Information provided by those who have gone before, is essential for anything new. Viking Spirit Guides have provided considerable assistance and inspiration, in the names of Thor and his sons and Hoenir. We must also acknowledge the vast and considerable literature, which have also made this book possible. Due to the intervention of the Gods, this book must not be regarded to be in any way historically accurate.

  1. Snorri Sturluson was a great Icelandic scholar and poet. Around 1220, he wrote the "Prose Edda". This is the nearest thing to an authorised version of the Norse Legends. Now Snorri was writing at least 100 years after Iceland went Christian by democratic vote. He has been accused of tampering with the legends, for reasons of Christianity. Our own view is that he may also have improved on the masculine side. Most of the feminine side was ignored by all writers of this period, and is thus lost.

  2. Freya Aswynn has tried to restore the feminine side. "Leaves of Yggdrasil", Freya Aswynn. She is female, and is Odin orientated. The writer is male and turns to Thor for guidance. There is a considerable and useful divergence of viewpoint.

  3. The Norse or Viking legends cover a very wide area. This is from Germany, to Scandinavia, to Britain, to the Orkneys, and to Iceland. They deal with a collection of religions. Thus no two books agree that closely. Our own preference is for the Icelandic and Orkney versions, and to leave German mythology to the Germans. Make your own choice.

  4. H.R.Ellis Davidson. "Gods and Myths of Northern Europe", Penguin.

  5. William Shakespeare. For services to the English language.

  6. Alfred Adler. "Fundamentals of Adlerian Psychology", Alfred Adler Institute, by Rudolf Dreikurs. He is probably the father of the modern business psychologies, like management by objectives.

  7. Sigmund Freud. The writer was an avid reader of his books in his last life.

  8. Dale Carnegie never claimed to be a psychologist. He limited his activities to being a teacher of public speaking, and a businessman. His books are still being published, and are excellent at the popular level.

  9. Data Analysis. Dr. Edgar Codd, the father of Relational Database technology. Also James Martin, "Principles of Database Management", Prentice-Hall.

  10. National Spiritualist Union. Any views expressed on Spiritualism are most unlikely to be those of any recognised organisation.

  11. Eugen Herrigel. "The Method of Zen", Arkana. On gaining his enlightenment, the writer had to take a crash course in Zen. This was to understand what was happening to him. Herrigel does say that initially, receiving one's enlightenment is a spiritual disaster. This may suggest that he is the only Buddhist writer to have received his enlightenment.

  12. Mikhail Gorbachev. "Perestroika", Fontana. It is only after one has received their enlightenment, that one can really appreciate Perestroika. Then one can understand the purpose of Cosmic Revolutionary Socialism in society.

  13. Moses in his story of the Tower of Babel, omitted to mention that all theologies are Towers of Babel.

  14. St. John the Divine omitted to mention the terrible disaster that befalls the Holy Christian Church, when one fights the Apocalypse.

  15. Gareth Knight. "A Practical Guide to Qabalistic Symbolism" by Gareth Knight, Helios Book Service. Dion Fortune. "Psychic Self-Defence", Samuel Weiser. Both claim no personal knowledge of Alistair Crowley. The "Encyclopedia Judaica Jerusalem" for the opinion of learned rabbis.

  16. Alistair Crowley and the police who kindly dug his garden for him. The father of the modern occult movement. His books are now being republished, but should be read with a little caution.

  17. Intelligence behind the Universe. by R.D.Pearson. ISBN No 0 947823 21 2. Published by The Headquarters Publishing Co. Ltd. Pearson is a natural successor to Einstein. He gives a multiprogramming, time slicing universe where only the 3 linear dimensions, time and energy are real; all else is virtual.
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