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From Imelda Almqvist's School of Sacred Art & Norse Shamanism

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Imelda Almqvist is an international teacher of shamanism and sacred art. Her book Natural Born Shamans: A Spiritual Toolkit For Life (Using shamanism creatively with young people of all ages) was published by Moon Books in 2016 and her second book Sacred Art: A Hollow Bone for Spirit (Where Art Meets Shamanism) will be published in March 2019.  She was a presenter on the Shamanism Global Summit in both 2016 and 2017 and is a presenter on Year of Ceremony with Sounds True. She divides her time between the UK, Sweden and the US. She is currently in the editing stages of her third book : Medicine of the Imagination: A Passionate Plea for Right Use of the Human Imagination and she has started her fourth book Evolving Gods: The Sacred Marriage of Tradition and Innovation

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Shamanic teacher, painter and author in the UK and the world

 Winter Nights December 2018

December is here and we are entering a period called Winter Nights in the Northern European Tradition, vetrnætr in Old Norse. In medieval Scandinavia vetrnætr referred to "the three days which begin the winter season". 

Þá skyldi blóta í móti vetri til árs, en at miðjum vetri blóta til gróðrar, hit þriðja at sumri, þat var sigrblót.

Extract: Autumn 2018 has brought some fascinating dialogues with students. Some people from the Netherlands (also Germany and Belgium) have flown in for my courses and that has opened a dialogue about roots, ancestors and honouring heritage. The following question was asked: could you imagine ever teaching in The Netherlands? Is there is region-specific material in the Northern European Tradition, meaning Germanic and Frisian material indigenous to the Netherlands and immediate surroundings? Will you ever teach indigenous shamanic material in the Netherlands, in the Dutch language? - These are the kinds of questions that knock me for six. Like any human being I like my comfort zone! I am well-versed in the Scandinavian material and I read a lot in Scandinavian languages as research for my courses and future books. I left The Netherlands nearly 30 years ago - but my fatherland and mother tongue have not left me... . It is now conceivable that one day I will act on this and put the material together in workshop form. 

DECEMBER 2018 NEWSLETTER

 Shamanic teacher, painter and author in the UK and the world

 Initiation Means Beginning, October 2018

The word Unknown contains the word "now"
- Words spirit gave me for a sacred art student recently

When falling, dive...
- Old saying

Extract: I cannot host experiences of initiation for others without constantly moving through initiations myself. Those journeys into the Unknown (being fully present to the Now) are often exhilarating, at times devastating and always (ultimately) liberating. I once posted the question on a global shamanic teacher group I belong to: do we shamanic teachers have the obligation to initiate our students? - My own answer will always be yes. If that puts you off - please choose a teacher who operates more within your comfort zone (but you are likely to learn considerably less!)

OCTOBER 2018 NEWSLETTER

 The Witches of Pendle Hill, July 2018

“All witches [völur] are descended from Widening Wolf 
All transsexual sorcerers [Seiðberendr] from the Tree of Intent 
All sorcerers [Seiðmennir] from Black Head”
-Maria Kvilhaug, Hyndluljóð, st. Poetic Edda 

There was an interesting development this week: an idea was floated on Facebook (by two of my  students: Katharine Lucy Haworth and Lyn Hill) that rather than only teaching my more innovative and exciting courses at Pendle Hill Quaker Retreat Centre just outside Philadelphia in the US - perhaps I need to made a pilgrimage to "the real Pendle Hill" (we will read this as "the original Pendle Hill" to avoid upset on the other side of the pond!)  in Yorkshire UK and teach a course there that honours the memories of the witches of the area (executed during the witch trials).

(UK) Pendle Hill is notorious for being a place where twelve accused witches lived in the 17th century. These twelve witches were accused of murdering ten people. They figured prominently in what is known as The Lancashire Witch Trials. One of the twelve accused Lancashire witches died during the trials. Ten were found guilty and executed by hanging and only one was found not guilty. The history of the witch trials has given the place an eerie atmosphere. A Bronze Age burial site has been discovered at the hill’s summit. 

JULY 2018 NEWSLETTER

 Moving Around The Wheel, May 2018

Extract: Once upon a time there was no division between astronomy and astrology, between chemistry and alchemy, between mathematics and numerology or sacred geometry. That division was imposed much later on in the history of western culture. I have sometimes wondered how it could be that an astrology chart is such an unique "cosmogram" - just thinking of how many people are born literally every moment, globally speaking. The issue is that only one person can be born at one specific place (point) on earth at one time. Even twins arrive with a time interval dividing them - meaning a slightly different chart. When a caesarian section is performed, they are lifted out one at a time - again with a small time lapse dividing them - meaning differences in their charts.

Guest article by astrologer Susan Rossi:

...I have described a few of the key movements you can see present in your chart, even if you know NOTHING about astrology!  There are, of course, many other movements and elements present that add clarity and depth.  However, even with no training, you can look at your map and sense what it shows you about the movement and focus present in the cosmic energies when you entered the world.  Your chart is a map, but how you travel it is the creation story of your life...

MAY 2018 NEWSLETTER

 The Holy Grail, April 2018

Are you willing to be a crucible for change and transmutation in our world?!

Extract: Over the centuries many scholars and mystics have arrived at different definitions of what the Holy Grail is or was. For me personally the crucial question is: What is the Holy Grail to you?!

For me, first and last, the Grail is a CRUCIBLE –  a sacred container for transformation and transmutation – the big question is: are we willing to make ourselves a crucible (sacred chalice or Holy Grail)?!

For much of 2016 and 2017 I was working intensely with a mysterious figure who called herself The Poison Mother.  She came to me in Sweden and became one of my key allies over time. Click on the picture to the left to see the art video!

APRIL 2018 NEWSLETTER

 True North, March 2018

Extract: One issue that came up in our "Soul" group was the question of black magic and all things dark. Some people translate the word "seidr" as "sorcery". I do not agree with that translation as I feel the original meaning relates to both the old customs (sed in contemporary Swedish)  and spinning the lines of Destiny (here think of the figure of the V?lva or Völva and the Norns).

I look around me today and it is very clear to me that for all of us to truly and effectively counter the shadows being enacted on the world stage - we can no longer study spiritual material without studying its darker applications and manifestations. Not to practice it, NO!! - But to understand its workings and deepest recesses -  in order top formulate an adequate response to it.

If we do not personally and collectively embrace the need to do this much-needed shadow work, it seems possible that our shadow taking physical manifestations (in corrupt politicians or even terrorists and so forth) will decide the future of The Human Family on Earth. That cannot be right -  let's wake up, step into our power and dream (co-create) a different outcome together!! 

MARCH 2018 NEWSLETTER

 

 The Super Blue Blood Moon, January 2018

When I was asked to be a presenter on Year of Ceremony with Sounds True I had no idea that their team would assign me a very special moon indeed:  the Full Moon of January 2018 is the Super Blue Blood Moon and there is also a total lunar eclipse!
 
The name Blue Moon refers to the second full moon in a calendar month. That happens every two and a half years, hence the saying "once in a blue moon". February 2018 will  be a calendar month without a full moon!  With Earth in between the Sun and the Moon, sunlight has to pass through the Earth's atmosphere, which scatters the green to violet light more than it scatters the red light. So the Moon appears red - a blood moon. NASA came up with the name The Super Blue Blood Moon!

Things get even better: these two celestial events, the blue moon and the super moon, will also coincide with a total lunar eclipse!  The last time all three events lined up this perfectly was more than 150 years ago. According to the Canon of Lunar Eclipses, the last time humans saw a total eclipse of a blue moon was 31 March 1866"...

JANUARY 2018 NEWSLETTER


 

Extract: For me personally most things start and end with dreams. I had a powerful dream in Sweden about a Swan Maiden and her infant son which I could not immediately place. Some research took me to nearby Denmark:

In 1975 a Mesolithic era cemetery was discovered in the town of Vedbaek in Denmark, just north of Copenhagen. The body of a young woman (aged about 18) was found with the body of a premature baby boy. It is presumed that she and her son died in childbirth. The baby was cradled in a whooper swan wing and he had a flint knife by his side. His mother had grave goods with her, such as ornaments made from shells and the teeth of animals such as bear, deer, elk and boar. Both bodies had been sprinkled with red ochre. It is believed that the swan’s wing indicates an ancient belief in swans as soul conductors or psychopomps, accompanying people on their transition to the Otherworld.

Archaeoastronomy studies how people in the past have interpreted phenomena they observed in the night sky. It is of interest to mention here that there is a related field called ethnoastronomy and this studies the astronomy of indigenous or tribal peoples. (and how their perception relates to their cosmology and mythology)  For me these two fields have become a passion in recent years

The Winter Street (Vintergatan in Swedish) or Milky Way was sometimes called Vroneldestraet (the street or highway of Frau Holle) in Middle Dutch because there are so many powerful myths connected to this celestial road or river. In earlier pagan times in Europe  it was believed that this time of year (days darkening and Winter approaching) the souls of the unquiet dead roamed our world and that a  great goddess or god (depending on location and tribe) roamed both land and sky with a troupe of otherworldly followers. For the Germanic tribes this was Frau Holle, for the Scandinavian peoples it was Odin and the Celtic peoples worked with  the Morrighan, Lugh, the Bone Mother and the Tuatha dé Danann 

In July 2016 I wrote that I was a woman on a mission. This has not changed! Exactly one year later I remain dedicated to the vision of young people voices and visions being heard in discussions and decisions about global resources and the future of our planet!

The Shift Network has invited me  to appear on this year's Shamanism Global Summit again because they want to include the insights of young people. You will see that I decided to go "hard core" and address issues such as terror attacks, global warming and the refugee crisis in my presentation. These are issues all of us face but young people have a talent for flipping negatives upside down into positives (like pancakes). We 'old ones' need their fresh approach and untrammelled brilliance!

The film above was made by LA-based film maker Hannah Beadman. It shows The Time Travellers developing a spiritual toolkit for resolving bullying.

"This film is a gem. The young people on camera show great courage, using shamanism to receive a workable toolkit for bullying - an all too common, harmful experience for our children and teenagers. Hannah Beadman brings an exquisite sense of beauty and atmosphere to filming this important material. Imelda Almqvist's pioneering work shows a viable way of working with our youth, that can be easily incorporated into schools and family systems."

- Sandra Ingerman, MA, author of 10 books including 'Soul Retrieval: Mending the Fragmented Self'.