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Heathen's Journey Podcast

Heathen's Journey Podcast

By Siri Plouff
A podcast exploring Norse paganism, Traditional Witchcraft, folk magic, and so much more. Join me, won't you? As I explore the wyrd world of transformative Nordic magick.
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Bonus Episode: Hot Queer Midsommar with Minta Karlsson
Welcome to the extra special bonus episode of the Heathen's Journey Podcast! I had friend of the pod Minta Karlsson back to discuss Midsommar traditions in Sweden, Norway, and Finland. Hopefully this will serve as an inspiration as you are preparing your own Midsommar celebrations. We ramble into a lot of different topics, including folk magic practices, and even get into astrology for a while. I hope you enjoy, and have a great Midsommar! Radical Runes Course - Starts Mon July 5th Needfire Wellness - Midsommar Vatten kits (affiliate link) Needfire Wellness and Apothecary (affiliate link)
June 14, 2021
Episode 20: Wild Soul Runes with Lara Veleda Vesta
Lara Veleda Vesta, MFA, is an artist, author, storyteller and educator transforming chronic illness into a path of healing and reclaiming.   She is the  illustrator of The Moon Divas Oracle Cards, author of The Moon Divas Guidebook, and the newly released Wild Soul Runes: Reawakening the Ancestral Feminine. Her research interests include ancestral connection, mythtelling and disability as initiation, and she is currently creating an illustrated guide to death transitions. Her path of myth, folk magic, ancestor lore and ritual practice is shared through classes at the Wild Soul School. Check out the giveaway of Wild Soul Runes over on Instagram!  Newsletter for Apothecary Updates Sign up for Radical Runes Affiliate Link for Needfire Wellness (use code heathenjourneypodden for 10% off)
June 10, 2021
Episode 19: Learning the Primstav, Unsettling Ourselves with Sara Axtell
In this episode of the podcast, Siri is joined by Sara Axtell, a local leader in the heathen community in Minnesota. The conversation is wide-reaching and deep, and all centered around the idea of getting to know our natural, ancestral rhythms. This allows American heathens to unsettle themselves, and start to make reparations for the wrongs of our ancestors. This work is in part guided by learning the Primstav, a Norwegian calendar stick that kept time for our ancestors and holds a lot of local folklore for us to discover.  To learn more about the Primstav, here are some resources:  Primstav Study Group: Healing Roots: Gullveig's Hearth: Primstav learning resources: Norwegian language primstav page: Marking Time:  The primstav murals of Sigmund Aarseth by Kathleen Stokker The Nordic Animist Year by Rune Hjarnø Rasmussen Primstav Explanations by Alfred Miller ** Creating in Wyrd Times: Pay it forward ($250); Standard Price ($197) Radical Runes ONLINE via Catland Books Podcast Affiliate: Needfire Wellness and Apothecary
May 26, 2021
Episode 18: Meeting our Soul Guides and Moving Forward with Raidho
We continue our exploration of the runes with Raidho. Siri talks about the role of travel and chariots in Old Norse thinking, as well as the different soul parts that make up a pre-Christian Nordic concept of self. The Fylgja, or guide, is deeply connected with the Raidho rune. They are a part of the Nordic soul, and are often thought of as an ancestor, and can often take the shape of an animal. Raidho invites us to move forward in both our mundane and spiritual lives. Let's explore our personal gnosis together, and get to know our motivations better with Raidho. Transcript: Creating in Wyrd Times: Needfire Wellness (promo code heathenjourneypodden): Swamp Witch Stephanie (promo code heathen):
April 28, 2021
Episode 17: Spirits, Plants, and Folklore with Matthew Venus
Matthew Venus is a Folk Magician, Artist, Writer, and Witch based in Salem, Massachusetts. He is the owner and lead apothecary of In this conversation, we talk a lot about spirits, working with spirit familiars, and the spirits of plants. Venus has thirty years of experience with witchcraft and folk magic, and is a veritable wealth of historic knowledge. I hope you enjoy this episode! Like, subscribe, and review
March 31, 2021
Episode 16: Lindy-Fay Hella and Johanna Elf on the Magic of Scent
In this interview, I'm speaking with Lindy-Fay Hella of Wardruna and Johanna Elf of Cult Botanic. These two fantastic artists are collaborating on a new intention oil. Join us as we explore scent, memory, and Nordic herbcraft. I had such a lovely time speaking with these two about their deep relationships with the sensual and the magical, and I know you'll love it too. Check out Cult Botanic Check out Lindy-Fay's website here. Listen to her on the new Wardruna album here. Book a tarot or rune reading with me: Sponsors: Swamp Witch Stephanie Needfire Wellness + Apothecary
February 10, 2021
Episode 15: Ansuz, Communication, and Queerness
We're back to studying the runes in depth! In this episode, Siri talks about Ansuz and communication. They also discuss Odin at length - as it's nearly impossible to study the runes without also studying Odin. 
January 28, 2021
Episode 14: Practical Alchemy for the 21st Century with Marcus McCoy
You may know Marcus McCoy's work already - he runs the Trollcunning Forge, a blacksmithing studio dedicated to crafting beautiful occult wares. There are a lot of misconceptions about alchemy, including the idea that it was all metaphorical. It's not! In this episode, we go deep on magical practice, the blurry lines between folk and ceremonial magic, and the art of the forge.  Books and teachers for further research:  Robert Bartlett The Forge and the Crucible: the Origins and Structures of Alchemy by Mircea Eliade Ars Filtron by Daniel Schulke Rituals and Remedies by Kathleen Stokker Link to join my mailing list: Support the podcast: Find me on social: Instagram: @northern.lights.witch Twitter: @northlightwitch
January 15, 2021
Episode 13: Divination at the New Year
Did you know there's no future tense in Old Norse? It's a huge part of why I (Siri) don't use the runes for predictive reading or fortune telling. My approach has shifted a lot since going deep in my relationships with the runes, and now I'm primarily using tarot for year-ahead readings. I like to take a very practical approach, using divination to help me understand what the best actions to take are.  I hope you are staying safe and healthy. Book a year-ahead reading with me: Join my Patreon:
December 30, 2020
Bonus episode: Jul Traditions with Kari Tauring
Did you know that there are technically two full months of Jul in Norse tradition? There is so much to celebrate! In this episode, Kari and Siri talk about the different winter traditions, keeping time in an old Norse way, and the tension between joy and grief that accompanies this time of year.  If you're interested in learning more about these traditions, join us for Jul Fest at Needfire Wellness! This is a series of zoom classes all about Jul. Learn more here: You can book a year ahead reading at my Acuity Scheduling page here. Click here to learn more about Folk Songs of Another America And here is the Frugal Gourmet, to learn some ancestral recipes Support the Podcast on Patreon
December 9, 2020
Episode 12: Queering Your Craft with Cassandra Snow
Siri sits down with Cassandra Snow for a chat about what it means to queer your witchcraft. Cassandra is a queer tarot reader, writer, and witch who recently released "Queering Your Craft: Witchcraft from the Margins." In this episode, Siri and Cassandra talk a lot about how their personal witchcraft styles developed, how queer people can harness magic for themselves, and so much more.  To follow Cassandra on social media:  Instagram: @tarotcassandra Twitter: @tarot_cassandra Patreon: To support this podcast:
December 3, 2020
Episode 11: On Secrecy, Warding, and Psychic Protection
This episode covers the necessity for secrecy in witchcraft, some examples of why you might want to keep your magic a secret. This episode also covers some psychic protection basics, as well as instructions on warding your home from negative entities or energies.  Further Reading:  “The Witch’s Shield” by Christopher Penczak “Psychic Self-Defense” by Dion Fortune Sponsors: Needfire Wellness + Apothecary Swamp Witch Stephanie
November 20, 2020
Episode 10: Alfablot, Ancestors, and Elves
The Heathen's Journey Podcast is back from unintended hiatus! In this episode, Siri talks about pagan timekeeping practices and holidays. You *might* have noticed that this is the spookiest time of year, and many witches celebrate accordingly. Siri talks about Samhain, the Norwegian Primstav as a living relic of folklore, and Alfablot. So grab a cup of your favorite tea, coffee, or ale, and have a seat by the fire. Sponsors and links: Witchcraft Immersion: Witchcraft Immersion Scholarship Fund: Witchcraft Immersion Scholarship Application: Take 10% off your purchases at Needfire Wellness with offer code HeathenJourneyPodden:
October 21, 2020
Episode 9: Trolldom with Johannes Gårdbäck
Trolldom, the folk magic of Sweden, Norway, and Denmark, has been practiced for more than 500 years. Johannes Gårdbäck is a respected healer, teacher, and spiritual worker of Swedish folk-magic. He is the author of "Trolldom: Spells and Methods of the Norse Folk Magic Tradition." In this episode, he and Siri discuss different kinds of troll formulas, taking Tydor/reading the signs, and empowering yourself from within to create magic. ** Love the pod? Join the Patreon! Join the Troll Club here:
September 17, 2020
Radical Runes Course Reminder
The Radical Runes Course admissions close on Monday, September 14th at 5pm CST! This is the course I wish I'd had when I first started learning the runes. Radical Runes is a 12-week transformative journey through the Runes. This course is unlike any other runes course in that it is grounded in queer, leftist theory and practice. Register today!
September 12, 2020
Episode 8: Thurisaz + Gender Reveal!
Hello I go by Siri now! Please use they/them pronouns to refer to me. In this episode, I come out of the gender closet, and relate that back to Uruz. I also talk about the rune Thurisaz, an intense one that many people struggle to work with. This is the introduction of aggression into the futhark, but it is also one of the most powerful runes we can use for self protection. Resources: Blog post on Radical Runes: Sign up for Radical Runes: Join the Troll Club:
September 2, 2020
Episode 7: An interview with Minta Karlsson of Needfire Wellness
I interview Minta Karlsson about Trolldom and Needfire Wellness. In this interview, we talk about methods of folk magic, how to get started, as well as dealing with our complex understandings of our own ancestors as settler colonialists. We talk about how the privilege of traveling to our ancestral homelands has opened our eyes to what we’re missing in America, and how to try to make that more accessible to people who still live in America. I am also happy to announce that the Radical Runes course is live! This is a 12-week rune intensive starting on September 15, 2020. You can learn more and register here: If you want to treat yourself to some magical goodies, head on over to and use offer code HeathenJourneyPodden for 10% off your purchase.
August 20, 2020
Episode 6: Strength and Determination of Uruz
Let's dive deep into the rune Uruz, its different meanings, and how we can gain strength from and persistence. In this episode, I talk about Audhumla, the Norse creation myths, and the meeting of fire and ice.  Bonus: If you want to learn runes with me, I've got a class coming up on August 18th, 2020! Intro To Runes will give you a quick overview of the full futhark, the history of the runes, and other important info. You can sign up here: References:  The Poetic Edda (translated by Carolyne Larrington). Oxford University Press. 1996. The Prose Edda. (edited by Anthony Faulkes). Aswynn, Freyja. Northern Mysteries and Magick: Runes and Feminine Powers. Llewellyn Worldwide, 1998. Murphey, Bradley. Othil: Norse Ancestral Traditions. Thrymheim Publishing. 2006. Paxson, Diana. Taking Up The Runes: A Complete Guide to Using Runes in Spells, Rituals, Divination, and Magic. Weiser Books, 2005. Plouff, Abbie. Heathen’s Journey Column on Little Red Tarot. First published in 2017. Rhys-Mountfort, Paul. Nordic Runes. Versa Press, 2003. Tauring, Kari. The Runes: A Deeper Journey. Self published, © 2007
August 6, 2020
Episode 5: The Crooked Path with Kelden
And now for something a little different! In this episode, I interview author and friend Kelden about his new book "The Crooked Path: An Introduction to Traditional Witchcraft." We talk a lot about familiar spirits, traveling to the Pagan Otherworlds, and the distinction between Traditional Witchcraft and other paths. I know that this podcast is focused primarily on Heathenry, but Traditional Witchcraft is another practice that is dear to my heart and can teach us a lot about our folk paths.  Recommended reading:  The Crooked Path: An Introduction to Traditional Witchcraft Sponsors:  Needfire Wellness + Apothecary (use code HeathenJourneyPodden for 10% off!)
July 22, 2020
Episode 4: Starting the Rune Journey with Fehu
In this episode, I begin our journey through the Elder Futhark with Fehu. This is the first rune we encounter, and traditionally means wealth, property, or cattle. But what does wealth mean to the radical heathen? How can we know where to start with wealth when we have complicated feelings about it? Abbie dives into the many layered meanings behind the Fehu rune, and looks at it from an anticapitalist perspective. We talk about generosity, reciprocal communities, and making sure our needs are met before we go off on our own journeys. Links: Follow me:  Instagram: @northern.lights.witch Twitter: @northlightwitch Sources:  The Poetic Edda (translated by Carolyne Larrington). Oxford University Press. 1996. Aswynn, Freyja. Northern Mysteries and Magick: Runes and Feminine Powers. Llewellyn Worldwide, 1998. Murphey, Bradley. Othil: Norse Ancestral Traditions. Thrymheim Publishing. 2006. Paxson, Diana. Taking Up The Runes: A Complete Guide to Using Runes in Spells, Rituals, Divination, and Magic. Weiser Books, 2005. Plouff, Abbie. Heathen’s Journey Column on Little Red Tarot. First published in 2017.
July 8, 2020
Episode 3: Volva Stav and Boundary Setting with Kari Tauring
In this episode, Abbie interviews teacher Kari Tauring (she/her). Kari is a Nordic folk musician, cultural educator, and spiritual leader, a staff carrier and horn prayer living in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. In this episode, we talk about the concepts of frith, grith, healing oorlog, and what it looks like to be a professional Volva. For more info about Kari, visit her website ( To take one of her online classes, please visit the Needfire Academy ( for more information. Skol!
June 24, 2020
Episode 2: A History of Odinism + White Supremacy
This week, I’m going to be talking about the history of white supremacist and Nazi appropriation of Germanic and Nordic symbols. This is at the heart of my work, and is a big part of the reason I write about the Norse path. I think it is a deep responsibility that we have as white people to understand our cultural lineage, and how we got to this place. Resources:  Shannon Weber, “White Supremacy’s Old Gods: The Far Right and Neopaganism,” at Political Research Associates. February 1 2018 ( Sarah Emily Bond, “Hold My Mead: A Bibliography for Historians Hitting Back At White Supremacy.” History From Below. September 10, 2017. ( Shane Burley, “Rainbow Heathenry: Is a Left-Wing, Multicultural Asatru Possible?” at Gods and Radicals. April 6 2016. (
June 12, 2020
Episode 1: Join me on the Heathen's Journey
In this first episode of the Heathen's Journey podcast, I talk about my own experiences as a modern heathen. I also talk a little bit about why I refer to myself as a traditional witch (hint: it's because I'm obsessed with folklore!). In our first journey, I take us through the nine realms of Yggdrasil, beginning to get us acquainted with the Norse cosmology. Support this Podcast on Patreon: Sources for this Episode: “The Prose Edda” by Snorri Sturluson “A Practical Heathen’s Guide to Asatru” by Patricia M. Lafaylllve “Taking Up the Runes” by Diana Paxson “Beings of Yggdrasil” by Jordain Cheng-Kinnander Sponsor:
May 20, 2020
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May 14, 2020