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Frithcast Episode 22- Can the Mountains love the Sea?

November 17th, 2017

Episode 22 – Can the Mountains Love the Sea?

 

Things we talk about in this episode:

 

Opening Music:

'Ancient Whispers I' by P C III, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence.

[http://freemusicarchive.org/music/P_C_III/Ad_Astra_Vol_1/03_Ancient_Whispers_I]

 

Closing Music:

'Round II - The Ancients' by Learning Music, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence

[http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Learning_Music/An_End_Like_This/32_Round_II_-_The_Ancients]

 

Background fire ambience by inchadney from freesound.org

 

 

‘Hold tight Min, we’re going three miles an hour’ - The Goon Show, ‘Dishonoured – Again’ Series 9, episode 13

 

‘Big blue wobbily thing, that mermaids live in’ - Blackadder the Third – Ink and Incapability, 1987

 

Njord and Skathi – the description of the marriage and circumstances are found in the Skaldskaparmal, the second part of the Prose Edda. 
Other interpretations and discussions on the story can be found here: https://earthandstarryheaven.com/2016/11/09/njord-skadi/

https://norse-mythology.org/tales/the-marriage-of-njord-and-skadi/

 

How to find us online

 

 
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Episode 21 – Gods of the Waves

November 3rd, 2017

Things we talk about in this episode:

 

Opening Music:

'Ancient Whispers I' by P C III, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence.

[http://freemusicarchive.org/music/P_C_III/Ad_Astra_Vol_1/03_Ancient_Whispers_I]

 

Closing Music:

'Round II - The Ancients' by Learning Music, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence

[http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Learning_Music/An_End_Like_This/32_Round_II_-_The_Ancients]

 

Background fire and ocean ambience by inchadney from freesound.org

 

“I’d like to see them do this on television...” Eccles, The Goon Show

“A woman’s place is in the resistance.”  - Princess Leia, Star Wars.  Numerous artworks and feminist march placards: https://www.wired.com/2017/01/princess-leia-womens-march/ One of the many artworks available: https://society6.com/product/a-womans-place-is-in-the-resistance455119_print#s6-7012194p4a1v45

 

Kate explores sandcastles

 

Sorry, Grimsby

 

Poseidon and Neptunus.  More about Neptune can be found here: https://www.britannica.com/topic/Neptune-Roman-god and here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neptune_(mythology) He had a temple in Rome, on the Campus Martius (The Field of Mars), and a festival day on July 23rd. Posideon was the Greek equivalent, found here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poseidon.  Both were also patrons of horse racing.

Kate fries shrimp – in a wok, under the sea

Calypso and Pascal’s Wager.  Calypso is a Greek goddess, more info can be found here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calypso_(mythology)
Pascal theorised about the existence of the divine, and concluded that those who believed would ultimately have a better time of it. http://www.iep.utm.edu/pasc-wag/ or a short video which uses Indiana Jones to help explain it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S93jMOqF-oE

Aegir and Ran

 

Njord

 

Psychopomp – someone or something which acts as a guide for those dying in this realm and journeying to another. In Norse mythology, this is more likely to be Valkyries.   http://www.psychopomps.org/what-is-a-psychopomp.html

 

A tricky bit of alliteration

 

The nine daughters of Aegir and Ran

Agatha, Tabatha and Bagatha – from Eddie Izzard, Unrepeatable Tour, Horror Movies Sketch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3QGhSYgPhgA

 

Tallulah – from Cool Runnings (1993) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XzwSW4OTZA4

 

The Gods and Jotun – it’s complicated

One, Two, Many, Lots… from the Troll counting system found in Terry Pratchet’s Discworld series https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Troll_(Discworld)

 

‘Under the Sea’ - song from Disney’s The Little Mermaid.  The original tale from 1837 ends quite differently, and you can read about it here: https://moviepilot.com/posts/3277739

 

“Peace in our time” comes from several notable places, but the one we were thinking about was Tony Stark from Age of Ultron http://observationdeck.kinja.com/war-and-peace-the-not-so-subtle-themes-of-avengers-ag-1702167014

 

rawping/yawpin’ – Derbyshire dialect.  Often used in conjunction with ‘shouting’, so, ‘shouting and yawpin’ used to describe someone yelling and angry.  ‘E were shouting and yawpin’. You can find more Derbyshire dialect words here: http://www.near-chesterfield-derbyshire.com/derbyshire-dialect.html and here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/derby/content/articles/2005/08/19/voices05_derbyshire_dictionary_feature.shtml

 

Ragnarok – The End of Days.  Some heathens understand this to have already happened, and some that it’s yet to come.  Either way, there’s information on the ‘Twilight of the Gods’ here: https://norse-mythology.org/tales/ragnarok/

 

“Spoilers, Sweetie” – River Song, Dr Who – series 4,5 and 6. https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/River_Song

 

Njor in Norwegian folklore – from Dumézil, Georges (1973) translated by Coltman, Derek. From Myth to Fiction: The Saga of Hadingus. University of Chicago Press pg 220.

 

Kate wonders: Where did Norway get its name? (It’s explained here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norway)

 

Njord in Loki’s Flyting – The Lokasenna.  This whole exchange happens in Aegir’s Halls. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lokasenna

 

Big upside-down squirrel – Eddie Izzard –  from the Carthaginians and elephants sketch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smN4_9PwZOw

 

‘The Old Man of the Winds’ from Saami mythology.  From Dumézil, Georges (1973) translated by Coltman, Derek. From Myth to Fiction: The Saga of Hadingus. University of Chicago Press pg25

 

Njord’s marriage to Skathi – we’re planning on covering this in the next episode, so don’t want to say too much here – spoilers!  You’re welcome to look it up if you don’t like surprises :)

 

42 – from the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams.  According to Adams, 42 is the answer to life, the universe and everything. http://hitchhikers.wikia.com/wiki/42

 

How to find us online

 

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Episode 20 – Ritual part 2 – How to do it

October 17th, 2017

Episode 20 – Ritual part 2 – how to do it

 

Shout out to TAC Charter member Chance Beckner who suggested the topic for this episode.

 

Things we talk about in this episode:

 

Opening Music:

'Ancient Whispers I' by P C III, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence.

[http://freemusicarchive.org/music/P_C_III/Ad_Astra_Vol_1/03_Ancient_Whispers_I]

 

Closing Music:

'Round II - The Ancients' by Learning Music, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence

[http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Learning_Music/An_End_Like_This/32_Round_II_-_The_Ancients]

 

Background fire ambience by inchadney from freesound.org

 

Ceremony – it’s what’s important to you.  Find a way of ceremony that has meaning for you, and that you get value out of.

 

Do the preparations that you want to do – gather your tools, wash, prepare any words you want to use

 

Get to your chosen space on time – especially if you are meeting with a group for ritual.

 

“See here, Mars...” Titus Pullo, Rome, Season 1, episode 1

 

There are several parts that you can consider:

Create sacred space – help define that time and space as sacred.  Suzanne uses the Hammer Rite for this.  You can use a hammer for this, you will also need to be able to identify the four cardinal compass points.  Some phones will have an inbuilt compass app, or you can get hold of a compass relatively cheaply.  The Hammer Rite, or Hallowing, comes from Edred Thorson, and can be used to mark all four points of the compass, just North and South or calling on fire and ice.  There’s more details here: http://www.modernheathen.com/2009/04/16/hammer-rite/ .  There’s an article here that feels that using the Hammer Rite has been influenced by Wicca (http://heathentalk.com/2016/12/26/hammer_rite/) some folks like to use it, and some don’t it’s up to you.

 

The opening to your ritual:

 

Greet/offer to the landspirits – even if you are in your own garden/ on your own land

Greet/offer to the ancestors

Greet/offer to the Gods in general

 

The middle bit of your ritual:

 

This bit is the personal bit – you can include prayer, readings from the Havamal or sagas, music, songs, poetry that you have written, give an offering, spontaneous prayer or words, sharing an offering with the gathered people, dancing or drumming.  You may also want to have time for silence in your ritual.  This bit can be as long or as short at you need.

 

The ending of your ritual:

 

Thank the Gods in general

Thank the ancestors

Thank the landspirits

Thank the people gathered (if you are in a group)

 

 

Pack up your things from the site – don’t forget to safely dock your incense and candles, and take all your rubbish off the site.  Be considerate where you place any offerings for the landspirits.

Be attentive as you take any ritual jewellery or clothing off, that you pack it safe for next time.  This also becomes part of your ritual practice.

 

Ritual practice will develop and change through time and your experiences.  You can try different things out and see what resonates for you.

 

 

All roads lead to chocolate cake…

 

Historical accounts of ritual/religious practice.  There aren’t many.  There are more descriptions of the temples and sacred spaces, rather than accounts of what a ritual actually contained.

 

Adam of Bremen describes the temple at Uppsala being officiated over by priests, in his work Gesta Hammaburgensis.  (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gesta_Hammaburgensis_ecclesiae_pontificum) He describes three statues of the Gods in a temple at Uppsala, each of which has its own priest attendant. His work contains useful information, but also speculation, so be aware when you read it.

 

Chapter 4 of Eyrbyggja saga tells of a hof dedicated to Thor, with a pedestal in the middle of the floor with an armring for swearing oaths, a bowl and idols.  Chapter 2 of Kjalnesinga saga holds a similar description of a temple in which a statue of Thor stood.  In front of this was an iron-covered altar holding an arm ring, on which oaths were sworn, and a copper bowl. 

 

 

Sometimes it’s nice to have a Gothi or Gytha leading ritual, sometimes it’s nice to do things yourself.

 

 

“I am the leader!” - Franjeen and Rool – Willow (1988)

 

 

 

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Frithcast Episode 19- How to Prepare for Ritual Part 1!

October 4th, 2017

Shout out to TAC Charter member Chance Beckner who suggested the topic for this episode.

 

Things we talk about in this episode:

 

Opening Music:

'Ancient Whispers I' by P C III, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence.

[http://freemusicarchive.org/music/P_C_III/Ad_Astra_Vol_1/03_Ancient_Whispers_I]

 

Closing Music:

'Round II - The Ancients' by Learning Music, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence

[http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Learning_Music/An_End_Like_This/32_Round_II_-_The_Ancients]

 

Background fire ambience by inchadney from freesound.org

 

Because this is such a big topic, we’ve split it into a double episode.  This is the first part on a discussion of how to approach ritual, Episode 20 will be the other half.  As this topic is a very personal one, this episode will contain a lot of UPG.

 

Can you freeze rum? Answers on a postcard...

 

Toasting pants

 

Kate sings ‘Wandering Minstrel’

 

What is a Blot? A ceremony or ritual to give thanks and praise, or to mark an occasion.

 

Using ritual tools – is optional! 

 

Using an indoor or outdoor altar

 

How Suzanne does a ritual – Part 1: the preparation part:

 

Ritual Preparation  - wash, give thought to clothing (and any jewellery you want to use).  Ritual washing is also common to a lot of traditions – Islam adherents wash before daily prayers (http://guide.muslimsinbritain.org/guide9.html)

 

Oath or Arm Rings – an arm or wrist band which is mentioned being worn by Gothi’s (priests) in the sagas.   (You don’t need a Gothi or Gytha to lead ritual, sometimes it’s nice, but sometimes it’s nice to do it yourself!)  You might look at Millstream Forge for blackened steel arm rings http://www.millstreamforge.co.uk/page5.html,  a cuff from Runecast Copper https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/RuneCastCopper or just search for ‘Viking arm ring’ for something to suit your style and budget.

 

Making an offering – think about when to start your preparations (especially if you want to bake bread, make a cake, make candles, make mead or sloe gin, or hand-make something else…) (https://www.mnn.com/food/beverages/stories/how-make-your-own-honey-mead) (http://www.artofmanliness.com/2015/11/24/diy-chandlery-how-to-make-your-own-candles/)

 

Gathering any ritual tools that you want to use. - these might include: bowl, oath ring, candles, statuary, pictures or representations of the Gods, altar cloth, hammer, any offerings that you want to give, decoration of your altar or ritual space, drinking horn, pictures of or items from your ancestors - things that are personal to you and the occasion.

 

Parallels with other traditions: Catholic Mass is high ritual – (and evolved from Roman practice -http://www.catholictradition.org/Eucharist/mass-history.htm).

 

Ritual can create repeated actions – this has parallels with martial arts forms and katas, as a meditation in mindfulness, connection and deepening awareness.  (https://www.bookmartialarts.com/news/moving-meditation)

 

Creating familiarity in actions

 

How to find us online

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Frithcast XL: The Names of the Allfather

September 28th, 2017

Drum and chanting track: ‘Jagadamba – Shaman frame drum with Om chanting’ from Freesound.org

 

We had sudden want to create a piece, reciting the names of the Allfather over layers of Elder Futhark rune names and drums.  As usual when you get a sudden instinct, it generally proves longer to actually do the thing than having the thought in the first place.  

 

The names of the Allfather are many – this isn’t a definitive list, we may have unintentionally missed one or two.  Generally the list comes from the Gylfanning, which lists about 200 names.  You may know the Allfather as the Wanderer, First Husband of Frigg, One-Eyed or The Raven God, but he has many more titles and spheres of influence.  You can find a listing of most of his names here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_names_of_Odin

 

We leave you with a quote from Neil Gaiman’s American Gods, Kate and I hope you enjoy this.

 

“This is what they call me.  I’m called Glad of War, Grim, Raider and Third.  I am One-Eyed.  I am called Highest and True Guesser.  I am Grimnir and I am the Hooded One.  I am Allfather, Gondlir Wand Bearer.  I have as many names as there are winds, as many titles as there are ways to die.”

 (American Gods, Neil Gaiman (2001) Ch6.)

 

PS We had a little help from the Thargoids… just sayin’ #cantstopthesignal

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Frithcast Episode 18- In the Beginning

September 19th, 2017

Episode 18 – The Beginning

Things we talk about in this episode:

 

Opening Music:

'Ancient Whispers I' by P C III, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence.

[http://freemusicarchive.org/music/P_C_III/Ad_Astra_Vol_1/03_Ancient_Whispers_I]

 

Closing Music:

'Round II - The Ancients' by Learning Music, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence

[http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Learning_Music/An_End_Like_This/32_Round_II_-_The_Ancients]

 

Background fire ambience by inchadney from freesound.org

 

“I can clearly not drink the wine in front of me...” Quote from The Princess Bride (1987)

 

Suzanne’s favourite film is…

 

A random discussion on the best swordfights on film:

The Lord of the Rings (film trilogy: 2001, 2002, and 2003)

The Last Kingdom (ahem, I actually meant Kingdom of Heaven (2005).  My bad.)

The Princess Bride (1987)

Lightsaber fights in Star Wars – Obi Wan and Vader, Yoda and Dooku, Darth Maul...

The Art of the Saber (2002) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMXpokrfblM

 

“I know something you don’t know, I am not left-handed” - Quote from The Princess Bride (1987)

 

Suzanne and Kate sing the theme tune

 

Nine is a significant number

 

‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ – GRR Martin’s book series on which is based the TV series ‘Game of Thrones’.

 

‘Ring of Fire’ - song written by Jonny Cash in 1963

 

In the Beginning – the creation of the worlds – paraphrased from Snorri Sturlson’s Prose Edda.

 

The concept of Wyrd

 

Wyrd Sisters – Terry Pratchett – there’s a whole thesis analysis available here: https://is.muni.cz/th/175303/ff_b/Bachelor_Thesis_Eva_Homolkova_Final_Version.pdf

 

Shakespeare’s Macbeth – the Thane of Cawdor

 

The Three Norns of Norse cosmology parallel with the Fata or Parcae of Roman cosmology and the Moirae of Greek cosmology.  http://www.ancient-origins.net/myths-legends-europe/three-fates-destiny-s-deities-ancient-greece-and-rome-003039

 

The Stygian Witches from Greek mythology.  Also known as the Graeae Sisters or the Crone Sisters. http://www.theoi.com/Pontios/Graiai.html

 

Karma and Nirvana

 

Fate is a Feynman diagram… (now we come to look at it, it’s closer to a Minkowski diagram https://www.khanacademy.org/science/physics/special-relativity/minkowski-spacetime-2016-01-18T22:56:14.718Z/v/introduction-to-special-relativity-and-minkowski-spacetime-diagrams )

 

“Fear profits man nothing.” Quote from The Thirteenth Warrior (1999)

 

A question of fear and courage

 

“Better it is to have a stout heart always...” – The Histories by Heroditus.  Book 7, chapter 50.

 

‘A man will often meet his fate when he is trying to run from it’ – Galadriel from Lord of the Rings (The Fellowship of the Ring ch7), see also Jean de la Fontaine (Book VIII (1678–1679), fable 16 (The Horoscope)) and Master Oogway from Kung Fu Panda (2008)

 

Pre-destiny versus self determination

 

“Wibbly wobbily timey wimey” – Doctor Who (especially when played by David Tennant)

 

The Block Time Theory – also know as The Block Universe Theory of Time or The Growing Block View)  https://plus.maths.org/content/what-block-time

 

The Worm Theory of Identity –  Perdurantism, as a subset of Four Dimensionalism, also known as the Space Time Worm, or The Worm View.  The understanding that a persisting individual is the sum of all it’s parts through time.

It keys into the philosophical conundrum of the Ship of Theseus: if you replace parts of a ship through time, is it still the same ship at the end? https://www.khanacademy.org/partner-content/wi-phi/wiphi-metaphysics-epistemology/wiphi-metaphysics/v/ship-of-theseus

 

Kate learned everything from QI and Cracked.com…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Frithcast Episode 17- Frigga and Her Attendants

September 4th, 2017

Shout out to TAC Charter Member Brandie Willis, who suggested the topic for this episode.

 

Things we talk about in this episode:

 

Opening Music:

'Ancient Whispers I' by P C III, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence.

[http://freemusicarchive.org/music/P_C_III/Ad_Astra_Vol_1/03_Ancient_Whispers_I]

 

Closing Music:

'Round II - The Ancients' by Learning Music, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence

[http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Learning_Music/An_End_Like_This/32_Round_II_-_The_Ancients]

 

Background fire ambience by inchadney from freesound.org

 

Introductions - smooth like a baby’s butt...

 

‘First of her Name/ Lord of the Andals and the First Men’ – additional titles for nobility from Game of Thrones by George RR Martin (8 season TV series based on the books ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’)

 

‘Lots of planets have a North’  - Doctor Who episode ‘Rose’ (2005)

 

The High Lady of Asgard

 

Frigg’s day – Friday (and who doesn’t love Fridays?!)

 

Shared characteristics and influence with Freya - see here for a site that understands them to be the same: https://norse-mythology.org/gods-and-creatures/the-aesir-gods-and-goddesses/frigg/ and here for a site that understands them to be seperate: http://mythology.net/norse/norse-gods/frigg/

 

Practicer of Seith – (you may see this written as seid, seidr or seidhr) – can be described as northern shamanism, and is concerned with the knowing of the threads of fate. http://www.vikinganswerlady.com/seidhr.shtml

 

Loki’s Flyting – The trickster insults Frigg

 

The falcon feathers/ falcon cloak belonging to Frigg - https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=UcI5CgAAQBAJ&pg=PT95&lpg=PT95&dq=friggs+falcon+cloak&source=bl&ots=4D3mmhtILj&sig=HNmvo4BTkhTKYzyWHTc-Vw2m5b0&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiCn8_e0PnVAhVICMAKHem-B8gQ6AEIcTAQ#v=onepage&q=friggs%20falcon%20cloak&f=false based on Sturlson’s account: (Snorri Sturluson. The Prose Edda. Skáldskaparmál 18-19.) 

 

Frigg – influence over love, marriage, hearth and home, fate and destiny – more about her can be found here http://www.northernpaganism.org/shrines/frigga/who-is-frigga.html

 

Frigg spinning and weaving is a reoccurring image – see a list of deities associated with spinning and weaving here: http://kws.atlantia.sca.org/dieties.html she’s also been depicted as spinning the clouds: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:FriggSpinning.jpg

 

Parallels with Juno and Vesta: Juno being the wife of Jupiter, and Juno who rules the hearth and home in the Roman pantheon. More information on Juno can be found here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juno_(mythology) Info on Vesta here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vesta_(mythology)

 

The ‘Second Meresburg Incantation’, (or sometimes the Second Meresburg Charm) mentions Frigga http://www.germanicmythology.com/works/merseburgcharms.html

 

The Grimnismal – a wager between the Allfather and his wife.  Spoiler alert: it doesn’t end well for the Allfather…https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gr%C3%ADmnism%C3%A1l

 

The Mithrandir – one of the additional names for Gandalf from JRR Tolkien’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ books and films. http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Gandalf/Names Mithrandir translates to ‘Grey Wanderer’ or ‘Grey Pilgrim’

 

Frigg’s role in The Death of Baldur

 

The Power of Naming - https://culturedecanted.com/2014/05/26/names-part-1-whats-in-a-name-the-power-of-naming/ also compare the TV trope ‘I Know Your True Name (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/IKnowYourTrueName)

 

The naming magic in Rumpelstiltskin – there’s a telling of the tale here: http://www.eastoftheweb.com/short-stories/UBooks/Rum.shtml for an analysis head here: http://fairies.zeluna.net/2011/11/analysis-of-rumpelstiltskin_06.html

 

Frigg’s attendants

 

Frigg’s hall Fensalir – the Hall in the Marsh Meadows

 

Two prayers to Frigga – from https://hrafnar.org/articles/dpaxson/asynjur/frigg/

 

 

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Frithcast XL – Derbyshire Pagans Lammas Camp 2017

August 27th, 2017

Frithcast XL – Derbyshire Pagans Lammas Camp 2017

 

 

Things we talk about in this episode:

 

Opening Music:

'Ancient Whispers I' by P C III, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence.

[http://freemusicarchive.org/music/P_C_III/Ad_Astra_Vol_1/03_Ancient_Whispers_I]

 

Closing Music:

'Round II - The Ancients' by Learning Music, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence

[http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Learning_Music/An_End_Like_This/32_Round_II_-_The_Ancients]

 

Your Frithcast roving reporters are proud to present a Frithcast XL from this years Derbyshire Pagans Lammas Camp.  It’s a fabulous long weekend filled with talks, workshops, lectures, demonstrations and traders, all coming together to do their thing.  From the opening Beating of the Bounds ceremony on Thursday evening to the entertainment on Friday evening, to the great Lammas ritual and Kate’s ‘Mind Bending Science Shit’ lecture on Saturday evening out under the stars, to Sunday Morning Storytime to finish the camp off, we’d like to give you a taste of some of the things that we got to experience. 

 

Word of warning: as we’re outside for the majority of these recordings, so there’s noise from wind.  We’ve done or best to cut it out, and level the sound quality off, but let’s face it, there’s only so much you can do with sound quality recorded on a mobile phone in a windy field on a hilltop.  It adds to the homemade charm, really, it does ;)

 

Shout out to the Friday night entertainers:

Rena – sadly we couldn’t find a surname to credit her properly...

Beth Rees

Darren Ramsdale – “The Man with the Mandolin”

 

Warning: Darren’s set might just contain one song which is a little… shall we say … rude.  And perhaps a tad close to the wire for totally wholesome family entertainment.  Just sayin’.  Although it depends on the family, we suppose.  If you like songs about poo, then you’ll be just fine.

 

 

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Frithcast Episode 16: Altars and Sacred Spaces

August 22nd, 2017

Episode 16 – altars and sacred space

Shout out to TAC Charter member, Dalton Essick, who suggested the topic for this episode :)

Buckle up, this episode is a little longer than usual

 

Things we talk about in this episode:

 

Opening Music:

'Ancient Whispers I' by P C III, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence.

[http://freemusicarchive.org/music/P_C_III/Ad_Astra_Vol_1/03_Ancient_Whispers_I]

 

Closing Music:

'Round II - The Ancients' by Learning Music, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence

[http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Learning_Music/An_End_Like_This/32_Round_II_-_The_Ancients]

 

Background fire ambience by inchadney from freesound.org

 

Suzanne needs to practice more…
A mostly UPG episode – UPG means that a lot of the content of this episode is the personal opinions and experiences of Suzanne and Kate.

Parsecs and lettuce

Medieval Scandinavian community halls – the Hof

Not that Hof… http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001327/

The saga references to altars

The outside altar made from stones

What’s currently on Suzanne’s altar

A ritual hammer – Suzanne found a small short-handled lump hammer from a DIY store works just fine.

What your altar might look like…a wooden box, a shelf, a small table top etc...

What an altar can be used for – a shrine or ritual space, or an area to hold sacred items

‘Nobody can tell you how to heathen’

Changing an altar – for the seasons, for different gods, for different festivals

Stepping into sacred space from the mundane

What is sacred space?

Altar size – pocket altars available from Odin’s Beard Woodworking - http://www.odinsbeardwoodworking.com/

The use of Godposts – this comes from descriptions in ‘Witches of London: Lars’ by Aleksandr Voinov - http://www.aleksandrvoinov.com/witches-of-london.html  and check out Gungir Godposts: https://www.facebook.com/Gungnir-Godposts-1565456350415538/

The Hammer Rite – the creation of temporary sacred space

Closing sacred space

Parallels of sacred space – segregation of space in churches in Christianity; washing of hands, face and feet, and removal of shoes before prayer in Islam, Roman shrines, temples and the covering of heads/wearing of masks as preparation for ritual.

Creating temporary sacred space.

Using ritual tools – temporary or permanent.

You don’t need expensive ritual kit to be able to heathen and connect to the Gods.

‘My Grandfathers Axe’ - a philosophical argument better know as the Paradox of Theseus Ship - https://www.khanacademy.org/partner-content/wi-phi/wiphi-metaphysics-epistemology/wiphi-metaphysics/v/ship-of-theseus Simply: if you take an axe or ritual tool, and replace each part of it as it gets worn, once all the parts are replaced with identical new ones, is it still the same axe as it was at the beginning?

Consider treating yourself as the altar – the use of ritual clothes or jewellery

Take time to develop your own practice

An Altar to Sunna – an example of things you might consider using

The historical record – what do the sagas tell us about altars?

Adam of Bremen and the temple at Uppsala http://www.germanicmythology.com/works/uppsalatemple.html

What’s associated with an altar in a Hof? Oath rings and Bowls

Sacrificing animals – the changing nature of wealth

The nature of sacrifice in Roman religion.

Experiences with the divine are all valid.

How to find us online

Kate gets scandalous

 

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FrithCast Episode XL: Asgardian Heathen Festival 2017

August 15th, 2017

Frithcast XL: Asgardian Heathen Camp 2017

 

Things we talk about in this episode:

 

Opening Music:

'Ancient Whispers I' by P C III, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence.

[http://freemusicarchive.org/music/P_C_III/Ad_Astra_Vol_1/03_Ancient_Whispers_I]

 

Closing Music:

'Round II - The Ancients' by Learning Music, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence

[http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Learning_Music/An_End_Like_This/32_Round_II_-_The_Ancients]

 

‘Tribal Drums’ by Herb Boland, performed by Mark Hage, on Freesound.org

 

00:00 – 15:04 Friday

Hellooo listeners – from a very rainy Asgardian Heathen Camp

“This one is wet and this one is wet...” Eddie Izzard’s Death Star canteen sketch

The mead stall is already Kate’s highlight

Suzanne and Kate introduce themselves

Kate gets tested on the Gods – “[he] looks just like his picture” paraphrased from Terry Pratchett’s character Nanny Ogg in Lords and Ladies

What exactly is the Asgardian Heathen Festival?

Shhh! we’re in the quiet zone…

Confusion around times and days and recording...

Have a listen to the rain

An update from later Friday evening

The thing about Druids…

(Serpentyne play in the background) http://www.serpentyne.com/

The opening Blot on site

Kate describes the ritual in her own words

What we’re expecting tomorrow

Why we’re not livestreaming

Signing off for this evening

 

15:04 – 36:03 Saturday

Early morning birdsong

Surprise Frithcast interview!

Breakfast choices

The rain has stopped…

Lecture on the techniques and knowledge of a Cunning Woman – by Elaine Rose Mien

Beowulf – in 30 minutes by Vilia Kane

Hail and Safety!

Suzanne’s thoughts on Thor and helicopters

A walk around the traders

Mystery bird is mysterious

Good evening listeners

Smite it! (paraphrased from The Blues Brothers)

Wights and Wyrd lecture by Jenny Blain ← has blown Suzanne’s mind for a bit

Flame of Frith Ritual

Other rums are available…

Kate thinks this feels like Kelethin (Everquest, Everquest II)

 

 

 

36:04 – 41:01 Sunday

(The crows come in to roost in the trees overhead on Saturday night

Hindarfjall played for Saturday night’s entertainment) https://www.facebook.com/hindarfjall.music/

Suzanne and Kate reflect around the central fire

This is your friendly Frithcast reporting team, signing off...

 

Shout out to some of the lovely traders on site:

White Wizard, Purple Elf (for some fab embroidered hoodies, embroidered bags, and gifts: http://www.whitewizardpurpleelf.co.uk/ or their etsy here: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/WhiteWizardPurpleElf?ref=l2-shopheader-name

Phil, proprietor at Millstream Forge (for beautifully forged knives, oath rings, ladles, tripods and fire boxes) http://www.millstreamforge.co.uk/

Runecast Copper (for skilfully crafted copper arm rings and amulets with runic inscriptions) https://www.facebook.com/RunecastCopper/

Samantha J Chilton (for statuary and paintings) https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/SJChilton

Matt and Ali Poole at Hawthorne Crafts https://www.facebook.com/HawthornCrafts/

Jacqui de Rose Art https://jacqui-de-rose-art.myshopify.com/

More Mead http://www.moremead.co.uk/ (For mead.  All the mead.)

Mad King Trading Company https://www.madkingtrading.co.uk/ (for jewellery, weaponry and other items)

 

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