Month: December 2018

Raunacht #6: Balancing Emotions

Because most of us live in relative comfort, we have forgotten that for centuries and until not so long ago people feared the arrival of Winter. Winter time was synonymous of cold, sickness, hunger & death. It was not a joyful time (except for the celebrations around the Winter Solstice) but rather a matter of…

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Folklore Podcast on the PERCHTEN

The Krampus has become a big folkloric figure at Christmas time in recent years. But less discussed and of equal interest are the female figures of the Perchten from the alpine regions. On this, the final episode of Season 3 of the Folklore Podcast, host Mark Norman redresses the balance in an interview with alpine…

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Entering the Runic Month of Eihwaz

Today we are entering the Runic month of Eihwaz. We have digested (Jera) and integrated the lessons learned from the ice in order to refine the self (Isa). As the days are slowly getting longer, we too are ready to birth ourselves anew and reconnect with the physical world. This time the I finds itself both grounded/anchored in the ancestral earth (Helheim)…

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Raunacht #3: Being Receptive

Now that we have learned to embrace silence & stillness without fear, we are prepared for the next step: to open up & be receptive. As I have mentioned before, this is a very special time: an in-between time, a highly spiritual time. And spirituality is first and foremost something experiential. The quieting of the…

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There were once 9 Maidens…

“In the book The Quest for the Nine Maidens, I have shown that these weird sisters are merely one of multifarious representations of a remarkably long-lived institution that underpins and infuses the mythology and folklore of the Celtic, Scandinavian and Iberian worlds and beyond in a timescale that seems to have lasted for millennia. For what the…

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