Mythic tales, modern problems

Mythic themes help us make sense of a messy world. Jarnsaxa Rising is here for you.

Seems as though all the summer entertainment takes us back to ancient and mythic themes to understand contemporary society. Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame dominated the month of May. The finale of Game of Thrones pitted dragons against mortals to show the difference between dictatorship and democracy. Now, Good Omens uses Biblical themes in a battle between Heaven and Hell to show that friendship is magic.

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I’m not actually 100% sure. I haven’t finished watching it, and I read the book over a decade ago. It’s been a while. The point is, people are trying to make sense out of a flawed world, and they’re turning to ancient myths, legends and stories to cope. They’re also giving a lot of money to huge corporations (Disney, Warner Media, Amazon) to scratch the itch for story. Pro tip: You don’t have to. You have podcasts.

Jarnsaxa Rising gives you Norse mythology, in worlds both imagined and real. Mythic themes sort out justice, climate crisis and wealth disparity. Just like the aforementioned, it’s got the end of the world at stake, rich multifaceted characters, and clever strategies to defeat enemies and surmount obstacles. Plus, the actors are exciting. If you haven’t heard it yet, now’s your chance! You can start with Season 1, Episode 1, on your favorite podcast app. Or, click below for the stand-alone episode, We Who Contain Multitudes, the opening of Season 2.

We Who Contain Multitudes, Season 2, Episode 2

In September of 1944, Jarnsaxa meets mysterious strangers whose plane crashes on her island. She hopes they might release her from her witch bottle, and let her escape. When she finds their agenda is more bellicose and cruel than she could imagine, she takes strides to correct them. 

Content warning: extreme violence, frank discussion of sex, frank discussion of racism, fighting Nazis.

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Why do we keep pulling mythology out to try to cope with what we cannot understand? It’s familiar, it’s adaptive, and it lets us believe that recklessness and flaws have a place in the world. Nature has its own order, humans just try to impose their will on it. Stories let us make sense of our lives. Get yourself more mythic stories, for free!

Episode 8: Charged and Grounded

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Illustration by Matt Lichtenwalner.

Jarnsaxa’s final battle with Balder and Thor forces her to abandon her usual tactics. Using Nikea’s flash drive, she explodes the witch bottle, attacking the corporation in a sonic storm. Thor takes her to Yggdrasil. Reunited with Eric, she must make hard choices about the future for her own children, and Eric’s.

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Episode 7: The Flow Of Current

1024px-Dendera03Despite Sif’s new wisdom and Eric’s new insight about his relationships, Thor obstructs their mission. Loki uses his experience as the mother of Slepnir to gain Skuld’s trust. Eric uses 21st-century tools to stop Thor, and Sif invokes Jarnsaxa. The Interviewer remembers who she is. Heimdall is caught between Sif’s determination and Thor’s stubborness, and must carve his own path without the Aesir. Ratatoskr returns with intelligence from another world.

Special thanks to Tom Boutell for his understanding of .png files, and to Mark Edmundson for his understanding of ancient electricity.

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Episode 6: Conductivity

lighteningstrike1Season 2, Episode 6: Urd, Sif and Eric connect the pattern between the destruction of Jotunheim, the other Norns’ disappearance, and Jarnsaxa’s mission in Midgard.  Jarnsaxa experiences a new side of Balder, and must protect her witch bottle. Loki and Skuld discover the truth about Jasper and Balder, and Loki sets out on a path of destruction.

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Episode 5: Is This Really You?

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Red Squirrel by hedera.baltica, Wroclaw, Poland.

Season 2, Episode 5: Ratatoskr warns Sif and Eric that something is wrong at Urd’s Well. Jarnsaxa finds that Mr. Wallace has been collecting some mysterious trophies, and recognizes him for who he really is. Heimdall and Thor strain their relationship and mission with threats and deception. Loki makes Stephanie discover her true voice and identity.

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Episode 4: Is It A Trap?

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Wilhelm Wagner, Heimdallr desires Iðunn’s return from the underworld,1881.

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Jarnsaxa brings Nikea’s viral weapon back to the Hei Shui corporation, but must continue posing as Agent Bachman and develop diplomatic skills, when The Interviewer gives her a risky invitation. Loki finds Jasper, and lands in the tightest vise he can imagine: the role of a devoted father. Eric and Sif go to Hel, find the trapped Scandia Energy workers from Sottunga, and Agent Bachman adds to the greater mystery. What could Hel want from Sif? Why are the voices of Stephanie, The Interviewer and SoloMom so compelling to Loki and Jarnsaxa?

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Need a Winter’s Tale?  All ten episodes of Season 1 of Jarnsaxa Rising are available for your listening pleasure. Join her on her journey. Follow these links to listen, or look for Jarnsaxa Rising in the podcatcher of your choice.

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The Aurora Borealis by Frank Olsen, Norway