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    • Beeswax Candle Refill

      All you have to do is book an appointment, and bring with you any old candle jars that you have. When you book, you will be asked to put in a $10 deposit which will be applied to your final order and be charged $10 per every 8 oz of beeswax. We ask you give us about a week to complete your order and we will contact you when your candles are ready. We provide the cotton wicks!

    • Magical Survivalism

      Magical Survivalism is a one-hour workshop in magical emergency preparedness. Participants learn how to use magical practices to aid in survival situations and how to manifest a magical future. Topics Covered: - Bug Out Bag Construction: how to build an emergency go-bag like a witch. - Living in the Liminal: harnessing chaos and uncertainty as sources of power. - Doomsday Divination: choosing the appropriate divination tools for your doomsday needs; includes lesson on pendulum usage, tarot spreads for the end times, and a deeper dive into select tarot archetypes for insight and embodiment. - Magical Scavenging: finding treasure in the trash of the past. - Apocalypse Protection: tools, symbols, correspondences, and charms for staying safe. - Survival Knot Magic: learn to tie enchanted survival knots. - Surviving the Elements: working with elemental energies in the wilderness. - Spells for the Climate Crisis: incantations and actions for coping with climate catastrophe. Included Materials: - All participants will receive a paper copy of the Mercury X Zine “Bug Out Bag Companion Guide: An Optimistic and Slightly Mystical Guide to Surviving the Apocalypse.” This will be included in their ticket price, and will be delivered via snail mail. Those who register within a week of the class will receive the guide prior, but it is not required to have it on hand. *** All participants will also receive a PDF containing workshop-specific information, including a complete overview of all sections covered, significant notes, tables, images, spells, and all materials presented in the workshop. *** Peter Mercury is combining 20 years of witchcraft practice, public speaking, and environmental activism to present this workshop to complement their self-published “Bug Out Bag Companion Guide” zine. Peter’s mystical studies began in childhood, and flourished while studying witchcraft in Salem, MA under the guidance of multiple renowned teachers, where he educated thousands of patrons every week on the history of magic at The Salem Witch Museum. As a performing artist, their work has been featured in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, i-D Magazine, Boston Spirit Magazine, and Glamour

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    • Dagaz

      Dagaz came through, per usual, at exactly the right time. I have not only been struggling with sleep and fitfulness recently, I have also been beginning to practice more in the real of Lucid Dreaming, and my sleeping life has been on my mind quite a lot. Typically, it's not something I feel called to post about publically, but considering that it came up, I see it as an indicator that perhaps someone could find something useful in my writing about these reflections. I caution the reader: I am very tired. Sleep has been fleeting, unresting, and disrupted. On the nights when I sleep well, my dreams are massive events that often taken energy. This has been true for a number of months. If my writing is not as polished as it usually is, it is due to a particularly bad night. Dagaz talks to us of the stories of the sun, day, night, dreams, and sleeping. For me, sleep has always had a mix of blessings and challenges. I struggled with sleep as a child - I can recall sitting in my bed when I was 11, staring out the window at the street below. The cool lamplight stayed on until 10 and there were weeks on end where I would watch it go out. I always imagined the spirits that came out at night, particularly when the lights all went out. As a teenager, I struggled with sleep paralysis and what some, including myself, may call "astral projection." It was never something I wished to have happen - suddenly to feel entirely out of my body, scattered and wandering through the house. I recall seeing shapes and shadows, and hoping I could wake my parents. It's hard to wake someone when you're just a spirit, I quickly learned. These incidents happened so often, I took to sleeping facedown. For whatever reason, laying on my back, there seemed a much higher likelihood of getting caught in this place between sleeping and waking. To this day, I can't remember why I didn't tell anyone about it. Or if I did, why there was no further inquiry. By college it subsided to a less regular occurrence. Over the last year it's begun in earnest again, after about a decade of rare happenings. The worst and most intense being in Sweden, early in the year before the pandemic had ramped up. I was staying at a small bed and breakfast with friends, in my own little sleeper cottage. One had to walk across the yard to get to the part of the grounds that had a bathroom. We had spent the entire day visiting grave mounds and spiritual places, some specific to my family. I am not particularly afraid of the dark, but that night it was as if I was a child once again, seeing spirits in every shadow outside the pools of light cast by the big lamp in the yard. It did not help that the wind howled and whipped the flag just outside my little cabin, or that the temperature dropped sharply. When I got up to use the bathroom, I found myself sprinting across the yard. I know of course, now my wits are about me, that the act of fear in itself would have drawn spirit attention, if nothing else. I ran all the way back to my little cottage as well. I tried to go to sleep, and the rest of the night I felt plagued with the same sleep experiences I had as a teenager. It seemed as though every time I closed my eyes, I was suddenly outside my body. Unlike my teenage years, where I might see one or two disconcerting shadows that followed me around the house, my little cabin seemed to be full of people, all staring at me. So, of course I ran. And they followed me, in this experience that some may call vivid dream and some may call an astral event. In retrospect, what followed was comical. In the moment it was terrifying. I somehow got outside my cabin, into the late night out on the lawn of the bed and breakfast camp. The colors were so odd to me - pink and purple, and deep blue, and the flag whipped and cracked. I ran across the lawn to my friends cabin. But, despite being able to stumble out of mine in this dream-spirit body, I couldn't manage to do anything about theirs. Just the way it was when I was fifteen, there was no means of shouting or opening doors that did not want to be open. And so I ran circles around the yard until dawn, a slow procession of spirits tailing me. Now that I've had some space from the incident, I realize - I had no reason to assume these spirit meant me any ill. Nor did I when I was a child, looking out windows. It was the strangeness that scared me, not any certainty of pain or suffering. Nor did they ever hurt me. In fact, it's entirely possible they were there to greet me, in the way I had been greeting them all day travelling from grave mound to grave mound. It was my fear of dark things that got the better of me, not any spirit. They say that in dreams when you're being chased, the best thing to do is stop and address who is chasing you. So, all that to say, it is interesting to pull dagaz this morning. Yesterday I committed myself to focusing growth around this particular experience that has plagued me during my life. To master the concept of Astral Travel. I want to call it in, face it head on, and master the experience. 2021 is just beginning, and it has already been quite a year. If I have taken any personal lessons from the emotional turmoil of 2020, it is that I am not interested in resigning myself to running from what scares me, anymore. That is what Dagaz affirms to me today.

    • The Misuse of Nordic Cultural Symbols in Racism & America

      by Kari C. Tauring In the 2010 census Americans listed gardening and genealogy as our top two hobbies. European Americans, like all humans, crave a rooted spiritual connection to the earth and to a culture that is not built on exploitation, extraction, and capitalism. But to excavate this root culture for real, we must cease to participate in exploitation, extraction, and capitalism which eats away at root culture identity and earth spiritual connection. The things our ancestors gave up to fit into "white America" - our mother lands, our mother tongues, our folk culture teachings - are part of the story. Often, these are things we were forced to give up before we even got to America, through European colonization, Christianization, and classism. We need to look at what we and our ancestors stayed silent about, participated in, and what we continue to benefit from such as land theft, racial disparities, and an unjust legal system. We chose to identify ourselves by the social construct of race, white, in order to fit in and gain advantages, leaving our root cultures, folk traditions, and the spiritual ethos of them buried underneath with our actual ancestors fading farther and farther from our memories. American culture is impatient, forgetful of the past, and extremely prone to cult-ism. The lack of root culture makes us feel sad and empty - alone. Like adolescents with no boundaries we follow along with what makes us feel good about ourselves. We steal other people's cultures to fill the void, but we only know how to consume and capitalize on other people's cultures. We get angry and tell other cultures that they can't practice the folkways of their ancestors...if I can't - you can't. But perhaps the most damaging thing that we do to ourselves is invent our own versions of our ancestors and their history, skipping over the hard work of truth telling and conveniently create/conflate race with culture in a grand fantasy. It's not just Americans who have developed this "blood ties/skin color/race=culture" ideology. White Nationalists have been worming their way back into the body politic throughout Europe in response to the influx of refugees from mostly Muslim countries. As the United States capital was under siege last night, we got an up-close look at the kind of cultic frenzy white Americans are capable of. The photos of the fur-clad men with "Nordic" tattoos, runes, and other symbols spark the questions: Why they are using Nordic root culture to promote a racist agenda? Is Norse culture racist? My short answer is above and I will continue with some history. The runes are a scriptural/symbolic writing system dating to at least 160 CE. The mjolnir or Thor's hammer dates at least to the Iron Age. These cultural symbols range from Germany to Iceland. There are iterations of the thunder god's hammer/ax even into Finland and other non-Germanic cultures. The sun symbol or swastika is so ancient and wide ranging in its use throughout the world that it's difficult to know how old it is. In the 1800's all over Europe there was a trend, a backlash against industrialization and expansion that caused artists and intellectual elites to seek out the folk music and dances of the peasants. Romanticism of the simpler life created connections for the elites back to an earthy root culture identity, without actually returning to the land. In every country, simple peasant ways were cleaned up and brought into upper class society. This is what started the bunad movement in Norway, for example. A scouring of the countryside for clothing designs and then a rigid representation of new "folk costumes" that identified who you were and what district you came from. A folk-uniform if you will. National Romanticism was particularly poignant in Norway. The intellectual elite were busy reconstructing Norwegian root culture identity in a bid for freedom, having been held as an intentionally under-developed colony by Denmark for 400 years, and then ceded to Sweden. Wagner was busy creating his version of Norse Mythology in the 17 hour - four part opera, "The Ring Cycle." Franz List was composing the Hungarian Rhapsodies out of folk dances. Grieg was cleaning up folk songs for the big stage. There was also a resurgence of interest in the mythologies and other pre-Christian cultural material. The question of who we were before Christianity was buzzing through the universities, artist salons, and political circles - until that material was mis-appropriated for use by the racist ideology of the Nazis. After WWI, Germany was a country left destitute, demoralized, and shunned by the rest of Europe. They began re-building their psyche as a nation by perpetuating a mythos of the "Great Germanic Race." By the end of WWII the rest of Europe, Scandinavia in particular, shunned everything to do with the symbols appropriated by this sick and twisted ideology. It was understandable. Yet the root history of these symbols and their meanings for human kind was also buried. So the racist ideology applied to the ancient symbols prevailed until quite recently. A movement to reclaim the runes, symbols, and mythologies began to take hold in a younger generation whose experience with Nazi ideology was tangential, historical. Modern scholars began tip toeing back into the field, global warming freed up new finds from the Iron Age, and philosophers and spiritual seekers have begun excavating the pre-Christian roots to see what messages they might hold for human kind. I am one of these, whose careful un-packing of my own heritage has led me to understand how Edda poetry, runes, and root culture values connect to the full history of my Norwegian heritage. Studying the ethics and cultural ideologies presented in this ancient material sheds light on many of the cultural norms I find in our Sons of Norway groups. I have found threads back to the Eddas in the folk music and rune shapes made by our bodies in the folk dances. This is root culture revealing itself. I find within the messages of the runes, ways to pay shild (debt), to amend and repair damages with indigenous peoples and the earth itself, that my settler ancestors inflicted or benefitted from. And there are those who can not or will not un-pack their actual heritages. They cling to these mis-appropriated symbols and their twisted, distorted meanings as a way of filling the void of their root-less souls. They create fantasy ancestors, fantasy clothing, and cling to the fantasy that their fantasy race of white people is the same as culture. In America, a land based on fantasy, re-writing history, cultism, denial, and perpetual adolescence, the cult of "Nordic Whiteness" finds ready adherents. There is no healing in this pathway. There is only more pain, emptiness, rootlessness, and mounting shild that must one day be paid at the feet of the fate goddesses, the Norns. Moving from Race to Culture A Native American friend of mine once asked, "what does race or blood quantum have to do with culture?" This question sent me on a deep dive into my own root culture experience. Through the years I have developed a "three-legged stool" of folk culture that gets at the who, where, and why of it for me. It also explains the lack of stability when these legs are kicked out from under the stool and replaced with monotheism, colonization, and racism. The first leg describes who we are. In Norse culture there is a thing called öorlog. It describes who we are based on a variety of things such as blood relationship, marriages and other oath relationships like adoption and fostering, and also the whole of the cultural fabric in which we were raised. So this leg would include the culture we were raised in as part of our ancestral öorlog. Therefore, in answer to my friends apt question, bloodline is a sliver on the leg of the stool that makes up a cultural identity. As we have seen in so many Saga stories and in archeological research, many people belonged to the Norse culture because they were raised in it or came into it regardless of where their DNA traces to. The same, she asserted, holds true for her own cultural root saying, "If you are raised Lakota, you are Lakota." This is one reason why our Scandinavian folk music and dance community is so wide open to everyone regardless of "DNA". It is a cultural tradition that we ache to preserve and share. If you find beauty in it, you are most welcome! The next leg is where we are - it is the Nature/Environment/the land on which we are raised. The water source we drink from, the soil we grow our food in, the level of gravity, weather conditions, and other natural phenomenon affect how we live, carry our bodies, and relate to the world around us. This leg of the stool is important in Minnesota where the weather extremes and learning to walk on ice are paramount to survival. Many southern transplants to Minnesota will attest that they have felt these changes deeply. For Americans, this must also include the original inhabitants of the land on which we are living. I live on Mdewakanton Dakota territory with ties in Northern Minnesota to Anishinaabe peoples. So it is incumbent on me to learn how the people of this land honor this land. Not to be appropriative, but to acknowledge myself and my culture as guests and good neighbors here. In this way we can discover the intersectionality of our root cultures, learn and share and hopefully heal and make amends to one another and the living body of Mother Earth that my people call Jord. Finally we have the why, the supernatural forces, gods and goddesses within a folk culture that help us understand and integrate the relationships we have to ancestors and land. In fact, the other two legs are permeated with spiritual force in the form of ancestor helpers and nature spirits within most folk cultures I have studied. Again, DNA has little to do with feeling the spirits of the land. Root cultures give us names for them that belong to a specific culture. I have spent several decades learning the names and natures of the supernatural forces in nature, in the runes, and in my lineage. Again, anyone with an love of this particular culture is welcome to explore the metaphysics, cosmology, and spiritual potency of Nordic root culture - but not to appropriate it. In Nordic root culture, these three legs of the folk way are preserved in the ancient mythic poems, the meanings of the rune letters, and in the folk stories, songs, and dances. They are apparent in many of the root culture values that persist in Scandinavian culture such as a deep respect for women, nature, paying our debts, and the sharing of wealth in society. They are the roots that tie into the particular expression of Christianization in Norway (for me). And they connect to the world tree from which the living expression of my root culture identity has blossomed. So perhaps now you can see that race, a social construct, has nothing to do with culture. Author's Footnotes: *Race to Culture - a phrase I learned from elders at the Cultural Wellness Center in Minneapolis, MN http://www.culturalwellnesscenter.org/ *Resources for European Americans https://healingrootscommunity.com/

    • Thurisaz

      When I read runes, I am sifting through all the stories that they evoke. Some of these stories are hundreds of years old and some of these stories more recent. They are a tool the brings stories to the surface, from which I glean bits and pieces of information. This could not be more true with Thurisaz or Thorn. The first story I read from a rune is that of its shape - not anything explained to me, but the shape and what it represents to my mind. It is important, for me, to give my mind the freedom of defining so that I am not simply pulling from someone else's stories. When I see Thurisaz, I see a thorn but also the followers attached to it. I see a two paths. I see something that could be held in the hand, but from which on risks cutting themselves. I see an axe. I see a hammer. I know from studying that Thurisaz relates to Thor and to the Juton Ice giants. I know that it represents instinct and quick reaction. It is of a primal place, or so we are taught. I see more in the stories I know. I can't avoid seeing Sleeping Beauty, pricking herself on the spindle. And in that I see the stories of bargains and deals, and what it means to offend elves and spirits. I see the consequences that we are taught from fairytales, consequences of not knowing the way of the hidden folk or following the agreed upon rules. I see bears in Thorn, and big beasts. And mountains coming out of the earth. Through that I see the giants sleeping in them. I see the trolls who are quickly turned to stone when the sun comes up. I see fear and I also see great strength. Of course, I see Thor, with his hammer. So, I also see Thursdays, and farmers, and blacksmiths, and the common man. I see thunder and lightning, and rain in buckets. I see new growth after a long period of draught. As always, I see myself in the runes, and different stages of life. I see in Thurisaz a child me, knocking over blocks, and I also see myself at twenty five, packing all my things and moving away from someone who means to control and hurt me. I see all the fear and all the courage of my life - all the split second decisions and sudden actions that carried heavy consequence should they not go as planned. This is how I read the runes. I cannot share with you how I discern which story should be read and shared, when I am doing a reading. That is the sort of thing that is difficult to explain. However, the stories that should be shared, always find themselves at the top of the heap.

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    • Beeswax Candle Services | Needfire Apothecary

      Waste Less You don't always have to buy a brand new candle. Have you ever gotten finished burning down a candle, and wished you could just refill it? ​ Needfire has you covered! We offer both local candle refill services as well as candle refill kits for non-local customers. We use high quality, unadulterated beeswax from small producers and cotton wicks for the most environmentally and healthy friendly candles. ​ We are of the opinion that beeswax is not only the best option for candles, it is the only option we can confidently support. Many other waxes produce unhealthy and even harmful chemicals. In fact, most non-cotton wicks can contain chemicals you definitely do NOT want to breathe. Why Beeswax? ​ Beeswax, on the other hand, have a beneficial impact on the air in a space. Beeswax releases negative ions as it burns. Airborne pollen, dust, and other pollutants carry a positive ionic charge. These are negated by the negative ions released by beeswax and fall to the ground. It's similar to a water filter. ​ However, not all beeswax is made the same. Big companies often cut their beeswax, and some even thin it with ingredients like bleach. We use beeswax provided by incredibly ethical vendors such as . We are committed to supporting small makers who are helping to keep honey bees alive and well. Waya Wellness How does it work? For Local Customers If you can easily travel to Portland, ME, the process is simple and easy! All you have to do is book an appointment, and bring with you any old candle jars that you have. When you book, you will be asked to put in a $10 deposit which will be applied to your final order and be charged $2 per 1oz of beeswax. We ask you give us about a week to complete your order and we will contact you when your candles are ready. We provide the cotton wicks! Book Now For Non-Local Customers Are you one of our out of state customers? No problem. We have created the perfect kit for you! All we ask is that you figure out how many liquid ounces you need. A great way to do this is to simply fill your empty jar with water and take a regular kitchen liquid measuring cup, and pour the water in the measuring cup to check it out! We will send you exactly the wax you need, as well as a pitcher to pour it. All we ask is that you purchase our kit below. For those who are interested, you can enroll in a monthly wax refill! Have Questions? 116 Free St, Portland, ME Submit Thanks for submitting! Get My Kit

    • Magic Apothecary | Needfire Wellness & Apothecary | United States

      Our Free St. Location is currently open By Appointment Only Book a Visit A Needfire is an old story. It is the kind of fire you use flint and steel to start. You must tend to it, care for it, build it. It is a ritual. It is an expression of will. ⠀ We are a brick and mortar in Portland Maine, but we are more than that. We are a community of folks who love and live ethical folk magic. We are a troll club. We are an apothecary. We could not be more excited that you're here on this journey with us. NEEDFIRE APOTHECARY SWEDISH MAGIC TOURS TROLL CLUB NEEDFIRE ACADEMY FOLLOW NEEDFIRE APOTHECARY ON INSTAGRAM

    • Magic Survivalsim | Needfire Apothecary

      Magic Survivalism Mystical Tips for Surviving the Apocalypse with Peter Mercury January 14th, 1 pm EST Magical Survivalism is a one-hour workshop in magical emergency preparedness. Participants learn how to use magical practices to aid in survival situations and how to manifest a magical future. ​ Topics Covered: - Bug Out Bag Construction: how to build an emergency go-bag like a witch. - Living in the Liminal: harnessing chaos and uncertainty as sources of power. - Doomsday Divination: choosing the appropriate divination tools for your doomsday needs; includes lesson on pendulum usage, tarot spreads for the end times, and a deeper dive into select tarot archetypes for insight and embodiment. - Magical Scavenging: finding treasure in the trash of the past. - Apocalypse Protection: tools, symbols, correspondences, and charms for staying safe. - Survival Knot Magic: learn to tie enchanted survival knots. - Surviving the Elements: working with elemental energies in the wilderness. - Spells for the Climate Crisis: incantations and actions for coping with climate catastrophe. ​ Included Materials: - All participants will receive a paper copy of the Mercury X Zine “Bug Out Bag Companion Guide: An Optimistic and Slightly Mystical Guide to Surviving the Apocalypse.” This will be included in their ticket price, and will be delivered via snail mail. Those who register within a week of the class will receive the guide prior, but it is not required to have it on hand. ​ ​ *** All participants will also receive a PDF containing workshop-specific information, including a complete overview of all sections covered, significant notes, tables, images, spells, and all materials presented in the workshop. *** ​ Peter Mercury is combining 20 years of witchcraft practice, public speaking, and environmental activism to present this workshop to complement their self-published “Bug Out Bag Companion Guide” zine. Peter’s mystical studies began in childhood, and flourished while studying witchcraft in Salem, MA under the guidance of multiple renowned teachers, where he educated thousands of patrons every week on the history of magic at The Salem Witch Museum. As a performing artist, their work has been featured in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, i-D Magazine, Boston Spirit Magazine, and Glamour $20 Drop-In - $16 for Troll Club Members. ​ Register Now

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