Holiday Season 2021

It’s coming up on the end of 2021 and the holiday season is in full swing already with loads of things coming up and to have fun with. The biggest for me this year is the release of the second edition of The Christmas Oracle deck!

The Christmas Oracle

The Christmas Oracle is a divination deck themed for Christmas. It’s a delightful nod to the fun traditions of the season without the religious implications. The deck had an limited first edition in 2017 and this year a run of 500 copies were printed. The artwork is the same as the first edition with minor adjustment for the card placement. A full color booklet was created with the card image and meanings and edges gilded in metallic red for a sparkling ornament effect. It’s packaged in a nicely decorated telescoping box.

The artwork is colorful, good for all ages, and includes diverse representation. Listen to the Gifts of the Wyrd podcast episode 53 for an interview with Ancestral Tarot’s Nancy Hendrickson about the deck and it’s creation. You can also see a video of the cards in the deck at Jennifer Ball’s Witch House and a full review by Benebell Wen.

It’s available now for your stocking stuffers, personal use, and as a special divination gift. Join in the card-a-day share as part of #christmasoracledivination which will show each of the decks cards through Christmas day. Visit Etsy Feniks Shop for a short video, details, and to order. #thechristmasoracle

Little Book of Yule

Llewellyn’s The Little Book of Yule by Jason Mankey, published by Llewellyn, is a delightful book to get you ready for your Yule/Christmas season. Compared to other books, this hardback edition may be little at 6.5 x 5 inches in size, but it has some really nice material, tidbits, and fun things to do (exercises).

Mankey includes a lot of history and background from a variety of cultures rising from the Roman celebration to Saturnalia, to the Germanic, English, and Northern European customs developed during the Christian Middle Ages, to the modern interpretation from the United States. Rather than an academic tome filled with pages upon pages of scholarly research (that would likely end up on a shelf rarely opened), he presents the material in a readable style that is accessible to everyone in the family as well as enjoyable to read.

Throughout are projects and exercises, recipes, and rituals/divination to enhance the experiences as you read along. One of the nice aspects of the book is that Mankey doesn’t present it as “this is how it must be done.” Instead, he presents the background for the traditions and customs we enjoy today and lets the reader decide which they identify with and include into their holiday celebrations.

I enjoyed the section describing Krampus and Santa Clause. It seems that Krampus has become more popular in recent years, particularly amongst pagans, so having a little background as a starting point is nice to step off to further study. Having Dutch heritage, I was very happy to see many paragraphs devoted to Sinterklaas, who I grew up with as part of my holiday experience growing up. The recipes are fun, though I chuckle at the inclusion of a bûche de Noël which is not an easy bake.

The title using “Yule” is misleading as the book is not so much about the Nordic Yule (Jul) that one might think when looking at the title. It’s more about reclaiming the pagan roots from the Christian practices and developing ways to integrate them as a vibrant and joyful part of modern pagan practices. This will be a very nice addition to the season’s activities. * #llewellyn Pick up or order from your local book shop, from Llewellyn, or online bookseller.

Sunwait Candles/Väntljusstaken

As of this post, the Sunwait candle custom has passed its second week. The practice is a modern introduction by Swedish Heathens who adapted it from the advent candle lighting. On Thursdays for the six weeks prior to the Winter Solstice, a candle is lit and a verse of a poem recited for each of the first six of the Futhark runes. The purpose is to bring in good luck and energy for the new year.

It’s a fun activity for the family to decorate candle holders and candles and to be part of the lighting ceremony. Although the Swedish light the candles on Thursday as part of very long traditions, they can be light on the day of the week that the solstice falls upon the five weeks prior with the sixth being lit on the 21st.

For more information about the practice, listen episode 25, see the previous blog post, and follow on Facebook (@vanljusstaken) and Instagram (@sunwait_candles). #sunwaitcandles #vanljusstaken


Finally, for this post, it’s coming up to Wolfenoot on 23 November. Wolfenoot (wolf-eh-noot <as in boot>) is a totally modern, fun celebration of wolves, dogs, and pets/animals of all kinds created by a young boy out of Australia. He decided that wolves should have a special day and wrote a story about Howly the wolf who returns on the 23rd and leaves gifts for people who are kind to animals.

The lad’s mom casually mentioned it on social media as a cute thing her son did and people around the world took to it. Now in its third year, wolfenoot is being joyfully celebrated by donating to animal charities and sanctuaries, sharing photos and stories of pets, and all around kindness in the world. Hear an interview with Wolfmum on episode 43 and read the blog post here. #nohateonlysnootboops #woolfenoot find the official accounts at: FB: @wolfenootmom IG: @realwolfenoot

Enjoy the season and please share how you are celebrating on Facebook (@giftsofthewyrd) and Instagram (@wyrdgifts1).

(*) I received the book from the publisher for review. Comments reflect my own opinions.

The Christmas Oracle Deck


A few years ago, I created an oracle deck to tap into the spirit of the Christmas season. The first printing was a limited run and is gone. With the encouragement of friends, Bela Siol, and some inquiries, I decided to see if it could be released again.

Working with Bela, we found a printer, designed a guidebook and box, and a slight tweak of the original artwork to fit on the cards. And now, The Christmas Oracle deck Kickstarter is launched through July 29!

The deck includes full color guidebook, a Christmas charm, 36-card deck, and an optional add-on reading cloth. It will make a wonderful gift for yourself and friends this holiday season.

To promote the campaign, my good friend Nancy Hendrickson took some time to talk with me about the inspiration for the deck. We had a delightful conversation about the deck, artwork, and magic of the Christmas season. Please have a listen and I hope it helps bring the spirt of Christmas about. Please consider backing for yourself and gifts for friends. Check out the podcast episode here and the kickstarter at the link above or clicking below.

#thechristmasoracle #christmastarot #oracledecks #indiedeck #indiedecks #indiedeckcreator #indiedeckcreators #wyrdgifts #giftsofthewyrdpodcast #divinationcommunity #oraclecards

2021 Mid-year Update

It has been a while since this site has been updated. And much has happened. The spring was filled with a lot of change for me and my family. Tower and Hagalaz change along with Eihwaz. a lot of time and energy was just spent on keeping things moving along and orderly, so the blog was not updated regularly. Podcast episodes were still recorded and posted. I had some very interesting guests and topics.

  • Episodes this year are:
  • 45 Ancestral Tarot author Nancy Hendrickson
  • 46 Blood Unbound: A Loki Devotional editor Bat Collazo
  • 47 5 year “Wyrd”iversary
  • 48 Freya Chat with Freya Lady Vanadis author Patty LaFayllve
  • 49 Allthingi anthology editors Joshua Gillingham and Muhammad Ahmed
  • 50 Urban Paganism with Paul Mercurio
  • 51 Circle of Frith: A Devotional to Frigg and her Handmaidens author Maira Durkan
  • 52 The Jotunn War graphic novel author Ian Sturate Sharpe

The podcast is available on Podbean’s app or It’s also now on Spotify and Stitcher as well as through Apple and Google podcasts and other podcast catchers.

Thanks for the support and please have a listen to catch up or share with others.

Follow me on Instagram at @wyrdgifts1 and FB @giftsofthewyrd

It’s Wolfenoot Season!

AWOOOOOOOOOO!!!  Halloween/Samhain/Winter Finding/Alfarblot is passed and now heading into celebrating wolves, dogs, and pets of all kinds with Wolfenoot!

Joining me on episode 43 of the podcast is the delightful Wolfmum Jax Goss to talk about the new holiday, Wolfenoot.  

Wolfenoot (pronounced wolf-uh-noot <as in boot>) was created by in 2018 by 7-year old Wolfkid who thought it would be great to have a holiday dedicated to being nice to animals and pets. So, he invented one. And it has taken off around the world. This is the third anniversary of Wolfenoot which will occur this year (and every year) on 23 November.  

Join me to chat with Wolfmum about how the event came into being, what do do on Wolfenoot, being nice to animals, supporting charities and rescue centers when you can (either monetarily or by volunteering), and sharing small gifts with loved ones and pets. 

Although Wolfenoot is named for the Great Wolf Howly, it is not just for wolves and dogs. Find out more by joining our conversation and join the Wolfenati!  #wolfenoot #nohateonlysnootboops

Have a Howly Wolfenoot!

More about Wolfenoot: 

Official website:
Official Facebook page:
Official Facebook Group:
Official Twitter: @realwolfenoot

Check out Wolfmum’s chats with Wolfkid about Wolfenoot in his own words at: 

Download the Wolfenoot Story as PDF here:

The Oracle of Freya is near!

The wait is over and the The Oracle of Freya – Journey of The Völva oracle card set is now on kickstarter (and later for sale on the website).

To “kick” off the campaign, I interviewed deck creator Bela Siol on Gifts of the Wyrd episode 42. The campaign is fully funded now and is live until November 15.

Bela is the creator of the Oracle of Nehalennia (featured on episode 22) and the Transformational Oracle of the Morrighan (featured on episode 29). These decks are still available at

We have a fun time discussing her inspiration to create the Oracle of Freya and how Freya connected with her to do it.

The Kickstarter campaign is live here with an anticipated shipping in spring 2021. Back the deck at the Kickstarter campaign here:

How to find Bela and the cards: Facebook: @belasioloracledecks Instagram: @bela.siol

Freya chant written by Bela Siol, sung and performed by Elsa Field. Facebook: @elsafieldmusic or by emailing:

Find Gifts of the Wyrd on Podbean, Spotify, iTunes, Google Play, and possibly other podcast outlets. Follow on Facebook: @giftsofthewyrd, Instagram: @wyrdgifts1, and Twitter: @wyrdgifts.

Episode 14: Interview with Diana Paxson

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: Ecstasy, Runes, and Norse Magic.  While in Germany prior to this episode, I had the pleasure 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.