Archives for February 2011

Last Week’s Updates through 2011-02-26

Nordic Roots Day

We invite you to a day of exploration, performance, and good folk coming together for a common purpose–to explore their Nordic Roots. In our modern quest for spiritual enlightenment and connection, many people are finding their way back to the deep root traditions of their own cultural heritage, mending and healing the broken traditions of their own ancestral folk ways.

Perhaps  you are curious about Nordic roots spirituality, perhaps you have been practicing your ancestral traditions and are looking for others to connect with, or perhaps you teach a specific pathway of Norse tradition such as Asatru or Heathenry– this is a day for you!

What: Nordic Roots Day
Where: Eye of Horus Metaphysical
When: March 20, 2011
Scheduled Events: Open House from 2-7 pm | Panel discussion from 3-4
We begin the day with Nordic Roots music by Kari Tauring and Stavers in the House!
Follow Event on Twitter: #norsday320

Yggdrasil - the World Tree

Yggdrasil - the World Tree

Minnesota is well known for its high population of Nordic immigrants. These immigrants from Scandinavia, the Baltic and Eastern Europe brought with them similar folk beliefs and traditions, the nature spiritual awareness inherent in farming, and a deeply held reverence for ancestors. They are linked by their Indo-European language and customs carried through from the Bronze age to the Immigrant era.

The diversity of Nordic roots practice in just the Twin Cities area is exemplified by the diversity of the panel we have put together. Hosted by our own Völva (staff carrier) Kari Tauring, panelists include:

Peter Laudert – Hafskjold family stav martial and spiritual arts from Norway

Donald L. Engstrom-Reese – Heathen Witch and shaman with 3 decades of practice

Volkhvy –elder and shaman with deep roots in Slavic and Germanic Heathenry

Sara Axtell – leader in cultural healing at the Powderhorn Cultural Wellness Center and Runehof Asatru kindred.

Val Miller – gythia (god-woman) of Volkshof Kindred and leader in the Asatru community through the Midwest.

Kari Tauring is a Völva (Old Norse for staff carrier), sharing her ethnic heritage through performances and workshops. Völva stav is a unique expression of the Indo-European Folk Soul. Her artistry, driven by a passion for her own heritage, combines twenty plus years of scholarship and practice of runes, stav (stick rhythm), poetry, songs, dances, and the healing and spiritual arts. Kari has summoned the Heathen (pre-Christian) origins of her folk soul into her Immigrant Era heritage bringing Northern European spiritual and artistic expression to a new level.

Kari balances Northern European traditions with her North American ancestors to create a healed and unified heritage. She is a bridge walker through time and space of global proportions!

Teaching through performance, workshops, recording and writing, Kari has gained an International audience.
She was featured on Norwegian television (“Alt for Norge”, 2010) a visiting völva back to her homeland. She will be teaching Völva Stav in Trondheim, Norway in September 2011.

Alchemical Ritual Incense Blends

These ritual incense blends use the finest herbs, woods, resins and essential oils. Each incense is blended and charged during the appropriate lunar phases and astrological correspondences to enhance the potency and heighten awareness. All of the blends are designed to metaphysically awaken to their purpose during use, to elevate and enliven the senses of the ritualist, and thus serve as a direct link to the inherent energies it embodies.

Alchemical Ritual Incense

Loose Incense Blends

Each blend comes in a re-usable glass storage jar to keep it fresh between uses.

These bottles contain more than just incense, each batch is carefully hand-blended to achieve magical results. When you open the bottle you discover a mingling of scents which is truly alchemical. It smells good enough to be used as potpouri right out of the bottle, but that is only the first glimpse of what is hidden inside these herbal mixtures. Layers of alchemical meaning has gone into each handmade batch. Add your True Will and sprinkle over lit incense charcoal to create meaningful and transformative rituals.

All of these blends are creations of a Master Herbalist, Alchemist and Ritual Artist, Catamara Rosarium.  Her experience and knowledge working with herbs is extensive, refined through much experimentation, and motivated by her desire and attraction to herbs and scents and how they impact the senses. Some have few ingredients, and some many.  There are several to choose from, including our own custom incense blend:

How to Burn Loose Incense

Brass Resin / Loose Incense Burner

Brass Censer / Burner

This incense is not self-lighting. You will need to use an incense charcoal disk in a ceramic or soapstone bowl with a base of sand.  You can also use a brass censer like this one.  You can put the lit charcoal on the screen (flipped over to form a screen bowl rather than dome) OR remove the screen and put a base of sand in the bottom. Take a charcoal disk and light until glowing (an old pair of tweezers is good to hold the charcoal while you light it) Once glowing, set the  lit charcoal on top of the sand or screen.  Take a pinch of the incense blend and sprinkle directly on the charcoal. (We recommend Three Kings charcoal – it is more reliable and easier to light than other brands)

Burning herbal or resin incense in this manner is extremely smokey. So make sure there is adequate ventilation (and you are far enough away from a smoke alarm) before burning.  Some incenses are best burned outdoors.

In addition to our alchemical ritual incense blends, be sure to check out all of our other traditional resin and herbal incenses.

If you are interested in creating your own incense blends, we carry a couple of books on the subject:

The Complete Book of Incense, Oils and Brews by Scott Cunningham
Do you know which incense to burn? Is it possible to add scented oils together to get a more powerful oil? And how do you make your own, appropriately-scented tools?

Incense – Crafting & Use of Magickal Scents by Carl F Neal
Making your own incense with natural ingredients is a powerful way to connect with earth energies-and it’s much healthier to burn indoors than the chemical-laden commercial variety. Incense is your complete guide to making your own homemade blends.