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Sacred Art Video

December, 2017

The Wild Hunt of Frau Holle and Her Heimchen


In Europe the months of November and December are the classic time of year when the Veil is thin and we catch glimpses of a phenomenon called The Wild Hunt.

In this art video shamanic teacher and painter Imelda Almqvist explores the role of a very ancient Northern European goddess called Frau Holle, as a soul conductor for children.

There are many reports of her roaming the land and night sky accompanied by the spirits of dead children. This phenomenon is called The Wild Hunt.

In Middle Dutch the name of the Milky Way was Vroneldenstraet: the street or highway of Frau Holle. She is also known as the Hyllemoer or Elder Mother and closely associated with the spirit of the Elder Tree.

As a new religion called Christianity took over, Frau Holle became feared, even demonized. Her crucial role: patrolling the liminal zone between Life and Death was no longer understood. Her deep compassion for life, especially young life, was no longer felt.

Frau Holle deserves to return to our collective consciousness and take her rightful place as one of the most ancient goddesses of Old Europe!


About the Author:

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.  She is a presenter on the Shamanism Global Summit  2017 as well as on Year of Ceremony with Sounds True. She divides her time between the UK, Sweden and the US. She is currently working on her second book Sacred Art: A Hollow Bone for Spirit – Where Art Meets Shamanism

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Imelda is a presenter on Year of Ceremony with Sounds True

And she presented on the Shamanism Global Summit with The Shift Network in both 2016 and 2017

Sacred Art

September, 2017

The Great Cosmic Womb

of Egyptian Goddess Nut

In Ancient Egypt, Nut was the Sky Goddess and daughter of Shu and Tefnut. She was seen as a personification of The Milky Way. She was both the ultimate Mother Goddess and the Soul Conductor or Psychopomp who reabsorbed the souls of dead people back within herself. The ancient  Egyptians believed that our star constellation Cygnus (or The Swan) marked the location of The Cosmic Womb in The Milk Way, the womb of Nut. 

The sun god Ra entered her mouth after the Sun set in the evening and was reborn from her vulva the next morning. She also swallowed and re-birthed stars. The pharaoh entered her body after death and was later resurrected. Her image is painted on the inside of many sarcophagi. This symbolized the return of dead souls to the Divine Womb at the heart of the Cosmos.

In art, Nut is often depicted as a woman wearing no clothes, covered with stars. Her husband  was Geb and they were the parents of Osiris, Horus,  Isis, Set, and Nephthys.

I was guided to lead a group of colleagues in working with Nut at Chaco Canyon in New Mexico in October 2016. The work was earth-shattering and life changing!

Here is a link for the Youtube recording of my presentation at THRESHOLD, the 2016 annual conference of The Gatekeeper Trust



About the Author:


Imelda Almqvist is the author of Natural Born Shamans: A Spiritual Toolkit For Life, (Using shamanism creatively with young people of all ages) published by Moon Books in 2016. She teaches shamanism and sacred art internationally. Imelda pioneered a shamanic program for young people called The Time Travellers. This offers safe group space for children and teenagers to develop a viable spiritual toolkit and her first book describes this work and why young people are our greatest spiritual teachers! She is currently working on her second book (about sacred art).



Imelda’s otherworld paintings can be found in art collections all over the world. Her courses take place in the fertile place where art meets shamanism. The focus is on engaging in innovative ways with both mystery school material and on creating healthy vibrant reality rather than continuing to create reality from wounded or distorted old blueprints. Our ability to do this lies at the heart of navigating the current paradigm shift successfully.

Imelda is starting a school of Norse shamanism  based in Sweden called True North. She has three teenage sons and loves making art videos. The most extreme thing she has ever done is assisting with eye surgery in a field hospital in Bangladesh. One of the most life-changing things she has ever done is teaching art and design to under-privileged children and teenagers in Lima, Peru!


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