2012 will be an interesting year for heathen events. There are two of particular note and I recommend people trying to attend at least one of these festivals. Between the two there should be something to appeal to just about any heathen! At this time, I intend on attending both. Please note the events are listed alphabetically, this is NOT in order of preference.

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The Nine Worlds Festival

Welcome to our celebration of the Norse/Germanic/Anglo-Saxon Gods and Goddesses! We are gathering at Ramblewood Retreat Center in Darlington, MD from October 18 - 21 , 2012, Thursday through Sunday. Come walk the Nine Worlds that spin around the World Tree, and honor the Gods, spirits, and ancestors.

While this event is open to everyone, the focus will be on modern Neo-Pagan ways of honoring the Northern Gods. This is not a reconstructionist-focused event; it is a place for diverse worshipers to come together and share. Many different Northern Gods will be honored at some point or another during the weekend, and while no one is required to honor any particular deity, we expect folks to be respectful of all differing religious practices, the Gods of everyone present, and all other attendees regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, or lifestyle. Hospitality, and creating a safe, peaceful, and nonjudgmental space for everyone is a high priority for us.
Come to the shadow of Yggdrasil and dance with us!

Information here: Nine Worlds Festival


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TrothMoot

Mark your dates for Trothmoot 2012 on the calendar now: June 7-10, 2012, at Camp Netimus in Milford, Pennsylvania. This event will be the 25th annual Trothmoot, and as a tribute to the history of The Troth and to its founders and successive leadership, some of the Elders of The Troth will be in attendance. This Trothmoot will present participants with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet some of the greatest movers and shakers in Heathenry and to hear their experiences first hand. [Rumor has it Freya Aswynn, among others, will be in attendance].

Information here: Trothmoot

NOTE: From the Troth FAQs: "People who are closely involved with Loki are welcome as Troth members, but hailing Loki at Troth-sponsored events is not allowed." Please honor this if you choose to attend Trothmoot.

 
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Sigyn by OrderInTheQuartz. Click the picture to go to the website.
 
Drifting through Love’s soft caress
Cool wetness at my feet rising higher and higher
Till engulfed in this velvet jewel of liquid, of water
Feeling tide’s surge throughout, cool motion
Within blue high

Looking up and about I see multifacet reflections
From within this jem of motion
Rocking and swaying rushing and churning
The tide moves forward
We sway and shift together in liquid harmony

Then air He, blowing rushing down the bank
My bank.
Reaching shore and striking waters edge
The foam spray takes my breath away.

The wind mixes and froths the bubbles created
Rising higher till I burst asunder.

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Water calms, stills, languid slow tide.
 
The runes call, I rise still fluid
They tease, they play in symbols, We laugh
They aren’t done yet, the cast goes forth again
Gebo, Nauthiz, Laguz
Gifts have been given but water’s need calls again
I close my eyes and see light’s reflection
Cascading about me as I float in the depths
Brilliant blue this water is
Geometric dapples, sunstruck ripples in the soft sway

The Nine swim in the distance
They spin and play joyous in Life.
He comes and surrounds with soft feather touch
We drift languid to shore no hurry.

As I break surface
Gleaming brilliance on the shore blinds
Golden as the sun, gilded and bright
No radiance has ever equaled except for His white burn

Gulltopr.
Golden Mane.
I am overwhelmed, I bury my face into his wither
I surrender my tears to the beauty as He gently looks on.
The photo doesn't do Gulltopr justice- I've tickled Maris Pai (who did the  Heimdallr and Loki art) and am hoping she comes up with something. The pic is from http://thoroughbredadventure.blogspot.com/2011_04_01_archive.html. I adjusted the brightness a bit to more accurately reflect the animal. Gulltopr is calm, well behaved, but as ready to go as a supercharged racecar at the slightest press of the gas. The animal truly gleams to a blinding hue. Just what I would expect of Heimdalli.