Rune Drum Video: Warning Trees About Logging

Aug 23rd, 2018 | By | Category: Articles, Uncategorized


Earlier this year a shamanic teacher colleague in the US gifted me a large drum. The drum and I flew across The Atlantic together and it expressed a strong preference for living and working with me in Sweden, not in London (where I spend more of my time as my children attend school there). It also communicated very clearly that it wished me to paint the wheel of the runes on it and become known as The Rune Drum from that point onward.

Big drum – big voice – big vision!

I am a presenter on Year of Ceremony with Sounds True and after my Super Blue Blood Moon presentation, co-presented my 14-year old son Brendan, for the Full Moon of January 31st 2018, someone from this community wrote in and requested I create some shamanic drumming videos or recordings.

After mulling over that suggestion for some time I came up with the idea of creating a Rune Drum Video series (as different in concept from my Sacred Art Videos) and this is the first one. At the time of writing there are two more in the pipeline: one about rock art (petroglyphs) in Sweden and one about a spiritual journey to an uninhabited island.

I have written blogs about trees and logging before:

Novena for Fallen Trees

Rune Activism for Fallen Trees

When I shared those links on social media some people responded by asking “how one talks to trees” or “how to actually go about warning a community of trees about logging”. This video is my response and it includes both instructions and five minutes of shamanic drumming. I also explain how ancestor cults involving trees existed in Pagan Scandinavia (in a time before Christianity became the dominant faith in the Nordic countries).

The feedback I have received since I posted the video this morning has been encouraging and heart-warming – people have reported beautiful visions and experiences.

I invite you to watch this Rune Drum Video and feel free to post your experiences in the comments!

Here is the link (but the video also appears below this blog).

More importantly I invite you to spend more time communicating with trees!!

Imelda Almqvist


Imelda Almqvist is an international teacher of shamanism and sacred art. Her book Natural Born Shamans: A Spiritual Toolkit For Life (Using shamanism creatively with young people of all ages) was published by Moon Books in 2016 and her second book Sacred Art: A Hollow Bone for Spirit (Where Art Meets Shamanism) will be published in March 2019.  She was a presenter on the Shamanism Global Summit  in both 2016 and 2017 and is a presenter on Year of Ceremony with Sounds True. She divides her time between the UK, Sweden and the US. She is currently working on her third book Medicine of the Imagination.  (website)  (blog)

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