Part the veil between the worlds and connect to the ancient magick of land spirits, Faeries, and dragons.
Otherworld: Ecstatic Witchcraft for the Spirits of the Land is about establishing relationships with the spirits of the land. Many books talk about Faeries, but this book not only teaches about the Elves and Faery folk, but also how to have a working relationship with the spirits of plants, animals, and the land itself. Otherworld also teaches how to perform animal magick including shapeshifting for magick, healing, and establishing a deeper connection with animal spirits and discusses ecstatic trance techniques that will help practitioners work with the land spirits in a deep and profound way.
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An engaging book about establishing relationships with the spirits of the land and ecstatic techniques for creating deeper shamanic connections. ~ David Lorimer, Paradigm Explorer
Starting with science and dancing a winding path ending with the magick of the dragon, Christopher Allaun guides you through the magick in the land as found in the Otherworld, a spirit realm overlapping with our own shared reality. Deftly weaving together many traditions and ideas from his own background and study underlying the truths common to all spirit walkers, he makes it accessible to the modern reader seeking to know more and go deeper. ~ - Christopher Penczak, Award Winning Author and Co-Founder of the Temple of Witchcraft
Early Review: "In 'Otherworld: Ecstatic Witchcraft for the Spirits of the Land,' Chris Allaun weaves together a blend of spirit lore from European, Native American and other cultural settings, providing the reader with a unique array of NeoPagan, shamanic, and other contemporary exercises. These include meditative and experiential practices for honouring and connecting with a wide array of spirit beings, with a timely and resonant focus on restoring respectful relationship, balance and stewardship. Well-written and heartfelt throughout, Allaun avoids modern dogma and sets forth a plethora of concepts for readers to consider and seekers to explore. An intriguing, wide-ranging, and inspirational journey! " ~ Síthearan NicLeòid, scholar and researcher, teacher, bard, and author of 'The Divine Feminine in Ancient Europe,' and 'Celtic Myth and Religion.'
“Otherworld” is a great reference book for anyone interested in trance work. Dealing with the ways to achieve trance and what to do once you’re under are part of what are covered in this book. Having exercises at the end of each chapter gives a solid way to anchor down the information given. Quoting from many other sources leads this volume some weight in the subject at hand. Highly recommended for those with an interest in starting or growing a personal trance practice. Give this book a try! ~ Kurt Hoogstraat, author of Contemporary Seidr: A Guide To Norse Trance Work
"Otherworld is a handy 'field guide' to journeying into the realms beyond the mortal veils and meeting the mystical beings who dwell there. Allaun's clear descriptions of those realms and techniques provide excellent road maps to successful encounters with faeries, elves, dwarfs, and even dragons. You are never alone on your journeys as he carefully guides you each step of the way with easy to understand principles. This book is a valuable introduction or as a companion to your spirit walking practice. “ John Hijatt, author, runester, and podcaster. ~ John Hijatt, author, runester, and host of the podcast "Gifts of the Wyrd"
Imagine you are walking through the woods. It is twilight and the shadows are deepening around you. Did that tree branch look exactly like that a moment ago? Was that faint music you heard? You suddenly have goose bumps. Something feels different. You have stepped into liminal space: the world of elves, faeries, animal spirits, and dragons. The Otherworld. In his enchanting new book, Chris Allaun gives a lovely description of the Otherworld along with exercises to transport you there and tips on how to communicate with its inhabitants. Otherworld begins with a reverent journey through the creation of our Mother Earth. It continues with explanations of each of the various worlds and their denizens. Allaun’s exercises are detailed and practical. One of the many things I love about this book is that it is appropriate for both the novice and the experienced magical practitioner. There is enough background to help the beginner grasp complex concepts, yet there is enough substance to delight the elder with fresh perspectives on well worn magical habits. I highly recommend this book for anyone who wishes to deepen their magical practice. —Dana Brown (Kamala), HindJewitch, kissed by the Fae, owner of Kamala’s Own Magickal and Mundane Perfumery (www.kamala.com) ~ —Dana Brown (Kamala), HindJewitch, kissed by the Fae, owner of Kamala’s Own Magickal and Mundane Perfumery (www.kamala.com)
Within the pages of his new book, Otherworld: Ecstatic Witchcraft for the Spirits of the Land, Chris Allaun helps readers become intimately acquainted with the many spirits who dwell within the hidden landscapes of the natural world. Examining these spirits through the lenses of folklore, science, and varied spiritual traditions, Allaun presents a wealth of useful information for anyone looking to engage with the eldritch beings of the midworld. Including techniques for accessing the hidden homes and habitats of these spirits as well as methods for communing with them directly, this book presents the reader with an invaluable trove of useful information. Kelden, author of The Crooked Path: An Introduction to Traditional Witchcraft and writer for the Patheos Pagan blog By Athame and Stang. ~ Kelden, author of The Crooked Path: An Introduction to Traditional Witchcraft and writer for the Patheos Pagan blog By Athame and Stang.
In Otherworld, Chris Allaun pours out his rich experience with various traditions, cultures and myths to present a practical approach to connecting with the spirits of the deeper realm through everyday practices and transformative rituals. He masterfully blends together his extensive knowledge of the spirit world with modern science, giving us an integrative approach to what lies beyond the material world. A worthwhile read for anyone seeking to connect the corporeal with the spiritual. ~ Cyndi Brannen author of Keeping Her Keys: An Introduction To Hekate's Modern Witchcraft
"This excellent book is told from the author's rich personal experience of the Otherworld. It includes expert discussion of the parallels among the many spiritual systems Mr. Allaun has studied and practiced. It's also a great "how-to" book for anyone interested in journeying to the Otherworld themselves. The author's sincerity and concern shines through for the healing of both the reader and spiritual beings. I would recommend this book especially for people interested in how modern spiritual practitioners work." ~ Joan Forest Mage, Artistic Director of Life Force Arts Ensemble
"Chris Allaun takes us into a journey to the Otherworld through a vast collection of practice exercises and rituals, so we can remember our natural selves and our undeniable connection to Mother Earth. A must read for both the experienced Shaman and the seeker." ~ Laura Gonzalez, host of Circle Sanctuary Network Podcast
"In Chris Allaun’s Otherworld, he offers readers wise counsel; namely to tie their spiritual work to the magic of nature. Otherworld links elements from a variety of traditional sources in an approachable manner as it spirit walks readers through practices common to most witchcraft lineages, such as astral projection, magical visioning, work with spirit animals, and ecstatic magical techniques. Readers will enjoy the practical steps he provides and the sense of natural empowerment they’ll discover along their Otherworld journey.” ~ Timothy Roderick, author of Wicca: A Year and A Day, Dark Moon Mysteries and other titles.
A fascinating blend of science and spirituality, of past and present, Otherworld is animism through a contemporary lens. It embraces various folklore, from different perspectives, and creates a way to interpret the connection between these older beliefs and modern magical traditions. A wide ranging and thorough discussion of both the theories and how-to, this book will undoubtedly be useful to many looking for a 21st century perspective. ~ Morgan Daimler, bestselling author of Fairies: A Guide to the Celtic Fair Folk and A New Dictionary of Fairies
Early Review: "In this book Chris Allaun provides us with a wonderful road map of the different routes into the places that exist outside of time, space, and the five senses as we know them. He has also given us some valuable tools and techniques for using them. This is a delightful, inspiring, and enjoyable read. ~ Rev. Angie Buchanan, Senior Clergy of Earth Traditions, Certified Death Midwife
Allaun’s book presents an engaging and eclectic mix of traditional practices, supported by useful exercises for developing sensitivity and skill. ~ Diana L. Paxson, author of Trance-Portation and Possession, Depossession, and Divine Relationships
In Otherworld: Ecstatic Witchcraft For the Spirits of the Land, Chris Allaun offers a comprehensive and illuminating overview of the magical universe, drawing upon Celtic and Norse myth, folklore and experience, as well as drawing upon the insights of other cultures, discussing faeries and elves, animal spirits, nature spirits and techniques of shapeshifting. The book focuses upon two main themes close to my own heart: the connection of the magician to the land, and the expression of ecstasy as a magical technique. Most importantly, the book is clearly and fluently written and is first and foremost a practical work for hands-on practitioners. ~ Michael Kelly author of Aegishjalmur: The Book of Dragon Runes
Chris Allaun presents a wonderful book that taps directly into a subject that is very close to my heart and my own magical practices. This is all about working directly with source magic from the land. He covers some interesting angles and shares his obvious experience and practical knowledge. A fascinating read. ~ Rachel Patterson, author of Witchcraft into the Wilds and the Kitchen Witchcraft series
There are many books about the invisible or intravisible side of earth (aka the "otherworld") as mythical, metaphorical, and magical. But, few are written by a human journeyer who has painstakingly trained and shifted their awareness using the lore passed on through literary and oral traditions on how to enter, encounter and exchange with the otherworld and its "secret commonwealth" for the love of earth and her life. Christopher Allaun is one of the few. He has demonstrated his otherworld competence and experiences in the living development to set the tone, which in my view is sacred magic devoted to the wellbeing of our world and its life. From there Allaun gives a menu of magical treats offering techniques including dance, breath work, shape shifting, traveling/ flying and more. Then he provides the benefit of seeing through many cultural lenses that it is populated with an array of powerful intelligences such as Jhin, Faery, dragons and more, and he shows them as the powerful, wise and crucially important "original ancestors" that they are. Why is this book important to the health of humanity, and even more importantly avoiding the oncoming ecological disaster and a human-induced mass extinction event? To do this, we must go to our roots, our foundation, our planet - for we are children of one mother and her name is Earth. I grew up with an old Appalachian saying, "you cannot bless the fruits and curse the roots". This wonderful book leads us through the visible structures of earth into its "pre-formed energetic, plasmatic and starborn original state" to recapture our place in the emergent destiny of our garden of Eden. In doing so, we awaken the memory of the original instructions pulsing in all of Earth as "the life that runs through all" and the old magic returns with original innocence, co-existence and co-creation and restorative life. Read this book. Internalize its wisdom. Become ignited with the ecstasy of life and wield magic with muscle for the sake of all. All for the Love of Earth. ~ Orion Foxwood, author of The Tree of Enchantments, founded the House of Brigh Faery Seership Institute and apprenticeship
Otherworld: Ecstatic Witchcraft for the Spirits of the Land reminds us that the Spirit Walker does not simply spend time in nature, the Spirit Walker is nature. Just as the witch is nature. We all are! This accessible book offers practical tools to access and practice a profound teaching: we are not separate from the world we live in. Our world is not separate from the realms of the Otherworld. To reach our full human potential we must learn to dance with all beings and dimensions, all possibilities, All That Is. This book offers recipes to awaken the the magick slumbering within all of us. This is our nature and birth right. When the Dance Master extends his hand, get moving! ~ Imelda Almqvist, international teacher and author of Natural Born Shamans: A Spiritual Toolkit for Life