Guðrún Kristín Magnúsdóttir author of Óðsmál
Guðrún Kristín Magnúsdóttir author of Óðsmál

The research project Óðsmál is rather unique, as here we reveal the pure spirituality, theosophy, and the often forgotten profundity contained in Heathenry / Paganry / Ásatrú / our forni siður (ancient traditions) / Forn Siðr / Vanatrú / Vanatro.
Many a man has studied Norse and Germanic mythology and the Edda poems, but some ponder only on the visible surface.
Myths are about us. Myths happen now, all the time, over and over again. Myths contain multiple levels of understanding.

First Óðsmál book 1996 (cover)
First Óðsmál book 1996 (cover)

Óðsmál-research is inspired by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, a physicist, and an enlightened man, whom Guðrún met first in 1963 in Iceland. Óðsmál started in 1990 at MI University. Maharishi suggested research on the profound spirituality contained in our ancient traditions.

Ásatrúar-men often claim to be peaceful, earnest, and responsible.
So far so good –  on the surface level of life.
But – few know that these human qualities come spontaneously to all men, when we practice nýsa niður (transcend the sphere of thought and space-time).
For nýsa niður see Hávamál visa 138 and on.

And now:

What on earth would nýsa niður be!!! Nýsa niður?
Doesn’t that mean: to nose down, to pry into out of curiosity!!
What could possibly be spiritual and evolutionary about that peeping down!!

The purpose and goal of Óðsmál is to answer these beautiful questions.
There is a sphere of life of no space, no time, no thoughts, where we imbibe fimbulrúnir (skill in action in life).

Guðrún Kristín Magnúsdóttir author of Óðsmál
Guðrún Kristín Magnúsdóttir
author of Óðsmál

Guðrún Kristín Magnúsdóttir

I am a researcher, the author of Óðsmál, and a Heathen goði – nicknamed Göia goði –
I am also an awarded author, dramatist, artist, and a theosophical writer.

I have known the theosophical aspect of Heathenry since childhood.
I studied pedagogy and economics in University of Iceland and Science of Consciousness and physics in MIU,
— and arts in the Icelandic Art Academy.
I have studied sanskrit for several years.

I received first price for the opening piece in Reykjavík City Theatre, 1990. My dramas have appeared in The Icelandic National Broadcasting Service. I received 1st and 2nd price awards for my books; granted  by the Icelandic National Center for Educational Materials.
I also received a research grant from The Icelandic Government Cultural Council in 1988.

I have worked on stage in theatre, in TV, radio, films, and exhibitions.
My (almost 140) books are available on Amazon, several of them translated into English.

Óðsmál books available in Icelandic and in English.
Óðsmál lectures on Youtube come also in Icelandic and in English.

Freyjukettir, Norræn menning
Freyjukettir, Norræn menning

Óðsmál research project is a non-profit organization, non-profit cultural enterprise, and independent research institute.
Supported by the Ministry of Culture and Education in Iceland, and double research grant by Hagþenkir, The Icelandic Association of Educational and Non-fiction Writers.
Our publishing company is Freyjukettir, Norræn menning.

My books, some of them awarded, are available here on amazon.

Listen to pronunciation: Guðrún Kristín Magnúsdóttir; Óðsmál

4 thoughts on “About

  1. navasolanature 6. October, 2016 / 18:27

    So interesting to have found your blog through Dipak on Facebook. I used to teach TM many years ago and still practice meditating and the Sindhis. Your insight into Norse mythology fascinates me. I now live in Spain and have a nature focus blog. Will try and read more soon.


  2. thepyat 6. July, 2017 / 01:08

    Interesting, indeed. I tend to see Norse mythology in three layers, the outer one being Asatru, a sort of New Age reweaving taken largely from Victorian nationalist propaganda that made up convenient meanings to the old texts; the second one being worship of the Aesir, a revision of oral tradition which subsequently rationalized a series of invasions by southern Germanic tribes into Nordic lands which heavily resexed deities and emphasized war; and the core, an oral tradition of the Vanir, remnants of the earlier Finno-Ugric, shamanic belief system still found in the Urals and the Baltic, especially in Estonia, latterly dubbed “seidr” (akin to Saami seita) that was appropriated into “Viking” heritage. I believe that the term “Viking” and even “Scandinavian” has overshadowed and obscured the bedrock of this older culture and its importance. That the stresses land on the first syllable is left over from the Kalevalan meter and Seto Leelo still sung on the Estonian isles. I believe that this history is tremendously repressed to this day because the origin is unequivocally woman-centered, as opposed to all the latter interpretations, cultural appropriations, and impositions. I believe that Thor’s hammer was originally the idol of a female goddess with her head and arms cut off.


    • Guðrún Kristín Magnúsdóttir 8. March, 2018 / 11:02

      bright indeed! there are layers inwards; surface traditions have their value, but we should live the core and essence, the profundity of our innermost Ægir (the abyss); revival is good, if we do not miss out the deep knowledge (theosophy and physics) from our forefathers, their science of consciousness, understanding of purpose of human life-spans (æfi): to live Valhöll (pure state of consciousness), as an enlightened einherji (fully alive!)


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