Started the thinking from here:
Specifically, this on toasts:
The narrative continues that toasts were to be drunk. The first toast was to be drunk to Odin “for victory and power to the king”, the second to the gods Njörðr and Freyr “for good harvests and for peace”, and thirdly a beaker was to be drunk to the king himself. In addition, toasts were drunk to the memory of departed kinsfolk. These were called minni.
So, later tonight, I shall improvise from this in a slightly different direction.
- First, to Freya, for the power of hospitality, friendship and connection in facing darkness.
- Second, to my ancestors who faced strife and darkness before, for inspiration.
- Third, to the Constitution. My nation does not have a King and those of us who served swore to support and defend it.
I wish you all a Good Yule and times with friends and family.
Whatever I may have thought, people came seeking me out so it is time to come out of my shock and rage and get back to work, whatever that will turn out to be. I have been reminded a great deal of two of my ancestors who fought in WW2. They will be toasted again and remind me of what I have to do.
There are times that fatalism DOES help. You step back, decide what you can do, and get to work. I honestly think we may do better in such circumstances.
Anger as a tool for Healing — mainer74 – A different Heathen look on Anger focusing on Thor and Thurisaz.
It is dogmatically accepted in post 1960’s Western thought that anger is universally wrong, much as the axiom that violence never solves anything, the statement’s dogmatic acceptance has allowed it to somehow become a pillar of a society that it never built, and whose contributions have been as much negative as positive. Anger has […]