As of this weekend I have reached my fundraising goal for getting me, Lon Sarver, and his family to Many Gods West! We are all set to go, and I’m so excited!
I will be presenting a ritual entitled Finding Freyja:
Freyja is the beautiful and powerful Lady of the wise Vanir, the
golden gods of the North who fought the mighty Aesir to a standstill. She is a goddess of many names and roles, from Queen of Vanaheim and Bearer of Brisingamen, to the First Chooser of the Slain. One of the most beloved goddesses in Heathen lore, and history, Freyja’s worship carried on well into the Christian era. Today she is incredibly popular, enticing people all over the world into the ways of Heathenry and Norse Paganism.
Vanatru Gythia Ember Cooke will lead a workshop and ritual to
introduce newcomers her beloved Lady, and help those who already know the Vanadis deepen their connections. Join us in the frithstead of Vanaheim for discussion, guided meditation, and communion with the golden goddess of love and beauty, death and warfare, sacred sexuality, divine mystery and magic.
Yes, this is a slight change in plan. Originally a group of us from Freyja’s Aett were planning to present together a variation on the Facets of Freyja ritual we performed at PantheaCon, but our organizer, Cara Freyasdaughter found herself suddenly unable to attend, and the other two Freyjaswomen involved felt that between Cara’s absence and their own situations, it would be better for us to try again as a group next year.
Since I had already promised Lon and his family, and you all had already been so supportive, I did not feel I should back out, and frankly, I didn’t want to. So I suggested that Cara offer my services in place of the group. It’s still focused on Freyja, but it’s a ritual that I can run with only Lon’s help if necessary based on the Freyja portion of the Vanic Intensive I offered with River Devora at the Nine Worlds Festival in Maryland several years ago. Last I checked it was scheduled for the last session on Sunday afternoon. I will give you an update when the final confirmations arrive if any details have changed.
I’m so incredibly excited! Did I mention that yet? Oh. My. Gods. SO excited!
And those of you who have been following my fundraising efforts know what’s coming next, but I have a little surprise for you, in Freyja’s honor. I have not one, but TWO pieces of devotional jewelry to give away!
To enter this giveaway comment on THIS post by Friday, July 10th with the keywords given below. The winner will be announced next Monday!
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The first giveaway is, as promised, the Nine Worlds Map Prayer Necklace: Allfather
This necklace was hand-strung and knotted on sturdy beading cord in honor of Odin the Allfather, Wanderer of the Nine Worlds, Galdrfather and Wishbringer. Rich blue lapis lazuli with bronze sparks of pyrite invoke Odin’s remaining eye, while stormy grey labradorite rounds refract flashes of blue like the waters of the well that holds His other eye. The very best of my Nine Worlds and Wells marker beads were set aside for this special prayer necklace and otherworlds map.
When I made this necklace, I was so pleased with how it came out that I almost wanted to keep it for myself! I struggled with how to price it appropriately – truly, it should be priced at $99 in honor of the Nine Worlds and Odin’s Nine Nights hanging from Yggdrasil, and is well worth it in effort and materials. But I didn’t have the heart to charge so much for it when my other map necklaces are mostly $60. So Odin suggested I give it away when I’d raised enough to be sure of attending Many Gods West, and here we are! Aren’t you lucky?
To enter to win this necklace, ask for the “Allfather”.
The second giveaway is inspired by Freyja’s necklace of power, Brisingamen, which I have always seen as being made of amber and gold, with four large chunks for the dwarven brothers, and a fifth focal piece for Freyja Herself. This petite work of amber and hemp macrame can not but echo that most perfect example of Svartalf crafts, of course, but it sure has fun trying!
Oh, and the amber is definitely real – I could smell the beautiful incense burning as I widened the holes with a hot needle, a definitive test for true fossilized amber over younger copal or artificial resin.
It can be worn as a bracelet or a hair ornament. The lobster claw can either grasp the four loops of hand-beaded tassel, or a small toothed hair clip.
To enter to win this ornament, ask for the “Vanadis”.
YES! You may enter for both pieces! However, you can not win both pieces, so list your entries in order of preference. In the unlikely case that the same person is chosen twice, I will give them their first choice, and choose another winner for the second piece.
I will find some suitably random method for choosing the winners, to be determined when I see how many entries I’m dealing with. 🙂
Wheeeee! Thank you all so much for your help!
P.S. Yes, everything I posted for sale that has not yet been marked “sold” or “claimed” is still available. And yes, I can always use support from my community – very little of my clergy service is paid work.