Best neighbors

Published April 21, 2017 by Lunapo

The best neighbors are the ones who frequently go overlooked. They can’t speak, at least not in a way that we can understand. But they are quite helpful. 

They pay rent in kills, in a way which they need to maintain sustenance anyway, so it’s not a burden to them. 

If these neighbors and their many relatives (frogs, snakes, etc) were to vanish tomorrow, we’d all be the worse for it. 

Save all the yucky bug eaters. 

Manifest gods

Published April 20, 2017 by Lunapo

Friday night I was having dessert at a local pub with some of my CotE people when we started discussing manifest gods. 

Makes me think of the Joan Osborne song

What if God was one of us? 
Just a slob like one of us 
Just a stranger on the bus 
Tryin’ to make his way home?

So, the gods of old are manifested into folks living now. Their spirits are immortal, but their bodies are not. They reincarnate into new bodies and take on new personas, but continue to manifest their godly selves within that persona. 

Sounds quite a bit like…

Left right: Anders/Braggi, Mike/Ullr, Axl/Odin, Ty/Hodr, Olaf/Balder

Norse gods continue to reincarnate through decendants of Norse gods manifested who fled from the  I North to Norsewood, New Zealand. It sounds a bit silly and at times it is.  Seriously though, go watch the heck out of this show. It’s not American, so nudity and swearing is high while violence is low. 

So, manifest gods. There was talk of Odin being a school bus driver, Thor being a fighter pilot, and Loki being Tom Cruise. I believe Odin to be more suited as a truck driver, as there is much more traveling for The Wanderer. And Thor is much more blue collar. Tom Cruise I understand for Loki- he’s entertaining, but crazy as hell and totally unpredictable and uncontrollable. 

The next day, while on our 10 mile hike, Hubby and I discussed this. Hubby declared Odin would have to be a travel writer and I agree with his conjecture 2000%. Odin is the master of language. He would need to share his travels. He also believes Thor would have career status in the military and be eligible for retirement years ago, but continue to volunteer for front line infantry. 

Thinking of Witchlette’s favorites, Balder and Hod…I wonder if they would be working together. Balder the gentle, kind god. He would be one of the rare make preschool teachers. 

This got me thinking too about the goddesses. Would Frigg be more focused on wives or mothers? Would she be a general women’s advocate and cover both? Or would she be a seamstress for fashion designer? Perhaps she’s Vera Wang, known most for her wedding gown designs. What about Sif? She is to wives what Frigg is to mothers: embodiment of both, but known for one more than the other. She’s an agricultural goddess, so perhaps she’s be a farmer. Maybe a hair dresser, as she’s known more for her golden locks than anything else. All the handmaidens of which we know far too little about…

My personal goal for the remainder of 2017 is to get to know as much as I can about these mysterious figures. So much has been lost to the sands of time. I have been pointed to some resources that may help shed some light onto them. More to come!

Replacement behavior

Published April 19, 2017 by Lunapo

So I’m a nail biter. It’s a gross ugly habit and I hate doing it. I started when I was about Witchlette’s age: I saw my dad do it and figured I’d join in on the “fun”. 27 years later, try as I might to stop, here I am still. It’s a subconscious habit too. I’ll be doing something which takes mental power- reading, writing, driving- and find myself with my finger headed to my mouth. And then I hate that. I’ve tried to stop. My family has tried to help me stop. Nothing has worked. 

Because the point was always stop. 

For the last few days, Hubby and I have been musing about getting Witchling one of those fight cubes. When he stands at the did player and pushes the buttons, give him a replacement button to push instead.We’ll likely just use old video game buttons because we have them and it does the same task. 

This got me thinking about myself.  

Could a cube help me to not bite. Perhaps I could play with the cube instead. 

When we want students to stop doing a behavior, we don’t stop them cold. We replace it with something else, something similar in function but significantly less disruptive. I’ve been stopping cold. 

A cube could work. But, do I really want to buy something plastic to which I don’t have any connections? One of the cube sides is a worry stone pad. 

Why not a worry stone. I can bless it and make it Magick and have a connection to it. It would be something real and natural. I decided to bless it with Pertho, Frigg’s Rune, to have her help me on this journey. 

This morning I cast my morning Circle and invited Frigg, painted her Rune, and blessed the stone. 

When I go to bite or pick

When I need to do it quick

Instead I’ll rub this blessed stone

And leave my fingernails alone

It’s said it takes 66 days to form a habit. 

Today is day 1. 

Continued growth

Published April 18, 2017 by Lunapo

This Yule, Witchlette and I dedicated ourselves to improving our green thumbs. 

We planted basil and lavender during the winter holiday. 

Our six small pots of basil are doing quite well.

We’re still waiting for the lavender…

In February, we planted five bulbs. All of them were in pots and they all sprouted. We transplanted them to the front garden as we cleaned it up and gave it fresh mulch. Three of them have been thriving since transplanting. Two have yet to peak through. 

Two weeks ago, while making dinner, I found a potato that had more growth than not, so we planted it! 


Witchlette found watermelon and sunflower grow kits in her Easter basket which we will begin this weekend. 

Here’s hoping the green on our thumbs sticks…It’s been great bonding working in the dirt with her! And Witchling is excited to join us!

That moment when…

Published April 18, 2017 by Lunapo

That moment when your in-laws know you follow something, so when they see it, they put it aside for you. 

My father-in-law gets National Geographic. In February, the cover story was dedicated to the Vikings and a reinterpretation of those people. After reading it himself, it was put aside for me, since I do Viking lore. 

It was a very kind gesture that meant a lot to me. 

Balder’s dreams

Published April 17, 2017 by Lunapo

This evening for Asgard Stories, I cautiously relayed to Witchlette Balder’s dreams: he dreams of his own demise and Odin travels to Helheim to speak with a seeress to learn of Balder’s fate and it told he will die and spend forever in Helheim. 

Witchlette immidiately went into a panic. Was her favorite destined to die? 

I attempted to calm her with reassurance of his impending return, [rising from Helheim to lead with Magni, Modur, Thrud and the children of the older generation of gods] by comparing his death to sunset and sunrise. 

To no avail. 

So, taking her lead and seeing how I had gone to far and gave her more than she could handle, continued the story. Frigg went and sought a promise from every person, every animal, every thing to not hurt Balder. The gods then had a party by throwing items at Balder- throwing knives and swords, shooting arrows, tossing stones. They all gently hit him then fell to the floor. No harm done. 

And that’s it. 

I will not continue through the rest of Ragnarok until she shows she’s ready for it. 

Reflections

Published April 16, 2017 by Lunapo

Everyone has had their nice day with family meals and baskets and eggs and candy. 

I’d like to reflect for a bit. 

I know, I am preaching to the choir. The folks who read this are going to nod in agreement with most pieces. Those who actually need to see it, the Fox sect, never will. And even if they did, biases will make them deny it all. But it’s bothering me and I need to get it out. 
Lots of folks today claim they’re celebrating the rising of Jesus from the dead. They say the celebrate him and all he’s done and they want to live like him and follow his teachings. 

I live in the Bible belt. I see this on the daily. Bumper stickers: “Pro life. Pro God. Pro gun.” Ummm…One of these things is not like the other. Do you not know that guns are the stark opposite of life? 

Of course you don’t. Because you pick what you want to hear from Fox news and believe what you choose to believe. 

To clarify: I’m not anti-Jesus. I’m not anti-Christian. I’m anti-fundamentalist. I’m anti-asshole. 

Why a hypocrite?

The portraits done go against the x commandment. Also, they were done by Italian Renaissance painters, who painted life as they knew it not as it was. J-man was not Italian. 

Yup. 

They woukd put him on the other side of their wall, as they would consider him the other and fear he would take away their now-automated factory job. 

The close-minded us vs them nationalism has got to stop. The hiding behind a book has his to stop. The hate has got to stop. 

If you’re pro-life, then you provide from birth to death. You put resources towards your people, all of your people. You fund the next generation. You look at the big picture and you follow love. 

Rant over. Tomorrow we return to our regularly scheduled Witchy mama stuff. 

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