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 with an emphasis on foundational 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 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 emphasized.
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.
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.
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
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: 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: 20
2021 Schedule: First three Thursdays of each month January – June. 4:00pm – 6:15pm/6:30pm PT
Required Texts (final list pending):
The Seed of Yggdrasill by Maria Kvilhaug
Gods and Myths of Northern Europe by H.R. Ellis Davidson
The Poetic Edda, translated by Carolyn Larrington
The Prose Edda, Penguin Classic
Dictionary of Northern Mythology by Rudolf Simek
Concise Dictionary of Old Icelandic by Zoega
Myths and Symbols in Pagan Europe by H.R. Ellis Davidson
The Road to Hel by H.R. Ellis Davidson
The Poetic Edda tr. Jackson Crawford (multiple translations can be useful for comparison)
Rudiments of Runelore by Stephen Pollington
Taking Up the Runes by Diana Paxson
Questions? E-mail Maris at firstname.lastname@example.org