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Revisiting Ancestors

I attended an event last night involving Spae and Seidr style divination where I happened to ask a question about two ancestors.  It was not the question I thought I would ask initially.  I have referred to them in writings before, obliquely:

https://facingthefireswithin.wordpress.com/2013/10/31/samhain-and-winternights-and-the-ancestors/

I have felt them recently in light of many events but did not know how best to connect.  The advice I received was to do something for them each morning for 30 days, and then judge whether to continue for another 30, and so on.  I spent time as the ritual continued to others pondering this and came up with a simple answer.

Both ancestors were male and clean shaven.  I happen to shave with an old style safety razor.  I would honor them as I shaved.  It worked well this morning and made me calmer.  I will continue this and try to post again after 30 days.

Article on Heathenry and Sacred Practice

From the text:

“sacred song, sacred dance, intense (and accurate) divination, sacrifice, a consciousness of tradition lineage,…”
I have seen all of these things but they are often private due to wanting to avoid being yelled at. I have done most of them but it is true that I do not speak of them in public or semi-public spaces where my name is used. It has been made clear that would not be welcomed and so I handle it differently. We have a lot of powerful things, some very dark. They just don’t get discussed in many places.  And, yes, parts of that had to come from other sources.

http://polytheist.com/orgrandr-lokean/2016/01/19/what-is-heathenry-missing/

Story of Odin

When you have lost everything, even your name, there is little point in going on. I was not churlish enough to leave my body hanging where I would be found by those who would be hurt by it. I brought my rope with me to the park. There was an old maple tree […]

via Heimþinguðr hanga (Visitor of the Hanged) — mainer74

I honor all the gods, although Odin is one I do not do much more than that.  Still, the story resonates and might be of interest to those who do.

What does clergy mean to you, your tradition?

I call myself a very narrow specialist and not even an Expert but the questions here are worthy of consideration:

http://paganbloggers.com/sowingseedsoffire/blog/2017/05/01/what-does-it-mean-to-be-clergy/

Being Heathen

We took an insult hurled at us by Christians, and claimed it for our own.   Noun derogatory noun: heathen; plural noun: heathens 1. a person who does not belong to a widely held religion (espe…

Source: Being Heathen

 

As always, well spoken.

Hope when things are Hopeless

This was inspired by the following:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2016/12/21/three-ways-to-cultivate-a-sense-of-hope-even-when-times-seem-hopeless/?utm_term=.b3658afcc552&wpisrc=nl_optimist&wpmm=1

The above is a Christian sermon and so of limited use but I wanted to focus on the key three points:

1. Start where you are and take one step at a time.

2. Cultivate a spiritual practice.

3. Whatever you do, don’t make the journey alone.

I am going to attack these in reverse order:

#3 – From the Havamal:

34 – It is a great roundabout way
to a bad friend,
though he dwell on the road;
but to a good friend
there lead direct routes,
though he be gone farther away.

44 – Know, if you have a friend
in whom you have faith,
and you wish to get something good from him,
you must share with his mind
and exchange gifts,
and go often to seek him out.

Long ago I was young,
I travelled on my own,
then I turned astray in my paths:
I thought myself rich
when I found another,
man is man’s entertainment.

#2 – Spiritual Practice:

I afraid we cannot go to the Havamal for this one and that this is, ultimately, very personal.  Here is an example of my personal one:

https://facingthefireswithin.wordpress.com/2015/06/10/an-article-on-the-power-of-meditation/

And just a list of everything I have written or posted on Spiritual Practice:

https://facingthefireswithin.wordpress.com/category/spiritual-work/

#1 – Start Where You Are

Most practical approaches start here and I did not find too much in the Havamal, the closest being:

74 (Start) – He becomes happy at night
who trusts his journey-provisions;

Concentrate on logistics and what you CAN control.

Epictetus also says in Enchiridon 1:

 

1. Some things are in our control and others not. Things in our control are opinion, pursuit, desire, aversion, and, in a word, whatever are our own actions. Things not in our control are body, property, reputation, command, and, in one word, whatever are not our own actions.

The things in our control are by nature free, unrestrained, unhindered; but those not in our control are weak, slavish, restrained, belonging to others. Remember, then, that if you suppose that things which are slavish by nature are also free, and that what belongs to others is your own, then you will be hindered. You will lament, you will be disturbed, and you will find fault both with gods and men. But if you suppose that only to be your own which is your own, and what belongs to others such as it really is, then no one will ever compel you or restrain you. Further, you will find fault with no one or accuse no one. You will do nothing against your will. No one will hurt you, you will have no enemies, and you not be harmed.

Aiming therefore at such great things, remember that you must not allow yourself to be carried, even with a slight tendency, towards the attainment of lesser things. Instead, you must entirely quit some things and for the present postpone the rest. But if you would both have these great things, along with power and riches, then you will not gain even the latter, because you aim at the former too: but you will absolutely fail of the former, by which alone happiness and freedom are achieved.

Work, therefore to be able to say to every harsh appearance, “You are but an appearance, and not absolutely the thing you appear to be.” And then examine it by those rules which you have, and first, and chiefly, by this: whether it concerns the things which are in our own control, or those which are not; and, if it concerns anything not in our control, be prepared to say that it is nothing to you.

Conclusion:

May you have good friends and allies as you face hardship.

May you find a practice with the gods and yourself that fits you well.

Focus on what you can do and control.

May you find luck in your fight, whatever that may be.

Deciding on a Yule celebration

Started the thinking from here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yule#Attestations

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.[12]

So, later tonight, I shall improvise from this in a slightly different direction.

  1. First, to Freya, for the power of hospitality, friendship and connection in facing darkness.
  2. Second, to my ancestors who faced strife and darkness before, for inspiration.
  3. 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.