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birch and brisingamen
Photo credit: Lisa East
I'm Jess, a queer Black femme Heathen. I've been a practicing witch for 20+ years and Heathen for the last 3. I believe in honouring the old ways (which varied from one place and time to another) while bringing the Heathen values of frith, hospitality and land and water stewardship to modern times.
I support Declaration 127 and the Declaration of Deeds.
I'm currently enrolled in The Troth's Lore Study program.
Folk herbalism, animism, ancestor reverence and hearthcraft are the focus of my practice. I'm also an amateur mead maker, spinner, language learner (Scots Gaelic, Gaeilge, Welsh, Norwegian and Danish) and mythology and folklore nerd.
I'm a self-taught folk herbalist who creates handmade, small batch, organic bodycare and ritual products, with care for the healing and magickal properties of our plant kin.
My work comes through the lens of my lived experience as a Black queer femme. My people hail from Ireland, Scotland, France, Jamaica and St. Kitts and Nevis.
My vision for Birch & Brisingamen is:
*to offer ritual tools and body care created to honour the Aesir, Vanir, Disir and wights which are part of Heathen practice,
* to share knowledge about the runes, Norse myths and what it means to practice as a modern day Heathen, and
*to create a welcoming, inclusive, supportive space so we can chat about our traditional and modern practices, weave frith and build affirming, anti-racist Heathen community
where to start
Divination + Intuitive Work
If you'd like to book a Tarot reading, Rune reading or Intuitive Wisdom reading, you're in the right place.
(Body Care + Ritual Supplies)
If you're looking to treat yourself to products that are good for your skin and good for your soul, visit the online shop. Don't see what you're looking for? Reach out via email and I can create a custom offering just for you.
If you're looking for a space to ask questions, seek resources and share your experiences related to Heathenry, this is the place.
My primary offerings are:
* Handmade, small batch ritual products including ritual oils, spell jars, loose incense and ritual baths to honour the Aesir, Vanir, Disir and wights which are part of Heathen practice . Many of them are vegan, and made with local and organic ingredients, created with care for the healing and magickal properties of our plant kin.
*Handmade, small batch bodycare products including salves, herbal tinctures and elixirs, herb- infused body oils, herbal teas . Many of them are vegan, and made with local and organic ingredients, created with care for the healing and magickal properties of our plant kin.
*Using my abilities as a diviner (Elder Futhark runes and Tarot) to offer clarity on your life, from love and career to your spiritual path and healing.