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I am Sigrun Pallene. Actually, I am not Sigrun Pallene, that’s a psuedonym. I started this blog because I needed a place to talk about my spiritual path with a certain level of candor. Besides, my real name is weird enough that Sigrun Pallene almost sounds plausible by comparison. My whole life I have been one of “those” women. The woman who is too loud, too vulgar, too rough, and too pushy. The woman who doesn’t know that men hate it when you beat them at games, that you shouldn’t prattle on about Xhosa healing ceremonies or televised eye surgery when on a date, that guys hate it when you use big words they don’t know. The woman who is too blatant in her sexuality, too immodest in her dress, too casual in her relationships with men. The woman to whom people constantly say things like “Geez, tell us how you REALLY feel!” or “Stop yelling ‘vagina’! You’ll upset the neighbors!”. I have tried to fit in, to make myself more demure and “classy”. I often think that somewhere inside me is an inner Audrey Hepburn, but the big mean fat girl ate her… so here I am.


Ain’t no party like a maenad party, cuz a maenad party don’t stop…

I am currently a dedicant for the ADF and a practicing priestess for a small grove here on the tiny island in the Northwest I call home. I am married to a Bad Ass Motherfucker, who was the only man I deemed could survive being married to me. He is my rock and my hero, even if he wishes I would stop yelling ‘vagina’ and scaring the neighbors. This blog is called ‘Ravens and Ivy’ because I identify with the ferocity of the Germanic Valkyries and the ecstatic abandon of the Greek Maenads. I consider myself a sort of Pan-Germanic reconstructionist, which if it seems like a ridiculously over the top description, it is.


Brunhilde, making the world safe for bosomy dames everywhere…

In addition to my ADF studies and priestess duties, I am also learning German and attempting to teach myself Anglo-Saxon and Icelandic. I’ll get back to you on that when my brain stops smoking.

I have a low tolerance for hyper “woo woo” or self-delusion. Just because you are religious does not mean you can’t be pragmatic and sensible about the world around you. Not every owl in the forest is calling your name, and no, you are not a 10th generation Wiccan. Stop it, you’re making us look bad.

These are my tales from a lifetime spent as warrior, witch, harlot, maenad, mystic, and valkyrie.

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