Diana L. Paxson

Diana L. Paxson has been a practicing priestess since 1982 with experience in several traditions, but she is best-known as an Elder in Troth, an organization dedicated to the reconstruction of the old Germanic religions, whose journal, Idunna, she edits. She pioneered the recovery of "high-seat" seidh, the oracular tradition of ancient Scandinavia, leads a Heathen kindred in Berkeley, and teaches classes on trance-work, the Runes and Old Norse lore. She is a frequent presenter at pagan conferences and festivals.


Paxson is also the author of numerous short stories and novels on legendary themes, including the Wodan’s Children trilogy about the Siegfried legend, and non-fiction such as Taking up the Runes, Essential Asatru, The Way of the Oracle, and Odin, Ecstasy, Runes and Norse Magic. Her next book will be Carrying a Torch for Liberty, a book on political magic.

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