Stefan Stenudd
Stefan Stenudd
About me
I'm a Swedish writer of fiction and non-fiction books in both Swedish and English. I'm also an artist, a historian of ideas and an aikido instructor.

My Books:

All's End, science fiction novel by Stefan Stenudd.

All's End
Science fiction novel about a quest through the universe for a perfect world, by Stefan Stenudd. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.

Tao Te Ching - The Taoism of Lao Tzu Explained, by Stefan Stenudd.
Tao Te Ching
The Taoism of Lao Tzu Explained. The great Chinese classic, translated and extensively commented by Stefan Stenudd. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.

Tao Quotes - The Ancient Wisdom of the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu.
Tao Quotes
The Ancient Wisdom of the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu. 389 quotes from the foremost Taoist classic, divided into 51 prominent topics. Translated and commented by Stefan Stenudd. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.

Cosmos of the Ancients, by Stefan Stenudd.
Cosmos of the Ancients
The Greek philosophers and what they thought about cosmology, myth, and the gods, by Stefan Stenudd. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.

Occasionally I Contemplate Murder, by Stefan Stenudd.
Occasionally I Contemplate Murder
Thoughts on life, death, and the meaning of it all, by Stefan Stenudd. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.

QI - increase your life energy, by Stefan Stenudd.

Qi Energy
Increase your life energy, by Stefan Stenudd. The life energy qi (also chi or ki), with exercises on how to awaken, increase, and use it. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.

Attacks in Aikido, by Stefan Stenudd.

Attacks in Aikido
How to do kogeki, the attack techniques, by Stefan Stenudd. All the attack techniques in aikido explained, and how to do them correctly. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.

Aikido Principles, by Stefan Stenudd.

Aikido Principles
Basic Concepts of the Peaceful Martial Art, by Stefan Stenudd. Aikido principles, philosophy, and basic ideas. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.

Aikibatto, by Stefan Stenudd.

by Stefan Stenudd. The aikibatto sword and staff exercises for aikido students explained, with practical and spiritual aspects of the sword arts, equipment for training, and more. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.

Life Energy Encyclopedia, by Stefan Stenudd.
Life Energy Encyclopedia
by Stefan Stenudd. Qi, prana, spirit, and other life forces around the world explained and compared. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.

Tarot Unfolded, by Stefan Stenudd.
Tarot Unfolded
This book presents an imaginative reading of the Tarot divination cards, which is the most appropriate for the Tarot since it consists of symbolic images. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.

Your Health in Your Horoscope, by Stefan Stenudd.
Your Health in Your Horoscope
This book explains what your horoscope says about your health, according to the old tradition of medical astrology. It also contains an introduction to astrology and instructions on how to read a birth chart. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.

Stenudd's Blog

Aikido, Art, Myth, Fiction and More

Welcome to my world

I'm a writer, artist, aikido instructor and historian of ideas - well, among other things. This is my personal website, where I present material about the subjects of interest to me. See the main categories at the top banner. I hope you will enjoy exploring it.

     I've been around on the web since May 1995, when there was not much to be found on it, but everyone there had the tingling sensation of something spectacular beginning. We were not wrong.

     Through the years, I've posted quite a lot on this website and others of mine, and I'm still not the least bit tired of it. For any artist, this instant connection to the world is the ideal forum. No longer being dependent on publishers and other go-betweens is a blessing I wouldn't have dreamed of before 1995. Let's hope it stays this way forever. It's true democracy at work, for the first time in history.

Hands On. Oil paintings by Stefan Stenudd

Painting Again

I've just taken up oil painting again, after years and years of pausing. Suddenly in the summer of 2014, I find myself producing more canvases than I've done since the 1970's, and I love it! Have a look at the first bunch, which is sort of a warm up session in just black and white, playing on the theme of hands:
Hands On - Oil Paintings

Now in Color. Oil paintings by Stefan Stenudd

Now in Color

My oil painting continues, and more colors get involved. So far, I stick to the theme of hands - and the bodies they are attached to. Additional paintings will be added to this page as soon as they are finished, until I change the theme.
Now in color - Oil Paintings

Chapter One

Right now, I'm working on a new novel. I publish it here, chapter by chapter as they are written. Please have a look and let me know what you think about it. Here it begins:
Chapter One

My Books

I may be doing a lot of things, but primarily I'm a writer. In the left column you see all the books I've published in English so far. The links to the left go to the Amazon pages of the books. Here are links to webpages where I present them:

     On this website you can also find some of my short stories that have only been published here:

Books in Swedish

Naturally, I started writing in my native tongue. That was back in 1976, but my first book was published three years later. If you happen to read Swedish, please go here to check out my Swedish books:
My Swedish Writing

Art - Stefan Stenudd.


In my adolescence, I actually started painting professionally before writing any book, and had a few exhibitions. When the writing started to get serious, though, I sort of ceased to play with the brush - other than occasionally. But I please my eyes by taking photos with some frequence, even a few videos. Here are some of my oil paintings, drawings, photos and videos:
My Art

Myth - Stefan Stenudd.


I've studied the history of ideas with great pleasure for a number of years. I'm still supposed to be working on a dissertation about the patterns of thought in creation myths. It will be a book one of these days, but don't hold your breath. For now, you can find my texts on mythology and ancient cosmology on this website as well as another site dedicated to the subject. Start your exploration here:

Greek Philosophers - Stefan Stenudd.

Greek Philosophers

As part of my work on creation myths, I studied what the philosophers of Ancient Greece thought about the mythology of their time and the origin of the cosmos. It became a book, but most of its content can be found here:
Cosmos of the Ancients


Myths are stories, so I could not investigate their patterns without the guidance of Aristotle in his Poetics, where he explains how drama works. It's hard to leave Aristotle, once you've gotten familiar with him, so I've dwelt some more on him and his work. Here are texts about his life, his cosmology and his Poetics:

Aikido - Stefan Stenudd.


The peaceful martial art aikido can be described as philosophy in motion, but I started studying it before getting any close encounter with Aristotle et al. It was in 1972, when I was 18, and I've been going on ever since. The aikido section of my website has always had the most visitors, who seem to appreciate the many texts, photos and instructive videos. I've also written books about aikido, as can be seen above and to the left. Here's the aikido section of my website:
Aikido - the Peaceful Martial Art
     There you will also find the German version of my aikido book online. And if you happen to understand Swedish, here are my webpages in that language about aikido:
Aikido på svenska

Aikibatto - Stefan Stenudd.


To help my aikido students learn how to work with ken, the sword, and jo, the staff, I developed a system of exercises that I call aikibatto. It became a book, too, but most of its material can be found here:

Life Energy

Life Energy

In aikido as well as the other Japanese and Chinese martial arts, the idea of a life energy called ki (also spelled chi or qi) is instrumental. Similar life force ideas can be found in many cultures all through history. As part of my research in the history of ideas, I made an inventory of all kinds of such concepts. I wrote a book about it, but most of its content can be found here:
Life Energy

     I've also explained the Eastern idea of ki or qi in more detail, and developed a number of simple exercises by which to experience and increase it. That became a book, but most of the material can be found here:

Qi Energy Exercises



I've been a fan of the old Chinese classic Tao Te ching since I was about 20, and wrote a Swedish version of it that was published in 1991 (with several later editions). After years of hesitation I made an English version, published in 2011. I also made a website devoted to that book and other Taoist texts, where you find my whole translation of the Tao Te Ching, among other things:

I Ching Online

I Ching

One of the oldest books of China is I Ching, presenting how divination is done with the 64 hexagrams. I made a website about it, where you can try it out online. Whatever you think about it, it's an interesting way of approaching ancient Chinese cosmology.
I Ching Online

Complete horoscope astrology - Stefan Stenudd.


I came across astrology quite by chance in my early twenties, and was intrigued by the complexity so different from what horoscope columns in the newspapers indicate. I know it's a controversial subject, recently labeled pseudo-science although it's much older than anything we today regard as science. It's interesting in so many ways - for example as a clue to how our predecessors thought about cause and effect in the world.

     Anyway, I've written about it - in books as well as on the web. If you want to know what complete classical astrology is, you can start here:

Complete Horoscope

My Blog

I have an English blog, since a few years back, but I only write on it occasionally, when something triggers me. Then I can get quite lengthy, if the subject permits... Here it is:
Stenudd's Blog

About Me

If you want to know some more about me, here's my comprised bio:
Stenudd Bio

Swedish Website

I also have a website in Swedish, with material about my writing, aikido and myths, but also some of the many texts I wrote as a rock critic for the newspaper Dagens Nyheter and as a restaurant critic for Sydsvenskan. Here it is:
Stenudd på svenska