Modern American Shamanism
The Modern American Shamanism's website is dedicated to bringing the true Northern European/Germanic spiritual traditions back to life. Ancient Northern European cultures have always had what is referred to today as shamanic arts.
2023 in-person classes have started!!!
Class at New Pagan/Heathen shop in Farmington, MO.
"Echoes of Eternity"
Date: May 28, 2023.
The Factory, 120 S A St, Farmington, MO 63640
Modern American Shamanism is a group dedicated to learning, developing, practicing, and teaching the Germanic traditions as clearly as possible. We try and understand the old Germanic, Pennsylvania German, Icelandic, and Scandinavian languages as they pertain to the Poetic and Prose Edda. One of the driving forces in the Edda is a search for knowledge and then how to use it correctly. We try and take this idea to heart.
A lot of the gods, goddess, giants, creatures, natural elements like the wind, and even the rocks and trees have specific names. In many modern translations these names have been left out or mistranslated. When you know the names of everything in the story the meaning of the story changes. So, without a complete understanding of what is being read the knowledge gained is incomplete.
I started milling around the idea of creating the Nerthus Project last year. In fact, three separate things happened in 2016, that motivated me to turn my ideas into something that would be beneficial. The first one happened when my wife and I were talking to a new pagan friend. She would talk about how different St. Louis was and how she wished she could move back to the mountains and be immersed in nature again. The second part hit me this fall when I was working with my son on survival skills. I was repeating the same thing my father had told me, “If you know how to survive in nature and live off the land you have nothing to fear.” (His point was that a good number of people are afraid of being homeless because they only know how to live in cities/modern world.) This reminded me of how disconnected people have gotten from nature. The final part of the equation happened while I was reading Tacitus’s writings about the Germanic Goddess Nerthus. Tacitus referred to Nerthus as “Terra Matter”, or Earth Mother. All three of these came together in my head and generated the idea of the Nerthus Project.