2017 Camp Story –

We are telling our story: a World Tree journey with Freya

          We are telling our story
          For our past
          For our future
          For ourselves and for those who may one day join us
          We write to set it down
          We tell to make it true

          Freya
          Bright One
          Shieldmaiden
          Goddess of Golden Tears
          Valkyrie
          Beloved

          Winter’s kiss drew her down deep
          Travelling the realms on the branches of the great World Tree
          She was seeking
          And she found
          She was no longer alone

Imagine if our story, our shared stories, were actually part of sacred myth. Imagine if our story connected with that of our beloved Freya, golden shining one, who has taught us to live with a zest for being and loving, who has year after year welcomed us into her Hall. Freya, Valkyrie, shield maiden, goddess of love, sex, war, and seidr magics, traveled the nine realms seeking. Could it be possible that, in the course of her travels she experienced the pull of desire, the depth of surrender, the freedom of transformation, the comfort and strength of solidarity, the power of manifestation?

          Called into the midst of a witch’s hall
          Freya claimed a fierce, activist clan as her own
          To celebrate life
          To celebrate sex
          To celebrate the earth
          To fight where justice is needed
          And love beyond all reason
          She named this hall as her own

Could it be possible that, during her travels through the realms of the World tree, she walked right into a cozy, communal cabin, with hall twinkle-lit, where 80 or so witches had  gathered to dream and create a new world? Could it be possible that we are part of Freya’s story?

Just suppose for a moment our stories intersect. And just suppose that we have the power and the choice to travel with Freya, on part of her journey through all of the realms where we can seek and find and craft new ways of being, that shake up the status quo, that carve a new path, a new road, a new way. Suppose we can queer our path and create a third way of moving in the world.

          Winter’s Kiss draws us down deep
          We each come to Freya’s hall alone
          We each see her in our own way
          Lover
          Warrior
          Mother
          Seer
          Witch
          Goddess
          Archetype

          Freya
          She shows us the strength of the witches that surround us
          The beauty
          The depth
          The fragility
          The core of our community

          Let us ask the questions
          Who are We
          Where are we going
          What do we love
          And what do we fight for

Imagine that together, as a community that is so much more than the sum of its parts, we explore the sacred realms of water, justice, sexuality, community, and honoring the complexity of our bioregion and its inhabitants of bone, blood, spirit, and flesh. Imagine exploring the places where those realms intersect with Freya as our beloved traveling companion and Yggdrasil, the World Tree, as our map.

We are the Hearth of the Water Healers. We are the ones who work in solidarity with Indigenous people so that Earth’s water runs free and clear, and that all of Earth’s people have access to its abundance.

In the Time of the Great Turning, we hear a knock on the door from our realm into Yggdrasil. When we open it, there stands Freya Mardal, the One Who Makes the Sea Swell. We invite her in.

“I’m journeying between the realms,” she tells us, “to seek wisdom, healing, compassion, and justice. To seek the pieces of our power that have been lost. Will you join me?”

So we do.

We are the Hearth of the Body Healers. We are the ones who work to ensure that all Earth’s people know themselves as beautiful, essential, and desirable. Who work to reclaim our sensuality and sexuality and the knowledge that we are our own unquestionable authority over both, having the power of the Sacred Yes and the Sacred No.

In the Time of the Great Turning, we hear a knock on the door from our realm into Yggdrasil. When we open it, there stands Freya, Lady of Desire. We invite her in.

“I’m journeying between the realms,” she tells us, “to seek wisdom, healing, compassion, and justice. To seek the pieces of our power that have been lost. Will you join me?”

So we do.

We are the Hearth of the Justice Workers. We are the ones who join the work to transform systems of power-over into systems of power-with, to make room for the experiences of those most marginalized  so that we can nurture beloved community to meet all of our Nyd, to address and transform the trauma  of patriarchy, white supremacy, colonization, racism, cisgenderism, misogyny, ableism, ageism, and all other forms of privilege and oppression, known and unknown, because we know that our liberation is bound to one another.

In the Time of the Great Turning, we hear a knock on the door from our realm into Yggdrasil. When we open it, there stands Freya, Possessor of the Fallen Slain. We invite her in.

“I’m journeying between the realms,” she tells us, “to seek wisdom, healing, compassion, and justice. To seek the pieces of our power that have been lost. Will you join me?”

So we do.

We are the Hearth of the Earth Allies. We are the ones who work, for however long we are here, to deeply know the Upper Mississippi River bioregion, its red bloods and green bloods, its rocks and waters and winds, who seek to sense its moods and health like a beloved. We work uneasily and often without permission, on the unceded land of the Dakota, the Anishinaabe-Ojibwe, and other peoples whose names have been lost. We struggle with our place in the timelines of injustice and colonization.

In the Time of the Great Turning, we hear a knock on the door from our realm into Yggdrasil. When we open it, there stands Freya, Gracious Hostess and Beloved Guest, the one who has called so many of us to her Hall. We invite her in.

“I’m journeying between the realms,” she tells us, “to seek wisdom, healing, compassion, and justice. To seek the pieces of our power that have been lost. Will you join me?

So we do.

          Let us travel the World Tree together
          Let us visit the realms
          We travel with Freya now as equals
          Feeling her trust and that of the witches beside us
          Where one of us falters, another will lend their loving hand

          As Freya’s kiss draws us down deep, we are not alone.
          We dare to embrace our bioregion with love, integrity, and authentic hearts.
          As Freya’s kiss draws us down deep, we dare to tell our story.


Written by Karin Levitski, Eli Effinger-Weintraub, and Leora Effinger-Weintraub. Huge gratitude to our 2017 story spinners!

Idea and basic themes for the story were consensed upon by those who gathered at the open WWC 2017 Story Selection meeting on Feb 28, 2016.