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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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Frithcast Episode 15: Thor (and Meatloaf)

August 2nd, 2017

Episode 15 – Thor (and Meatloaf)

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

Storm sounds from Martin Lightning at Freesound.org https://freesound.org/people/Martin%20Lightning/sounds/16480/

 

 

“Give yourself over...” from ‘Don’t Dream it, Be It’ - Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Kate drinks coffee recklessly…

Welcome to the virtual campfire

It’s important to have warm knees

Meatloaf song klaxon: Objects in the Read View Mirror

Meatloaf song klaxon: Life is a Lemon and…

Meatloaf song klaxon: Bat out of Hell

UPG and your own personal understanding

Pop culture and kennings – Kennings in modern poetry(www.poetryarchive.org/glossary/kenning) , Viking kennings http://www.asnc.cam.ac.uk/resources/mpvp/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/What-are-kennings.pdf

Chris Hemsworth returns

Redhead? Blond?… it’s all good

Thor: seen as a parallel with the Roman Jupiter, another thunder god

Thursday, Donar, Donnerstag (modern German for Thursday), and Donner and Blitzen (Thunder and Lightning – traditionally two of Santa’s reindeer)

Meatloaf song klaxon: Man of Steel

Protector and defender of the people. 

Mjolnir – a sign of faith and a symbol of Thor.

What can I DO to make this situation better? The Thoughts of Thor

Thor’s goats and chariot –  an absence of zombie goats...

Meatloaf song klaxon: What You See is What You Get

Thors hall, his wife and his children

Thor in the Sagas:

The Lay of Thrym – Thor dresses as a bride to retrieve his hammer from the giants.

The unique relationship between Thor and the Lord of Mischief

The Journey to Utgard – Thor goes to a giants castle and is challenged to unbeatable tasks.

‘Bernard’ - Blackadder II episode I ‘Bells’.

‘Granny Weatherwax would be proud’ – Granny Weatherwax from Terry Pratchett’s Discword series.

Two short prayers to Thor – both from ‘A Book of Pagan Prayer’ by Serith.

Meatloaf song klaxon: Paradise by the Dashboard Light

Kate’s tangent into the etymology of the word ‘Starboard’

Meatloaf song klaxon: Goods Girls Go to Heaven, Bad Girls go Everywhere.

‘Bad girls go with Ragnar’ - reference to the main character of the TV show, Vikings (2013)

Thor’s fishing trip – go find it!

Suzanne and Kate decide to settle matters by lifting their cat… it may not end well…

How to find us online

‘But I don’t wanna explode’ - Serenity (2005) based on the TV series ‘Firefly’

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