About Me

I am a Heathen, goði of Mimirsbrunnr Kindred, a Northern Tradition shaman and priest of Odin and Anubis. Odin is my Father, and my patron god. I serve the polytheist and Pagan communities, and anyone who needs my services, as a shaman, priest, writer, spiritual counselor, and diviner. My primary job is to connect people to their Gods and spirits, Ancestors and the Dead. I do not discriminate based on gender, sexuality, religion, or path.

A few Gods have special places in my life, particularly Odin, Freya, Loki, Thor, Anubis, and Bast. Each of these Gods, and Their families, have blessed my life in more ways than I can count. I work with the landvaettir, the land spirits, and my Ancestors on a daily basis.

Calling to our Ancestors, an Ancestor Devotional Anthology, has been published through Asphodel Press. I hope it will bring the various Pagan and polytheist communities together in celebration of our Ancestors, to allows us to share our practices, and establish deeper ties with Them.

I enjoy writing, and this blog is one of many ways I express myself and reflect on my journey.

With James Stovall I co-host the podcast Around the Grandfather Fire, covering topics from Animism to Polytheism, Shamanism to Psychology, and from Science to Pop Culture.

If you wish to get ahold of me my email is Sarenth at gmail.com.

  1. Angela
    December 28, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    I apologize if I have missed the post, but I’m interested in your relationship with Anubis. I am His and had my curiosity piqued when I saw you were his priest, but you don’t seem to discuss your relationship with him much. If you are allowed to and are willing, I’d be fascinated to see an entry about him.

    Also, since I’m not sure if you consider such a comment/question rude, I wanted to say that I don’t intend it to be. If you are offended, I apologize.

    • December 29, 2011 at 11:17 pm

      No, you’re right. I haven’t really gone into my relationship with Anubis yet, and I would be happy to do so for you. There’s nothing rude about asking for that; I’m glad you’re interested. I’ll post about my relationship with Him soon!

  2. January 25, 2012 at 11:26 am

    Hi there!

    I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award because I enjoy the hell out of your blog. Here are the rules for the Versatile Blogger Award:

    -Thank the award-giver and link back to them in your post
    -Share 7 things about yourself
    -Pass this award along to 15 recently discovered blogs you enjoy reading
    -Contact your chosen bloggers to let them know about the award


    • January 25, 2012 at 12:25 pm

      Thank you Corviedae!

      Here are seven things about me:

      Seven things about me –

      1. I have lived most of my life in one state.

      2. I am a published author with a Pagan magazine.

      3. I am a gamer, and love games, especially the Mass Effect and Dragon Age series.

      4. I love philosophy, and read it when I can.

      5. I once programmed a roleplaying game in BASIC, and stopped programming after a system wipe on the computer took it out.

      6. I am a huge fan of the Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher.

      7. I enjoy learning about religions, not just Pagan ones, in all the ways I can.

  3. August 11, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    Glad I found your blog!

    • August 11, 2012 at 8:28 pm

      Thank you, and welcome!

  4. July 11, 2013 at 4:07 am

    I’m glad I’ve found this blog, as I am being drawn to both Norse and Egyptian gods lately.

    • July 11, 2013 at 4:54 am

      Welcome! If you have anything you want to talk on just let me know.

  5. September 20, 2013 at 10:25 am


    I am part of the ritual team at DC Pagan Pride this year. And we are asking Demeter and Dionysus to join us. May we use your Prayer to Demeter and Dionysus for the culmination of our spiral dance/cone of power? Your Prayer fits perfectly!

    Thank you for your creativity. Thank you for sharing. Thank you for your prayers!

    Co-Convener of Connect DC

    • September 20, 2013 at 10:41 am

      I would be honored. Thank you for asking, and thank you for finding and wanting to use the prayer! May the Gods bless you, and all who take part!

  6. December 22, 2014 at 3:14 am

    Hey, I found your poem “Devotional Poem to Freya” on the Odin’s Gift website. Do you mind if I repost it on my Freya blog (thegoldthread.wordpress.com)? I have a section devoted to poems for Her.

    • December 22, 2014 at 4:14 am

      Please do. Thank you for asking and for making use of my poem to Her.

  7. January 29, 2015 at 1:32 am

    Oh wow. Your’s is the first I’ve stumbled across that the relationship with Odin mirror’s close to my own. I have recently delved deeper into it since he darn near beat me around the head to come speak with him. Thank you for sharing your experiences.

    • January 29, 2015 at 3:23 am

      You’re welcome. Thank you for letting me know.

      Good luck working with Him! Heh heh.

      • January 31, 2015 at 12:26 am

        Do you have a permanent space set up that you go and speak with Him at or do you just talk to Him where ever? IF you do have a permanent space, do you perhaps have a picture? I am trying to build HIm a space but my items are sorely lacking. Not that I think there should be a crowded altar but 2 candles, and a few crow feathers just do not feel like enough. :-/

      • February 1, 2015 at 6:43 am

        Yes, I have a permanent space set up to Him. I actually have three devotional spaces to Him, now that I come to think about it. One is on the family altar, another is a personal altar where I work with Him as Rúnatýr and make offerings to Him, and a shrine outside in a sacred grove where I installed a small godpole to Him. I also talk to Him wherever the need, mood, or requirement strikes.

        I think it is good to keep in mind that there’s no need for a boatload of items for Him, nor a paltry amount. If all of my tools, items, and other things for Him went away tomorrow, I have my tattoo to Him as an offering,and reminder of His presence and place in my life. Whenever I look in the mirror, even if I am mentally elsewhere, it is a reminder to me I am His..

        Also, you will want to be very, very careful (depending on where you live; this applies to the US) as migratory birds, such as corvids, are covered in US law and it is illegal to own their corpses or feathers.

  8. February 1, 2015 at 8:14 pm

    It is funny to me that you said your tattoo of him is a constant reminder. I was speaking with him a while ago and he made mention of a tattoo but that He’d me know when the time was right.

    Thank you about the feathers. I will look into that. I have a friend who lives in California US. That has one as a pet and she collects his molted feathers, which is how I got mine. But I will definitely double check my own state laws. Thank you for that!

    • August 7, 2015 at 11:12 pm

      My apologies for how long it has taken me to respond!

      Yeah, when He wants something of us He finds ways to let us know even if we’re not as attentive as we could be.

      Yeah, definitely look into local laws and such. A really good resource for this kind of thing is Lupa Greenwolf at http://www.thegreenwolf.com/animal-parts-laws/

  9. Heather Awen
    January 7, 2016 at 2:39 am

    Hello! I just did a 15 minute video redoing Ragnarok’s possibilities and the 3 tribes of the Norse. Freyja won’t let me near the Aesir especially Odin. I want to get someone connected to the Aesir in the northern tradition I respect to tell me what they think. It’s about the the Aesir being cultural especially leaders, the Vanir as common people and food, the Jotun as primal forces instead us and in the wild. That Viking era Heathenry forced the leaders to be much more aggressive due to the conversions the people were facing that was cultural genocide , and how our story of Ragnarok is dualistic because a Christian scribe couldn’t imagine there being three dynamic energies which may have a conflict but ultimately are harmonious . The Vanir are left out because I suspect farmers being conservative and staying with what works , the Vanir practices were still happening so recording anything about the Vanir wasn’t good Christian planning.

    The stories that we do have are focused quite a lot on the ruling class , Odin especially , because in Iceland they were also writing down everything about their own rulers . However the battle to survive in very harsh environments did the that the cultural ruling class Godz definitely were always fighting off the Giants , but this world is made from a giant which means my body is made from a giant , the gods are the children or grandchildren of the Giants if they are Aesir .

    Because having direct communication with the Aesir was cut off during a very bloody time. , The war against the wild has gone on for over 1000 years which I don’t think the Aesir would have told us to do . So we have massive climate chaos and all of those related problems , with our own actions which we might say are a Christian misinterpretation of the Aesir in the Viking age , laying down the foundation which forces the Giants to come back incredibly stronger in balancing out how the board arise humans and land created the conditions for climate change which forces the Giants to return . Because everything comes from them and fire and ice, Ragnar cannot kill the Giants , what it can do is change their forms like climate chaos is causing .

    I’m using dictation software because I’m really sick Lyme disease right now , so I hope that this makes sense . My premise is that if we had stayed in contact with the Aesir we would have learned new leadership and new guardian ways that match the current situation for the current situation would’ve never even happened because the seer would have made sure the balance was never this far out of control . So in Ragnarok the Aesir can actually be dead but also reincarnates and be the suitable leaders and guardians and priests four climate chaos and the globalization nightmare in which we live . So the Giants and the Aesir don’t die , but they do change very quickly through Ragnarok because we are catching up to what they require and also must do because of the weird that we have created and it can’t be undone .

    Meanwhile the Vanir are facing a Holocaust of their own which is factory farming , pesticides , GMOs , the incredibly high suicide rate of farmers .

    Yet their world survives and as far as we know so do the goddesses . I’m dedicated to Freya and the Vanir who continually remind me that they are not of the upper class to write things down but they are of the working class who support and sustain the leaders and the Warriors and the priests , which makes the king and the Warriors and the priests afraid of them , along with the fact that they have the numbers for revolting . To Freyja in some ways she implies that the misuse of power by the very elite is a continuation of the worst time in Nours history where Odin had to become a ruthless politician and sacrifice many of his own people . However Ragnar rock which is happening right now , we can see that obviously in the collapse of the environment and the economy , is when everything balances out after major upheaval . So the three tribes have been abused separately , but today we have people who are honoring all three which hasn’t happened in quite a while , and during Ragnarok the Giants won’t change too much because of being primal forces , but the Aesir definitely do change to become instead of warriors guardians and instead of Kings facilitators and instead of priests for the elite , there is the egalitarian sharing of knowledge .

    Understanding the giant side of Ragnarok has been very easy for me because it’s obvious in climate chaos . Being chosen to put the agenda of the Vanir first , not because it’s more important but just because they don’t have much say anymore , I get a very different picture of Ragnar rock and the mythology of than others might , it’s like a Vanir version of what has happened .

    What I don’t have is much of an understanding about the intern all changes for the Aesir during this massive collapse and transformation of human culture that may wipe out all humans and 96% of other biological life . I can see the possibility of how the healing works for the Aesir , I can see that what we often think of them especially Odin is based on a brutal time. , but things have changed into a totally different brutal time and that is because we lost our connection to including those three tribes in our everyday life and decision-making so it’s a mad scramble now to make things right . Not necessarily for any of these gods but for humans who have taken extreme times and froze them based on Christian dualistic version of life without seeing the important interconnectedness of the three tribes which is what we are doing in the holistic healing of the world and ourselves . Obviously the great transition cannot be avoided. It’s already here end we have choices about how we will work our own weird that will affect the details of Ragnarok . We can either facilitate being open to radical changes that are necessary from and in all three tribes end accept the reality or we can have what basically sounds like a nuclear winter .

    So I can understand the giant because they are obvious and even if the writing is Christian and totally slanted against them , something was written down . With the Vanir it’s like they’ve been written out of Germanic culture altogether aside from Sweden where it couldn’t be totally erased from history but has continued the longest in farming folk culture . But I really respect your point of view and would like to have you see them , the video , because I don’t have a strong feeling about what is happening internally with the tribe of gods and goddesses about how human culture is supposed to be arranged , aside from the fact that there will be massive violence battles taking down outdated dogma and any leaders associated with it with a rebirth of leaders and guardians who are fully aligned with the reality of today .

    Can I send you a link to the videos or just send the videos using your prayer contact form ? I’m pretty sick right now but I will be doing some editing and then they will be small files , I can only do them in five minutes sections , so there are three of them . There was no script or anything . It’s just not really fair to talk about three tribes when you only know gods and goddesses from two of them and you yourself and the northern tradition person you know are not very focused on the Aesir . I was hoping you might have a balanced offering about what Freya keeps telling me to say except I need more understanding of the Aesir part . Since you work with all three tribes and also are very aware of the giant transformation in which we are deeply enmashed , but dedicated to Odin especially , being Odin’s child the way that Freyja is in charge of me , she says that my weird is a strand wrapped into hers which is like a giant thick rope. And there are some definite grievances that the Vanir have about being mistreated by heathens and basically written out of history so their importance and their incredible difference , they do not come from the Giants necessarily , they survive Ragnarok intact without much change aside from fray , they have relationships with all of the world’s including sexually except for the Aesir , they are very different from the Aesir , just as much as the Giants . Also there are still hard feelings about Gullveig Heid being attacked and that there phone mythology is pretty much gone plus Freya does feel very misunderstood and miss treated when held up to as guardian ethics . For some reason Heimdall understands and is very kind to her and they seem to have sort of a friends with benefits relationship because neither fit in very well for something , she won’t let me see much of it because it involves the Aesir, and I guess I’m not supposed to learn what she’s had to do to cope and fit in for Asgard but learn the very visceral bloody magic of creation and destruction that is at the core of the Vanir cycle of fertility .

    She brought up something for example that is going to change because of Ragnarok which comes from the Aesir , which is the class system started by Rig. That’s the sort of stuff in the video I mentioned will change drastically because it no longer fits as we are not in a feudal society , that time period is over . It’s things like that which she tells me are the massive changes the Aesir go through in Ragnarok that I’d like you to be able to speak about and hopefully clarify anything that’s really off-base or fuzzy .

    She says that the reason the world of the Vanir does not get destroyed is because it’s a war between outdated elitist kings end warriors end priests but every day life still has to happen to live . Permaculture gives her orgasms and Frey wants to be king of a working transition town . But where the Aesir fit into all of this I don’t know .

    Thank you and I’m sorry again if the dictation isn’t working great . I really like how intelligent your blog is , the fact that you keep polytheism a living religion engaged with all aspects of the world , not some personal spiritual practice done every day for 20 minutes . But instead your whole viewpoint on the world is through polytheist eyes which guides . It’s much more organic because it’s coming from the dynamic relationship you have in the here and now as opposed to transposing a corrupted version of a certain time onto a world that has changed . You really are an inspiration that way and I hope that more polytheists will be engaging with the gods and goddesses about serious modern-day issues end living as offerings .

    • January 9, 2016 at 8:43 am


      I wouldn’t say the Aesir are ‘cultural’; the Jotun have culture, folks who serve as warriors and the like. Just look at Thjazi, Skadi’s father. Same with the Vanir, who have both Frey and Freya who are warriors among Them. I don’t even believe that the Aesir are necessarily Gods of ‘civilization’, per se, as it seems to me the Vanir and Jotun also had these qualities among Them.

      I look at the Aesir, Vanir, and Jotun as tribes. At least in the case of the Aesir, those who hail from Aesir, Vanir, and Jotun families are welcome. The Aesir are directly related to Jotun anyhow, whether one looks at Odin, Heimdall, or Thor.

      I think that our cut off from our Gods is a huge problem, and I think that as part of the Ragnarok story, Odin did what he had to do in order for the cycle of life to continue.
      I agree with your basic premise, that if we had stayed in contact with the Aesir we could have learned new leadership and guardian ways, and I imagine in a way that was over time.

      I don’t think, though, that the Aesir, Vanir, and Jotun are direct mirrors of our world, else the stories we have would have all taken place on Midgard rather than the events between the Nine Worlds have been interconnected.

      In regards to egalitarian sharing of knowledge, reread the story where Odin shares the knowledge of the Runes with folks. While maybe not egalitarian in terms of all folks getting access to it, all the ‘races’ of the Norse/Scandinavian stories do have access to the Runes. I’m also not sure that doing this sharing of knowledge necessitates Odin no longer being a Chieftain or King. The same with class systems being outmoded. Actually, with a world becoming smaller it may be that the old hierarchies will, in some ways, come back. What I see that we can do is either consciously reject them, or embrace them, and either way, do the best we can with what we have.

      *chuckle* To be honest, given how busy I can be between life and work and things, 20 minutes is all that I can squeeze into a day sometimes. I am glad that my words are an inspiration; I appreciate you saying that. Thank you. Still, if all folks can dedicate is 5 minutes a day, that is 5 minutes more they’re giving to their Gods, 5 minutes more of prayers, offerings, thoughts, and/or work than what they would have otherwise given. Baby steps are as, sometimes more important, than the big ones, and maintaining a weekly devotional practice has been a powerful way to get me through the hard and fallow times.

      Please, go ahead and send me the link through the prayer contact form. If you could detail what you want from me there, I can go over it, and see what I can do.

      • Heather Awen
        January 10, 2016 at 11:35 am

        Thank you. By culture gods, I.mean Rig set up human class system and that kings and warriors were the cultural elite. It was a very classist feudalism culture. The burial practices show that, but so do the Eddas Snorri wrote focusing in Odin, Thor and Loki, as he also focused on Iceland being from Norwegian kings. As someone in the upper class with a nationalist and Christmas agenda to promote, he focuses on the male leaders of war and politics Aesir. His duality of Aesir = good, Jotun = bad for Ragnarok is Christian, because where are the Vanir and also if the world was made out of Ymir, my body like everything is Ymir. ACCEPT the Vanir. The Aesir all are related to Jotun somehow. The Vanir being the conservative farming and fishing masses who had their own cults no one recorded except in Sweden because the kings were connected to Freyr, where do they come from, why doesn’t Ragnarok affect Vanaheim?

        The harmony with conflict of the 3 tribes wouldn’t fit Christian duality.

        Thanks, I’ll send it.

  10. Heather Awen
    August 11, 2016 at 10:27 pm

    I just read your poem Adoration Earth, I know the title is wrong – but it is so beautiful! I actually cut it and pasted it into a file because it’s one of the few poems that reaches me . That is really rare so I wanted you to know that . Thank you for writing it!

  11. Heather Awen
    August 12, 2016 at 12:35 am

    Whoa, Freya’s devotional one!!!! Thank you so much for writing those!

  12. Heather Awen
    August 12, 2016 at 12:36 am

    You probably know about the devotional anthology for Njord call for submissions . But if you didn’t I just wanted to mention it because your writing is exquisite .

  13. May 6, 2017 at 10:44 am

    Hey Sarenth, I love your blog, and I’d actually like to talk to you about a potential speaking engagement, but I can’t find your email through here – if there’s a reason for that, can you email me at kyaza18@gmail.com so I can talk to you more about it? Thanks xD

  14. Christina Summers
    March 2, 2018 at 7:30 pm

    Greetings! I attended your encountering the runes class at convocation this past weekend. I purchased krasskova’s book, and she gives a “recipe” for rune consecration that includes alder sap. Do you know how i could get some? I am not finding it available anywhere! TY! and loved your class!

    • March 2, 2018 at 9:51 pm

      When I did the ritual myself I had neither red ochre nor alder sap. However, I was in a place where offering blood to the Runes was appropriate. If you cannot find alder sap, then perhaps find a tree whose ‘blood’ runs red, or if you cannot get it simply do without. Maybe the Runes want something different from you, such as individualized herb and/or offering patterns for the paste.

      • Christina Summers
        March 3, 2018 at 10:00 pm

        Very good suggestion. My trees are currently tapped, so perhaps I shall use my own sap. May I ask your thoughts on when to do this ritual? Is it best done prior to beginning to study the runes or is it better to familiarize oneself with each rune a bit first? Again…thank you!

      • March 4, 2018 at 4:37 am

        I think that getting to know the Runes prior to doing the ritual is a very good udea. Especially because the ritual at hand is, essentially an initiation, it would be good to know as much as you can both academically and spiritually prior to this depth of engagement with these vaettir. It would also do you and any others interested in the Runes good to see which Runes speak well with you, whether the Elder Futhark, Younger Futhark, the Futhorc, etc.

      • Lunar Raven
        March 12, 2018 at 12:38 pm

        Hello Sarenth! I sent you an email with a few additional questions and some more information. Thank you!

  15. October 13, 2018 at 10:40 am

    Thank You!

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