Gather at the Well: Norse Ritual Animism
Weaving History, Myth, and Magic
Prerequisites: Foundational Ritual Skills or the equivalent. Ancestral Lineage Healing is recommended.
Gather at the Well is a live, experiential, on-line program for creating meaningful relationships with the Norse ritual powers and developing animist ritual practices from Norse cosmological templates.
In this program we will explore working with staffs and runes, sitting out meditation, staff and drum journey methods, dreaming practices, and the use of (minimal) Old Norse for ritual invocation. Through journey and other intuitive methods participants will develop personal relationships with the compassionate aspects of the Norse powers: Yggdrasill, the Norns, the Cosmic Wells, Freya, Jotun, Valkyries, Odin, Thor, Heimdall, and Hella, to name a few.
Class time will emphasize experiential processes, skill development, and current perceptions of these living powers. Between classes participants will receive supplemental material and do self-study on topics of myth, history, and pre-Christian practices. Historic information from early Germanic and medieval Norse times will be included but the intent of the class is not recreationist. The goal of this work is to be informed by the past while fostering relationships and ritual practices that are of benefit to the Earth at this time.
Because this program is experiential, skill-based, and approximates a live ritual circle, regular participation and follow-up is required. To this end the class size is limited and live participation is requested within reason. Recordings are not guaranteed for missed classes. Please only register with a good-faith intention to commit to the entire program.
This work is offered in the spirit of diversity and inclusiveness. Participants do not need to identify with any particular ancestral, cultural, or spiritual affiliation. While this class may be particularly appealing to those with Norse ancestry, it can also be relevant to people with other Germanic ancestry (English, Dutch, German), those who have a soul affinity for this content, those who are drawn to Norse mythology, cosmology, and history, and those who feel intuitively called to participate. Participants of all ancestral backgrounds are welcome. We are LGBTQ+ positive.
On-line classes will use the Zoom conferencing platform, accessible from computers, tablets, or phones. Technology permitting – classes will be recorded and archived but recordings are not guaranteed and are not substitutes for regular attendance.
Rate: Tuition for the program is $150/month for six months. There are no discounts for missed classes. The entire program is to be taken in full.
Class Limit: 25
2021 Schedule TBD:
Seed of Yggdrasill by Maria Kvilhaug (available on Kindle, a new print edition is pending)
Gods and Myths of Northern Europe by H.R. Ellis Davidson
Myths and Symbols in Pagan Europe by H.R. Ellis Davidson
The Road to Hel by H.R. Ellis Davidson
Optional (PDF excerpts will be provided):
Rudiments of Runelore by Stephen Pollington
The Poetic Edda tr. Jackson Crawford or Carolyn Larrington
The Prose Edda, Penguin Classic
Questions? E-mail Maris at firstname.lastname@example.org