Weaving History, Myth, and Magic

Gather at the Well is a live, experiential, on-line program for creating meaningful relationships with the Norse powers and developing personal ritual practices modeled on Norse cosmological templates. This program emphasizes foundational animist principles of relationality and reciprocity. Norse mythology and cosmology will be approached from the perspective of a wisdom tradition that speaks to universal principles of soul and spirit.

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 journeying 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.

Awaken you, Wisdom! Awaken you, Wisdom! If you would hear our songs and our ancient tales.

From The Song of the Millstone

Class time will emphasize experiential processes, skill development, and current perceptions of these living powers. Between classes participants will receive independent study 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.

This course is for you if you:

  • Have either ancestry or soul affinity for Norse/Germanic practices.
  • Want to develop your relationship with the compassionate Norse powers in a contained ritual setting.
  • Want to learn how to develop personal ritual templates from your own relationships with the Norse powers.
  • Want to learn about Norse mythology and cosmology from a wisdom perspective that speaks to universal human experience.
  • Are interested in the sources of modern Norse magical practices – runes, seiðr, galðr, staffwork – and wish to develop those practices.
  • Appreciate knowing the distinction between historic information and modern interpretation and use.

Participants should be in alignment with the ethics of this program:

We develop empowered partnerships with only the most compassionate aspects of spirit in service to the highest good of all sentient beings.

We do not use relationships with spirits or magical practices to infringe upon the boundaries and free will of others.

We maintain personal responsibility, free will, and sovereignty at all times.

We do the work of developing personal integrity and the authentic power that comes from alignment within ourselves and right-relationships with others.

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.

This course includes didactic content on subjects that can include:

Medieval and Roman Sources, Old Norse Pronunciation, Myth as Allegory, Themes of Initiation in Eddic Poetry, Land Spirits and Sacred Places, Afterlife Cosmology, The Matronae and Early Germanic Seers, Oracular and Divination Practices, Norse Cosmogenesis, The Norse Deities, “Giants” as Cosmic Forces and Wisdom Keepers, Runes, Powers of Fate, Magical Practices and Practitioners

And instruction and supplemental recordings for:

Boundary and protection practices, energy body care, interface techniques for engaging the imaginal realm, sitting out, galðr, creating ritual, staff work, and interacting with land spirits.

Attention I demand from all the sacred families; greater and lesser children of the Great World. You want me, Choice Father, to give a good account of the most ancient tales, those which I remember best. I remember giants born before time, those who in the old days fostered me. Nine worlds I remember, nine giantesses within wood, before the Fate Tree sprouted from the ground below.

From The Prophesy of the Völva

Prerequisites: Foundational Ritual Skills or the equivalent in formal foundational work. Participants should be confident with intuitive perception and boundary setting and protection practices. Ancestral Lineage Healing is recommended.

Starting: January 6, 2022

Registration Deadline: December 23, 2021

Because this program is experiential, initiatory, 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.

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. If there are circumstances that would prevent regular attendance please contact Maris with the details.

For accessing course content, we will be using the Instructure Canvas interface. Participants will receive instructions for signing in and using this platform.

Rate: $200/month for six months

Class Limit: 14

2022 Schedule: First three Thursdays of every month, from 4:00pm – 6:00/6:30pm PT.

Questions? E-mail Maris at livingvoicemedicine@gmail.com

Required Texts:

The Seed of Yggdrasill by Maria Kvilhaug

Gods and Myths of Northern Europe by H.R. Ellis Davidson

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

The Poetic Edda, translated by Jackson Crawford

The Prose Edda, Penguin Classic

Optional Recommended:

Rudiments of Runelore by Stephen Pollington

Taking Up the Runes by Diana Paxson

The Poetic Edda, translated by Carolyn Larrington

The Road to Hel by H.R. Ellis Davidson – We will use a few chapters from this book. PDF scans will be available, and participants can opt to purchase the book if they prefer that format.

Dictionary of Northern Mythology by Rudolf Simek

I am so thankful to you Maris, and to your guides for holding such a safe and intentional container. This is very important to me and should be for all ritual and spiritual work. I am also grateful for all the time and effort you put into creating this course and making it accessible for all who are willing to engage and show up in a respectful and open way. I hope to attend more of your courses…

Getting in touch with Earth based practices and deities linked to my ancestors has been very powerful. I believe that understanding and engaging with Animist practices rooted in Northern European traditions is an important antidote to the cultural appropriation that is prevalent in the western world due to a lack of knowledge and connection with pre-Christian ways.

I really enjoyed the balance of didactic and experiential, and getting to know the compassionate Norse powers in a positively different and more approachable way than I had previously imagined. I feel more deeply connected to my Scandinavian and Germanic roots and will continue to foster those relationships post-class.

The class developed beautifully from historical source material through experiential personal relationship building.