Discussions of Heathen shamanic, magic, and divination practices in a modern context. GOTW promotes and welcomes inclusive Heathenry and stands against racist and bigoted ideals & practices. Supporting Declaration 127.

And we're back. After a 6 month hiatus, I'm pleased to be recording the podcast again. It's been a hectic spring and beginning of summer with computer issues, travel, and family things to work out. So it has delayed the timing and ability to record.  But things have settled glad to ge the podcast going. 

A huge note of thanks to Xander Folmer of Hughinn's Heathen Hof for the amazing logo and banners created for Gifts of the Wyrd.  They are amazing and beautiful. I am really pleased with the image and working with him is amazing. Contact Xan for graphic design ideas and work you may need. 

This episode we get caught up and comment about issues within the Heathen community regarding some groups choosing to make their Heathenry exclusive to those who do not fit their vision of a white, heterosexual, of certain European heritage, or other ways to exclude on immutable traits. Gifts of the Wyrd does not engage in that and stands by an inclusive Heathen practice with many other amazing groups and people. Together we can create safe spaces for people to learn, grow, worship, fellowship, and find community and allies. 

viking_oracle_02.jpgReview of the Viking Oracle: The Viking Oracle is by Stacey Demarco with artwork by Jimmy Manton and published by Blue Angel Publishing. 

After a little catch up session, I review the Viking Oracle. This will be a long episode, so it's ok to take some breaks at the natural stopping poings. About 25 minutes in or so will start the review. The next stopping point will be at about 43 minutes in with a music piece. Then finish out the remaining 40 minutes or so with discussion about the oracle deck. The deck review will be in three parts. 

Introduction to the deck and artwork overall, the runes of the deck and the oracle part of the deck. 

I hope you find this helpful with your decision about this deck. 

email: giftsofthewyrd@gmail.com

twitter: @wyrdgifts

Facebook: @giftsofthewyrd

www.giftsofthewyrd.com 

Music: 

Intro/out: Five for Freya  from Apple Blossoms and Abandoned Tracks - 2014 by Hauk

Voluspa 4 & 5 by Tonya Threet from the forthcoming album Voluspa. See her page on Facebook and sample pieces on Soundcloud. Thanks for letting me play this piece. 

Notes: Rune deck recommendations.

Runes of Yggdrasil by Freya Aswynn. This is a wonderful Elder Futhark rune deck featuring art by Freya. It was released in limited editions. Contact Freya directly via her website or via The Atlantis Bookshop for availability. 

The Martin Rune Deck. by Alaric Albertsson and Taren Martin. Anglo-Saxon Futhorc deck beautifully designed and available from Wolfden Designs

Power of the Runes by Voenix. great images that evoke the power of the Elder Futhark. 

Runes of the Northern Lights by Paola Tartara. Rune symbols in a delightful retro style. Beautifully colored. This deck will be available October 2017. 

(Power of the Runes and Runes of the Northern Lights are available through order at your local metaphysical shop. Please support your local shop if possible and purchase locally. If this is not possible, they are available on A to Z). 

 

Vanic_Coin-Bindrune.jpgIf you would a Vanir Challenge coin please contact Jan via the email above. The coin has a 9 bristled boar on one side representing the Vanir and a prosperity bindrune on the other created by host Jan Tjeerd. $10 which will pay for manufacturing and proceeds support the podcast and other inclusive Heathen organizations. (image of one side of the coin shown). 

If you are interested in a special deal of 4 of Hauk's CDs for $20 - contact Gifts of the Wyrd. Or you can download Hauk or Black Hat Society via iTunes or Hauk's website. Active duty military Heathens: We'd like to send you copies to support you while deployed. Please email with your proper APO/FPO address for your free cds.

 

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Jan talks about designing bindrunes for your personal use. 

 

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Music: All music selections on this podcast are written, produced, and copywritten by their respective creators/owners. They are used with permission. 

Intro: To Hear the Trumpets Call from the album of the same name by Hauk.  www.haukmusic.com; hauk.bandcamp.com

Outgoing: Ravens Wings from the album No Mercy by Hauk.

Please visit the websites of the artists and support their music. 

If you are interested in a Vanir Challenge coin please contact Jan via the email above. The coin has a 9 bristled boar on one side representing the Vanir and a prosperity bindrune on the other created by host Jan Tjeerd. $10 which will pay for manufacturing and proceeds support the podcast and other inclusive Heathen organizations. (image of one side of the coin shown)

If you are interested in a special deal of 4 of Hauk's CDs for $25 - contact Gifts of the Wyrd. Or you can download Hauk or Black Hat Society via iTunes or Hauk's website. 

Thanks to Anastasia Haysler of www.tarotpathways.com

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Happy New Year 2017. 

Jan pulls runes for the incoming 2017. 

Rune pull for 2016 - what it was like

Where we are now

and 2017 - How we can move into 2017. 

Rune sets used: Rune cards by Freya Aswynn, citrine runes and runes crafted by Rodney Basler. 

Thanks for listening

Follow Gifts of the Wyrd on Twitter: @Wyrd Gifts. On Facebook: facebook.com/GiftsoftheWyrd. Email: GiftsoftheWyrd@gmail.com

Music: All music selections on this podcast are written, produced, and copywritten by their respective creators/owners. They are used with permission. 

Intro: Shores of Norway from the album Love Songs, Lamentations and Lifthrasir by Hauk. www.haukmusic.com; hauk.bandcamp.com

Outgoing: To Hear the Trumpets Call from the album of the same name by Hauk. 

 

Please visit the websites of the artists and support their music. 

If you are interested in a Vanir Challenge coin please contact Jan via the email above. The coin has a 9 bristled boar on one side representing the Vanir and a prosperity bindrune on the other created by host Jan Tjeerd. $10 which will pay for manufacturing and proceeds support the podcast and other inclusive Heathen organizations. 

If you are interested in a special deal of 4 of Hauk's CDs for $25 - contact Gifts of the Wyrd. Or download via iTunes or Hauk's website. 

 

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Welcome to episode 9 of Gifts of the Wyrd. Thank you for your patience for this episode. Jan talks about Yule. Old traditions and new.  Adapting traditions to modern practice or making new Yule traditions that are right for you and your family today. 

A traditional song to sing around an apple or adapt to another fruit or nut bearing tree. (I have changed only a couple words of the text to honor the Gods and to make it inclusive to all who will sing.). 

Old Apple tree, we'll wassail thee

And hoping thou wilt bear.

The Gods do know where we may go

To be merry another year. 

To blow well and to bear well,

And so merry let us be:

Let every one drink up their cup 

And health to the old apple tree. 

 (shouted)Old apple tree we wassail thee and hope that thou wilt bear. Apples now! Hats full! Caps Full! Three bushel bags full! And a little heap under the stair. Three Cheers for the old apple tree - Hip hip Hooray! Hip Hip Hooray! Hip Hip Hooray!

Suggestion for celebrating 12 Days of Yule: 

12 Devotional Days of Yule by Dagulf Loptson

Located on Huginn's Heathen Hof.

Thanks for listening

Follow Gifts of the Wyrd on Twitter: @Wyrd Gifts. On Facebook: facebook.com/GiftsoftheWyrd. Email: GiftsoftheWyrd@gmail.com

Music: All music selections on this podcast are written, produced, and copywritten by their respective creators/owners. They are used with permission. 

Intro: Veginomicon from the album Apple Blossoms and Abandoned Tracks - 2014 by Hauk. www.haukmusic.com; hauk.bandcamp.com

Apple Tree Wassail/Joan to the Maypole. (Harp piece) from the album Wine Country Harpist by Joan Hall 2006. www.thecelticharpist.com Facebook.com/JoantheHarpist

Out going: Apple Wassail from the CD 'Wassail' (FECD125) by John Kirkpatrick and others used by permission of Fellside Recordings. www.fellside.com

Please visit the websites of the artists and support their music. 

If you are interested in a Vanir Challenge coin please contact Jan via the email above. The coin has a 9 bristled boar on one side representing the Vanir and a prosperity bindrune on the other created by host Jan Tjeerd. $10 which will pay for manufacturing and proceeds support the podcast and other inclusive Heathen organizations. 

 

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Welcome to episode 8. Thank you for joining us. This episode Laine and I talk about Heathenry in general. We touch on 3 short topics that we think are important to Heathen practice.

1) Inclusive vs exclusive Heathenry. Recently a prominent Asatru organization specified the qualifications for their membership – white, straight, and “family” oriented. We discuss the importance of inclusivity and welcoming people of all races, orientation, gender identity, abilities, and cultural backgrounds to worship and work with the Gods.

2) Localizing your Heathenry. Develop practices and traditions based on where you are and the natural cycle of events that happen around you. This may mean doing things at slightly different times than other regions do as well as honoring the natural events that occur.

3) Writing prayer devotionals and poetry/praise to the Gods and Goddesses. Ever seen that really neat poem or prayer as part of a ritual in a book. Or as part of a ‘book of prayer’? We encourage you to make your own. Start with just a few lines and add more if you like. This is your gift to the Gods – sharing with others is up to you. What is key to remember, is that this is your connection to the God or Goddess you write the piece for.

Thanks for listening.

Follow us on Twitter @WyrdGifts. Email feedback to GiftsoftheWyrd@gmail.com.

Facebook page for Gifts of the Wyrd. Facebook.com/giftsofthewyrd

Please leave a rating and feedback on iTunes.

Music: All selections on this podcast are written, produced, copywritten and used with permission by their respective creators. 

Oi Dai by Vartiina from the album Oi Dai released 1991 website: Varttina

OutroVeginomicon from the album Apple Blossoms and Abandoned Tracks - 2014

Visit www.haukmusic.comHauk.Bandcamp.com

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Welcome to episode 7. Jan and Laine speak with Ember Cooke of The Redwood Vanatru Tradition. Ember serves the Vanir - Freyja, Freyr, and Their kin - as a priestess, minister, teacher, bard, artist, medium, and witch. Or to put it the Heathen way, as a gythia, galdrakona, and seidhkona.
 
Rune for this episode: Berkano

For information about The Redwood Vanatru Tradition, please look at Ember's Blog, Ember Voices. There she has several articles about the tradition. If you have any other questions, send her a message, she is happy to discuss. 

Links: (right click to open in a new window)
Ember invites listeners to check out the online shrines to the Vanir at Northern Paganism
If you would like to obtain some of Ember's voice recordings of song she has written to the Gods, Bindrunes, Tarot, or other work - please contact her through her Patreon account.

Note: There was a bit of a technical issue. I apologize for the sound quality and any sound variations. I tried to even it out as best as possible. I hope that it will still play well enough and you can hear the podcast. I hope to get this worked out for future interviews with guests.  Thank you for your patience.
 
Follow us on Twitter @WyrdGifts. Email feedback to GiftsoftheWyrd@gmail.com.
Facebook page for Gifts of the Wyrd. Facebook.com/giftsofthewyrd
Leave a rating and feedback on iTunes.

Music: All selections on this podcast are written, produced, copywritten and used with permission by their respective creators. 
Intro: Veginomicon from the album Apple Blossoms and Abandoned Tracks - 2014
Outro: Freya's Tears , Love Songs, Lamentations, and Lifthrasir - 2005
 
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This episode we interview the newly elected Steersman of The Troth, Robert L. Schreiwer. The Troth is open to all who seek to know and to honor the Gods, ancestors, and values of the Germanic Heathen traditions, regardless of gender, race, nationality or sexual orientation. 

 
Join us as Rob shares his excitement at working with the organization in his new role and to continue to provide a welcome place of Heathen practice. 
 
Follow on Twitter @WyrdGifts. Email feedback to GiftsoftheWyrd@gmail.com.
NEW! Facebook page for Gifts of the Wyrd. Facebook.com/giftsofthewyrd
Leave a rating and feedback on iTunes.

Links to The Troth: 
Twitter: @AtTheTroth

Music: All selections on this podcast are written, produced, copywritten and used with permission by    the musicians. 
Intro: Veginomicon from the album Apple Blossoms and Abandoned Tracks - 2014
Outro: Five for Freya from Apple Blossoms and Abandoned Tracks - 2014 
Oi Dai by Vartiina from the album Oi Dai released 1991 website: Varttina
 
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Episode 5 Jan and Laine have their first guest to the podcast, Hauk Heimdallsman. Hauk is a Heathen musician and follower of Heimdall. Hauk talks about the process of creating music, creating Heathen based music, and about working with Heimdall. 

Join us for this very fun discussion with a great musical talent and a really nice guy. 

 

For Gifts of the Wyrd listeners: Hauk has made available four of his CDs for a special price of $20 including First-Class shipping to U.S. addresses (Priority Mail shipping $2 additional. Foreign addresses actual shipping price). only while supplies last. CDs include: 
No Mercy for the Slain; Love Songs, Lamentations, and Lifthrasir; To Hear the Trumpets Call; and Hard Lemonade. (offer good for these four CDs only). 

 

Email GiftsoftheWyrd@gmail.com for an invoice with Paypal details. 

 

Follow on Twitter @WyrdGifts. Email feedback to GiftsoftheWyrd@gmail.com. Leave a rating and feedback on iTunes.

 

Music: All selections on this podcast are written, produced, copywritten and used with permission by Hauk. 
Intro: Veginomicon from the album Apple Blossoms and Abandoned Tracks - 2014
Raven's Wings from the album No Mercy for the Slain - 2008
SOB from the album No Mercy for the Slain - 2008
Ghosts of the Open Road by Black Hat Society from the album This Machine Kills Fascists - 2015
Excerpt: Five for Freya from Apple Blossoms and Abandoned Tracks - 2014
To Hear the Trumpets Call from EP: To Hear the Trumpets Call - 2008

 

You can find music by Hauk on iTunes, Amazon Music, and Rhapsody. 

 

Visit The Troth's website .
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Episode 4, Jan and Laine discuss the modernization of Heathen ritual styles. We talk about blót and the varying style of an animal offering and other offerings, sumbels, ritual structure, and rites of passage. We also include a discussion about online sumbel and blót. Is it a valid resource for modern Heathens? is it sacrilegious? 

Follow on Twitter: @WyrdGifts email: GiftsoftheWyrd@gmail.com

 

Music: Finnish Folk group Värttinä has kindly given permission to use their music on the podcast. This is fun exciting music from the North. Check the music out on iTunes, Amazon and through their website: Varttina.com. Our music selection today is Lasetus. 

 

Websites: 
Silkwood Artisans - Silkwood Artisans creates divinations sets by commission and/or inspiration, as well as other new and repurposed items of beauty - both sacred and mundane. email: SilkwoodArtisans@gmail.com or find the page on Facebook. Beautifully crafted rune sets. 

 

The Troth - www.thetroth.org
Hrafnar - www.Hrafnar.org
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Episode 3: This episode Jan and Laine discuss divination and the modern practice of gnosis. During the section on divination, we talk about using runes for ourselves and as part of reading for others. We also discuss Spae and Seidh and our experiences in learning and doing it.

This leads into a discussion of "gnosis" in today's practice. What is UPG (unverified personal gnosis), shared gnosis, and m.u.s (made up sh - er stuff)? Is UPG valid and useful today?

Blogs: Pagan Church Lady, Gifts of the Wyrd
follow on Twitter: @WyrdGifts   email: GiftsoftheWyrd@gmail.com 

Music: by Hauk. Hauk.Bandcamp.com
           Intro: Five for Freya, Album: Apple Blossoms and Abandoned Tracks 2014

Books: Trance-Portation. Learning to Navigate the Inner World, Diana L. Paxon, Weiser Books 2008.
Seidr: The Gate is Open, Katie Gerrard, Avalon Publishing 2011

Links: Heathen Prayer Cards, by Galina Krasskova. Read about them at Gangleri's Grove. Order at: Wyrd Curiosities.
Viking Lenormand, by Carole Beasley. Viking Lenormand. Purchase the deck here.

Group links: ADF, The Troth, SoCal Ostara Gathering (Facebook)Urglaawe

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