The next festival on my 2010 schedule will be Sirius Rising, held at the Brushwood Folklore Center near Sherman, New York from July 12th-18th. I’m looking forward to this festival, although I will not be able to attend for the entire week. I plan to arrive on Monday evening, and will probably need to leave Thursday evening.
If you are attending Sirius Rising, here is my tentative schedule of presentations:
RUNIC WARDING (Tuesday, June 13th, 11:00 am) Use insight gleaned from the lore of the Anglo-Saxon rune poem for protection. Learn when and how to employ runic warding. In this workshop we will explore the defensive runes and their nature, and discuss how to evoke their power. It is recommended that workshop participants bring notebook and pen.
THE MARTIN RUNE DECK (Wednesday, July 14th, 4:00 pm) Author Alaric Albertsson will talk about his role in developing the Martin Rune Deck. This deck of 33 cards beautifully illustrates the mysteries of the Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem, giving life to the poem’s descriptive verse while simultaneously remaining true to the lore therein. Time permitting, Albertsson will give a few quick rune readings at the end of the presentation.
SPIRIT ALLIES (Thursday, July 15th, 4:00 pm) We share our world not only with other living, incarnate creatures, but also with an array of spirits. These were known to the Saxons and their descendants as elves, dwarves, púcan, woodwoses, boggarts, moss-wives and brownies. Building relationships with your “good neighbors” can be a rewarding part of your personal spiritual practice. In this workshop Alaric Albertsson will discuss the following:
* Various spirit manifestations and how they relate to humankind.
* First steps in approaching your good neighbors.
* How to attract house elves and elicit their good will.
* Connecting with spirits through trance and meditation.
* When good elves go bad: spiritual self-defense.
Learn how to approach and establish positive relationships with these transcendent beings!
All three presentations will take place at the Runestead, a small section of the campsite dedicated to the Germanic gods and goddesses.