective on norse paganism.

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  • Meleas
  • 20-01-2021

Political agenda much?

Although I wholeheartedly agree with the author on combatting fascism, this book is pushing a far left agenda into norse paganism. Pushing any political ideology into a system of spirituality is poison. Do not recommend

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  • WMulder
  • 12-01-2021

Could not finish it

had a hard time with this, could not finish it as hard as I tried to.

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  • Aaah
  • 09-05-2020

Odd combination of introductory and in-depth

This book starts out very well, with an introduction to Norse myths, the Norse gods, the rune, and the basic types of Scandinavian religious practice. I was hoping that the later parts of the book would provide more information on how to deepen one's practice. Instead, the book veers into a very in-depth presentation on how to organise and run pagan groups and religious services. I found this section informative but incredibly dull, largely because no part of it applies to me. I don't believe it would apply to most people who benefited from the first section of the book - if you're still learning the difference between Thor and Tyr, you might not need a detailed breakdown of how to go about organising a pagan service. In fact, the earlier part of the book goes on in detail on how religious practices should be approached with extreme care, and ideally under the supervision of knowledgeable people. I don't believe the writer would actually endorse someone whose only knowledge is derived from this book going off to start their own wee chapter. The overall result is that the readers who benefit from the earlier parts of the book won't be able to use the latter, and those who could benefit from the latter would probably fall by the wayside before getting there, as the introductory information will be too superficial for them.

I would have probably only dropped a star for this. The reason i dropped a second is that the section on how to run study groups and meetings is likely to result in the unwitting exclusion of people with neurodivergences or anxiety disorders. It is predicated on the idea that people's participation should look a certain way, and that students who "do not participate" because they do not speak should be encouraged to do so. This is likely to result in introverted or anxious participants either struggling horribly to mimic the behaviour of students not affected by their issues, or leaving altogether. I understand that the information provided in this book might reflect "best practices" endorsed by educational institutions, but then many educational institutions follow practices that do not support students with mental health issues or neurodivergences. Ultimately, carefully drafting an inclusion policy for your group won't do any good if your group management practices cause vulnerable individuals to run for the hills.

Other than that, I've enjoyed the book. The narration is very slow and ponderous, but tolerable. It won't, however, be a book I will be revisiting again.

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  • Ruth
  • 13-06-2020

brilliant

It is great to see a wonderful take on inclusive Norse practise. well read and easy to understand. thank you

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  • Rob Burrows
  • 21-02-2021

Good book, stop before reach final 2 chapters

great book, lots are really good practices, tips, information on rune meanings, and informations about organizing gatherings, moots etc.
What let's it down is that it wastes at least 2 chapters talking about neo nazis, fascism and how everyone should stand upto it.
while I agree with the sentiment, while irs important they dont deserve 2 chapters worth of attention.
Still a worthwhile read lot of great points would recommend it to others.

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  • adam
  • 24-10-2020

Great

this book really opend my eyes on paganism. would 100% recommend checking it out for anyone who's slightly interested it

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-05-2020

A very good book!

It is very well written book and it contains lots of good information! Highly recommend it!

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  • Richard Green
  • 12-04-2020

Wonderful

Absolutely brilliant book which sets up many points on which to ponder. Great reading too.

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