Announcing Trothmoot 2020 (all times listed are Eastern Daylight Time)

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Hail the Troth! Please join us for Trothmoot 2020

Trothmoot is one of the guiding stars of our organization, and indeed of Inclusive Heathenry as a movement. Through the wonders of modern technology, we have found a way to still gather while honoring the responsibilities of care we have for ourselves and others. Therefore, we would like to invite the Troth to the first ever Virtual Trothmoot.

We will be connecting on Friday afternoon at 3:00 pm through two Zoom sessions and we will remain connected until Sunday 4:00 pm EDT. Together we will spend time in ritual, workshops, and building our community as we build our friendships. All listed times are Eastern Daylight Time. Also, please feel free to join the Facebook Event to see quick updates and during the event. https://www.facebook.com/events/475351923137117/.

All times listed are Eastern Standard Time (-4 UTC). 

Please register to attend so we can ensure we have enough bandwidth. You can order a ticket here. https://events.thetroth.org/trothmoot/2020/tickets. As a gift to the community in this time of disruption and uncertainty, there is no charge to attend. Please do register so that we can share the Zoom passwords with the attendees and protect the event from encroachment by those who will not keep frith and grith. 

There is a Facebook Event with rapid conversation and links to vendors and artists and crafters. Please feel free to join the event. https://www.facebook.com/events/475351923137117/

If you would like to present a workshop or lead a ritual, please submit a proposal through this site.

If you enjoy music or poetry, please prepare an offering to share either through a Bardic Circle or during the social time gatherings. We are also having an Arts & Crafts show in the times between workshops. 

If you are a merchant, please share your website information. The Facebook Event will have a thread that all attendees can see. Everyone knows the conference is remembered through the shiny loot that follows us home.

Those of you who have already registered for the moot will have your registration fees completely refunded please e-mail clerk@thetroth.org.

We look forward to seeing you in June!
 

 

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Ann Sheffield (“Gróa”) has been a practicing Heathen since the 1990’s and is the author of two books, _Frey, God of the World_ and _Long Branches: Runes of the Younger Futhark_. Gróa has taught at multiple Heathen and Pagan venues including ConVocation, Sirius Rising, Trothmoot and the East Coast Thing. She also presents her academic work at conferences such as the Leeds International Medieval Congress and has taught Viking-Age and early English history at the collegiate level. Gróa holds an MA in Medieval and Renaissance Literary Studies and a PhD in Analytical Chemistry.

 

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Luke Babb is a queer, white, devotional polytheist and a writer who specializes in fiction and nonfiction about queer pagans. They live in Chicago, where they participate in and help to develop education and ritual around marginalized identities in magical spaces. More of their work can be found in their monthly column at The Wild Hunt.

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Lauren Crow is the Public Relations Director for the Troth. For 10 years, she worked in news and broadcasting in almost every role from on-air talent to overnight technician. Her career then moved into marketing and search engine optimization, where she worked with several Fortune 500 companies in delivering effective targeting marketing. She is the former co-host of Heathen Talk, SHEathenry, and technical director for the Heathen Talk Network. She co-founded Black Bear Kindred of Central Arkansas in 2003 where she has served as She Who Must Be Obeyed since the founding. In addition to her

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Bat Collazo is a queer Heathen of color, and the editor-in-chief of the Troth's upcoming Loki devotional. Bat teaches classes and leads rituals at a local metaphysical shop in Phoenix, AZ, with a specific focus on inclusive Heathenry and other anti-oppression topics within paganism. Bat's visual art can be found on Instagram (@batcollazo), and writing on Wordpress (batbruja.wordpress.com).

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Maire Durkan is a Friggswoman, an ordained Troth godperson, the DE steward for The Troth, a member of The Troth's Lore program, and a witch in the Assembly of the Sacred Wheel tradition.  She is the author of The Troth's upcoming Circle of Frith: A Devotional to Frigg and Her Handmaidens. Her poetry and articles have appeared in Idunna and other publications.

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India is another Lokean, passionate about the environment and representation of trans identities within Heathenry. They wrote and lead the "Seasons of Transition" and a recent virtual blot for Jord.

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Jan has been the Acting Steer of the Rede since January.

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Eric is a member of the Rede and the Provost of The Troth's new Esoteric Program.

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Sae has been a member of the Troth since 2016, and has acted as the Montana, Wyoming and Colorado Steward. They are a Huginn's Heathen Hof Contributor. Sae is also a Lokean, and has been a part of the Lokean community online since 2012.

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Paul "Gage" Mercurio has been a Pagan for over 25 years and a Heathen for 10. His first Trothmoot was at the 25th anniversary in 2012 and has been a member since, becoming the NYC Area Steward nearly 5 years ago. In NYC, Paul created the NYC Heathens group as a space for Inclusive Heathenry in the NYC Metro area, hosting popular monthly lore chats for 3.5 years! Paul is also one of the founding members of North River Kindred located primarily in Brooklyn, NY. As a devotee of both Tyr and Zisa, he is deeply concerned about fairness, integrity, community building and disassembling systems of

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Diana L. Paxson has been a member of the Troth since 1992. Diana is a Troth Elder who has served on the High Rede and as Steerswoman and continues to serve the Troth as Coordinator of the Troth Clergy Training Program and editor of our journal, IDUNNA. She leads Hrafnar kindred in Berkeley, California. Diana is also well-known as a teacher and author. Of her many short stories and novels, BRISINGAMEN, THE WODAN’S CHILDREN trilogy, and THE BOOK OF THE SPEAR are of particular interest to Heathens. Her non- fiction books include TAKING UP THE RUNES, TRANCE-PORTATION, THE WAY OF THE

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Folk Duo Lynn and Will Rowan have been teaching and performing together for over ten years. Having traveled all over Europe learning traditional polyphonic music from master singers, a deep love and understanding of harmony infuses everything they do. They teach regularly for Village Harmony and Revels North, and have performed around the world as musical ambassadors for the US with their band Windborne. Lynn and Will are passionate about community music with roots in the ancient past. This comes out not only in their extensive knowledge of traditional music, but also in their original music

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Robert L. Schreiwer is a founder of the Heathen denomination of Urglaawe, Ziewer (godsman) of Distelfink Sippschaft, a trained practitioner of the Pennsylvania German healing and magical traditions of Braucherei and Hexerei. Through the Pennsylvania German Heathen Alliance for the Urglaawe and Distelfink Sippschaft, he has been conducting a project to gather oral lore from all regions of Deitsch (Pennsylvania German) settlement. He was an Instructor of Pennsylvania German at Kutztown University in 2008-2009, and he is currently working on other

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Ethan Stark is an administrator of and the Public Relations Officer for Heathens Against Hate. Through his work he has advocated for better understanding about Heathenry through interviews, began communication with national organizations such as the SPLC, and has helped write and lectured on Heathen extremism. Additionally, he is the co-host of NYC Heathens, as well as co-founder and goði of the North River Kindred; where he has facilitated educational lore-chats and has led public and private rituals while representing Heathenry and the Troth.

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Once upon a time I was High Steward of the Troth, and before that, the Steward for Illinois. I've given many presentations on Heathenry, the Runes and other assorted aspects of Heathenry, historical and modern. I was the founder/organizer of IlliniMoot, an annual Heathen camping event held in central Illinois in spring. In addition, I've formed and organized or facilitated regularly occurring events in the Chicago Metro area such as: a monthly drumming circle; a weekly online Lore chat; a monthly open meetup and Eddic Discussion Group, an inter

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I have been a member of the Troth on and off since 2012. I am currently a full member, having successfully completed the Heathen Essentials exam. I am currently in the Lore Program and hope to join the new Esoteric program when it’s up and running. I have been oathed to Loki for 8 years as a godspouse. For most of that time I’ve also been working with Loki’s gentle bride, Sigyn, who has taught me much about love, duty, compassion, and quiet strength.

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Winifred is a Troth Elder and has been a member since 1993. She has presented a maze-walking event at many earlier Trothmoots, joined by Rosten. Her main Heathen work now is writing about Heathen soul lore and other spiritual topics, as well as spaeworking. Winifred grew up as the daughter of a US diplomat and spent many years living in multiple countries overseas, including attending a German high school for 3 years, and living and working in Germany and Greece for years as an adult. This years-long immersion in other cultures and languages has helped her efforts to take an “immersion

Sessions

"The Lore" and You

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What we usually call “the lore” is a bewildering mixture of documents from different times and places, written for multiple audiences and various purposes. How can we approach this material without turning into “Edda-thumpers” on the one hand, or dismissing it all as “written by Christians” on the other? Further, much has been written about these ancient sources in the modern day, but how do you tell the difference between legitimate scholarship and deluded piffle? This workshop will provide you with a framework for assessing ancient and modern sources and for using them critically. (Note

Afternoon Concert with Lynn & Will Rowan

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Please join us for a concert given by the very talented Lynn and Will Rowan.

Anti-Racist Action in Heathen Spaces

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What does it mean to be inclusive? How do we make our shared spaces not only safe, but actively dedicated to the work of anti-racism? What can we learn from other anti-racist groups, critical race theory, and our own lived experiences? Come and join this peer-led conversation as we talk about measurable steps we can take in our communities and personal practice.

Esoteric Program Info Session

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This will be a short info session about the Esoteric Program, which will officially launch its first class at Trothmoot this year. The structure and goals of the program will be discussed, and questions will be answered to the best of the Provost's ability.

Grumpy Old Heathens: Skepticism, Doubt and Faith (And the Lack Thereof):

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A round table discussion for atheists, doubters, skeptics, cynics and agnostics. It is said that belief is not required for the practice of Heathenry. Not everyone believes, or wants to believe in the gods and other spiritual entities customarily honored in modern Heathen observances. Some people have lots of questions or can't decide on a regular practice or devotional path. Some are so solitary or unique in their practice that meaningful group ritual is nearly impossible. Others don't care at all about any of the above, but just like to hang out with other Heathens. There's room for all of

Heathen History Live: A History of Race

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Heathen History will do a LIVE show on the history of race. Why do we define race the way we do? How has this definition changed over time? How has this shifting definition influenced modern Heathenry? Join us for this frank discussion about our history live. After the show, we will have Q&A session with the hosts, Ben and Lauren

Heathen Mystic’s Maze Walking

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We will have a labyrinth set up in our secluded backyard, lit with tiki torches and candles, and begin with general calls and prayers, each of us inviting the deities and spirits with whom we want to walk the maze. Background music will be Sequentia’s “Voluspa”. Winifred and Rosten will walk the labyrinth holding candles, joined virtually by all participants as a form of meditation. Suggestions: you might like to hold or wear a token, symbol or figurine of whichever deity or spirit you wish to invite with you to walk the maze, and hold a lit candle or have one nearby. Darkening your

Heathen Soul Lore

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Winifred will offer an overview and summary of her approach to Heathen soul lore, drawn from her in-depth published and pending articles. Then we’ll lead into a discussion of what it’s like to experience our souls: how to recognize them and their actions in our lives, how we can consciously work with them and promote their growth, strength, and interactions. We’ll also discuss relationships between souls and the Deities, and the connection between souls and “sense of self”. She will post a “Summary of Soul Lore” sheet on her website, HeathenSoulLore.net, for those who’d like to prepare in

Runes for Healing

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In EGILSAGA the hero uses runes to heal a young woman, but what runes did he use, and how? In this workshop we’ll look at runic healing past and present, with special attention to the use of galdor and bind-runes, and appropriate runes for addressing Covid-19.

Sigyn, Goddess of Compassion

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Her name means ‘Victory Girl-friend’, but Sigyn is so much more than that. We don’t know a lot about Loki’s wife, but what we do know is unique in the Norse Pantheon. She is most famous for holding the bowl for her husband so that the venom from a snake above them does not drip onto Loki’s face. This singular act is why she is called a goddess of loyalty, endurance, and sacrifice. I believe compassion for her Trickster husband should be added to that list. Is Sigyn the Norse Goddess of Compassion? Do we even need one of those? We will discuss this and how Sigyn’s actions continue to shape

The Giver: A Prosperity Workshop Honoring Gefion

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In this time of increased hardship, it is appropriate to call upon Gefion for aid in increasing our prosperity. Gefion (Gefjun), "the Giver" , appears in the Lore more than many goddesses and what becomes clear, is that hardwork, strategy, and determination helped her achieve Her goals.

In this workshop we will examine the Lore around Gefion, examine how her energies and gifts can help us attain prosperity in our lives,and create a prosperity jar which we will energize as we ask her blessings upon our goals in a rite honoring Gefion and our prosperity work.


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Tour of Home Harrows

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Altars / Harrows and other home holy sites will be shown and discussed by Elisebeth and by Winifred and Rosten.

Trothmoot Annual Meeting

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Please join us for The Troth's Annual Meeting and induction of new Rede members.

UPG in Modern Heathenry

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The purpose of this discussion is to contextualize UPG within Modern Heathenry and then have some fun in a roundtable discussion about the various UPGs we have discovered. The first half of the workshop will be a discussion about our overall terms:

- Reconstructionist and Eclectic Branches of Neopaganism

- The Role of Syncretism

- Hard Recon vs Living Religion

- Types of Lore

- Types of UPG

The second half of the workshop will a moderated roundtable discussion of our various UPGs. Everyone's UPGs will be recorded in a shared spreadsheet and we will discuss each item as time permits!

Rituals

A Ritual for Loki

Join us for the Trothmoot 2020 Loki Blot.

Sae, Luke, Bat, and India will lead the ritual.

Closing Ritual

Ritual Lead

Join us as we return the virtual land and take down the glove until next year.

Grand Sumbel

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This crowning moment of Trothmoot has been the setting for many stories, some of which you may have heard this weekend from habitual Trothmoot attendees!

This year, the leadership of the Troth turns to a new Steer, who will make their own interpretation of this evolving rite.

Iðunn Blót

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IDUNN (or in common English, Idunna) is the goddess whose apples keep the gods young. Since the early days of the Troth we have hailed her as a goddess of renewal whose energy revitalizes our faith. In this ritual, somewhat adjusted for use in cybergard, we will honor the earth, our ancestors, Idunn herself and our heathen community.  If you can, provide yourself with some apple juice, cider or mead with which to drink to the goddess, and an apple with which to receive her blessing.

Opening Ritual

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We will be opening Trothmoot officially with the virtual land claiming and raising of the glove to set this as a virtual frithstead.

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