Introduction

In by Lore Wilson

In this one-day pre-recorded online workshop as we explore the relationships between myth, magic, man and nature from the Norse Tradition, through the symbol of the dragon, and guided by the oracle of the runes.

With Andrea Kornevall we will immerse ourselves into a rich living tradition from Scandinavia. We will use rune stones, stories, texts, folk-magic, sagas and world-literature to gain insight into the resilience in our own relationships, lives, ecology and community. The lesser known branches of the great World Tree (Yggdrasil) will be explored as we hear about reconciliation as a road to wisdom and the mythical underpinnings of climate change and its central relationship to grief.

Course Outline

During the course we will hear stories of the Northern Gods, alongside the Waelcyrigan, Scinan, Thurse, Orcneas, Pucelas, Regen, Werewulfas, Alaisiagae, Nicoras, Wyrms, Scuccan, Black dogs, Knuckers, Land Wights, Gnomes and Goblins – all local spirits that may be found live in the rivers, forests, meadows and hilltops in parts of the British isles and north of the Rhone and beyond.

Specifically we will be covering

  • The Norse Creation Myth and the story that lies at the heart of Norse Mythology: the Birth of Wisdom
  • Ritual: Exploring how reconciliation rituals can heal parts of ourselves and our greater community. We will hear about the development of the first memorial for extinct species: the Life Cairn.
  • Fylgja Dreaming: Understanding the animal totems from the Well of Memory, their gifts and purpose in our lives.
  • Discovering the Lost Gods of Wonder: Examining mythologies and folk-magic practices of England and Northern Europe.
  • Time as a Water Cycle: Orlog and Wyrd. The three Sisters.
  • Runes: Exploring the rich tradition of the runes with castings, spreads, rune-readings, bind-runes and working with sigils, insignias and personal emblems.

This sometimes blustery Northern tradition is a magical tradition at heart, containing practical “heritage” arts of creating runes, sigils and forming (elaborate and simple) rituals to the Gods and ancestors. The symbol that will guide our day will be the dragon. In ancient Northern Europe the dragon was a symbol for merging the underworld and upper-world. As the serpent descends into dark, difficult places to look for soul, the golden eagle ascends towards illumination to reveal spirit. When the serpent and golden eagle alchemically merge – the wisdom of the dragon is born. We will work and rediscover what it means to “descend,” (soul) and to “ascend,” (spirit) and get clear on the difference between these polarities.

The thousands of years old runic oracle will be alongside each step of this journey as an initiatory path for inner work and outer transformation.

All are welcome to join regardless of experience, sexuality, and cultural/spiritual background: the spirit is warm and always enthusiastically inclusive.

“Andreas Kornevall offers a powerful immersive experience of travelling into Norse mythology and Runic divination, food for both soul and intellect. Understanding Runic script as mythic symbols opens a door into the archetypes that inform all human existence, and Andreas’ deep knowledge and love for his subject is truly inspirational.”Professor Angela Voss, Christ Church University