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30 Oct 2010

Winternights/Samhain News 2010


Winter Nights/Samhain 2010

* Hex Issue 7: Fall/Winter 2010 is Here! *

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* By Popular Demand: Tree of Life Prints by Arrowyn Craban! *

After many requests, we have relented and produced a limited run of 50 prints of Arrowyn’s exquisite scherenschnitte cover art from Issue 7 of Hex, signed by the artist! Order yours today from:

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* Personal Narratives:A Dream that Changed my Life *

For Hex Issue 8, Spring/Summer 2011,
we’re celebrating the transformative power of dreams!
Share your most potent hypnagogic adventure,
be it one from a Midsummer’s Night or otherwise.
Due date is 2010 Winter Solstice (December 21):

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Mondflecken im Wald, Winter by Archip Iwanowitsch Kuindshi, 1842-1911

As Long as my Heart Beats

As long as my heart beats
As long as my blood flows
As long as my lungs breathe
The ice-wind from my soul:

I’ll keep on living
I’ll keep on dreaming

Through death and loss
The clutching frost
Through cruelty’s costs
I’ll keep on living

Through veils of pain
The hail-seed grain
Through black ice bane
As long as my heart beats…

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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

“The Lord’s herald.” Putting aside the historical complexities of a Christian gloss on a seemingly pagan poem for a moment, the notion that day is the herald of the divine is pregnant with meaning. We speak of a new day; of the old days; of days to come. Yet day itself always slips from view, our vision cluttered with the contents of each day: our doings, our actions, our thoughts and feelings, our fears, our desires.

Lost in the clutter of life lived, events segue into events, and we improvise endlessly, sometimes artlessly. Losing sight of our days, the vessels of the happening of our lives, goes with losing sight of ourselves. We become familiar with the usual, the commonplace, the “everyday” – and somehow this familiarity breeds not an intimate understanding but rather a silent obscurity. We are so close to the task of living that we no longer notice what it is or who we are that carry out that task.

The people of Old Europe who first used the runes did not seem to generally reckon time in days; rather they counted in nights. Yet there is no rune for night, only for day. Perhaps night is for tallying up the repetition of routine existence, for good or ill…but day is for making sense of the shape of things that tend to be too close for easy understanding.

Dagaz reminds us of time and space as a container of our experiences. It draws our attention back to the empty yet potential-rich shape into which our lives are moulded. The rune hints at a different point of view. It doesn’t take away from the reality of the choices that we make (even the reactive or unconscious choices); it doesn’t take away from the habits and ruts into which we recline. No; Dagaz merely reminds us that we humans slip away into such grooves and patterns, and leaves the rest up to us.

This is a tremendous gift: circumspection, the gift of reflection and perspective, restores to us our ability to act with wisdom, to act in accordance with the Braille of our hearts, to paraphrase A. A. Attanasio. The feeling of relief that can come when we allow ourselves to decompress our minds is joyous indeed: truly Dagaz is merriment and hope to all!


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Pumpkin Pie from Scratch

I love the autumn…colorful leaves against a brilliant blue sky, misty mornings, and pumpkin pie! If you’ve never had pumpkin pie from scratch with homemade whipped cream you haven’t lived! The vibrancy and texture are so enticing, and the cream is divine…not like that uniform bland stuff from the store with canned “cream” on top. Yuck!

The crust:
– 1 ½ c. almond flour (or what I used: combo of chopped almonds, chopped pecans, and coconut flour, but any kind of nuts or flour would work)
– ¼ c. melted butter
– 1 t. salt

The filling:
– 2 c. cooked pumpkin
– 3 eggs
– 3/4 c. sweetener (Rapadura sugar or maple syrup or a combo)
– 1 T fresh grated ginger
– 1 t. cinnamon
– 1/4 t. nutmeg
– 1/4 t. cloves
– 1/4 t. salt
– grated rind of 1 lemon
– 1 c. creme fraiche

To cook the pumpkin:
Cut in half and deseed (then cook the seeds and eat them!). Place face down on a shallow pan and pour about 1/8″ of water in the pan. Bake @ 350F for 30–40 minutes. It’s finished when you turn it over and a fork goes easily through to the skin.

Prepare the crust:
Combine melted butter, almond flour, and salt in a bowl and mix well. Transfer to a 9 inch pie plate and press evenly into the bottom and sides of the plate.

Prepare the filling:
Cream eggs with sweetener in a large bowl. Gradually blend in other ingredients. Pour into pie plate and bake @ 350F for 35–45 minutes. Then let cool.

To make homemade whipped cream:
Put a quart of whipping cream in a tall and wide container. I like to use a large yogurt container. Then pour about 1/4 c. of maple syrup in. Add 1 t. of vanilla. Use a soup wand or small electric mixer to blend until it thickens. You can use a hand whisk but the cream needs to stay cold (put on ice) and it takes a while. But I’ve done it!


~ Recipe by Arrowyn Craban, adapted from Nourishing Traditions and Primal Blueprint Cookbook

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Heathen Music on the West Coast!

Allerseelen: Böses Blut (90 sec Youtube clip)

Lovers of spirited music are in for a treat in coming days and months along the West Coast of the United States, with Allerseelen (Austria), Waldteufel (Hex’s own Markus Wolff!), Agalloch (celebrated dark-folk-metal masters), Lasher Keen (rising neofolk stars), and others bringing their amazing tunes to a stage near you (we hope).

Waldteufel Performance Dates:

Sunday, October 31, 2010: Halloween
Lasher Keen
Zania Morgan
At Terminal, 3957 San Leandro St, Oakland, CA

Thursday, November 4, 2010
Expo ’70
Numinous Eye
Waldteufel (With Lasher Keen’s Dylan Sheets!)
At Red Devil Lounge, 1695 Polk (at Clay), San Francisco, CA

Waldteufel and Allerseelen Performance Dates:

15 Dec 2010 Portland: to be confirmed
16 Dec 2010 Salem: to be confirmed

Agalloch and Allerseelen Performance Dates:

17 Dec 2010 Portland OR Berbati’s Pan (+ Aerial Ruin)
18 Dec 2010 Seattle WA Neumo´s (+ Alda + Waldteufel)
21 Dec 2010 Los Angeles CA Ultra Violet Social Club (+ Winterthrall)
22 Dec 2010 San Francisco CA Great American Music Hall (+ Dispirit)

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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 and Seven of course) remain…

Order at:

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Until Yule, 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,


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Duedate for Autumn 2011 submissions is Spring Equinox 2011


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