Nigel Pennick

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Nigel Campbell Pennick, born 1946 in Guildford, Surrey, England in the United Kingdom, an author publishing on occultism, magic, natural magic, divination, subterranea, rural folk customs, traditional performance and Celtic art as well as runosophy.

He is a writer on marine species as well as an occultist and geomancer, artist and illustrator, stained-glass designer and maker, musician and mummer. He also writes on European arts and crafts, buildings, landscape, customs, games and spiritual traditions. He has written several booklets on the history of urban transport in Cambridge and London . He is best known for his research on geomancy, labyrinths, sacred geometry, the spiritual arts and crafts, esoteric alphabets and Germanic runic studies.

He has written many books in German and has over 50 published books and hundreds of published papers on a wide range of subjects.

Early life[edit]

Pennick lived most of his childhood in post-war London.

Career[edit]

Scientific[edit]

Trained in biology, for 15 years he was a researcher in algal taxonomy for a government institute in Cambridge.[citation needed] During this time, he published 29 scientific research papers on ultrastructure and taxonomy of marine microorganisms including descriptions of eight new species of marine algae and protozoa previously unknown to science before moving on to become a writer and illustrator.[citation needed]

Esoteric[edit]

He has travelled extensively in Europe and North America, researching, lecturing and conducting workshops, creating shrines and labyrinths.

His Celtic artwork appeared in the book New Visions in Celtic Art. In 2002 his Celtic artwork was on show in Birmingham in the Celtic Art and Design exhibition at the Central Library and, in 2009 in the exhibit Celtic Spirit Worldwide at the Walkers' Gallery in San Marcos, Texas.

He founded the Institute of Geomantic Research and later The Library of the European Tradition, which published new research on geomancy and folklore as well as rare archival material from the 19th and early 20th century. In the late 1970s and early 1980s he organized six geomantic conferences in Cambridge and Royston.

Written works[edit]

Runic astrology and geomancy[edit]

  • Runic Astrology: Starcraft and Timekeeping in the Northern Tradition (1995) ISBN 1-898307-45-8
  • Beginnings: Geomancy, Builders' Rites and Electional Astrology in the European Tradition
  • Sacred Geometry: Symbolism and Purpose in Religious Structures
  • The Ancient Science of Geomancy: Living in Harmony with the Earth
  • The Sacred Art of Geometry: Temples of the Phoenix
  • The Oracle of Geomancy
  • The Ancient Science of Geomancy: Man in Harmony with the Earth

Celts[edit]

  • Ogham and Coelbren: Mystic Signs and Symbols of the Celtic Druids
  • Celtic Sacred Landscapes
  • The Celtic Cross
  • The New Celtic Oracle
  • The Celtic Oracle: New Approach to the Magical Acts of the Ancient Druids
  • The Celtic Saints: An Illustrated and Authoritative Guide to These Extraordinary Men and Women
  • The Sacred World of the Celts: An Illustrated Guide to Celtic Spirituality and Mythology

Runes and the northern European tradition[edit]

  • The Eldritch World
  • Rune Magic (1993) ISBN 1-85538-105-2
  • Runes: How to Interpret the Ancient System of the Runes (Complete Illustrated Guide S.)
  • Secrets of the Runes
  • The Pagan Book of Days: A Guide to the Festivals, Traditions, and Sacred Days of the Year
  • A History of Pagan Europe
  • Crossing the Borderlines: Guising, Masking and Ritual Animal Disguises in the European Tradition
  • Secret Signs, Symbols and Sigils
  • Magical Alphabets: The Secrets and Significance of Ancient Scripts - Including Runes, Greek, Hebrew and Alchemical Alphabets (1992) ISBN 0-87728-747-3
  • Practical Magic in the Northern Tradition (1994) ISBN 1-870450-16-7
  • The Power Within: The Way of the Warrior and the Martial Arts in the European Tradition
  • Natural Magic (2001) ISBN 0-7225-4038-8
  • Secrets of East Anglian Magic
  • The Goddess Year
  • The God Year
  • Games of the Gods: The Origin of Board Games in Magic and Divination
  • Secret Games of the Gods
  • Inner Mysteries of the Goths: Rune-lore and Secret Wisdom of the Northern Tradition
  • Magical Alphabets

Other[edit]

  • Heathen Holy Places in Northern Europe: A Cultural Overview featured in the Tyr
  • The Spiritual Arts and Crafts
  • Mazes and Labyrinths
  • The Early Tube Railways of London
  • Dragons of the West (1997) ISBN 1-86163-007-7
  • Muses and Fates
  • Earth Harmony: Places of Power, Holiness and Healing
  • The Subterranean Kingdom: A Survey of Man-made Structures Beneath the Earth
  • The Haindl Rune Oracle
  • A Book of Beasts
  • The Mysteries of King's College Chapel(NP's first book, March 1974)
  • King's College Chapel (Churches of Cambridge)
  • Lost Lands and Sunken Cities
  • Masterworks: The Arts and Crafts of Traditional Buildings in Northern Europe
  • The Eldritch World
  • The New Celtic Oracle (co-authored with Nigel Jackson)
  • Hitler's Secret Sciences

In German[edit]

  • Handbuch der angewandten Geomantie
  • Einst War Uns Die Erde Heilig
  • Heidnisches Europa
  • Die heiligen Landschaft der Kelten
  • Was ist Geomantie? (contributor)
  • Genius Loci (contributor)

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