Patricia Lafayllve of The Troth

Patricia Lafayllve
of The Troth
interview by
Victoria L. Clare 

Patricia Lafayllve is a godwoman, seidhkona, and long-time contributor to, and leader of, the Asatru organization The Troth. The author of Freyja, Lady, Vanadis: An Introduction to the Goddess and Njal's Saga, Book One: Fanning the Embers, Ms. Lafayllve is a proud member of Two Ravens Kindred and Bjornsal, earned her Master’s of English from Southern Connecticut State University. She lives with a loving husband and the World’s Smallest Pit Bull in New Haven, CT.

W&P Most readers of this magazine who know you have seen you at Pagan gatherings such as Pantheacon. Would you tell us a few things that you enjoy about attending such gatherings?

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Poetry of the Runes

Poetry of the Runes
A Personal Collection
by Henry Lauer 

Inspired by the example of the original rune poems, I have composed some of my own.

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I worship the lines in between things

I worship the lines in between things,
The pulsing web that binds me,
that ties me into life.

Like one of those rope platforms
you used to see on wooden jungle gyms
in small parks surrounded by trees, it holds me up.

I worship, perhaps,
the Spider
who didn’t so make the web,
as keeps it whole,

patching it where it tears
or detaches from its wood-and-metal frame.

I worship
the infinite

Kelsey Andrews

» Originally appeared in newWitch #01

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Crystal Balls for Beginners

Crystal Balls for Beginners
by Patrinella Coope 


e've all seen the image of the Gypsy, coin-fringed scarf tied over her hair, huddled portentously over her crystal ball. The crystal ball is one methods of divination classified as scrying, which means gazing into an object in order to see visions. This ancient method of divination can utilize any number of objects: natural pools, polished mirrors, bowls or glasses of clear water, polished stones, bowls of black ink, to name just a few. But the most famous all is undoubtedly the crystal ball.

Although clear crystal balls are the most common, other colors have been used with great effect. Balls of rose quartz or amethyst were once popular, and I know of someone who loves to use a ball of black glass. A ball is, by definition, round, but ovoid “balls” also exist, and if one prefers to hold the ball rather than have it on a stand, an egg shape fits very comfortably into the palms of the reader's hands.

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All About Skyclad

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All About Skyclad
by Sheela Ardrian 

If there’s one thing that everybody “knows” about Pagans, it’s this: they dance naked in the woods. No matter how much you try to explain that not all covens do that, it’s an image that sticks in everybody’s mind. Pretty soon, you start to wonder if there might be something to it after all. Well, there is!

Why Go Skyclad?

People have been worshipping naked for a long time. Judging from the pictures on some cave walls, our ancestors probably worshipped naked before they worshipped clothed.

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