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  • Ritual Writing Workshop

    Words are powerful magic. Through storytelling, we can shift our own stories, heal, and move towards outcomes that we deeply want to manifest. In this four-week course, participants will create their own story or poem inspired by fairytales and myths. Each week will build on the next until we have four pieces that makeup one larger work. The weeks will be focused on: Week #1: Creation of Character Who is the main character of your story? Is it you? What is the mythic version of you? Who are you in the myth of your own life? Week #2: The Call to Action/Heeding the Call What compels someone to leave home? What can we find out when we venture into the great beyond? What can be discovered? Week #3: Leaving Home and Facing Tasks Every fairytale and myth consists of tasks or quests. These symbolic actions can be taken from our own lines and imbued in the text. Week #4: Returning, Changed When we return home, we have discovered something, something has shifted, what will we find? Each week will be an hour workshop that will include storytelling, folktales, prompts, magical thinking, and structures to inspire from fairytales and myths. This series will be a spell within itself and include both writing prompts and practical magic exercises and instructions to ground the work. All levels are welcome.

  • Learning the Art of Leathercraft Class 4

    Sunday, June 6, 2021 3pm - 4:30pm EST Lesson #4: Crafting a mason jar handle wrap, adorned with a bindrune for physical health and nourishment. The art of crafting with leather is one of the oldest skills in human history. Our ancestors have been working with this ancient material since before the earliest legends, and it has shaped us in a foundational, sacred way. Connect with your primal origins and learn how to carve, tool, sew, and burnish with detailed instruction. Let’s craft together around this online campfire, and remember our roots. The teacher of this course, Marin Cenwein Gardner, is the sole artist and leatherworker of Embercraft Creations. Throughout her 10 years of professional experience, she has striven to manifest myths and magic of centuries past into wearable art. Her work is carved with runes and symbols of power designed to help the wearer channel their inner intentions. Throughout this 5 month course, she will teach you how to make your own leather talismans, tools, and everyday items. Using your new Tool Pack, outfitted with all of the tools you need, you will learn all of the basic leatherworking skills and craft your own pieces from her simple pre-cut leather Crafter’s Kits. Each lesson will be centered around a different Crafter’s Kit, so you will successfully end each class with a finished work of functional art. You will be adorning your pieces with Nordic bindrunes, surrounded by historical Celtic Knotwork, therefore protecting your work with runic magic and sacred knot symbolism. You will learn how to sew leather by hand, with a traditional saddle-stitch. You will even learn how to burnish the edges to achieve that slick, sealed finish. And more importantly, you will learn the absolute satisfaction of making an item from start to finish with your own hands. All levels are welcome to join us in this virtual crafting circle. As well as the necessary Crafter’s Kit for each class, you will also need to purchase the Tool Pack, and have on hand the following items: Cutting board or countertop (Stone is recommended) Lighter Scissors Bowl of water Soft towel ***Kit not included in drop in rate. Sign up for just a single lesson, then purchase the corresponding Crafter’s kit from www.EmbercraftCreations.com. ***

  • Learning the Art of Leathercraft Class 3

    Sunday, May 2, 2021 3pm - 4:30pm EST Lesson #3: Crafting a leather memo book, adorned with a bindrune for spiritual awakening and transcendance. The art of crafting with leather is one of the oldest skills in human history. Our ancestors have been working with this ancient material since before the earliest legends, and it has shaped us in a foundational, sacred way. Connect with your primal origins and learn how to carve, tool, sew, and burnish with detailed instruction. Let’s craft together around this online campfire, and remember our roots. The teacher of this course, Marin Cenwein Gardner, is the sole artist and leatherworker of Embercraft Creations. Throughout her 10 years of professional experience, she has striven to manifest myths and magic of centuries past into wearable art. Her work is carved with runes and symbols of power designed to help the wearer channel their inner intentions. Throughout this 5 month course, she will teach you how to make your own leather talismans, tools, and everyday items. Using your new Tool Pack, outfitted with all of the tools you need, you will learn all of the basic leatherworking skills and craft your own pieces from her simple pre-cut leather Crafter’s Kits. Each lesson will be centered around a different Crafter’s Kit, so you will successfully end each class with a finished work of functional art. You will be adorning your pieces with Nordic bindrunes, surrounded by historical Celtic Knotwork, therefore protecting your work with runic magic and sacred knot symbolism. You will learn how to sew leather by hand, with a traditional saddle-stitch. You will even learn how to burnish the edges to achieve that slick, sealed finish. And more importantly, you will learn the absolute satisfaction of making an item from start to finish with your own hands. All levels are welcome to join us in this virtual crafting circle. As well as the necessary Crafter’s Kit for each class, you will also need to purchase the Tool Pack, and have on hand the following items: Cutting board or countertop (Stone is recommended) Lighter Scissors Bowl of water Soft towel ***Kit not included in drop in rate. Sign up for just a single lesson, then purchase the corresponding Crafter’s kit from www.EmbercraftCreations.com. ***

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  • Ehwaz

    Ehwaz - the horse. Change, driven by connection and partnership. I often think about what the horse might have meant, when the runes were used by the old nordic folks we most associate with the early uses of the Elder Futhark. Horses were change making in those times - owning the horse was the difference between a quickly plowed field or travelling across great expanses of land in a short period of time. Horses allowed a person to stand taller, and they carried intelligence to make decisions in tandem of their rider. We're so used to riding cars, as a culture, we think of transportation as a tool. There were days when it also involved a relationship, a personality, and a being. What things in your life are you co-creating the future with? How do they carry you?

  • Algiz

    Algiz - A meditation in älgar ⠀ Like any tool, divination is about personal associations. We use lore and layered meanings to reveal truths, but ultimately what matters is the strength of that association within us.⠀ ⠀ When I pull Algiz, I think first of the elk. And it is true, it is often referred to as the elk rune. However, our understanding of what an elk is differs greatly from the concept of älg in Swedish which is the moose as Americans understand it. Since learning to speak, myself, I’ve found that internal association shift. I no longer see the elk herds, but rather the moose. The great king of the forest. ⠀ ⠀ The most famous imagery of the moose in Sweden is from Sagan om älgtjuren Skutt och lilla prinsessan Tuvstarr, The story of Skutt the moose bull and the Little Princess Tuvstarr. The imagery is classic, and even in America it is likely you are familiar with it - a tiny princess atop a great moose. While the story winds in different directions and creates many cautions for those wandering into the world of magic, it also presents to us solid associations for the moose.⠀ ⠀ The moose is a great ally. For me he represents strength, divine masculinity, and a connection to the magical world. However, there is an implied exchange and balance. Much like Freyr put down his sword to marry his Jötun wife, a movement toward wildness and a softening of traditional masculine power, so the moose must kneel so the princess can climb onto his back.⠀ ⠀ It also evokes for me associations with The Chariot in tarot lore. This idea of something supernatural that carries us forward. Do we hold on tight, and allow it to protect us and carry us? Or do you climb off, and run the risk of being enveloped by the world of magic and transfixed by it’s wonder? ⠀ ⠀ What is your spirit ally in grounding in protection as you travel through worlds, life, and in particular these times where happenings feel chaotic and overwhelming. What creatures are capable of carrying us, that we can call on? In what ways can we find a partner in our journey?⠀

  • Wunjo

    Wunjo is the rune that lets me know I'm in or approaching a place of divine joy. I try to find other words to describe it, but I always land in the same place. You know the feeling you get when you first begin to fall in love, sort of an uplift in your heart? To me, that's the energy of Wunjo - an experience so uplifting that it carries you upward. Wunjo also speaks to me of certainty. Unlike Thurisaz, which I see as being a split in the path, a decision, an aspect of uncertainty, Wunjo tells me exactly where I am going. It is the opening of energy in the crown of my head. It is daydreams and sunlight. It is hard to write at length about Wunjo, because it has so much feeling around it, and so few words. It's a bird on the wind, being carried by forces it does not understand. It is a sailboat on the perfect day. Wunjo is easeful abundance.

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  • 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

  • Ritual Writing Workshop | Needfire Apothecary

    Ritual Writing Workshop with Kate Belew & Minta Karlsson Four Week Class Beginning April 15th 7:15 pm Weekly (Class with be Recorded for All Registrants!) Words are powerful magic. Through storytelling, we can shift our own stories, heal, and move towards outcomes that we deeply want to manifest. In this four-week course, participants will create their own story or poem inspired by fairytales and myths. Each week will build on the next until we have four pieces that makeup one larger work. The weeks will be focused on: Week #1: Creation of Character Who is the main character of your story? Is it you? What is the mythic version of you? Who are you in the myth of your own life? Week #2: The Call to Action/Heeding the Call What compels someone to leave home? What can we find out when we venture into the great beyond? What can be discovered? Week #3: Leaving Home and Facing Tasks Every fairytale and myth consists of tasks or quests. These symbolic actions can be taken from our own lines and imbued in the text. Week #4: Returning, Changed When we return home, we have discovered something, something has shifted, what will we find? Each week will be an hour workshop that will include storytelling, folktales, prompts, magical thinking, and structures to inspire from fairytales and myths. This series will be a spell within itself and include both writing prompts and practical magic exercises and instructions to ground the work. All levels are welcome. ​ $80 for 4 Weeks Register Now

  • Nordic Folkways of Easter Week | Needfire Apothecary

    Påskeuken Nordic Folkways of Easter Week with Kari Tauring March 24th, 7 pm EST (Class with be Recorded for All Registrants!) In Nordic countries, Påskeuken (Easter week on the Christian church calendar) holds traditions with ancient origins. Come explore the Easter witch, pussy willow whips, and how to protect the iron implements of summer time work (sheep shears and garden tools). Easter is a moveable feast based on the moon and vernal equinox. Each day from Palmesøndag (Palm March 28th) to Påskdagen (Easter Sunday, April 4) has a name with special work, foods, and rituals associated with it. We will explore each day as it has been practiced in Norway, Sweden, and Finland. You will understand the practical and agricultural reasons behind these traditions, apply them to our modern lives, and receive recipes and craft ideas to make with family and friends! Join us to discover the layers of meaning and folk traditions at Påskeuken! ​ Kari Tauring is a Nordic root musician, cultural educator, and spiritual leader from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Raised in a Norwegian American extended family, Kari began studying runes and Norse mythology and cosmology in 1988. She pioneered the Nordic root spiritual system called Völva Stav (the staff carrying woman's staff) in 2003 and began teaching it in 2006. A somatic system that locates Norse cosmology and mythos within the body and expresses this through staff rhythm, breath, and voice using, four workshops through Needfire Academy lay the groundwork. Her musical recordings, rune book, and other writings available on KariTauring.com $20 Drop-In - $16 for Troll Club Members. ​ Register Now

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