One-Eyed Cat: Northern European (Germanic, Celtic and Slavic) Paganism

This is the magic of Freyja and I am her völva: a seer, priestess and oracle.

Sharing wisdom taught by the Norse Gods over twenty years of practice, I teach safer seiðr / seidhr (Norse trance work and fate-magic), reverent animism, and deeper workings with the Gods and land spirits through respect for all life and peoples. We'll also explore the wider Eurasian influences on central and northern European religion, including Norse, Slavic, Celtic, Baltic, Siberian, Mediterranean and ancient Indo-European beliefs and discuss how to apply them to contemporary practice.

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30-Second Meditation: Take 30 for Dissolving Blocks

Think magic has to be hard? It requires no expensive tools or elaborate ritual. The time for this meditation has already passed, but! Please check out for ongoing meditations on the energy of the day.

The first step in more balanced and effective ritual or magic is tuning yourself to the greater, cosmic energies all around us.

One simple way to do this is to take 30 seconds each day to tap into the power of one of the eight directions at a certain time and ask for guidance. 30 seconds! What could be easier?

This short meditation and prayer practice can even be shared with non-pagans. It works regardless of belief system.

Tuesday morning, between 7 and 9 AM, face North East and take 30 focused seconds to connect with the energy of dissolving blocks in your life. That’s it!

Tuesday’s Forecast: All things must come to an end as nothing is permanent.

Today is the very last day of a 10-day cycle. Unfortunately, the feeling of being tied down and being caught up in the drama and the problems of others will be highlighted today. Today is a reflection of your experience of the last 10 days, illuminating what needs to be dissolved. The best way to navigate this Groundhog Day is to just slow down, observe and learn. Lay low and just let the world move along without trying to change anything. Remember to be patient with both yourself and others, as not everybody around you is aware of what is unfolding around them, so tempers could be frayed and unpredictable.

As the events of the day unfold, reflect on what you have learned and experienced for the last 10 days-- and take this experience into the next cycle. As always, there is a good time to ask for guidance or just to connect to the most positive energy of the day. Remember that like a loving mother, the earth has your back during this potentially trying period. Hang in there!

If you face the North East between 7 and 9AM, you will connect to a network of energy which will help you to dissolve the blocks coming to your attention and peacefully navigate through the challenges of the day. Say a short prayer, mantra or set your intention to ask for guidance on how to stay on the path of positive growth.

(Can’t find North East? Just face the sunrise and turn about 1/4 to the left. You’ll be roughly in the neighborhood.) If you can’t make the group time, just join in at the closest point that day before midnight.

30 seconds. And your focused attention. At the right time.

That’s all it takes to tap into this universal energy, freely available to all.

Best of luck!

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Shirl Sazynski is a priestess trained directly by Frey, Odin and Freyja. She is passionately committed to returning the Gods' magical and spiritual wisdom to our awareness, healing the rift between us and our ancestors and strengthening our friendship with the Gods, the land and the spirits sharing our world.

Her column, "One-Eyed Cat", runs in Witches and Pagans Magazine and she is an editor at Ev0ke: Witchcraft + Paganism + Lifestyle magazine ( An oracle, icon painter and author, her work has appeared in both popular and pagan media.


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