This past weekend saw another successful Etinmoot. We had an amazing group of people present and as always, it was tremendously nourishing to be in the presence of those who share such loving devotion to the Holy Powers, all coming together for the purpose of celebrating and expressing it. We had quite a multi-national group too, one person coming all the way from the UK to join us and of course, House Sankofa brought its own lively crew. (A huge thank you to you all. I know your presence and support made the work of the weekend go incredibly smoothly and allowed for me to better honor Mani and the other Gods I love. I couldn't have done it half so effectively without y'all. You guys rock).
The gathering really got started on Thursday with a ritual by the sea to Ran, Aegir, and Their Nine daughters. I didn't attend that, as I and the Sankofa crew didn't arrive until late Friday, but I am told it went very well. Friday Raven Kaldera of Asphodel and Linda D. of Lokabrenna Kindred in Canada ran several workshops culminating in a dumb supper to Hela and the dead. Saturday began with my workshop on honoring the ancestors (focusing on what to do when you have difficult ancestors) followed by a workshop co-taught by Sannion and me on "working with "savage" Gods." Both were very well attended and everyone brought such good questions to the table that I felt like I walked away having learned quite a few things myself!
Mani honored us with His presence, and Odin even put in an appearance, (largely to remind everyone that He was Jotun-born and one might want to remember that when slamming the Jotnar). I am told by the ground crew involved that the Mani possession was just lovely and many people came up to speak with Him. He also took the time to answer questions sent in and posed by one of His attendants. (I had decided beforehand, and confirmed that this was ok through divination, that since Mani would be present, it was a perfect time to "kill two birds with one stone" and discharge the Mani oracle too). I left right after the Mani possession as this is exhausting work and I needed to rest (and my ground crew was wonderful--they got me fed, watered, and ready to travel in less than half an hour); however, I'm told that the party for Loki later that evening was a blast.
Sunday culminated with a ritual to Narvi and Vali where we made offerings at Their shrine and L. led us in a chant of remembrance for Sigyn's lost children. Most of us were bawling our eyes out during, as people shared their experiences and insights with these two Deities and then joined in the reverence and chanting. Then Etinmoot 2013 closed with a rite honoring Farbauti.
It was a wonderful weekend and many of us went home feeling refreshed and nourished spiritually. I want to thank everyone who attended--this is part of building cultus. This is part of building community and growing our tradition and reweaving those threads that were so long ago damaged and lost. This is sacred work and you all took it up beautifully. Thank you.
(Andy B., our visitor from the UK brought the huge Viking shield, shown in the photo here, to me as a gift to House Sankofa. It shows the sun and the moon being chased by the wolves Skoll and Hati respectively. it's magnificent and will be housed right under Mani's House altar as you can see here. Thank you, Andy. It really just blew my mind. What a powerful gift).