As you explore the path of the Modern Heathen, have you ever wished there was a place you could go and learn many of the cultural arts of our Northern ancestors, (not just in a magical/faith context) by learning our Ancestors time proven ways of doing practical crafts and skills? Cultural Arts like herbalism, metal smithing, wilderness skills, spinning and weaving, animal husbandry, mead making, and so many more daily activities were essential for our forbearers survival. It was a way of life in the rugged landscapes of Northern world, and our ancestors took pride in being accomplished in many of these dying arts.
My intention is to have in one place, easy access to portals where you can reclaim these cultural arts, crafts, and skills thereby living your faith as a heathen by immersion in day to day activities that have a use, as well as a connection to those people who have handed down to share the Cultural Arts with us. We as modern folk, should come to know our legacy and Germanic/ Teutonic heritage by re-instating some of these ancient life skills. In doing so we keep vibrant the notion of honoring our wondrous Northern Gods by actually ‘living ‘our practice with our hands, as well as our hearts.
Enjoy your journey, and check back often, as new skill sets will be added as soon as they become available!
Ivy Mulligan, 21st Century Heathen, Gythia, Völva, seiðkona, and a reclaimer of the old ways.
I have been a practicing Heathen and Priestess since the early 1980’s; and I have had the honor of meeting, knowing and working with some of the early pioneers~ not only in the Goddess Movement, but also in the US Heathen reconstructionist faith.
The resurgence in the past 10 years of folks being called to the path of our Asatru faith has brought to the forefront a need for a merging of modern pagan techniques and crafting, with the staunch Reconstructionist traditions. There is a collective drive to implement our sacred Lore and the wisdom of our ancestors with the effectual Spá practices of today.
I grew up in the Adirondack Mountains, the remote high peaks region of northern New York. I am an avid outdoor enthusiast, an instructor of wilderness survival, a naturalist, herbalist, Reiki Master, Crystal therapist and certified Life Coach. I work with NOLS and teach outdoor survival, as well as advanced first aid. I have participated as a leader, healer and Priestess in the pagan community since 1995.
Walking the path of a Northern Shaman, I became initiated as a Master Core Shaman and was taught a Sami form of Core Shamanism by the late Alio Gaup from 2010-2012. I was introduced to the arts of the Seið-practitioner in 2005 by a Völva from Norway. I became a Gythia within a local Norse Heathen-Pagan Group, and performed many public blots, rites of passage and oversaw many teaching Circles from 1998 till today. I first found the Troth, then discovered The Asatru Community, Inc. last year. I have written a couple of books, and somehow, I got the privilege of helping to create the Clergy Training Program for TAC. After a time, I was then asked to be Director Of Religious Affairs (DORA) which I adore. Myself and my long time Spiritual Sister run the 21st Century Heathen and the Germanic/Teutonic Center for Cultural Arts web sites which promotes the memory, use, and re-constructing practices of our Ancestors way of living -transposed on a modern high-tech world; thereby ensuring the continuing evolution, of our cultural heritage arts.
My lifestyle of living close to the natural world as well as my dedication to the Earth Spiritualism lead me to become an active Heathen steward in the protection and furtherance of our planet and its future. I am a landscaper, master gardener and plant whisperer. Currently myself, my husband, and our dog Basil, live in western Washington.