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Speaker Spotlight: Jane Sibley

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Jane T. Sibley, one of the founders of CTCW, also created the New England Conference on Mithraic Studies (Mithracon), happening in New Haven this weekend. Jane and Tchipakkan met in the Society for Creative Anachronism, a medieval recreation group, where Jane’s persona is that of a Norsewoman from the pre-Viking period, Arwen ferch Rhys (Tchipakkan’s is an Anglo-Saxon, also from the 7th century). That was where Jane created Auntie Arwen’s Spices, where she sells herbs and herb mixes both culinary and healing. If you can’t wait until the conference check them out on line. In the SCA she worked with Lois Fitzpatrick in the Soothsayer’s Guild, being awarded the Order of the Laurel for historical divination. Among the techniques she shared in this medievalist group were reading runes, casting seeds, and her work in utsetta (oracular seidhr).

She was taught a lot of this by her Norwegian grandmother, and, being an historian, is hesitant to claim that these techniques go back farther than can be documented, these are traditional techniques. Jane passes them along outside the family because they shouldn’t be lost, and none of the next generation has shown interest. Among these is the very intense Norseworking healing ritual, which she’s done for a few years. (If you come, be sure you know how to ground your energy!)

Jane’s degree was in folklore (her PhD in runes), and her work was with an electron microscope- as with much of CTCW, she combines mind and spirit, history and science, healing, divination, myth and humor, each informing our understanding of the others.

Her books, “Norse Mythology…According to Uncle Einar”, “The Hammer of the Smith”, “The Divine Thunderbolt: Missile of the Gods”,  and “A Different Dragon” and The Way of the Wise (Traditional Norse Folk Medicine and Magic.)

See her page here for a list of the classes she’s taught over the years.

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Speaker Spotlight: Jane Sibley aka Auntie Arwen

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Arwen_zps3e0ca28dJane T. Sibley, Ph.D., known in the SCA as Arwen Evaine, or at her shop as “Auntie Arwen” is a traditional Norse practitioner and a specialist in Norse folklore and  runes. (These pictures show her at the Society for Creative Anachronism, because the clothes there are more fun! Also in the SCA she can openly teach many of the subjects like herbalism, runes, and folklore.) She has taught at many Pagan events for decades, including at Rites of Spring, Feast of Lights, Twilight Covening, Beltane, Ecumenicon, Etheracon, Harvest Gathering, … the list goes on. Among other accomplishments, she is the co-chair and creator of Changing Times-Changing Worlds, and she created MithraCon, a conference on Mithraism and other cults in the Roman Empire. Arwen smiling

Her herbal expertise is expressed in her shop Auntie Arwen’s Spices, where she sells many herb and spice blends as well as unique items from her varied interests and activities.

She has written several books ranging from the humorous: “Norse Mythology…According to Uncle Einar”, the novel “The Hammer of the Smith”, to the academic “The Divine Thunderbolt: Missile of the Gods”, and soon to be published: Way of the Wise: Traditional Norwegian Folk and Magic Medicine, as well as the true adventures of “A Different Dragon”.

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