Author Archives: EmberVoices

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.

My Core Theology: A Meditation on Existence

At my core, I am a pantheist as well as a polytheist and animist. I believe that everything comes together to a greater consciousness, a greater Being. Over the years, I’ve meditated and pondered and written and dreamed about how … Continue reading

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Help Nicole Cover Emergency Expenses

Hello everyone! It’s been an absolutely exhausting trial of a year-plus for everyone I know. My households shared a bubble for 14 months of lockdown, which we are cautiously emerging from one step at a time. Everyone I know is … Continue reading

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Guest Poem: Lament of Aristaeus

One of my longtime favorite artists, Stephanie Pui-Mun Law shared this poem, and gave me permission to share it with you here. I find it moving, bittersweet. Enjoy! -E- Lament of Aristaeus I mourned once for their passing. Must I … Continue reading

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RedWood Vanatru Daily Prayers

It’s been a while since I’ve posted here regularly for a variety of reasons. I’d like to get back to it, but I admit, my spoons and motivation for this kind of writing have been low for a while now. … Continue reading

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#FirstOtherworldProblems Fire!

Introducing Mini-Me, a young nonbinary person (i.e. early 20s, not underage) who came to live with my household a year or two ago, and is so often mistaken for my child that it is now a running joke. 😉 This … Continue reading

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Too Much Is Never Enough

CW: Misogyny, Assault, Sexual Assault, Mild Gender Binarism This video is powerful and important for anyone raised female (though it’s primarily appealing to cis-women, and has a few binaristic “huh?” bits in the end, due to it being primarily a … Continue reading

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Glossary Updated

For those of you who care for such things, I added a new section to my Theological Glossary, for common theological attributes to divinity, such as “Omniscient” and “Transcendent” or “Immanent”. Enjoy! -E-

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Help A Pagan Leader Keep His Home!

Oggie is a wonderful man, and a long-time acquaintance (dare I even say friend? :]) of mine. He has run a small ADF group out in Texas for years now, and has long been involved in the SF Bay Area … Continue reading

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On Making New Myths

Originally posted on Drinking From the Cup of Life:
Is there room for new myths in modern polytheism and paganism? It’s a more contentious question than one might think. Ancient myths, also known as the Lore, are useful to us…

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Sometimes Ravens Fly

I have left Hrafnar. It feels a lot like moving the last of my stuff out of my parent’s house. I haven’t lived there in a long time, but I never stopped thinking of it as home. Until I did. … Continue reading

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