KornuKopia Gathering 2013

The KornuKopia Gathering is a festival for Pagans, Heathens and their friends to celebrate the last bounty of the Summer and the Turning of the Wheel of the Year into Fall, honouring the Gods in mirth and reverence. This is the fourth time this Harvest celebration will be taking place. The festival features the ceremonial burning of a massive sculpted offering, to honour the harvests of the year and give thanks for blessings already on their way. The event also includes workshops by community members, a concert, celebration around the bonfire, and a communal thanksgiving potluck meal called the Feast of the Folk.

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Registration

This year everyone gets the pre-registration rate! Cost (including taxes) to attend is $75 per adult for the weekend, $30 per child (7-15), and sproglings are free (6 and under). A day pass for adults is $30 and for children is $15. Hydro is an optional extra, for an added $12 per night. Cabin accommodation is available for an extra $15 per night, but should be booked early, as space is limited. To make your registration happen faster, please print out and complete the registration form.

Check out the group event on Facebook or join up with the Facebook page.

Program

This is a preliminary draft, so things may change a bit. All times are in Pagan Standard Time (P.S.T.), and are thus “–ish.” Items in parentheses indicate probable location.

Friday, September 13

All Day Registration & Set Up Camping

5 to 6 Supper (Y.A.G.)

8:30 p.m. Welcome Ritual (Standing Stone)

9 p.m. Chat, Sing, and Socialize (Hearth Fire)

Saturday, September 14

All Day Personal Offerings for “The Burning” (Drum Fire)

10 to 11 2nd Breakfast (Y.A.G.)

5 to 6 Supper (Y.A.G.)

9 a.m. Fishing: Harvest the River (meet at Beach)

10 a.m. Walk on the Wildside (Rookery)

11 a.m. Find Meaning and Purpose (Rookery) (90 minutes)

1 p.m. Seven Grandfathers Teaching (Rookery)

2 p.m. Oneness Drumming (Raven Stage)

3 p.m. Bulls and Bullshit (Rookery)

4 p.m. Euchre Tourney (Rookery)

6 p.m. IO Unplugged [Concert] (Raven Stage)

8:30 p.m. The Burning [Main Ritual] (Birch Grove & Drum Fire)

10 p.m. Drum, Dance, and Celebrate (Drum Fire)

Sunday, September 15

10 to 11 2nd Breakfast (Y.A.G.)

9 a.m. Floral Wreath Making (Rookery)

10 a.m. Pagan Swap Meet (Rookery)

11 a.m. Bows and Axes (Archery Field)

12 p.m. Reinventing the Wheel (Rookery)

1 p.m. Harvest Season Herb Walk (Meet @ Rookery)

2 p.m. Three Mohawk Myths (Raven Stage)

3 p.m. Apple Mystery (Rookery)

4 p.m. Feast of the Folk [Farewell Ritual] (Rookery or Diagonal Alley)

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Workshop and Ritual Descriptions

“The Burning” (Main Ritual) (with MA, Auz, Jock MacGregor, the Folk) – We celebrate the turning of the Wheel of the Year into Fall; as the leaves turn their colours, as the sky darkens to nigh, as the Summer licks the vaults of heaven as a final flame. Each year at the KornuKopia Gathering our main ritual has featured the ceremonial burning of a communal offering; first a Bull and then a Boar. The folk put personal offerings into the wicker effigy as thanks for blessings already on their way, to express the gratitude of each individual personal harvest. And our designated Champion speaks to the Goddess on behalf of the Folk at the ritual. In this fourth year of the gathering we have a mysterious modification to this traditional Fall ceremony. This year the effigy will be new. This year the ritual will evolve. This year, again, we burn … we burn … we burn … for we give thanks for blessings already on their way.

Apple Mystery (with Myst) – We think of the apple as the symbol of the Goddess, of Her wisdom and beauty. This sacred fruit has been revered by many ancient faiths and demonstrates our connectedness to all life. We have a responsibility to learn and understand the Natural World, thereby gaining understanding of ourselves and our place in the Natural World. Come learn about the hidden message of this sacred fruit …

Bows and Axes (with Gypsy Birch and Friends) – Depending on the weather, we will have a scheduled time to shoot arrows and fling axes. Feel free to attend if you are a beginner with no equipment or an expert with your own equipment. We can show you how! (There is a material fee of $5 should you loose or brake an arrow.)

Bulls and Bullshit: What the Ancients Really Burned in Those Fires (with Juniper Jeni and Angela Grey) – Let’s face it: burning things is fun. All good ritual leaders know that throwing up an effigy or two is a great way to liven up an otherwise boring rite or holiday. The Ancients must have thought so too; after all, burning things at the drop of a hat a well-established aspect of ancient Pagan practice, isn’t it? Well, sort of. Many ancient peoples used fire in their rites, but what they burned, and why, varied widely across time and culture. Join us for a discussion of how and why fire was used in ritual throughout history, and how those practices have influenced our modern world.

Euchre Tourney (with Kalla) – Euchre is a trick-taking card game, usually played with four people. It is easy to learn, fun, a test of wits, reflects the fire festival spokes of the Wheel of the Year, and can be played with Tarot cards. How about a game?

Finding Meaning and Purpose: What is the Path to the Best Life? (with Michel & Pamela Daw) – What is the path to best life? What really matters? What can make us truly happy? In this presentation, we will look at how the ancient Stoics answered these important questions. We will discuss how the Stoics determined what really matters in life, and how this ties into why we are here. What goals should we be walking towards? We then introduce the importance of virtues to the Stoics and discuss what the good life is really all about. We will examine some ancient spiritual exercises, practices of reflection, connection and engagement, in order to better achieve Serenity in our everyday lives. Marking our journey, and mapping out our path, will help us to keep our goals in mind, even when the fog of the urgent obscures our way. (90 minutes)

Fishing: Harvest the River (with Gypsy) – Come fish with Gypsy on the Bonnechere River as we attempt to respectfully harvest local animals for the Feast of the Folk. Gypsy knows this river well and can teach anyone how to angle. Some gear is available to borrow, so complete newcomers are welcome.

Floral Wreath Making (with Dot) – [Description to come.]

Folk Feast (with the Folk) – For millennium the main form of spiritual communion of our ancestors has been the sharing of a meal. At the Feast of the Folk we end the KornuKopia Gathering by sharing a meal with one another, with the ancestors, and the gods, in honour of the Fall season and all it brings. Please bring an item to share at this potluck feast, as well as your own ‘feast gear’ (dishes, cutlery, etc.). Raven’s Knoll staff will be making a pre-contact, Iroquoian-style Three Sisters Stew and Fur Trade era bannock, as their contribution.

Harvest Season Herb Walk (with Laurie Benson) – Mid-September is traditionally the time of Harvest, and many plants are ripe for the present consumption or for preserving. But how do we know which are ready and which are not, or which should be plucked in the Winter or Spring? Roots and barks and fungi have different energies than blossoms, leaves, fruits and seeds. As you walk Raven’s Knoll with Laurie Benson at this time of Harvest, let’s fill our Kornukopia of knowledge (and maybe harvest a few plants to fill our literal Kornukopia) identifying those that are our best allies at this time of the year and those that can be preserved for the coming Winter season.

IO Unplugged (with IO) – IO is the cosmic orbit of musicians David Wolfsong Hutchinson, Debbi Earthsong Hutchinson, Evelore Willowsong and Rikki Bardsong LaCoste. At times, you will be swept away or lulled by a haunting melody, and other times compelled to jump up and move your body to the rhythm. Their repertoire includes traditional Native songs, Pagan anthems, ancient Sanskrit mantras, traditional southern mountain music, their own original material, and many more, both high energy and emotionally moving.

Oneness Drumming (with Rikki LaCoste and David Wolfsong) – Bring out your hand drums to learn and share in some musical spirit! Sound bowls, jingle bells, rattles, tambourines, shakers … are all welcome, as Rikki LaCoste and David Wolfsong guide the group through some rhythms, illustrate the basics of drum anatomy, drum voice, the spirituality of rhythm and trance, and offer other helpful tips. This is a “Oneness” circle where all contribute to the rhythm conversation in their own unique way, and be One with the group. With drumming, as in so many other aspects of our interaction with the world, we have a dialogue. We listen, and have a conversation with each other. Each participant is also welcome to contribute to the conversation with their voice, as the group drums and sings some sacred chants and other wonderful sounds. There is a role for everyone who wishes to express themselves within the Oneness of the rhythm. We believe that everyone can experience the most ancient forms of expression, and you are invited to come and be one – all levels are welcome!

Pagan Swap Meet (with Melissa Holly Wright) – Reduce, reuse … renew for the Winter. After the fun and success of the Pagan Swap at the Kaleidoscope Gathering, Melissa has decided to hold another at KKG. The idea is fairly simple; bring any gently used items of Pagan interest you want to passed on to a good home (books, clothes, candles, cards, scarves, etc.). An informal, auction-style event will take place, to re-home them with others. Basically, the first person who puts their hand up gets the item. If there is more than one person who wants the item, the ‘duellists’ roll dice for it and the higher number gets the loot. (No money changes hands, folks.) Items can be brought directly to the swap with you or dropped off at a box at Fey Camp.

Reinventing the Wheel (with Pamela Fletcher) – Even though we all follow different paths as Canadian Pagans we experience the seasons and celebrate on the same land. However, a lot of our rituals are based in Indo-European traditions which follow a drastically different seasonal pattern. So, celebrating the first of Spring at Imbolg is a little well “odd” for most of us. In this discussion we will take a look at our Sabbats and Celebrations and see if we can adapt our rites to reflect the land we live on.

Seven Grandfathers Teaching (with Skip Ross) – Join Algonquin Elder, Skip Ross, for a teaching explaining the Seven Grandfathers. [More description to follow.]

Three Mohawk Myths (with Austin “Auz” Lawrence) – Auz will be telling three Mohawk myths inspired by the Fall season and the heritage of his wife and children; “The Creation,” “The Bear Hunt,” and “The Three Sisters.” The myths are appropriate for all ages and will be followed by a brief discussion of the spiritual themes and pre-contact Iroquoian horticulture.

Walk on the Wildside: Paganism and Primal Human Nature (with Drew Thomson) Journey back to a time where we were still wild and free. As we look at the basics of our inner beast. Is there room in our modern lives to let our instincts go and be wild again. Are we really that far away from the animals we live with or have hunted in the past? Join me in discussion, and visual journey with and open mind to a new way of looking at ourselves.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I vend?

Yes, and there is no extra charge. See the Kaleidoscope Gathering vendors’ page for more information, basically the same rules apply. The most important thing to know is that you need proof of insurance.

Can I bring my pet?

It is possible, but only so long as it is preapproved by Maryanne Pearce. Contact her early to find out.

Why is the KornuKopia Gathering so amazing?

Three reasons: 1) Because awesome people attend; 2) Because we burn large sculptures; 3) Because we get to celebrate the Harvest season together as a community at Raven’s Knoll.

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Challenge of the Stag King 2013

Greg Currie, Stag King 2013

Greg Currie, Stag King 2013

A tradition at the Kaleidoscope Gathering is the Stag King ritual.  In this annual men’s mystery ritual the ritual participants undertake a number of grueling trials that test physical, mental and spiritual attributes of the contestants.  At the end of each ritual the ghosts of former Stag Kings select the next year’s King on behalf of the Kaleidoscope community.  The Young Stag then ceremonial ‘kills’ the Old Stag, to reign for a year until he too shall fall in battle to complete the cycle.  Each Stag King has discovered a charge or quest that the role awakens in his soul.  The Stag King for 2013, Greg Currie, here shares his challenge with the entire Pagan community:

Challenge Of The Stag King (by Greg Currie, Stag King 2013)

Thank you to Jean Sébastien Daunais our recently fallen Stag King for his year of service as our Stag King.  Thank you as well to all the men that competed in this year’s Stag King competition who competed with strength, honour, and tenacity; it was an honour to watch each of my brothers rise to the challenges set before them.  I look forward to next year’s competition to see the men of our community aspire to the best ideals of the Stag King and to finally face one of those men on the beach of the Bonnechere River where they will challenge me to become my successor.

What is the Stag King?  To me, the Stag King is a symbol and ideal within the community of strength, cunning, vitality, creativity, and wisdom.  Each year’s Stag King brings forth different virtues and strengths to inspire and strengthen our community.  I am an archer, a fencer, a leather crafter, a poet, a priest, a musician, a father, and loving companion to a wonderful woman with which I share my life.  Out of my strengths, I have thought deeply over what theme and focus I would like to inspire greatness within our community during my time as Stag King…

Heroes.  This year’s Kaleidoscope Gathering theme was heroes.  My hero from the last year is without question Malala Yousafzai.  Malala is a young Pakistani woman who, at the young age of 11, fought for and promoted the right of women to education despite the danger this caused to her life under Taliban rule.  In 2012, masked Taliban gunmen stopped and entered her school bus where they shot her in the head and left her for dead.  After her recovery, this incredibly brave young woman stood before the United Nations even more resolute in seeking education for all the children of the world.  These challenges and achievements would certainly have be monumental for a full-grown adult with a lifetime of experience and knowledge, but for such a young woman…the overcoming of her obstacles as a child makes her achievements all the more heroic.  Her nobleness and bravery are an icon of inspiration that we can all aspire to.

One of the most vulnerable parts of our community are our children.  The youth of their bodies and minds does not yet match the strength and resourcefulness possessed by our adults.  But that does not mean that they lack any of the potential to be noble or heroic.  In fact, the heroic nature of the achievements of our children may well surpass our own despite having accomplished the same goals as them.  How much higher is a hill to a small child and the strength needed to climb it compared to an adult?  How much more frightening is the threat of a danger or fear of the unknown to a child without the life experience of an adult?  How much more profound can the innocence and love of a child be in guiding their actions?  How much more tragic can their losses be compared to us who are older?  A hero is someone who rises above his or her limitations to overcome a great obstacle or make a great sacrifice.  In that sense, our community’s children hold the potential to be heroes just as much as you or I do.

Here is my challenge to you.

Inspire our children to be heroes.  Give them the support, opportunities, and tools to be heroes.

Recognize the heroic achievements of our children.  Take the time to watch and understand the achievements of our children, and speak to them in recognition of those achievements.  A kind word of recognition to a child is a wonderful reward that can encourage and inspire them to continue in being bigger and better people as they grow.

Be a heroic role model.  Aspire to be a heroic role model to our children and exemplify the best of humanity through compassion, strength, creativity, and wisdom.  Our children look to us to teach them through our actions and words, let us be mindful of that responsibility and inspire them in our daily lives.

As we grow old and pass on, we will leave this world and our descendants in the care of our children.  Our understanding and support can inspire our children to rise above their limitations to be heroes, just as our neglect or personal failings can drive them to become monsters.  Centuries from now, let people speak of us as a heroic and noble people who cared for our children, community, and land.

Hail to the folk!

Hail to the Stag King!

Greg Currie, Pagan bard

Greg Currie, Pagan bard

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Monocerosdrome

At the Kaleidoscope Gathering 2013 the theme is “Heroes.” In our modern times the mass media makes people who are successful at professional sports into “sports heroes” and “legends.” But, what have they really done? Has their strength or agility saved lives, like warriors of old? Has their achieved fame given momentum to honorable causes or are their lives examples of virtues to live by? In Pagan Ancient Greece and Rome, sport was raised to a religious ideal vaunted in rituals such as the Olympics, the Arena, and the Hippodrome. These communal events were originally religious rituals, but became ceremonial spectacles that could also vault mere mortals into the stratosphere of fame inhabited by the demigods, much like modern sporting ‘heroes.’

blue and green

In Ancient Rome and in the late Roman Empire, in Byzantium, the chariot races that took place at the Hippodrome were particularly known for their raucous nature and the extreme fame of the drivers who risked life and limb for their adoring fans, or ‘factions.’ These factions became something of a cross-between political parties, sports clubs, and hooligan street gangs. After Christianity arrived, the faction teams – called by their colours, the Greens or the Blues – would ride in support of political movements that endorsed rather esoteric theological positions, such as to what degree Christos was human or divine, for instance.

At the Kaleidoscope Gathering 2013, our chariots will be pulled by Unicorns! Since we are a modern magickal folk unicorns seemed much more appropriate.

Unicorn 101: The Ancient Greeks identified unicorns as being part of the natural world, calling them Monoceros, or one horned. The beasts were mythologized during the Middle Ages where they gained magical properties and became the stuff of legend; where only pure maidens could tame them and their horns could neutralize poisons.

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Unicorn 102: In our modern times unicorns are used as fun symbols of magical thinking suitable for children, particularly marketed to girls. There are cute unicorn My Little Pony(tm) dolls and the atheist movement has taken on ‘The Invisible Pink Unicorn‘ as a meme to represent the illogic of deism. Unicorns are happy, non-threatening, sparkly, awesomeness rolled-up in a rainbow-wrapped bundle.

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Unicorn 202: Britain and the United States have a number of atheist summer camps established as an antidote to the explosion of evangelical church camps. They seek to open up children’s minds to free thinking, rather than program them into the faith-fear dichotomy of the heaven-hell paradigm. One way they do this is have children search for the Invisible Pink Unicorn in the woods. Now, of course, small children do see the Unicorn (and sometimes even step in its poop), but older children learn a lesson about using sensory observation and logic in preference to emotions and magical thinking. Well … many Pagans say: ‘Why loose the innocence of youth? Why not enchant our universe with a magical world view? By truly being open to all emotional experiences of the world, not just cold logic, we can engage with the full breath of reality.’ So, some of us adults do see the Unicorns when we dare to look, be Unicorn metaphoric or not.

unicorn and lion

Unicorn 301: The symbol of the unicorn is not all shiny horns and prancing on rainbows. There is also an occult side to unicorns. In medieval occult and later hermetic lore unicorns are featured, too. The unicorn is either a billy goat or a stallion with a single horn, or some combination of the two. The billy goat perfumes his beard with his own ejaculate and the stallion mounts a herd of fillies or serves as a traveling companion by being a vehicle of hot, tensioned muscle rubbing between one’s thighs while riding (or ‘getting you there’). The meaning of the single phallic horn is quite obvious even to someone who isn’t a Freudian or Jungian psychologist. This clear symbol of masculine sexuality and male power is what is tamed by the virtuous maiden in medieval myth. It is by her extreme virtue – modesty and virginity – that the male sexual energy is tamed. Conversely, the symbol of the chivalric knight vanquishing the lion is a similar symbol of virtue – restraint and chastity – taming the female sexual energy, represented by the vagina dentata of the maned lion’s maw. This is why in hermetic alchemical symbolism the matched unicorn and lion can represent the heirogamos, the divine union of opposing forces, a ying-yang of life forces expressed through an oblique sexual metaphor. Now as modern Pagans we shed the patriarchal repressive sexual morality of the anti-body, medieval Christian ethos. (And, really, a maiden goes off into the woods by herself and meets up with her repressed image of sexual energy?! We know what is really going on!) So, people, reclaim the Unicorn!

These threads and strands of lore get all mashed up together in the Monocerosdrome, because that is what a kaleidoscope does with all of those wonderful shards of light. However, there is still one element to add … what the factions need to cheer for. There are two dominant strands to theological debate amongst Pagans, Heathens and other Magickal folks; whether or not the divine – gods, spirits, ghosts, mythological beings, what have you – are creations of the human mind or exist apart from it, if they are transcendent ideals and individual personalities or immanent symbols in nature and overlapping archetypal patterns. These are our esoteric factional debates. So cheer for your team (or both):

The Blues: The gods are transcendent personalities that exist independent of human consciousness. Transcendent! Transcendent! Transcendent!

The Greens: The gods are immanent archetypes that exist as extensions of human consciousness. Immanent! Immanent! Immanent!

See you at the Monocerosdrome!

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Marie-Christine Perron (M.C.)

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M.C. originally hails from Montréal, Québec and moved to the ever growing town of Innisfil, Ontario back in 2000. (Qui prend mari prend pays!) Her first brush with the Heathen gods was around 1995 when she was part of a local ADF proto-grove and then found them again years later through her husband, Andy and the luring appeal of the runes. She is interested in all aspects of Heathenry, and books on various Heathen subjects can be found in her library, or her Kobo reader, or her smartphone.

M.C. has been deeply involved in the Heathen and Pagan community in Southern Ontario and Quebec for over 20 years. She is a gythia in her community and a founding member of the Wayfarers’ Kindred. She has run the Barrie Pagan Pub Moon for many years, is a key organizer within SiMuCOR (Simcoe-Muskoka Coalition of Old Religions), and is part of the Tribal Hearth Council. She also holds a B.Sc. in Anthropology from the Université de Montréal. M.C. still lives in Innisfil with her husband and her unruly pugs, where she volunteers as Communications Person at her local library and takes karate lessons. M.C. will be assisting Brynn as a secondary officiate at the blót to Frigg at this year’s Hail and Horn Gathering.

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Jade Pichette

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Jade Pichette is a Heathen living in Toronto, Ontario, but was born and raised in Ottawa. She has been Heathen for over five years after having first met the local Heathen community at Midgard Festival.  Before that she was raised a Witch by her mother and until finding the Heathen community she practiced a mixture of hedgewitchery, kitchen witchery and Goddess worship.  She is considers herself a tribalist Heathen and sees herself as closer to the Vanir in particular Freyr, Freyja and Nerthus.  Since that first Midgard however, Jade has become active in the local Heathen and Pagan communities acting as Lorekeeper of Rúnatýr Kindred from 2009-2012, acting as an on again off again Raven’s Knoll volunteer and often giving workshops or helping with ceremonies at Midgard, Kaleidoscope Gathering and Hail and Horn Gathering.  Her hobbies including mead brewing, drumming, and storytelling.

Jade left Rúnatýr Kindred in 2012 to pursue higher education at Ryerson University in Toronto where she is completing her Master of Social Work.  She is currently focusing on her thesis Passing Through Divinity: An Anti-Oppressive Ethnography of Trans Women and Religion.  Yet, she has far from left the Heathen community and has started to hold symbels and blots at her home in Toronto and continues to act as the herald of the Procession of Nerthus every Midgard Festival.  At the last Hail and Horn Gathering she acted as the oath taker for all those who entered the and, this year again she will help our Gyðia Brynja in taking the oaths of all who enters and Heralding for our the Queen of Asgard, Frigg.

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Martin Heitshu

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Martin Heitshu discovered Heathenry quite by accident in 2008 while researching Germany’s Externstein.  Although he acknowledges that there are no accidents, he is quite content to live with the apparent contradiction. A founding member of the bilingual Monteregion Clan des Neuf Montagnes/Nine Mountains Kindred he is an avid cyclist and hiker.

Martin’s long interest in genealogy has led him to discover his deep paternal roots on this continent stretching back many generations to when his Palatine ancestor stepped off the good ship Mortonhouse in Philadelphia in 1728.  His maternal roots and birthplace in North Rhine-Westphalia combined with his paternal Palatine roots contributed to the conviction that Germanic Heathenry was the spiritual path best suited for him.

Martin is honoured to represent his kindred and the greater Heathen community as Thyle for the second year running.

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Brynn Hultquist

Mother Brynn with Gingers

As a busy health advocate* and mother of five, it’s a wonder where she finds the time to delve into the spirituality of her Heathen practice. Coming into the public community five years ago, Brynn has enveloped the nature and spirit of community, serving to live the wisdom and virtues of the Old Gods and her ancestors.  A core aspect of her practice is to choose a virtue to study at the turning of each new year and she strives to incorporate the lore in child-friendly ways.

She has had the opportunity to serve as gythia for several blots, most recently including the raising of the Odin god-pole in the inaugural year of Hail and Horn, and a baby naming ceremony within the community.  Brynn also undertakes the role of gythia at the Procession of Nerthus, held each May during Midgard Festival, and has done so for each of its four years running.  When she’s not buried nose-deep in her Chartered Herbalism program, you can find Brynn and her family at any festival under their family banner, “Yggurd Kynslóð.”

* Check out Brynn’s awesome blog “Lupus Interrupted.”

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Tracy Thillmann

Tracy

Tracy joined the greater pagan community about 8 years ago.  After running through the Ottawa Pagan Schola program as a student and trying to find her path she discovered her place in Thornhaven Grove, an Ár nDraíocht Féin (ADF) group with a mix of Celtic and Norse ‘hearth cultures,’ as the lorekeeper, and one of the ritual leaders of the grove.   Having followed a Scottish Celtic path for many years she has recently felt the urge to explore the Heathen path, and her Germanic family roots.  In keeping with desire to get back to more of the older traditions she has taken to learning loom weaving, and looks forward to adding drop spindle to her list of hobbies, which include knitting, cross-stitching, playing the bagpipes and playing a mean game of pool.

As a water baby she is often found in the water splashing about in the hot days of summer.  She has helped out at Kaleidoscope Gathering and other festivals by leading workshops with her hubby, and is always up for helping newbies find their way around.  She looks forward to helping out with this year’s Hail and Horn Gathering as the as Warden of the Feast, coordinating the food for the husel feast.

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Shane Hultquist (Víðar)

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Shane has been a Heathen for many years now and found his way to Heathenry through a Wiccan group in Ottawa.  After discovering his heritage fell back to Sweden, he decided to visit and participate in an archaeological dig.  He has many hobbies that keep him busy from photography, fibre crafts (knitting and nålbinding) and, best of all, the brewing of fine beers.  The brewer of the ale used for the Blot and Sumbel of the first Hail and Horn Gathering he will once again be plying his craft for the Gods at Hail and Horn 2013.

He not only gifts brewed goodness to the attendees at the Hail and Horn Gathering, but also provides web support for Kaleidoscope Gathering and Ravens Knoll.  During the day he masquerades as a government IT worker when he truly wants to be taking photos and playing Kubb.

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Húsel Feast Menu for HHG 2013

Wendish Cold Soup

A buttermilk soup with smoked cottage cheese, garlic, cucumber and radish

Breads & Smear

Black rye loaf, light rye bread, and wheaten rolls

Spreads of leek-cream and apple-flesh (a ‘butter’ of apples and bacon)

Seethed Ox

Joints of beef braised in ale and onions, seasoned with wildcrafted herbs

Seethed Duck

Jointed duck braised in cider, with turnip and onions

Sharp Cabbage

Butter-fried cabbage with juniper and caraway, with cider vinagrette

Caithness Frumenty

Thick savory porridge of toasted coarse oats and seasonings

Klinger

Twisted fry-cookies glazed with cardamom honey

Sarklander Cakes

Dates sweets made with walnuts, spiced with cloves and pepper

Ale 

A gift, freely given; one to another

Switchel

A chilled honey-drink flavoured with cider vinegar

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