The staff and cup come from two traditions: the suits of courageous fire and loving water in the tarot, and the ways of my Northern European ancestors. Offering a soothing cup of ale to travelers was a traditional sign of welcome in Slavic and Norse lands.
Wandering holy women, known as seidhkona and volva, carried a staff as a sign of their office. I continue their tradition by teaching seidhr – the art of Norse trance magic – as Odin himself taught me.
The Norse God of inspiration, wisdom and magic, Odin, also carries a staff or spear. A cup or bowl is also the symbol of Sigyn, Goddess of loyalty, friendship and devotion (pictured on the banner above).
As a seer seeking wisdom, I wander the woods and wilds of the spirit realm, painting and writing about my journeys. Most of all, I want to share the love and beauty I’ve experienced, building bridges of trust between the realms.
Any counsel that I offer draws from a rich well of life experience: direct teaching from spirits, observation of the natural world, travel and study, and my career as a journalist, scriptwriter, artist, teacher and guest speaker at conferences and Heathen moots. I combine a B.A. in Storytelling Through the Arts from Hollins University with an extensive knowledge of myth, ancient literature and folklore to guide you.
In addition to my column and blog, my work has appeared in a supernatural-themed video game (VIE), journals and websites devoted to spirituality (Sacred Hoop, Idunna, Oak Leaves (the journal of Ár nDraíocht Féin: A Druid Fellowship, Odin’s Gift), several issues of literary magazines Mythic Delirium, Jabberwocky and Eternal Haunted Summer, Mirror Dance, Rogue Particles and New Realm, multiple books from the polytheistic press Bibliotheca Alexandrina, and received a Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror award.