Norse Witch: You’re NOT doing it wrong!

Claiming the Heathen [Heidhrinn] heart – you aren’t doing it wrong

Norse Witch_Connla FreyjasonThere are many in the Heathen community who are very quick to pronounce “you are doing it wrong!” Especially when it comes to practices of a magical, modern, or “not found in the lore.” What those attitudes fail to recognize or acknowledge (in their own idea of what heathenry was) is that in the random time period they select as THE point for all things heathen/asatru is that even at that point – they were practicing UPG (unverified personal gnosis), modern practices, and WITHOUT the “lore”.

In this book, Freyjason has created a dialog and sacred safe space in which those who feel the call of the Northern Gods, Goddesses, and Beings can practice in a modern context in ways that they sense those same Gods and Beings are leading them. Freyjason has a very deep connection to many of the God/desses with very intense and personal relationships as well as knowledgeable foundation of the lore, sagas, Old Norse language, and archaeological findings.

This foundation is a great starting point to bring what we can know from the past, even BM Believemixed with the suppositions and practices that have become established from hopeful surmisings, and provides a way that one with whom this resonates can implement in their day to day practice. The end goal of the book, in my first reading, seems to be that the most important thing to do is connect with Them on a level that you can. Regardless if it was practiced 1500 years ago, 1000 years ago, 500 years ago, or 30 years ago (regardless of the source of the practice – verifiably historical [rare] or reconstructed (from lore sources) or imagined [what they think how viking-era people should have practiced]).

 

Establishing a solid foundation

Norse Witch sets out to reclaim the Heathen (or Heidhrinn) HEART. This is accomplished in a writing style that makes the reader feel like they are sitting in the same room with the author and hearing the experiences first hand. Freyjason cuts through the distance with a writing style that engages on many levels during the experience and entices the Heidhrinn heart to wake up and move forward with how the God/desses are interacting with them.

BM BalanceThe interesting way the book is structured is a very layered style. It’s not necessarily a progressive A-Z manual of steps, although he has certainly put forth early on very key basic information. What he does do is intertwine the knowledge based information (such as who the Gods are, the nature of the Nine Worlds, basic concepts such as good versus evil etc) with experiential exercises. Such as how to meet and get to know the God/desses calling or one wants to meet.

The first 11 chapters or so I think prepares someone who may be newly experiencing the Northern (Norse) “exposure” of the Nine Worlds and helps them to establish a grounding and center for their exploration. Although I moved through the book at a regular reading pace (I have been a practicing Heathen for over 10 years), I recommend someone newly exploring Norse Witch (Heidhrinn) to move at a slower read and to meditate and explore the referenced companion resources (listed in the back of the book under each chapter) as well.

The remainder of the book goes to a bit more next level practices including Rune work, wight-walking (spiritual walking amongst the realm of the animal and nature spirits – vaettir), deeper manifesting work, and the God/desses who are not as proactive in human activity.

BM RitualOne of the best features of the book is the plentiful amount of rites, invocations and meditations. While most have a similar structure, including using the same openings and setting of boundaries, this is very good to establish a familiarity with how to set and maintain well sacred space and activity within it. This will help it become second nature so that as we grow and progress, we can alter and add different elements, poems, incantations, modes and Beings to work with.

Some “cherries on top”
Artwork throughout and the beautiful cover
Poetry by the author or friends he knows
Freyjason translates his own passages of the Eddas and Sagas used in the text
Traveler’s notebook for the Nine Worlds

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Qualities of the Book

Stylistically, the book is a reference volume. It is sized to carry in a backpack or satchel, but at slightly over 400 pages, it is slightly heavy. This may deter from everyday carrying around and light reading, but when taking a long ride, a trip to a quiet place to read – it’s a great size. The dimensions of the book (6 x 9) are just a good size to hold in the hand. The print size and font is extremely friendly on the eyes and throughout the book (including the gorgeous cover) is artwork by the author himself.

Some of the paragraphs could use some breaking into additional graphs to avoid long stretches and the conversational style occasionally seemed to drift before getting back to topic but they weren’t enough to derail the reading experience.

Wrap Up

BM WyrdOverall, this is a book of introduction and connection to the [Heidhrinn/Heathen] heart. It will be a very good resource for a small study group of folks who can experience, read, discuss, and encourage each other along the path. Some may find it too basic depending on their style of Heathen practice or length of time practicing. But it is a book that can benefit many who are truly seeking to connect with the Northern Divine culture, called to the magical practice of a Norse Witch, and desire to make that a daily experience to enrich their relationships with Them (Gods/Goddesses/Beings) for a spiritually awakened life here on Midgard.

 

Norse Witch by Connla Freyjason can be ordered on Amazon.  View more of Connla’s writings and artwork at Iaconography.  Look for an upcoming interview for the podcast.

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Frith Forge Recap: Episode 16

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Episode 16 cross posts an episode from The Troth’s Podcast in which Jan interviews Frith Forge co-organizers Robert Schreiwer (Troth Steersman) and Amanda Leigh-Hawkins (International Relations Committee) for a recap of the Frith Forth conference held in October 2017. The conference was a collaboration of the Troth and the Asatru EU Network. The European co-organizer was Haimo Grebenstein of Verein fur Germanisches Heidentum e.V.

There were representatives from organizations from the U.S. and Europe as well as folks who wanted to connect with other leaders and have a good experience.  Links to the organizations can be found on the Frith Forge event page. Scroll down to the Participants section and click on the logo to conect to a website.

IASC_Logo.pngThe Asatru Summer Camp will be held 28 July – 4 August in Gerolstein, Germany. Please see the IASC website for information and booking details. Attendance for the 7-day camp is as low as 230 Euros including accomodations at the youth hostel where it is held.  Workshops, blots, activities, and most of all – connection with other inclusive Heathens in a fun and comfortable setting.

Frith Forge was sponsored by The Troth.

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Thanks for listening

Visit the following Social Media for The Troth:  Twitter: @AtTheTroth     Facebook: TheTroth1 Website: TheTroth.org   Troth Blog: The Troth

Music:  Intro to episode 16: Stanza 31: Valkyries Assemble from Voluspa by Tonya Threet. available on CDBaby. Facebook page: Tonya Threet

Intro to the Troth’s podcast:  To Hear the Trumpets Call by Hauk Heimdallsman Hauk’s only link is currently on Bandcamp but you can find him on Facebook @HaukMusic. John Hyatt has some copies of the album featuring this song. email at giftsofthewyrd@gmail.com

Outgoing piece from Voluspa by Tonya Threet.  Track 10: Stanza 19 Yggdrasil

All music selections on this podcast are written, produced, and copywritten by their respective creators/owners. They are used with permission.

Teutonic Religion by Kveldulf Gundarsson will be released in Spring 2018 by Saga Press. Facebook: @therealsagapress. www.sagapress.ca

Notes and announcements:

Pantheacon is an inclusive pagan convention welcoming all paths and the people who practice them. It is held in San Jose, CA over Presidents Day weekend and hosts workshops, rituals, discussion, music, vending, new releases, and more. In addition to the official program, groups and organizations open hospitality suites to welcome those interested in learning more about a variety of paths and subjects.

In addition to being safe spaces for conversation and a break from the intense schedules and fun, the suites may also have concurrent schedules of workshops, crafting, and ritual.

The Alliance for Inclusive Heathenry hosts an amazing suite and has a Facebook group @inclusive.heathenry.

Wyrd host, Jan, hosts a suite for divination and oracle practices. Facebook – @divinationsuite  both groups have gofundme pages to help costs for the service to the community.

Check out the Tarot Visions podcast for delightful cinversations with Jaymi and Rosered about Tarot and other divination. Tarot Visions is available on podbean  their Facebook page is: @tarotvisionsus

Runes of the Northern Lights by Paola Tartara. Deck with Runes depicted in a delightful retro style. Beautifully colored. This deckis now available and can be ordered from Llewellyn by your local book shop.

Völuspá cd by Tonya Threet is now available. Tonya sets stanzas of the Völuspá to music. I have a copy of this and really enjoy it. Tonya will be on an upcoming episode.  available on CDBaby. Facebook page: Tonya Threet

Check out The Cartomancer magazine. The Cartomancer is a quarterly journal featuring original content in the form of articles, reviews, artwork and more. The main focus is cartomancy in all of its forms; especially tarot, Lenormand, and oracle cards (including runes).

Housekeeping:

Gifts of the Wyrd contact: Twitter: @WyrdGifts  Facebook: @GiftsoftheWyrd Email: GiftsoftheWyrd@gmail.com

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Interested in a rune consultation or bindrune? Email me for availabilty and pricing. GiftsoftheWyrd@gmail.com

Logo Created by Xander Folmer of Huginn’s Heathenhof. Contact Xander for logo designs for all your needs. Logo based on a boar design created by Vanatru Priestess, Ember, to represent the Vanatru tradition.  See episode 7 for an interview with Ember and visit her blog, Ember Voices for more about Vanatru.

Studio recordings by Zencastr and Audacity.

Episode 14: Interview with Diana Paxson

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Author Diana Paxson with Gifts of the Wyrd host Jan Tjeerd at Opfemoor, Germany October 2017

EpisoOdin_Paxsonde 14 of Gifts of the Wyrd welcomes Author, Seeress, Editor (and more) Diana Paxson to discuss her latest book, Odin: Ecstacy, Runes, and Norse Magic.  While in Germany prior to this episode, I had the pleassure of spending a week with Diana and 6 other people as we traveled around central Germany to visit sacred and historical sites. We took a moment after a day of walking around Bronze Age grave mounds to talk about the book and the process leading to its writing. Diana Paxson’s website can be found here.

On the market:

The Christmas Oracle deckThe Christmas Oracle by Jan Tjeerd with art by Vinnora. The Christmas Oracle is a 35 deck depicting scenes associated with the memories of holidays in North America. Based on those traditions, this divination deck will give you magical insights from the holiday season with its birght, colorful art. Deck includes cards with meanings, 3 spreads and a blank card to add something special of your own. Etsy shop: FeniksShop.

Odin: Ecstasy, Runes, and Norse Magic by Diana L. Paxson is now available. check with your local metaphysical shop to see if they can order it from Weiser (support them when you can) or order from Weiser Books or your favorite online seller.

Runes of the Northern Lights by Paola Tartara. Rune deck with Runes depicted in a delightful retro style. Beautifully colored. This deckis now available and can be ordered from Llewellyn by your local book shop. I have this deck and will be doing an audio and YouTube review.

Voluspa CoverVöluspá cd by Tonya Threet is now available. Tonya sets stanzas of the Völuspá to music. I have a copy of this and really enjoy it. Tonya will be on an upcoming episode.  Look for her on Facebook at Tonya Threet or email Tonyathreet09@gmail.com or by visiting Etsy shop: FeniksShop

Episodes 6 & 7 posted

hello folks. Episodes 6 & 7 have been posted at http://www.giftsofthewyrd.podbean.com.

Ember Cooke of The Redwood Vanatru Tradition joins the Podcast. Ember serves the Vanir – Freyja, Freyr, and Their kin – as a priestess, minister, teacher, bard, artist, medium, and witch. Or to put it the Heathen way, as a gythia, galdrakona, and seidhkona.
Rune for this episode: Berkano
For information about The Redwood Vanatru Tradition, please look at Ember’s Blog, Ember Voices. There she has several articles about the tradition. If you have any other questions, send her a message, she is happy to discuss.
Ember invites listeners to check out the online shrines to the Vanir at Northern Paganism.