Scott Mohnkern, author of “A Year of Viking Ritual” and “Hanging From the Tree: Living With the Runes” , has been a practicing heathen for over 20 years, and has been teaching for over 15. Scott loves to help people understand the heathen gods, and heathen philosophy. He has been teaching classes at Free Spirit Gathering for over a decade.
He is currently working on his new book “Ancient Values For a Modern Age” as well as working closely with the Mid-Atlantic Spae team. If you don’t find him socializing in front of his cabin, check merchants row, where he offers readings, and sells books.
Speak now, seeress, ’till said thou hast. Answer the asker ’till all he knows. . .” says the leader.
This form of divinatory practice involves the participants taking a guided journey to the entrance to Hel, then one person (the Seidr Kona or Madr) crosses into Hel for purposes of allowing the participants to ask questions of our ancestors, our gods and goddesses, and other beings.
The Mid-Atlantic Spae team was formed in 2016, and consists of a series of experienced spae practitioners that offer Spae work throughout the mid-atlantic. They have conducted rituals at past Sacred Space events, as well as Winter Finding and Vanir Fest at Thor’s Hollow in Virginia.
The leadership of the Mid-Atlantic Spae team consists of Laurel Mendes, Becky Sheehan, and Scott Mohnkern. All three have been giving lectures on variety of topics at pagan festivals for a number of years.
Basketball Court Pavilion, Saturday 3:00 pm
Feeling like the northern european gods are playing a place in your life? Maybe you are finding yourself drawn to celebrating the northern gods. Or perhaps you’re just want to know more about these colorful deities. In this workshop we will discuss the personalities of various of the northern deities, what they expect out of people who celebrate them, and the blessings they have to offer. Come and bring your own experiences, and your own questions in this roundtable like discussion. Basketball Court Pavilion, Wednesday 1:30 pm
Nine Noble Virtues Many in the Asatru faith follow a set of beliefs commonly called “The Nine Noble Virtues.” These virtues are moral and ethical practices that help us in conducting our everyday lives. Come and join us as we talk about the virtues, how they apply to modern society, and how they can help us as we live. We’ll discuss alternatives to these virtues as well. Basketball Court Pavilion, Friday 10:30 am
Blots: Come join us to celebrate the morning, and the gods, for a daily Blót. A blót is a Northern European ritual that is offered to a (usually) Northern European god or goddess in celebration of their blessings and their kinship. Come join us as we offer a horn of mead (or ale, or whatever is appropriate) each morning to celebrate the kinship of the god or goddess of the day. Bring your loudest toasting voice. Folks under 21 may attend, but not imbibe; if you’re not imbibing, there are options available, including kissing the horn or libating. As usual, we’ll Blót Thor on Tuesday evening (at the beginning of the Opening Sumbel). (Ritual; Ages 21+)
Upper Fire Circle, Every Morning 9:00 am
Sumbels: Sumbel is a Norse tradition of rounds of toasts to the gods, our ancestors, and ourselves. It’s a ritual where we not only become closer to our gods, but we also become closer to each other. On Tuesday, come join your fellow attendees, and get to know some of the folks you’ll be spending the rest of the week with. On Saturday, come celebrate your time at this FSG.People under 21 are welcome, but may not partake of the mead. Mead donations gratefully appreciated. (Ritual; Ages 21+)
Basketball Court Pavilion, Tuesday and Saturday Night, 10:00 pm