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NATURAL GIFTS

Vitsippa22

APRIL 2022

Life makes itself known, in its vibrant and insistent regeneration. Springtime in Scandinavia is a rich time - tight tiny buds on trees unfurling, early flowers reaching for the Sun and green growth overtaking dry remnants of Winter.

Whatever tragedies play out on the human stage, Nature insists on Life. Here it is again, right in front of us. We can open to the Power of new Life, of Regeneration, of Budding and Blossoming. Even in sadness, grief and anger, Beauty is here. Even in …

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THE GIFTS OF PLANTS

nettlerich

LATE SPRING 2021 -

Where we live, in southern Sweden and Denmark, this time of year is bursting with the bounty of nature. All around, Life is wild and vital, bringing the verdant Green back into being. Trees are unfolding their leaves, opening to the Sun. Flowers and plants stretch up, with the joy of growing into fullness and receiving blessings from Rain. 

There is an old Swedish saying: if you can keep going until the Nettles come, you will survive. In older days, when a long hard Winter m…

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SHAMANISM AS A SPIRITUAL PRACTICE

sunstump

SPRING 2015 -

The days are getting longer and I feel very excited about the courses and retreats we are offering this year. When I first learned to practice shamanism it was presented to me as a set of techniques that could help me and others. I could see this was a powerful and good way, but gradually I began to sense it was not the whole story. There was more to shamanism than techniques.

It has taken a long time, but shamanism is now the heart and soul of my life. It informs everything I do…

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MEGIN - Life Power and Spring Energy

nakedtrees

SPRING 2021 - by ANNETTE HØST

Every naked spring, on the very day when the Sun for the first time has Power to really warm me through and make my cheeks glow, the old Nordic word MEGIN springs up in my consciousness, because it so precisely expresses the energy that bursts forward. In the Sun, the Earth, the Light, the Tree - in Everything.

The concept of megin has inspired me since I first came across it in Folke Ström's old "Nordic Paganism - Faith and Customs in Pre-Christian Times"(Nordisk…

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FUTURE VISION

brilliantbeeches

LATE SPRING 2020 -

As we move into the next phase of this special time, it can be helpful to consider – after all you have experienced these weeks, where are you now? What has changed? What do you want to leave behind? What do you want to bring with you? What is your deepest wish for what we are about to step into as we cross the coming thresholds?

As many countries begin to open up, it can be tempting to “go back to normality”, even in small ways in our daily lives. When we are tired or worn …

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MEGIN - om LivsKraften

nakedtrees

TIDLIG FORÅR 2021 - af ANNETTE HØST

Hvert nøgent forår, på netop den dag hvor Solen for første gang har kraft til at varme mig rigtig igennem og give mig glødende kinder, så springer det gamle nordiske ord "Megin" op i min bevidsthed, fordi det så præcist udtrykker den kraft der vælder frem. I Solen, Jorden, Lyset, Træet, Alting.

Begrebet megin har inspireret mig siden jeg først traf på det i Folke Ström’s gamle ”Nordisk Hedendom – Tro och Sed i Förkristen Tid”. Han præsenterer megin som den i…

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NAKED BEFORE CHANGE

nakedtrees

FEBRUARY 2021 -

Sometimes we stand naked before change
All of our leaves gone, our defenses down
with what we have left, pared away 
to our most essential being in this moment
our past our present our future boiling 
inside us, becoming who we are born to be

Sometimes we stand together, within reach of one another
Finding support in the swaying branches of our kin
The wind sweeps us clean, bending not breaking
The rain anoints, releasing our thirst
The sun warms the roots to awaken power
The e…

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