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29 Apr 2011

May Day/Beltaine/Walpurgisnacht News 2011


May Day/Beltaine/Walpurgisnacht 2011


Support Hex! We are community-supported not-for-profit publication. You can support us by heading to and ordering magazines, CDs, and prints, and by spreading the word to all like-minded folk!

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Leather Bound Limited Edition of Issues #5–8 + CD!

An edition of 13, and signed by the artisan (Jason Hovatter) and editors of Hex. One copy is very, very special (see photograph below).

12 of the leather bound copies are $100 + shipping each; the special edition copy is $150 + shipping. If you want to order send me an email: It’s first come…first serve!

Note: Issue #5 is sold out…this is a small reprint run.

All proceeds go to Hex Press to support its continued effort to provide folks with an excellent volunteer-based, community-supported, not-for-profit publication.

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And don’t forget: the much anticipated Hex Folk Market ( is here! Join our online market community in celebration of folk ways and sustainable living. Browse through our selection of international merchants or set up your own shop for free!

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~ Call for Hex Issue 9 Personal Narratives ~
~ My Favorite Winter Tradition ~

Winter is packed to the gills with wonderful traditions, and most of us have been touched in precious ways by at least one or two. For Issue 9 of Hex we’re inviting you to share the story of your favorite winter tradition…and maybe how it got to be your favorite!

Send submissions to

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Feeling Hexy?

Hex is putting out an initial call for Heathen Erotica.
For a side project, not a regular issue.
It will be published when we get enough material.

Accepting submissions for stories, poetry, art, photography, recipes, whatever. You can submit under your own name or a nom de plume.

The usual high standards of quality apply! IE: if it’s smut, it better be really good smut!

Send submissions to

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Hex Magazine Presents:

Seattle Folklife Festival
Blackened Cascadian Folk Night!

Hex is pleased to present this exciting performance
as part of the 2011 Seattle Folklife Festival.

6-9 pm, Friday night May 27th @ the Vera Stage.

Performers include:

In Gowan Ring/Birch Book

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New Life

Rain falls
Roots heave
Leaves sprout

Secrets abound for those who know
How to listen
How to look

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Old English Rune Poem

Daeg (Day) is the Lord’s herald, dear to men
the great Judge’s light, merriment and hope
to the fortunate and poor, enjoyed by all.

~ Rune poem translations by Sweyn Plowright

Day – light falling on all things. Dagaz is a door, an aperture into the hidden potential that lurks within everything we experience and encounter. We are shrouded and illuminated simultaneously in our consciousness – for every moment of awareness we are joined by a host of uncertainties, blind spots, and mysteries.

Day is perhaps the most elliptical, and fundamental, of all the runes. The sun is the source of all life, and day is her immortal child. Yet day is always bounded, finite, transient. We have to learn this lesson too – all seasons have their time, all tides must turn.

In every moment it is tempting to think that how I am now is eternal; yet each I is but fleeting weather, a passing cloud, a gliding bird across the disc of the sun. We are not the sources of our own light, but rather only mirrors of the day’s brightness. The same is true of all things in the world; thus we find ourselves woven into the very fabric of existence.

Dagaz exposes us to awe in the face of the beauty of the world around us – and teaches us humility in the same moment, a healthy humility, grounded in our knowing our right and good place in the world order.

Yet it is hard to know what one’s day-given niche is. It is hard, too, to retain that knowledge. We are vulnerable to amnesia and distraction, whether because of our own psychological örlog or because of the twisted hall of mirrors that is mass media and consensus opinion. Day might be “dear to men,” but we often seem to treat the clarity and wisdom that it symbolises with absent-minded disdain.

Perhaps this is human nature, to lose track of our sense of place and purpose when it is not constantly reflected back to us – let alone when we find ourselves in social settings that seem devised for misdirection. The sun is, for all human intents and purposes, an infinite source of illumination, yet we are all too vulnerable to turning from its light, as though it might suddenly go out if we were to bask too much!

Dagaz poses questions: how can you live more consciously? What is missing from your life and what can you do to complete it? How can you share moments of well-being and lightness with others? Can you bring yourself to see the world around you in more than the restrictive palette of your own immediate concerns?

Each of us can think, and act, and dream, but often we opt to live like automata, like robots. And yet there is an endless abundance of opportunities for us to explore, grow, and evolve – the light of day permeates all of the planet!

Human beings seem made to forget themselves and the very world around them. Luckily, day always follows night, and even amnesia blesses us – with the opportunity to recover our memories once more. Thus Dagaz invites us to live with a radically positive attitude; its enduring generosity truly makes it “merriment and hope to the fortunate and poor, enjoyed by all.”

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By the Hum of Ullr’s Bow: Winter Songs Compilation CD is still available!

Bands on the compilation CD include:

• A Minority of One • Allerseelen • Andrew King • At the Head of the Woods
• Beastianity • Hamramr • Irij • Ironwood • Ruhr Hunter
• Sangre Cavallum • Sieben • Steve von Till
• Svarrogh • Waldteufel • Wardruna

(You can read more about the artists here:

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: Issue Three Almost Gone! :

Issues One, Two, Four, & Five are sold out!

Limited numbers of Hex Issue Three (and also issues Six, Seven, and Eight of course) remain…

Order at:

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Until Summer Solstice, may you and your
household be blessed and kept. Hail!

~ HEX Magazine

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We are currently looking for:

• submissions

• funding

If you are interested in applying or have any suggestions, contact:

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Due date for Spring 2012 submissions
is Autumn Equinox 2011


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