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: 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.

 

Freya Prayer Day

Today is #FreyaPrayerDay. Take a moment to spend some time with Freya. You can sing a song, write or recite a poem, draw, have a blot, or just take in some time with Her. However you do, if you post about it, please use the hashtag above to connect the conversation.

Freya Prayer Day was created by Victoria of the  Lion & Dragonfly   so that we can honor the Lady worldwide. Visit the blog for more about the day which is held the second Friday of the month and to subscribe to the monthly newsletter.

Follow on Facebook: @FreyaPrayerDay and email FreyaPrayerDay@gmail.com.

 

Artwork: Freya by Natasa Ilncic

Anglo-Saxon Heathenry

On 6 October, episode 13  will post welcoming Alaric Albertsson and Taren David Martin to the Wyrd hall. We discuss Anglo-Saxon Heathenry, Alaric’s re-release of his book – A Handbook of Saxon Sorcery & Magic, and the Martin Rune Deck, an Anglo-Saxon rune set created by Alaric and Tarin.

Production note: we had feedback on a microphone that we could not adjust. We continued on and I tried to minimize it as much as possible (many hours of post-production).  I hope that I got it to a point where you can hear and understand Alaric well enough. Please forgive the tech difficulties.

Handbook Saxon Sorcery MagicA Handbook of Saxon Sorcery & Magic: Wyrdworking, Rune Craft, Divination & Wortcunning by Alaric Albertsson. This is a re-release of his earlier work Wyrdworking which is out of print. Book shops can order from Llewellyn (support your local shop) or you can order from your online retailer.

 

 

 

Martin Rune DeckMartin Anglo-Saxon Rune Deck: A 33 card deck featuring the Anglo-Saxon runes with artwork by Taren Martin. Deck comes with a booklet with description and rune poem by Alaric Albertsson. However,the runes are fully described in Alaric’s book A Handbook of Saxon Sorcery & Magic. The two are great companions.

 

 

 

 

Music: 

Notes and announcements:

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 deck will be available October 2017 and can also be ordered from Llewellyn by your local book shop. I will be doing a deck review of this.

Housekeeping: 

Interested in a rune consultation or bindrune? Email me for availabilty and pricing.

Logo Created by Xander Folmer of Huginn’s Heathenhof.  Based on image from Vanic Priestess Ember. Contact Xander for logo designs for all your needs.

Studio recording by Zencastr.

New Releases

 

Be sure to look into the new items released this month (or soon to be).

Völuspá cd by Tonya Threet is now available. Tonya sets stanzas of the Völuspá to music. I’ve heard samples (one featured on Episode 11) and think it will be a really good album. I’m looking forward to my copy. Look for her on Facebook at Tonya Threet.

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.

A Handbook of Saxon Sorcery & Magic: Wyrdworking, Rune Craft, Divination & Wortcunning by Alaric Albertsson. This is a re-release of his earlier work Wyrdworking which is out of print. Book shops can order from Llewellyn (support your local shop) or you can order from your online retailer. Alaric and Taren Martin (creators of the Martin Anglo-Saxon Rune Deck will be guests on an upcoming episode).

Runes of the Northern Lights by Paola Tartara. Rune deck with Runes depicted in a delightful retro style. Beautifully colored. This deck will be available October 2017.

Freya Prayer Day

@iaconography on Facebook

On episode 12 of the podcast, Jan interviews Victoria who established and maintains #FreyaPrayerDay on the second Friday of every month.

Find out about how Victoria became connected to Freya, why she started Freya Prayer Day, and other tid-bits about her and working with Freya.

Please use the hashtag above on social media as you discuss Freya Prayer Day on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other platforms.

You can honor Freya anytime, of course, but on Freya Prayer Day, this encourages followers to honor Her on the same day, creating a vortex of praise, music, musings, connection, and worship to head to her from all parts of the globe.

You can sign up for the monthly Freya Prayer Day newsletter at Victoria’s blog: Lion & Dragonfly. Follow her on Twitter: @liondragonfly and Facebook: @FreyaPrayerDay and email FreyaPrayerDay@gmail.com.

Honor Freya with music by Hauk and Kindred Crow with songs created for Her.  Image above by Connla Feyasson. Visit on Facebook at @Iaconography

Frith Forge 2017 and Germany Sacred Sites Tour

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Frith Forge 2017

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.

Check out the information on the Facebook page or by emailing: IREP@thetroth.org

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Niederdorla Altar, Opfermoor Museum

German Sacred Sites Tour

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.

Check out the website here.

I hope to see some there, but if not – there will be follow up on future podcasts.

Hail the Gods, the wights, and our ancestors.

Jan