Two men and hippopotami

An article that has nothing to do with my normal topics but is a fascinating historical look at two men connected through their lives by war, intrigue and the hippopotamus.

It is a story I had never heard that is, nevertheless, fascinating.

On the value of historical context

And understanding how hitting people works…

This misunderstanding affects those of us raised in a Christian culture as well.  Turning the left cheek, carrying a pack too far were very legal and somewhat passive ways of saying “FUCK YOU!” to an occupier.

Havamal Witches

A story about sex and gender in the Heathen community.  I tagged it as relating to Freya.  I know as many heathen women as men and a number I know have been involved in this discussion.

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:

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.

Wise Thoughts on Death and Dying

I was asked to write an article about death from a Heathen perspective. There is rather a lot written about the esoteric nature of death, about the soul, our conception of mortality in heathenry, and much of it has been done by far more skilled authors and priests than myself. I have little to contribute […]

via Death Counselling — mainer74