Stefan Stenudd

Aikido, Art, Writing, Mythology, 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, with texts, images and videos. See the main categories on the top menu, or read about them below.

       I've been 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. We were not wrong.

       For any author and artist, this instant connection to the world 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.

Stefan Stenudd

Fake Lao Tzu Quotes

Fake Lao Tzu Quotes - Erroneous Tao Te Ching Citations Examined. Book by Stefan Stenudd. New book 2020
Lao Tzu was the first Taoist, legendary writer of Tao Te Ching. There are lots of quotes of him in books and on the web, but far too many of them are fake. This book goes through 90 of the quotes that are spread the most, discussing how to reveal that they are not authentic and searching their real origins.

       Click the header to see the book at Amazon.

Ever Young

Ever Young. Novel by Stefan Stenudd. Novel
Caroline witnesses the agonizing death of her twin brother, when they are no more than 15 years old. Horrified, she feels that nobody should ever have to die. Then she discovers a hidden visitor in her home, who has the ability to live forever without aging at all. And this ability can be transmitted. But she finds that there are grisly downsides to such longevity. Click the header to read more about it.

My first 45 years of aikido


The peaceful martial art aikido can be described as philosophy in motion. I started to practice it in 1972, when I was 18, and I've been going on ever since. The aikido section of my website contains many texts, photos and instructive videos.

Oil paintings by Stefan Stenudd.

Painting Again

I've taken up oil painting again, after years and years of pausing. Suddenly in the summer of 2014, I found myself producing more canvases than I've done since the 1970's, and I love it! Click the header to have a look at them.

Sunday Brunch with the World Maker

Sunday Brunch with the World Maker. Novel by Stefan Stenudd. Treating himself to the luxurious Sunday brunch of the Waldorf Astoria in New York, the author is joined by a young stranger. At first, their conversation is all about the author, his experiences and thoughts on life. But as the brunch progresses it becomes evident that the stranger has a lot to say, too. The conversation slips into the mysterious, soon to burst beyond the realm of the possible. Click the header to read more about it.


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 by clicking the header.

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 it can also be found on this website.


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. Read my texts about his life, his cosmology, and his Poetics.


Suddenly a subject intrigues me, and I need to write about it. That's my reflex as a writer, as well as my way of contemplating a topic. Click the header to read those essays.


Contemplations about films, TV-shows, musical performances and more - what they mean and how their plots work.

Aikibatto - sword and staff exercises.


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 much of it can also be found here.

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 it can also be found here.

Qi Energy Exercises

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 on my website on that topic. Click on the header to get there.



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.


The Tarot is a deck of cards that has for centuries been used in divination. I have written a book about its imagery, history and principles. It is also a website, where you can make a Tarot reading online for free.


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, but it is 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 about complete classical astrology, click on the header to get started.

About Me

If you want to know more about me, click here to read my 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.

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My Other Websites

Myths in general and myths of creation in particular.

The wisdom of Taoism and the Tao Te Ching, its ancient source.

An encyclopedia of life energy concepts around the world.

Qi (also spelled chi or ki) explained, with exercises to increase it.

The ancient Chinese system of divination and free online reading.

Tarot card meanings in divination and a free online spread.

The complete horoscope chart and how to read it.








My Books

Click the header to get to the webpage where I present all my books in English. Click an image below to go to that book's page on Amazon.

Fake Lao Tzu Quotes - Erroneous Tao Te Ching Citations. Book by Stefan Stenudd. Ever Young. Novel by Stefan Stenudd. Sunday Brunch with the World Maker. Novel by Stefan Stenudd.
All's End. Science fiction novel by Stefan Stenudd. Tao Te Ching - The Taoism of Lao Tzu Explained. Book by Stefan Stenudd. Tao Quotes - The Ancient Wisdom of the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu. Book by Stefan Stenudd.
Cosmos of the Ancients. Book by Stefan Stenudd. Aikido Principles. Book by Stefan Stenudd. Attacks in Aikido. Book by Stefan Stenudd.
Aikibatto. Book by Stefan Stenudd. Occasionally I Contemplate Murder. Book by Stefan Stenudd. QI - increase your life energy. Book by Stefan Stenudd.
Life Energy Encyclopedia. Book by Stefan Stenudd. Tarot Unfolded. Book by Stefan Stenudd. Your Health in Your Horoscope. Book by Stefan Stenudd.

About me
I'm a Swedish author of fiction and non-fiction books in both Swedish and English. I'm also an artist, an historian of ideas and a 7 dan Aikikai Shihan aikido instructor. Click the header to read my full bio.