norrshaman is a publishing house that creates, supplies and publishes thoughts and texts that give insights into the world and into Dreamtime, what in the old Nordic tradition was called the unseen.
norrshaman was created in 2004 and is run by JÖRGEN I ERIKSSON, who is a journalist and an author and, who has been studying shamanism, traditional healing and spirituality since the late 1970’s – theoretically and experimentally, and through journeys and field studies among the Saami in the northernmost parts of Sweden and Norway and in Navajo Nation, Diné Bikéyah, in Southwestern USA. Since the late 80’s he has been giving courses on shamanism and rune magic – mostly in Sweden but also in Estonia and UK. For the foreseeable future he has decided not to go online with courses and lectures. The real teachers are Mother Earth and The Great Mystery and rune magic can be learned on your own at sacred sites. How? Please read the text Instead of online courses: Learning Rune Magic on your own.
Jörgen has written several books on the Nordic shamanic tradition and rune magic, and two of them are now available in English; Rune Magic and Shamanism – Original Nordic Knowledge from Mother Earth and The Active Side of Infinity – Castaneda and shamanism. His book Seidr 5.0 – A Guide to Nordic Shamanism is however sold out.
The Active Side of Infinity: Castaneda and Shamanism (ISBN 978-91-639-9077-9) is a textual analysis of Castaneda’s twelve books on his apprenticeship with the Mexican sorcerer don Juan Matus. Castaneda’s works represent deep shamanism from which present-day students of shamanism has much to learn. But it is necessary to keep Castaneda at arm’s length. Based on my own experiences of 40 years of shamanic work in the Nordic tradition I try to de-mystify Castaneda and extract the very best of Castaneda – in this way liberating Castaneda from Castaneda. My hope is that my book might work as a manual and a guide to some of the gateways into Dreamtime, thereby contributing to the efforts to create a shamanism for the 21st century. This book can be ordered by e-mail at the cost of US $30, £20 or 25 Euros (postage included). When ordering please include your mailing address. When confirming the order I will bill you via PayPal (or the banking SWIFT-system). The book is also available at Amazon and the Swedish web shop Adlibris. More information on the book can be found here.
Rune Magic and Shamanism (ISBN 978-91-978832-2-1) deals with the great inherent power of the runes. They are doorways to Dreamtime and do express the totality of all knowledge that is dispersed everywhere. The runes are one of the sacred rites originating from the holy beings of Dreamtime and they can be utilized to bring harmony and balance to humans, animals, plants and minerals. The runes are a sacrament in Nordic shamanism and by combining the runes with other shamanic methods such as vision quests, ceremonies, seidr and magical singing this shamanic tradition can manifest its full potential. This book describes the runes as processes, their origins and meanings and how they can be used as an excellent tool in order to think and act in beauty. Its aim is to be a manual to the shaman’s philosophy and practice. This book can be ordered by e-mail at the cost of US $30, £20 or 25 Euros (postage included). When ordering please include your mailing address. When confirming the order I will bill you via PayPal (or the banking SWIFT-system). The book is also available at Amazon and the Swedish web shop Adlibris. More information on the book can be found here.
Seidr 5.0 (ISBN 978-91-978832-8-3) is a theoretical and a practical guide to the distinctive features of Nordic shamanism with extensive accounts of sacred sites, non-ordinary reality, Dreamtime, vision quests, soul journeys, power, magic, runes, seidr, ceremonies and shamanic medicine. The author also writes thoroughly on traditional philosophy, the many similarities between a shamanic world view and quantum physics and how Nordic shamanism can be creatively practiced in the 21st century. This book is sold out and no new printing is planned.
An earlier booklet with the title Sometimes Miracles Happen... On Saami shamanism and Traditional Healing was published by Folktankar in 2004. In this booklet Jörgen I Eriksson systematically analyzes the methods, concepts and functions of traditional healing and shamanism, especially among the Saami. Several healers and shamans tell, with their own words, what healing is all about, where they get their power from and how they use it to fulfil their tasks. From the activities and thoughts of the healers he draws conclusions on how other human beings can extract wisdom from this tradition of knowledge. This booklet is sold out but it is now available for free as a pdf.
The article Saami Shamanism: The Noajdie Today was published in the Newsletter of The Foundation for Shamanic Studies, Vol. 1, No. 3 (Winter 1988-89) and can possibly be ordered from them. This text was one of the chapters in the first edition of Jörgen I Eriksson’s book on Saami Shamanism in Swedish.
Read also about Saami Ethno Medicine.
There are as well a few other articles in English on this site that might be of interest: