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Returning to my roots

Published September 8, 2017 by Lunapo

Three weeks ago, I spent the non-student work days setting up my workspace and the beginnings of my instructional materials. 

This year, after a two-year hiatus, I am returning to my roots and going back to what I know best. 

I’m going back to the classroom. 

A few weeks ago, at the CotE Urban Paganism workshop, I hit on an idea I hadn’t thought of before: setting up sacred space at my place of work. 

I had mini Mason jars filled and set for rituals without candles, but they are now present at work. 

Additionally, I collected the two crow feathers I have gathered from work the last few years and places them within the frames of my kids’ pictures. 

Perhaps one for Hunnin and one for Munnin?

When I find something unobtrusive that would make a good Frigg totem, that will be added as well. Perhaps also something for Thor, Sif, and Idunn. 

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Epic high five

Published July 9, 2017 by Lunapo

This morning on Instagram, I found this great photo from bible_belt.atheist. It came with the following caption:

That sums things up rather nicely, and I see where the image creator is coming from. 

My standpoint shows me something different, however. I see this as the most high five to end all high fives. 

Thor and Heimdall, epic Aesir high five. 

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!

30DOD: VIII- Background: Mythology

Published July 31, 2014 by Lunapo

 

My main source of mythology comes from the Norse pantheon. I give a lot of credit to Erik Evenson and his work. I am not great with reading old texts and the modernized version of the myths suits me really well. It helps too that I am a comic lover. While I am sure a lot of what was in the original text was lost in translation- from the Christianization/bastardization of myth (many cultures have felt this), the change from the original language of the Eddas to English to modern English, to the comic version.

If anyone is interested in Norse Mythology beyond the Marvel Thor character, but they are not intrigued enough to read the full text of the Eddas or, like me, just don’t have the time/attention to devote to such a task, I highly recommend this version. Whether this is a stepping stone or this is as deep as you go, it is a great read with wonderful illustration throughout.

One of my goals for the remainder of the year is to do more research and read more Irish myths. While it is well known that most Irish lore did not survive St. Patrick, I am finding time after Witchlette goes down to delve into myth. While I am familiar with the Mythological Cycle and  The Tuatha de Danann, I would like to read the other three cycles: Ulster, Fenian, and Historical.

Crossroads

Published May 22, 2012 by Lunapo

One of the first groups I joined (and then left because we are in different stages of life…) was a metaphysical group in Raleigh. June 2009 was one of the first gatherings I attended. All good people bringing a lot of different skills to the table. A lot was discussed with the upcoming end of the Mayan calendar. I’m sure they are still discussing it. What does it mean? What change will take place? Some think it will be an end of days for all; some think it will be for those who do not open their mind/heart to Jesus, Love, the Universe, Peace, etc. Those that have been opened and are opening will continue to live, those that do not will perish. They will just fall lifeless to the ground and their essence will drift into the ether. Others thought those who are opened will ascend to a new world while those who have not opened will be here waiting for the next chance, continuing to learn their lessons, continuing to learn how to love one another until the time comes when they get a second chance. One woman claims this happened once before in Atlantis and all perished because none were ready.

I keep the date in the back of my mind, not for counting down until the end of days. Watching the world around me, seeing how it acts and reacts, waiting to see what will happen next. I do think something big is going to happen. I do think something is coming.

Saturday morning, I read Lucius’ post (and Mystical Bewilderment’s one too) about coming changes and what they mean, specifically for Heathens. Both have noticed the Gods of old calling to people across pantheons. Lucian called it a Call to Arms, like a coming war. Which it may be.

In an earlier post, I described how I got to where I am today. I began with Celtic paganism, since I am 1/4 Irish, and this is the lineage to which I subscribe the most. (Truly, I am American with at least 7 lineages in my family history). Then I tried Cherokee Medicine. While I continue to practice many of the Medicine ways, I do not feel comfortable calling myself a follower of a Native pantheon. Through all of my growing and learning, I keep getting called to the Norse. I feel a strong pull towards them, both in my heritage (1/4 German and 1/8 Swedish, plus 1/8 English and the 1/4 Irish…historical evidence of the Norn can be found all over Northern Europe…) and in my Spiritual practices.

After reading those posts, I think it makes sense why the Aesir keep calling to me. They know I will fight to the end for what I feel is right. They know I am a trained warrior (with blade and bullet). I have read and re-read the best modern form of the Edda’s I have found to date.

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Yet, I don’t feel right calling myself a Heathen either. I don’t practice quite the way that a Heathen would. I focus a lot on the elements and less on the deities; I focus a lot on kitchen witchery; I focus a lot on the Earth and conservationism. But the only deities I have ever been comfortable opening up to and expressing either mentally or vocally are mine (Sun, Sky, Earth, Moon) or the Norse, especially Heimdal.

Instead of going against the calling, because it doesn’t “fit” what I tend to do, I’m going to embrace the calling.

After all, one size does not fit all.

Brightest Blessings,

Lunapo )O(

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