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A Viking… Buddha?

This, our ancestors traveled far and wide and traded with many. You DON’T manage to do that as a dogmatic fundamentalist.

EmberVoices: Listening for the Vanir

In a turn of events that should surprise no one who actually pays attention, it turns out that the Vikings traveled quite far and wide.

It seems, in this case, that one individual or group traveled far enough (or traded with those who did) to acquire for themselves a Bishop’s crozier from Ireland (downright obvious, but a lovely piece), a bronze ladle from North Africa (still not shocking, also a lovely piece), and a Bronze Buddha statue in the style from India.

Did this mean there were Buddhist Vikings? Oh, maybe. The Vikings who traded with Christians were more likely to convert than the ones who sacked monasteries, so I suppose it depends on whether that statue was traded or raided.

But the point remains: Vikings, not so much known for the staying home and mixing only with their own people.

–Ember–

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A Stoic symbol

Stoic Emblem-lowres

Parts of my practice were heavily informed by Stoicism, even if it is not my primary focus most of the time.  I found this as a proposed symbol for the practice and liked the fire elements in it.

http://humanistcontemplativeblog.blogspot.com/2005/05/stoic-emblem.html

While I have found the practice useful for reflection and finding direction, I think the Fire Path requires more on top of it.  I did realize, on finding this today, that I have more Greek influence in thought than I had previously credited.

Possible song for Hermod – The Runner

I have a chant I use but have tried a few lines from this while running. Some of it works.

http://www.metrolyrics.com/the-runner-lyrics-manfred-mann.html

Through the night, through the dawn
Behind you another runner is born
Don’t look back, you’ve been there
See the mist as your breath hits the air

And it’s underneath the moonlight, passing some
Still your heart beats in the moonlight like a drum

Through the night, through the dawn
Behind you another runner is born
Don’t look back, you’ve been there
Feel the mist as your breath hits the air

And it’s underneath the moonlight, passing some
Still your heart beats in the moonlight like a drum

And you will run your time, a shooting star across the sky
And you will surely cross the line to pass on the flame

Sun come up, sun go down
Hear the beat, see the sweat on the ground
Watch your step, keep your cool
Though you can’t see what’s in front of you

And it’s underneath the moonlight, passing some
Still your heart beats in the moonlight like a drum

And you will run your time, a shooting star across the sky
And you will surely cross the line to pass on the flame
Pass on the flame

Through the night, through the dawn
Behind you another runner is born
Don’t look back, you’ve been there
Feel the mist as your breath hits the air

And it’s underneath the moonlight, passing some
Still your heart beats in the moonlight like a drum

And you will run your time, a shooting star across the sky
And you will surely cross the line

And it’s underneath the moonlight, passing some
Still your heart beats in the moonlight like a drum

And you will run your time, a shooting star across the sky
And you will surely cross the line

Read more: Manfred Mann – The Runner Lyrics | MetroLyrics

“Homecoming”, by Seanan McGuire

I read this sometime back but here is a way to read it off WordPress.

Freya: The Gold Thread

Last year I came across this short story by Seanan McGuire. It was fervently being passed around among the Heathens in my area, and as Freyaswoman, people strongly suggested that I read it. I took a look at it when I first came out, and made it only a page or so because the first few pages where talking nostalgically about a Homecoming football game, and while I had a lot of fond memories playing in the marching band and football games, I didn’t get what the connection was to Freya. Time passed, and was bored one day and I ran across it again, and decided to give it another shot. I’m glad I did.

If you work with a God whose realm includes death, or fighting, I recommend that  you read it. Of you work with the Norse gods or the Morrigan, in particular, I recommend reading it. Who…

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Update on Hermod work

This goes back to this commitment:

https://facingthefireswithin.wordpress.com/2013/09/09/99/

So, the intervening year has had its challenges (to say the least) and I have not trained as well or as quickly as I had planned.  I did manage to get up to five miles recently and am still hopeful.  What I fear is not being able to run the whole nine miles twice.  I have decided, in the end, that whether I run all of it or walk a portion does not ultimately matter.  The point is the doing of it.  In the story, Hermod rode Sleipnir for 9 days and nights.  There were certainly times that Sleipnir did more work than he.  Therefore, if I do have to walk a portion, I will.  I will just work to run as much as I can and keep singing to Hermod and the others I have agreed to carry.

The rest will come as it does.

Singing seems to help and makes the work more like physical prayer.  I find I need that right now.