I need (a) Norse icon(s). and more icon space. Anyway, this is a really basic run down of what I know/remember of Norse mythology...World began with Jotuns, frost giants. One, Ymir, had a cow who licked the ice and conjured Odin and his brothers. They killed Ymir and created Midgard.Odin - Aesir, All-Father, God-King, Warrior-Chief, shaman, sacred king, ravens, wolves, runes, Sleipnir, blood brothers with Loki, Thor's father, Frigga is wife (Freyja?), Valhalla.Freyja - Vanir, love and beauty, cats, golden necklace, daughter Noss, has hall with half warriors, Valkyries, possible triple/multi aspected, witchcraft?, missing husband Od.Nine worlds held together by Yggdrasil - Asgard, (Byfrost) Midgard (serpent), Jotunheim, Muspellheim, Niflheim, Vanaheim, Hel, Svartalfheim, Alfheim.Ragnarok, Fenris eats Odin, Gods die Midgard laid to waste. Ash and Embla first new people, second age (current) began.
An update? Here?? WAT???I'm thinking up ways to connect more with North/Earth. I got the nurturing/motherly kind of Earthiness down. Plus spirituality. Sissy's going to teach me about crystal healing. And I'm thinking of making myself a set of Rune stones, since I'm going to study Norse mythology. another thought, maybe I can grow flowers for Summer rituals? Don't know.I also should probably think more on what North and Earth is about.
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Today is a two part prompt.The first part is to describe yourself using three items, qualities, defining features, or anything thing that could describes you.The second part is to ask someone else to describe you using three items, qualities, defining features, or anything thing that could describes you.(Ex - The is inspired by a friend to introduced me to someone by Hat, Mustache, Religion)Now take these six words and explain what these words mean to you and how they are connected with you.
I just need to bitch. Call me fluffy or ignorant or deluded or stupid or whatever else, but I'm sorry, THERE WERE PAGANS AND WITCHES AT AND BEFORE THE TIME OF THE INQUISITION. I can't coherently support this, but my father can. And here, this a condensed version of a part of what I remember of the intro/forward to his self-published book, Hostile Witnesses...Imagine, if you will, that Hitler had been successful. He killed, wiped out, utterly destroyed and eradicated the Jewish people (among others, but we'll focus on the Jews for this excercise, especially since they made up fully half of the Nazis victims). Not only did the Jews die, but their temples were dismantled, their holy Torah and Talmud smashed and burned. That's it, gone, no more Jews as far as anyone knows, to the Nazis' satisfaction. The Jews are GONE.Centuries pass. The beliefs of Judaism are vilified, a stereotypical image is formed. People disbelieve that Jews ever really existed, they're just in stories.A few brave people begin to publically state that they had these ancestors called Jews, or that this virtually unknown practice called Judaism has been passed down in secret for hundreds of years through family lines. Remember, for CENTURIES, the accepted public knowledge is that there are no real Jews, that they're monsters in fairy tales. So why in the world would anyone ever want to claim to be a Jew? Aren't they horrible people, if they even exist?How do you think these people now claiming to be Jews would be received? What if they started telling the stories of how the Nazis rounded them up and killed them, just because they were Jews? Do they have a victim complex? Remember, history is written by the victors, so the Nazis must have been either heroes, or else times were just different then, so if they really did fight against the Jews there must have been a good reason for it, it must have been supported by public opinion, right? Did Hitler and the Nazis invent these Jews from their paranoid imagination, or was the paranoia based on real people and skewed over-zealous convictions?Now, replace "Jews" with "Pagans." Replace "Nazis" with "Inquisitors." Occam's Razor states that the simplest explanation is usually the correct one. So is it more likely that the early Church invented the "threat" of Witches out of NOTHING solely to scare people and acquire land and power, or that Witches really existed, but some over-zealous, self-righteous, bigoted, men with a fear of the unknown and a twisted interpretation of their prophet's teachings got paranoid, and used this paranoia and zealotry to gain said power and property along the way?Read my father's essays. Write to him via the site and ask him for a copy of his book. See if any of the practices described by the Inquisitors sound familiar. Ask yourself if Gardner, Murray, and the other pioneers of modern Paganism would have had access to these rare Church documents in their time, and if they did, why they would base their "new religions" on these twisted depictions, twisted to serve the Church's purposes.What is more likely?
Every so often, I get the wild hair to create my own Tarot deck. I started to in earnest once for my tarot_swap community that went exactly nowhere. I had... three or four cards done, but they're on an old laptop whose screen has gone out. If we manage to get an external harddrive thinger at some point I can rescue them, and some other stuff, hopefully. But anyway, the point of that story is that the card I best remember my design for is the High Priestess. I've re-created it tonight.( ViewCollapse )Thoughts?
Wow, I've received an award for this journal! My grateful thanks to quetzal_zotz, author of the USBoS blog, for giving me this honor!Here are the award rules:1. Thank the person who gave this to you. Done!2. Copy the logo and place it in your blog. Done!3. Link the person who nominated you. Done!4. Name 7 things about yourself that no one would really know. Done!5. Nominate seven 'Kreativ Bloggers.' Done!6. Post links to the seven blogs you nominate. Done!7. Leave a comment on each of the blogs letting them know you nominated them. Done!( My Seven ThingsCollapse )( My NomineesCollapse )
The Gods are calling me Home.
Oh crap. I mean, oh dear God. How did I miss this before? Not only ravens, but lions too? "Llew" is Welsh for lion. The lion is said to be Lugh's totem/symbol. I... I can't "pick." They're both so perfect and important. Shit. Fuck. Damn it.I need to calm down.SERIOUSLY need meditation and/or divination to get through this. Not tonight though. Midsummer. The plan is Midsummer.Just... holy shit.
I think I've come to a conclusion. I think Lugh would be the best fit for the goings-on, since, while Lleu fits in with the story of the Horned One, He is not Himself a Horned God. He doesn't even appear to be a hunting God. Plus, since Lugh has His whole thing with ravens, and the crows around the house here don't appear to be going anywhere, I'm gonna steer myself in that direction. Plus (again), (possible) Sun God + Midsummer FTW. Plus (#3), He's tied in with An Mhor Rioghain in several avenues.So yeah. Lugh....For now, at least. Can't shake the discovery of connection to both Goddesses. But I'll let that lie....For now.
Links to look at more in-depth when I have a chance... Gods know when that will be...http://www.mythicalireland.com/mythology/tuathade/lugus.htmlhttp://www.mabinogion.info/Lugus.htmhttp://www.celtnet.org.uk/gods_l/lugus.htmlhttp://www.celtnet.org.uk/gods_ll/lleu.htmlBut an interesting thing to note, seems Lugh, at least, is associated with ravens. Food for thought.
So I've done a little more research into Lugh & Lleu, and found out that They both apparently derive from a Gaulic/pan-Celtic God by the name of Lugus. Some etymologies suggest that the name is a reference to brightness, which some interpret to either be in relation to the sun, or to lightning. Wikipedia categorizes both Lugus and Lugh as solar Gods, and in my thinking today I remembered that Lleu has a death and rebirth cycle. So while Lleu is not a Horned God, He serves a similar function. Additionally seen at that link, is that His relation to Blodeuwedd, in some aspects, fits well with Wiccan theology and symbolism. So, could Lugus be an over-arching God to cover both aspects, or are both Lugh and Lleu important on Their own?More to ponder...
So this morning, as the baby and I were just starting to wake up around 9:30 am, I heard excessive and incessant crow calls, very close by. I looked out my bedroom window to see where they were, and figured out that they were in the tree right outside. They moved around a bit, flying to another tree across the street (I only saw two birds, but it sounded like there may have been three), but as I kept watching them, the bells of a nearby church began to chime. I got a sense that maybe this was Something Important somehow, so I googled "the Morrigan at Midsummer" (since it's the closest event aside from the upcoming Full Moon), and found this song (with author/recording/tune details here. Essentially, I learned that the Second Battle of Magh Tuiredh occured around Midsummer (which is one myth that includes An Mhor Rioghain), and is also involved with "the Coming of Lugh Long Armed," according to one of the recording artists.This is all interesting to me, since I've been planning to, at Midsummer, attempt receiving names for "my" Gods, the Sun King and Horned One that have been with me for years but have yet to share who They are. Might this be a case of, "the Universe shall provide," similar to when Blodeuwedd first claimed me and instead of waiting till my formal request She just gave me Her name?EDIT: In doing not-deep research about the Irish Lugh, one page says that He corresponds to the Welsh Lleu, who, of course, was one of Blodeuwedd's creators. The plot thickens...
I think I have established somewhat of a personal working definition of Wicca. Would love to hear what others think...( Read more...Collapse )
This was posted in solitarywiccans and I found it very interesting and a great idea for me, who has little time for ritual these days, Journal Rituals. Pass it on :P
This got a lot longer than I intended, so it’s all under a cut. This is about defining Wicca from my personal experiences, essentially. It’s more of a cohesive ramble/musing, I guess.( Evolution of a definitionCollapse )
From today's pagan_prompt:I. Have you ever worked with or venerated local spirits/deities? If so how? I have a three part answer for this:1.) Not really, since the Locals here are predominently Native American, and I believe in respecting their beliefs and culture, as per their wishes. The only exception was when I had a friend, who is part Oglala Lakota Sioux, visit a ritual, and I reworked parts of my script to include Lakota aspects. However, I cleared this with her first, and would NEVER perform the ritual with those adjustments in public, or for anyone else (unless specifically asked by some other hypothetical friend with Lakota heritage).2.) Sort of. For my husband's sake, his comfort level and personal interests, I've incorporated Norse deities and other aspects into our private rituals. Aside from naming major Norse deities as the Lord and Lady we invoke, Norse Otherworld realms are named as part of the directional invocations (not the actual calling of the Quarters, however). Now, even though Norse deities/spirits did not originate in this part of the world, a great number of Scandinavian people settled in this area, and I firmly believe that when people transplant themselved in such a way, they bring their Gods with them. So, one could say that we honor the "transplanted native" deities/spirits of the area.3.) Yes. If you count the rather amorphous, unspecific Elementals I call in ritual, and asking the Fae to return lost items to me, then yeah, virtually all the time.II. How do you view or interpret local deities/spirits in your personal theological view? As it's not a major focus of my own practice (with the above exceptions), I don't have much of an answer for this. However, the description the article gives with the example from India, just about covers my view in a hypothetical sense (as in, "If I did, it would go pretty much like that"). Excepting, of course, for #3 above, in which case I ask the Locals to witness and guard my ritual and Magickal workings, and, as mentioned, trying to convince the Fae to give back the pretties they are so fond of appropriating for themselves.
Brief thought: when Blodeuwedd first came to me and I began researching Her, I came upon a site that listed one of Her associations/domains as initiation. I took it for granted that that was true and accurate (I know, that's bad research, mea culpa). However, in reading over the information I have gathered, there's more that supports this (emphasis mine)...
Due to the very circumstances of Her Birth, the actions of Blodeuwedd may be seen in a more sympathetic light. She was created from the flowers of a very powerful Tree - the Oak - and from flowers of an explicitly healing nature,in (sic) order to give power to Llew and to be able to continually heal and renew him. She is never asked whether She loves him or desires to marry him. She was created for his purposes, solely to assure his right to rule the land. Her Own desires are impossible to achieve while Llew lives and She is often seen as the epitome of non-assertive femininity, fickleness and the faithless wife, using the passion of two men for Her to seal the doom of both. In truth, Her supposed treachery creates the very conditions to enable Llew to experience the ritual death and rebirth commonly required of the Druidic priesthood, thus ensuring his kingship. Blodeuwedd is seen as a part of his hard and difficult destiny. Throughout Celtic legend, otherworldly women are created and utilized to represent the Land, which is definitely feminine in nature. Owl, the totemic representation of Blodeuwedd, signifies the complete transformation of the initiate as represented by Llew‚s (sic) virtual death and subsequent healing. She is signified by the Empress card of the Tarot. She is a Goddess of emotions, representing the matrix that reforms transpersonal and universal energies into well-defined life force. She is also the Maiden Goddess of initiation ceremonies and is known as the Ninefold Goddess of the Western Isles of Paradise. Flowers, the wisdom of innocence, Lunar Mysteries and initiation are Her provinces. (Winter Cymraes © 1994)
Some folks may remember that last year I was in contact with someone from the Multicultiral Diversity Center, stressing the importance of including Wiccan/Pagan festivals on their poster. Due to said person's questioning of me leading to some research, I cobbled together an essay/article of sorts about the Sabbats and their relation to Celtic festivals. Enjoy.( Read more...Collapse )
As I mentioned on my regular journal, I've recently read Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews. The Beast Lord, leader of the Pack of shapechangers (werewolves, -rats, -felines, etc.), tells the main character Kate to call him Curran, which is Irish Gaelic for "(smiling) hero." His beast form is that of an enormous grey lion. Needless to say, this struck a very personal cord with me. I began to look on Curran as another side to Aslan as I know him in a spiritual context - while, in the stories, Aslan is both warrior and sacrifice, he has not been a fighter in any of my personal, astral interactions with him. He is surely the King of Beasts, Wild Lord of the Forest, and Dying God, but not the fierce protector, hunter, warlord. Curran is these things, embodying for me the more youthful aspects of the God's story. In other terms, Curran is like the Oak King to Aslan's Holly King.This, however, brings up another topic that is of some debate in the Pagan community at large; it is usually considered "fluffy" and laughable when one chooses to call a fictional character as Deity, or to regard characters as such. I will not weigh in on this issue, but I will say that, for me, I am not raising Aslan or Curran to the level of Godhood.Yes, I use the name of a fictional character as a representation of Deity in the case of the God. Does this mean I believe that this character is in fact Deity? No. In this case, the God chose to come to me in that form, I believe, because it was a face and a name to which I already felt a strong emotional connection. Now, I've sort of "adopted" Curran as the other side of the coin (near the end of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Aslan says something along the lines of knowing him by another name outside of Narnia. Lewis was, of course, referring to Christ, but it is in this same spirit that I've adopted Curran as I have).Do I then believe that these characters are real? Yes. This is where, for me, my spirituality and the SoulBonding phenomenon interact and overlap - Aslan came to me as a representation of the God, but I don't view it as the God "puppeting" him. He is Aslan AND the God. It's a non-dualism thing. I feel as though I've SoulBonded to Aslan in another, less traditional way. Another SoulBonder and former LJ user would probably categorize him as a spiritcompanion, since he is a "fictional" character, but serves a personal spiritual purpose. I don't feel that Curran is at that level (or at least, not yet), but as of right now he represents something equally important.Do I call fictional characters in ritual? No. I may seek their guidance, but I do not call on them as the name of the God, not even in private rituals away from my husband. I do not worship these characters, even though Aslan stands for/came to me as the God on a personal, private level. Aslan is not a God, but for his connection to the Dying God to which my spiritual journey had lead me. He is a mask, and yet is himself, the wearer and the worn. Non-dualism makes my soul happy.