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  • Mastering the Leather Mask

    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 and leather masks are her signature skill. 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 design, carve, sculpt, and paint your own unique leather masks. 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 masks from the included leather. Additionally, Araminta Karlsson of Needfire Apothecary will be providing information for students on the mask traditions and practical applications for masking from a Nordic Folk Magic perspective. Mask traditions have a special place in the history of magic in Northern Europe, and exploring their impact leading into the dark months is a special treat! In addition, they will provide examples of significant designs utilized in Trolldom and Nordic Folk Magic. All levels are welcome to join us in this virtual crafting circle. As well as the included materials for the course, 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 Flathead Screwdriver Class Descriptions: Wednesday, September 1, 2021 7pm - 8pm EST Lesson #1: Designing your own pattern, Transferring the tooling lines, Cutting it out your mask Wednesday, September 29, 2021 7pm - 8pm EST Lesson #2: Carving and tooling your mask Wednesday, October 27, 2021 7pm - 8pm EST Lesson #3: Shaping and molding your mask Wednesday, November 24, 2021 7pm - 8pm EST Lesson #4: Dyeing, Painting, and Sealing (dye and paint not included in kit). Wednesday, December 22, 2021 7pm - 8pm EST Lesson #5: Presentation about mask use in Nordic Folk Magic Course Price 5 class course with basic materials $600

  • Learning the Art of Leathercraft Class 5

    Sunday, July 4, 2021 3pm - 5:00pm EST Lesson #5: Crafting a 12” valet tray, adorned with the most complex knotwork of the course, and a bindrune for inner shadow work and self improvement. 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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  • Five Plants for Ethical Folk Magic Smoke Cleansing

    As we deepen our connection to ancestral lineages, study plant magic, better understand sustainability and regeneration in our magical practices and have important conversations about appropriation in magic, many of us are looking for alternatives to burning Sage and Palo Santo. We’ve researched and stocked five plants that can be burned ritually in magic to help cleanse, purify, and protect that may be more aligned with your magical practice. We love these plants for ritual enhancement, purification, protection, and dream divination. Tjärved Long Tjärved "Fat Wood" or "Tar Wood" smoke wands. These are amazing clearing and cleansing smoke tools used traditionally in Nordic folk magic. The branches are sustainably harvested - when a pine branch dies, the tree sends the "fat" to the wood, which loads it with a slow-burning substance. These burn similarly to Palo Santo, a slow and fragrant burn. The smell is reminiscent of sweet yuletide and fresh pine. Mugwort Mugwort or Artemisia is known as a “dream weed” for its lucid dreaming magic. Many burn Mugwort to enjoy its sweet-scented smoke, and to induce and enhance potent dreams. Mugwort has long been used in Pagan and Anglo Saxon traditions as incense. Some also believe that Mugwort can improve psychic abilities. Legend has it, Mugwort can also be supportive to people who have been affected negatively by spiritual entities. Hang Mugwort over your bed, tuck some under your pillow or burn some in your bedroom before sleeping to feel its magic. Cedar Cedar has been a long revered ritual herb. Cedar was used for sacred temple doors and then burned during ceremony. Its magic is especially potent for purification and protection. Some believe that Cedar is a key to high realms and the magical otherworld. Burn Cedar in a space that needs to be infused with protective energies. Juniper Juniper smoke is known for its beautiful aromatic scent and its cleansing properties. It was used in ancient traditions for purification and cleansing. Burn Juniper on holy days or when the veil thins to contact liminal realms. Legend says that Juniper was also burned during outbreaks of the Plague to remove and cast out illness. Ranrike This incense is a reproduction of traditional Species Fumales incense, found in Pharmacopaeja Holmiensis Galeno-Chymica, published 1686. It was subsequently published in Pharmacopoea Suecica in 1775 and upon it’s 8th printing retitled Svenska Farmakopén in 1901. This recipe can be found in copies of Svenska Farmakopén until the 1930s. The complex aroma evokes memories of Swedish cottages in the 1700s. Contains warming notes of cinnamon & clove, juniper, bergamot, and a number of resins and herbs. Excellent for ritual meant to call in good spirits and loving ancestors. The inclusion of rose and lavender imbues it with properties of relaxation, so we recommend its fumes fill one's house just before bedtime in the deep of midwinter. Can be burned on coals or boiled in a pot for best results. Shop Needfire’s Collection of Incenses here.

  • Summer Magic Rituals

    Summertime magic can connect us with our own inner heat, flame, brightness, and sun. The Summer Solstice in the northern hemisphere took place on Monday, June 21st. Depending on your traditions, lineage, and place, you may celebrate the solstice, Litha, or Midsommar. Here are some ways to ritually celebrate the season of summer… Sun Gazing The Sun in its rays reaches over the surface of our strange and wild earth. Do you remember to look up and thank it for its brightness? The sun and the moon are cast in a cyclical journey and dance, which creates our days and nights, our seasons, and our ways of being. This solstice take a moment to practice a little sun worship. Find a sunny spot and sit under its warmth. Thank the sun for light magic, thank the sun for cycles, thank the sun for summer, when you’re finished bow in thanks and maybe leave a single hair, a stone, or a bit of dried plant matter as a thank you to the ground where you were present. Journaling Journaling can be a good way to celebrate the Summer Solstice. When we write we are channeling and connecting with our intuition. During the light of the solstice, what patterns can we explore that we didn’t see before? As we move through Cancer season how are we caring for ourselves and connecting to care as an idea? Cancer is the sign of the Zodiac connected with the nurturing side of ourselves. Write a love letter to yourself. Plant Magic Plants gathered during the summer solstice have a special kind of magic associated with them traditionally. If you’re looking for a bit of green magic, walk barefoot through the grass, sit for a minute amidst a grove of trees, lean your back against an Oak, gather Calendula, speak to Mugwort, plant a sunflower, or connect with St. John’s Wort. Conjure a Flame A ritual fire can be a beautiful way to connect with the Summer Solstice. Burn a bonfire and write wishes on bay leaves to offer to the fire. Write an intention or something to release on a piece of paper and offer it to the fire. Allow the flame of a candle to guide you to connect with your own inner flame. During this season of fire, how can we explore our passions and creative spark? Stare into the fire and ask for a message. There is no one correct way to connect with the energy of summer. Explore these ideas and create your own rituals. Shop our pre-sale for solstice-made Midsommar Vatten here.

  • The Magic of Bees

    By Kate Belew Bees and their craft are celebrated. Beeswax is a sort of gold. Not only in color, but also in its properties, and how it’s made. These time-honored traditions have deep roots in folktales and magic. Beeswax is a wonderful option for candles because beeswax has 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. Because of this, beeswax is a kind of magic or a kind of alchemy. The wax itself is made from nectar that has been transformed. Female worker bees make the beeswax as they build the honeycomb. Forager bees bring the nectar back to the hive where they pass the nectar between bees. This reduces the water content. And voila! Beeswax. The British Bee Keepers Association estimates that bees need to visit 30 million flowers to produce a pound of beeswax. Bees are potent symbols in folklore and magic. Bees symbolize hard work; messengers between worlds, and in some tales symbolize life’s sweetness. One tale says that bees were created when the Egyptian God Ra cried and his tears were transformed into bees. Legend also says that the Oracle of Delphi claimed that the bees built the temple itself. Some stories claim that if you need to reach someone in the afterlife, a bee might be just the message carrier to do so. Bees contain multitudes, not only do they create natural sweetness, but they sting those that do them wrong. In the traditional custom of Telling the Bees, bees are honored by their neighboring humans. This folktale originates in European countries. In this lore, family members would tell the bees about important household events like marriages, deaths, births, and other salient occurrences. If the bees were not informed about happenings, then it was said that there would be some sort of punishment. The bees may stop producing honey, or leave the land altogether. As you light your beeswax candles, make sure to give thanks to the bees that carefully assisted in crafting them. Call in sweetness, reciprocity for all the hard work that has been completed, or to send a message between worlds. Shop our beeswax and candle collection here.

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  • Magic Apothecary | Needfire Wellness & Apothecary | United States

    Troll Club HANDCRAFTED RITUAL GOODS For every witch SWEDISH MAGIC TOURS NEEDFIRE ACADEMY Click the arrow NEW ARRIVALS John Bauer Tarot Deck Out of Stock Tjärved Smoke Wand $3.00 Price Monthly TrollKit $25.00 Price FOLLOW NEEDFIRE APOTHECARY ON INSTAGRAM

  • 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

  • Tarot | Needfire Apothecary

    THE ART OF TAROT Tarot reading is a centuries old tradition used by mediums and psychics to channel past, present, and future. It is a collection of occult knowledge (hidden wisdom) that can also be used as a diviniatory tool, and often employed to help one see more clearly a situation at hand. ​ All readings are currently being offered online only. Mastering the Leather Mask Starts Sep 1 600 US dollars $600 Book Now Book an Appointment 15 min Book Now Beeswax Candle Refill 15 min 10 US dollars $10 Book Now Troll Club Meetup - Discord Book Now Learning the Art of Leathercraft Class 5 50 US dollars $50 Book Now Katy Swallow - Tarot Reader & Medium Katy Swallow is a tarot reader, psychic, medium, reiki practitioner, and mage, with a multi-disciplinary approach to just about everything. She hails from a family with a variety of intuitive gifts, and a long connection to the land. She has a special love of cartomancy, and incorporating ritual into the work of spiritual and emotional healing. Magick is a powerful healing tool and Katy loves to explore divination, herbalism, energy work and folklore, to help people find their own paths to healing and greater well-being. ​ She found her mediumship gifts unnerving, as a child, but has grown to love and appreciate them for their ability to give people closure and connection. She first picked up a deck of oracle cards nearly thirty years ago, and the joy of discovery she finds in a deck of tarot or oracle cards is something she loves to share with students. She delights in connecting with spirits in nature and making magick from natural objects. Her work often focuses around topics such as intergenerational and personal trauma, addiction, challenging relationships, ancestor work…and pesky, lingering spirits who have overstayed their welcome. In addition to more esoteric practices, Ms. Swallow holds a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science, a surprisingly useful skill set in relation to her work

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