Gather at the Well: Norse Ritual Animism

Weaving History, Myth, and Magic

Prerequisites: Foundational Ritual Skills or the equivalent: Participants should have some confidence with intuitive perception and boundary setting and protection practices. Ancestral Lineage Healing is recommended.

Starting: January 7, 2021

Registration Deadline: December 25, 2020

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 modeled on Norse cosmological templates. Norse mythology and cosmology will be approached from the perspective of a wisdom tradition that speaks to universal principles of soul and spirit, with an emphasis on foundational principles of relationality, reciprocity, resourcefulness, reconnection, and right-action.

In this program participants will learn practical methods of working with staffs and runes, sitting out meditation, imaginal journey methods, 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. Relationships with the land and natural cycles will also be developed.

Class time will emphasize experiential processes, skill development, and current perceptions of these living powers. Between classes participants will receive supplemental materials on topics of myth, history, and pre-Christian practices, including much of the content of the Language, Myth, and Magic series. Historic information from early Germanic and medieval Norse times will be included but the intent of the class is to be informed by the past while fostering current 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. Please only register with a good-faith intention to commit to the entire program.

This work is offered in the spirit of 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. As this course depends on group cohesion and skill development, regular attendance is required and participants are asked to miss three classes or less for the duration of the course.

Rate: Tuition for the program is $200/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: First three Thursdays of each month January – June. 4:00pm – 6:00pm/6:15pm PT

Required Text (final list pending):

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

Rudiments of Runelore by Stephen Pollington

The Poetic Edda: Six Cosmology Poems by Maria Kvilhaug

The Prose Edda, Penguin Classic

Recommended (some PDF excerpts provided):

Myths and Symbols in Pagan Europe by H.R. Ellis Davidson

The Poetic Edda tr. Carolyn Larrington

The Road to Hel by H.R. Ellis Davidson

Taking Up the Runes by Diana Paxson

Questions? E-mail Maris at