This month on Shaman of the North on The Shamanic Voice I was hugely privileged to work with the very talented oracular priestess Emily Ounstead. The podcast features a recording of a High Seat Rite which we did together specifically for the show. The title of the episide ‘Hela’s Voice’ probably gives away that the purpose of the rite was to receive a message from the northern goddess of the Underworld Hela. The work fulfils vows made by both Emily and myself to Hela which, as those of you who work within the northern tradition know, are never to be taken lightly.
The podcast includes a discussion of the high seat rite which is a specific form of seidr work. Seidr is a really important aspect of northern tradition work and is often seen as the ‘shamanic’ form of the north. On the podcast I mention that the form of the rite comes from the work of Katie Gerrard and Diana Paxson, if you are interested I would highly recommend reading Gerrard’s Seidr: The Gate is Open. If you are interested more generally in oracular work then check out Priestesses Pythonesses Sibyls which features contributions by Emily Ounstead, Katie Gerrard and the founder of the shamanic voice Kay Gillard.
The episode is of relevance to anyone interested in Seidr and the High Seat Rite but is primarily dedicated to the Goddess Hela who, as you will hear, has a message for all.