You know, it’s rather a relief to read this, so much of it echoes how I felt leading into my ordination vows last summer, how I’ve still felt this year.

In particular, the vow to not only listen to my gods, but to pass on what They teach me, is daunting. What if I hear Them wrong? What if I hear Them quite accurately, but the community doesn’t believe in the message?

What if I hear Them correctly, and am believed, and it just leads to more responsibilities, more questions, more people looking to me than I can handle?

What if I fail?

Dear gods, what if I SUCCEED?!


About EmberVoices

Ember Cooke has been a member of Hrafnar and Seidhjallr for more than a decade, where she trained to be a Seidhkona, Galdrakona, and Gythia. She founded the Vanic Conspiracy and made ordination vows to the Vanir and her congregation in the summer of 2013. She has contributed to several publications on Heathen and Northern Pagan subjects and regularly presents rituals and workshops at festivals. Her personal practice is more diverse, as the Vanir have lead her into cross-training and service for the wider Pagan community. This has including medium and servitor training in American Umbanda, clergy training with the Fellowship of the Spiral Path, and jail ministry for local counties. She holds a BA with honors in Religious Studies from Santa Clara University. Ember has lived all her life in the south San Francisco Bay Area, and is intimately bound to the valley of her birth.
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