Wyrd Designs: The Havamal ~ Offerings to the Gods, Goddesses, Ancestors and Vaettir

For most followers of the Northern Tradition upon learning about this path they read the myths about the Gods, and many tend to also study the Havamal. The Havamal is one of many sagas found in the Poetic Edda, and many of the stanzas are known as being a depository of advice as it applies [Read More…]

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Land Spirits, Ancestors and Gods, Oh My!

Whenever anyone asks me about connecting with Deities, I tell them that the first thing they should do is get their spiritual house in order. A lot of people feel pulled into Deity work right away, when the first thing they should be focusing on is developing a strong relationship with their ancestors and with [Read More…]

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Journeying to the Otherland: A Meditation Practice

Meditation often popularly thought of as zen meditation, with a clear blank mind. That’s really only one sort of meditation. I’d like to share a meditation I have used to connect with my Gods, ancestors and spirits. Journeying is somewhat shamanic. It is basically the practice of intentionally sending your consciousness from this land and [Read More…]

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The Shunned Transformation

Will you come with me and watch part of a sacred transformation that most of us close our eyes to and avoid?  It won’t be comfortable for you and it certainly wasn’t for me.   It’s not like many of the other joyous Rites of Passage that Pagans throw themselves into with wild abandon.  It’s raw [Read More…]

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A Ritual to Connect With Your Ancestors

A simple ritual to create an ancestor altar. [Read more…]

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Memorial

This isn’t going to be a very uplifting Memorial Day post. Nor is it very Pagan, except perhaps in the way that I view collective responsibility and the necessity to uphold it. This time last year, we had just found out that my brother, a Vietnam veteran, had liver cancer. He hadn’t been getting regular [Read More…]

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Wyrd Designs – Musings on Memorial Day

For those of us who are so lucky, we have a lovely three-day weekend before us. Memorial Day is far more than an occasion to exercise your checkbook (or should I say debit card swipe) in pursuit of retail bargains. Rather it is a holiday rooted in American history that has shifted overtime in the [Read More…]

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Remembering Veterans, Remembering My Father

Americans are preparing to celebrate Memorial Day, a day to remember those who have given their lives in the US armed forces. Though its origins date back to 1868, it wasn’t declared a National Holiday until Congress passed the National Holiday Act in 1971. If you’ve never seen a military cemetery around Memorial Day, it’s [Read More…]

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