Manifest gods

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!

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Challenge book 4

Last night I finished my 4th book for the Witch and Witchcraft book challenge. 

I read Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology. 

This book is precisely as the reviews have described it:

  • Well written retellings of some of the most well-known myth with creative license taken to enhanced descriptions and some dialog
  • Respect to the culture from which it was taken and the movement which embraces it. 
  • A flowing read to get a good insight into the time, the people, the Pantheon 
  • Not at all a guide book for how to do Norse Magick (which apparently was a concern in some Heathen circles)

I recommend this book highly, especially for one who is just getting to know the myths. While reading this one, I also reread the graphic novel Gods of Asgard by Erik Evensen. 

The two books portray many of the same myths. Both begin with the creation myth and end with Ragnarok. Gainam makes frequent reference to the Necklace of Brisings but does not include the introduction of the necklace for the story is too “rapey” (his word choice). Evensen does include Brisings. Gainam includes the Mead of Poetry, Evensen does not. Gainam mentions more deities by name and description and includes a glossary of important names/places/items. Evensen has a cast of characters, akin to a giant Simpsons poster, which includes everyone, but not all drawn are detailed in the myths he depicts. 

Both gentlemen have little to share about goddesses, save Sif’s hair, Freya’s necklace, and Frigg’s son. Gainam believes the goddesses stories are lost to the sands of time, left for us to put back together. 

Balder

So, this morning I was under the impression that PBP was on “C”. I was a week ahead of myself. Oops. So the post I put up this morning about Circle Casting has been taken down (for now) and will be republished next week.

Now, on to “B”. It is a cold, grey, sleeting day in Raleigh. I need some light. Who better to help me feel the light than Balder, Norse god of light.

The following is from godchecker.com:

A champion of goodness, innocence and forgiveness, he was loved by everybody. But news has just reached us that he was killed by LOKI. The good news is that, due to extensive mourning by all earthly things, he may be brought back to life.

No. It’s failed — one old hag called Thokk has refused to weep, saying he never done nuffin for her. How did he die? Every thing in existence had promised never to harm him, thus making him completely indestructable. In fact he was so impervious to injury that at banquets guests used to amuse themselves by hurling things at him. So how did LOKI kill him? (It’s more convoluted than Agatha Christie but bear with us.)

Ah, when all the world was promising not to hurt him, there was an abstainer. Mistletoe. Yes, mistletoe. When LOKI found this out, he made a dart of sharpened mistletoe and gave it to a blind god called HOD. In the middle of a banquet, HOD with sharp ears and sharp mistletoe hit the target. Zap!

But that’s not the end of it. The old hag Thokk turns out to have been arch-villain LOKI in one of his many disguises. When confronted he tried to escape by turning into a salmon. But he was not slippery enough to escape the net and now faces perpetual punishment.

But there’s more! HOD turns out to be BALDUR’s unsuspecting twin brother. But was he full of hidden hatred? Will BALDUR return? Can HERMOTH save him from the Underworld? Can you wait for the next instalment? Stay tuned for Part Two of the Baldur Murder Mystery!