August 14-17, 2008
More and more do we hear from people being contacted, working with and revering, the Rokkr and the Jotunfolk. Often they get little hearing or sympathy from others in the various Northern Tradition religious groups, and too often they think that they are the only ones having this experience. This is a gathering for those of us who love, honor, and work with Loki, Hela, Angrboda, Fenris, Jormundgand, Surt, Skadi, Gerda, Jord, Mengloth, Mordgud, Nidhogg, Mimir, Groa, Aegir, Ran (and their nine daughters), Thrym, Kari, Gunnlod, Rind and others that we have not here named.
This year we are honoring Surt, Sunna, Mani, Rind, Angrboda and Gerda. There will also be poles raised for Loki, Sigyn, Narvi and Vali. IronWood Kindred will once again hold a special faining for the sea-etins (Ran, Aegir and the Nine Mermaids) on Thursday, August 14 at the seashore (location to be announced). You must provide your own transportation. All other EtinMoot events will take place at Cauldron Farm in Hubbardston, Massachusetts.
There will be a non-ritual celebratory event (i.e. a big party) for Loki on Friday night at “dark-thirty,” so bring party food and refreshments to share. Alcohol is permitted at the party and at other times; however, anyone getting drunk to the point of obnoxiousness to others will be evicted. This is not your Uncle Torvald’s drunken two-fisted sexist moot! If you can’t control yourself and behave properly, don’t embarrass yourself by making a scene on sacred land.
Be warned, the rule of this gathering is tolerance. Regardless of how much you may disapprove of someone else’s lifestyle, personality, relationship with the Gods, opinion of your patron deity, or ideas about any part of your faith, if you cannot express it politely, you will be expected to keep it to yourself. Rudeness will not be tolerated. All disagreements must be conducted in reasonable tones of voice without deliberate personal insult or physical assault (or threat of the latter).
There will also be two god-possessions this year. If you have never been present when a deity has been “horsed,” there are some basic rules of etiquette that all attendees will be expected to follow. A flyer will be distributed at the beginning of EtinMoot with guidelines for proper behavior during rituals and god-possessions. Anyone who behaves disrespectfully or disruptively will be asked to leave.
One of the reasons for this event is the growing amount of UPG about the Jotunfolk that is coming through more and more of us. We need a space to compare this UPG, to see how much of it can be deemed PCPG — peer-corroborated personal gnosis. This is the nature of this space, and it is one of both discovery and frith. Come, if your heart has been yearning to hail Them in a space where They are revered.
Other Event Information:
The fee is $15 per adult; children are free. You can pay at the door or beforehand, by check or PayPal to email@example.com. Plan to arrive at Cauldron Farm on Friday afternoon and leave Sunday afternoon or early evening. Those wishing to attend the sea-etins’ faining on Thursday should contact the event coordinator for information and directions.
Special arrangements may be possible for those traveling long distances, if you call us well in advance. We do not provide transportation, meals or childcare; bring your own tent, bedding, food, flashlight, and bug repellent and refreshments to share for Loki’s Big Party on Friday. The site is fairly primitive with a latrine and cooking firepit, but it is a place where we can hail the names that we may not be allowed to speak elsewhere.
If you have any questions about EtinMoot itself or the deities and wights being honored this year, please contact event coordinator and gydja of the Iron Wood Kindred, Elizabeth Vongvisith (evongvisith AT gmail DOT com). For more information about camping or the site, please contact Raven Kaldera (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Please feel free to circulate this announcement as you see fit.