Norwegian Princess Märtha Louise is well known to the Norwegian public as a staunch believer in woo. For those of you who aren’t familiar with her and her beliefs, here’s a short summary: She claims she can talk to the dead and is a firm believer in angels. So much so, that she actually started an “angel academy” a few years back, Astarte Education, where you can learn to get in touch with your guardian angel, as well as healing and meditation. She also wrote a book in 2009 called Meet Your Guardian Angel, which became a very popular book.
Now she’s writing a new book called Secrets of the Angels.
From Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet:
In a press release the publisher Cappelen Damm announces the book “Secrets of the angels” will be available in stores in February.
“This is a continuation of the authors’ project in the field of spiritual self-development, and is based on the spiritual work they do at their school Astarte Education,” the press release states.
Publishing Director of non-fiction at Cappelen Damm, Ida Berntsen says: ”I’d say this is a self-help book with a spiritual dimension.”
She goes on to add, “This book picks up where the first one ended. The first book was about the basic way to describe how the two authors* work with spiritual self-development. Their goal is that people should learn to listen to themselves and open themselves up to other dimensions in life.”
Self-help books are a dime a dozen. They’re all over the place. It’s huge business. Some of them may actually help. But this is a book about spiritual beings, angels mostly, and as Märtha Louise came out and claimed she could talk to the dead, I wouldn’t be surprised if this subject also comes up.
What grinds my gears about this is that it’s published as non-fiction. It’s a pleasant idea in easy to understand terms to appeal to women like someone’s gullible grandmother. The Princess’s penchant for promoting woo is similar to Britain’s Prince Charles. What IS it with royalty? Talk about being out of touch with reality!
James Randi spoke about the Princess and her strange beliefs last year when he visited Norway as part of the JREF international outreach.
Here is the original article. NOTE: This article is in Norwegian. If you want a translated version, I suggest using Google Translator. The result won’t be perfect, but understandable.
*Princess Märtha Louise co-wrote the book with Elisabeth Nordeng, with whom she founded Astarte Education.