I am so excited about the opportunity to attend The Troth’s first annual International Heathen Conference, Firth Forge 2017!!
“Frith Forge is the space and time on an international level to build alliances, understanding, and friendships among us instead of compartmentalizing further in an industrialized world. Let’s learn from each other with respect and fellowship to forge frith among us. Together we can enjoy this opportunity to discuss inclusion in religion and to promote cultural, religious, and educational exchange.” – from Frith Forge’s Facebook page.
This looks to be a wonderful 2 full-day conference with presentations by representatives from Heathen organizations from Europe and United States. The conference will be held just southwest of Berlin and will be a great opportunity for socializing and great discussion. If you are able to get to Berlin for this weekend event, please consider stopping in. You can select price from full weekend inclusive of food and lodging, or day attendance options only.
Following the Frith Forge conference is an exciting tour of sacred sites and monuments of Germany. The tour will begin on Sunday from the conference site and return on Saturday 14 October. The last location visited will be north of Hamburg at Haithabu.
“It is intended to be Frith-building and not rush through as many sites-to-look-at as possible. We will have sufficient time to spend at the sacred sites and other places we will visit, to view and “receive” them in a spiritual way,” — Tour organizer Haimo
Tour costs include lodging and some meals. You can do both or one of the two events.
The last few months have definitely been hectic and have kept me on the move. In October I went to the Netherlands and had an amazing trip with my partner. Showing him the land of my ancestors and my homeland was really fun and exciting. It feels wonderful to be back in the country that is a second home to me.
A wonderful part of the trip was to travel to Leiden to see the Nehalennia votive stones at the Rijksmuseum Oudheden. The stones were carved by merchants to honor her and thank her for their safe travels. Nehalennia is a Goddess of the region and is likely associated with the Vanir.
We later traveled to Colijnsplaat to visit a temple that is maintained on her behalf. Unfortunately it was closed and we could not find the caretakers, but it was wonderful to make the trek, leave some offerings, and see the temple in person.
After returning to the States, I completed some episodes for podcast and in January, we adopted two kittens from the local shelter. They had been there for a while so were a bit wild and in a flurry one day crashed the computer hard-drives. We spent a couple weeks recovering data and then had just raw data (sometimes 3 or 4 copies) but no directory files. So they are just files that are not organized and the recovery often just renumbered the file and did not preserve the file name. So we are still going through – separating photos from documents and placing them into new folders.
Along with that, a program I use for recording skype calls failed. Fortunately, my friend Lonnie at Weird Web Radio found a very good replacement. Yeah Lonnie!!!!
Work has had me on travel and some family illness and death have kept me travelling and pre-occupied that I haven’t been able to sit down and work with the new program and get a new episode out.
This podcast will continue and I appreciate your patience as I work on these issues and get order restored. I am in contact with some very cool people about coming onto the podcast and getting back to a regular production schedule.
Thank you again for your continued support and patience.
May Braggi guide the podcast and may Nehalennia watch over our travels.
Being a veteran of the military, I love challenge coins. They are great items to share with others and have a bit of camaraderie with others of similar experiences. The coins are great collectible items to exchange or give out as a token or reminder of something special. They are usually brass and about 1.75″ in diameter. Some are designed with colors as well.
Last year, I thought it would be great to have a Heathen challenge coin. I decided to honor the Vanir using the Vanatru Boar designed by Ember (interviewed on episode 7 of the podcast). The Vanatru boar is based on an image she found that was discovered on a coin in an archaeological find. She stylized it for use to represent today’s Vanatru movement.
On the reverse I placed the elder futhark runes in circle and created a bindrune talisman for propserity. It is Elhaz bringing the blessings of the Gods into Ingwaz for fertility to go out into Fehu – prosperity.
If you are interested in a Vanir Challenge coin please contact Jan at email@example.com. $10 for each coin which will pay for manufacturing and shipping in the U.S. Any proceeds support the podcast and other inclusive Heathen organizations.