Happy Autumn, everyone! (two ebooks and a flash sale at FiberWytch)

Miaërowyn:

Just placed my order… Go check out Beth’s sale!

Originally posted on Wytch of the North:

To celebrate the Equinox (and my birthday, which is on the 22nd), I’ve added both of my devotionals written for Odin (Odhroeir: Nine Devotional Tales of Odin’s Journeys and Water from the Well and Other Wyrd Tales of Odin) as PDF Ebooks in my Etsy shop! For only $5, you can download either one of them and begin reading it right away!  I have plans to begin offering more ebooks in the shop going forward (most of them probably a lot shorter!) as I’m able to produce them.

Also, I’ve decided to have a flash sale! Take 25% off your order by entering the coupon code SEPTEMBER at checkout.  The minimum purchase is $30, which you can easily achieve by buying one of my new Samhain cords and an ebook, or a rune/Tarot/Lenormand reading and an ebook.  The sale ends at midnight on September 24, so hurry! If…

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Full Moon Shenanigans

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It’s the Vine Moon, and I am working with some grapevines tonight for some nefarious deeds. Ok… not so nefarious, but some thing for which I would like a little magical boost for.

So I sang in offering to the grapevine in my backyard after asking for some of itself, had an interesting interaction with it, and took what I was allowed. It was pretty enchanted as the sun was behind the pine the grapevine is growing up on, and the sun was filtering golden light to dance across my eyes as the rest of the world seemed not to exist for a few seconds. I love moments like those.

I hope your Full Moon is fruitful and the Moon, Gods, and Spirits enjoy your worship, watch over and aid in your magic, and bestow Their blessings upon you.

PBP – Norse Runes Raidho

Raidho - Unknown artist, if you know who created this, please let me know

Raidho – Unknown artist, if you know who created this, please let me know

Raidho
“Rye-though”

Translation
Literally: Ride, or Wagon
Associated: Journey

Meaning
This rune is all about moving forward, moving to the places in life where you are meant to be. It can literally mean a change of physical location, but also a change of lifestyle, of taking action and control over your current situations. Raidho is about being in the moment and being accountable to it, being completely present in it in order to guide it to where you need to be. Leave the heavy baggage that is fear of the future, and weariness of past experiences in order to move forward more effectively.

Actions speak louder than words, and it’s time to take on your role as the leader of your life, whilst also remaining aware of the grander picture (how you effect those around you).

Follow your heart, follow your intuition, move with the world’s rhythm. Pay attention to what pulls you forward in your daily life, there is a compass within us all that points us in the direction we’re meant to go in. When you realize what direction you’re meant to continue on in, don’t hesitate to start moving towards it.

Merkstave (Reversed)
Stasis, stagnation. There is no movement now. It could be a time of crisis, halting you in your tracks. There could also be a need to over control everything, enabling hypocrisy and injustice for yourself and others.

Thus Ranted Dionysos

Originally posted on Magick From Scratch:

So, for those of you who, like me, found the “bro” type language employed by Dionysos in that particular channel (which, curiously, faded as I drank more… he actually seemed to become more articulate), difficult to parse, I’d like to pull out and deconstruct what I feel were actually extremely important concepts.

The insights here, I want to immediately clarify, are really meant as a response to questions about initiation and mysteries being raised in the broader devotional polytheism community. They are not meant as a commentary about specific traditions, though I do draw on my own initiatory experiences when putting my thoughts together. 

1. “You guys are doing it wrong.” — Initiations that make us miserable.

I don’t think everyone is doing it wrong. I do think the way our community-talk frames initiation as a concept probably needs deconstructed. Let me explain why. 

I want you to take ten…

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Call for Submissions: Masks of the High One — a Devotional Anthology for Odin

Miaërowyn:

Boosting the signal.
I will be writing something for submission, thankfully we have until Beltaine 2015! I’m excited to get this anthology already :)

Originally posted on Wytch of the North:

A little more than a year ago, I put out a call for submissions for Prayers to the Allfather, a book of prayers and rituals for Odin. Well, despite a number of people being kind enough to share my CFS across the internet, I received exactly three submissions. Due to various factors in my life at the time, I just wasn’t feeling equal to writing the bulk of a book of prayers on my own (since when I think prayers, I think poetry, and I am not primarily a poet), so I reluctantly shelved the project for a while.

Then I got to thinking: maybe a prayer book is too limiting. Maybe most other pagans, witches and polytheists out there also shy away from writing prayers for public consumption, either because they feel too personal, or because (like me) they associate them with poetry and feel unequal to the task…

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Where’s the Support?

Originally posted on Queen of the Waiting Ones:

So, I’m curious and have a question for all the super serious Pagans, Polytheists and other Alternative Religious folks out there who so often proclaim that they are all about founding new temples and other types of religious worship areas for those of our kind.  Where exactly, is your support for the Maetreum of Cybele?

I know most of you have read the recent Wild Hunt article detailing the Maetreum’s struggle against the Town of Catskill, NY, where government officials there have vowed to spend the Maetreum into bankruptcy, despite the Town’s losses in court.  Is it because you are tired of hearing about the priestesses’ plight?  If so, why haven’t you donated anything to help ease their burden?  This lawsuit has been going on for several years, and if you think you are tired and burnt out with it, just imagine if you were one of the priestesses.  Priestesses…

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The Hanged Man

The Hanged Man - Jamie Batrez

The Hanged Man – Jamie Batrez

The Fool’s Journey
Now the Fool has come upon a tree, intent on finding his spirituality. He sits down at the base of the tree, and days pass, people and animals move past him, the sun, moon, and stars cross the sky above him for nine days. He takes no food in this time. On that ninth day, with no forethought or logic to what he is doing, he climbs up the tree and hangs himself upside down.
His entire perspective of the world has changed, all that he knows he is is surrendered in the moment. This new perspective has allowed him to perceive his current state of hanging between the worlds of earth and spirit. He knows he will not be able to stay in this state forever, but he enjoys this moment of weightlessness.
When he finally allows himself to return to the earthly world, things will be changed for him. He will have to act on his knowledge and wisdom.

Meaning
Now is a time for rest, but only from action. We suspend ourselves upside down, and therefore apart from the world around us so that we can go inward to the infinite universe within each of us. Meditation, sacrifice, trials, prophecy, and selflessness; these are what we are facing right now in order for us to gain the knowledge, insight, and enlightenment that is needed at this time.
Just as Odin sacrificed Himself on the tree for the runes, great magical knowledge and ability, we must set ourselves apart and seek out the solutions to our problems, the price the sacrifice pays for.

More Ruminations on UPG Shaming

Miaërowyn:

Ooh, very excited for the guest post by Silence! And can’t wait for more of Heather’s thoughts on UPG/doxa policing.

Originally posted on Loki's Bruid:

“Now, I will admit that despite my disgust for the UPG police, I myself don’t always “buy” all of the doxa I encounter online from other people “newbies” or otherwise.  And you know what? There’s no need for me to do so; no one needs my validation or acceptance of their personal doxa, anymore than I need their acceptance of mine. The difference is that I am not on public forums snarking about other people’s doxa, making scathing remarks about them in my posts, or in general being a dick. I believe people have the right to discuss their experiences and perceptions without being ridiculed, if they so choose, and I have the right to either engage them in discussion about it–if I’m interested, and they’re open to that–or ignore their post and go my merry way, back to the very long to-do list waiting for me. What I don’t…

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Don’t Be A Dick

So Heather Freysdottir, Jolene Dawe, and Beth Lynch all wrote some pretty awesome stuff about community work assumptions concerning Godspouses, as well as Heather and Beth revealing something fantastic about themselves. I’m right on board with these ladies.

It’s not that our communities don’t need people willing to serve the actual community of humans, it’s that just because someone may be in close relationship with a God (especially Godspouses), does not automatically make them beholden to a human community’s spiritual needs on a personal level. Unless someone specifically says that they are doing certain things for the human community, don’t assume they’ll do something for you that isn’t already being offered, and don’t expect that they have to just because they are close with a God and you might be trying to seek out or get confirmation and you asked really nicely, pretty, pretty please?

Let me say this, and I am trying to say this in the most polite, frithful way that I can: some perfectly legitimate Godspouses/Beloveds/Consorts don’t do any spiritwork, aside from their relationship with their Beloved. In fact, the only thing that those persons can chat about with other Lokeans might well be their personal, intimate relationship with their Beloved. The fact that it isn’t easily apparent to someone on the Internet does not meant that the person does not serve the community in one respect or another. If I could namecheck the person (and I will not unless they give me permission to do so), their Great Work might well impact the whole damn world. If someone’s Work is say, environmental research, perhaps instead of thinking that said spouse doesn’t serve “the community” – which is a statement akin to “won’t someone think of the children!!11!!!” in the sense that usually when it comes out of someone’s mouth, they’re not really thinking of the children at all, but I digress –  maybe we should be considering that the Powers’ perspective of “the community” is the whole damn world.

Lesson to be learned: don’t be a dick. Just because some people speak about their experiences in one capacity or another doesn’t necessarily mean that they are open to serve you.

Also in these posts are things about accepting that the Gods wish to experience human lives with chosen people, and that some of us are not only ourselves, but smaller parts of Gods. I’m really happy Heather and Beth revealed these things about themselves, we need to be much more open to different experiences and realities. Whether or not you believe it to be true, doesn’t make something less true and valid for the person who experiences and believes it. The Gods are capable of things very much beyond what we humans can do, why not this? We need more information on the roles the Gods can play in our lives, not shaming, name calling, and general jerkiness when you hear something that seems way too out there from your perspective. We’ve lost too much knowledge our Ancestors had before the conversions.

We as humans constantly seek out new experiences, why would the immortal Gods not seek that out too? Why would the Ones we know have even bothered interacting with us in the first place if They weren’t curious, interested, seeking more knowledge and experience?

So as much as we don’t need to believe that everyone claiming they’re (insert deity or spirit here), it’s not up to us to validate them anyway. The same goes the other way, you don’t need others’ validation in what you do/are/experience spiritually, or any other way for that matter. Unless you’re murdering kittens. Don’t do that.
So if you don’t really think someone is the real deal, move on. What effect does their spiritual life have on you anyway? Especially when it’s someone you only know online and from a distance?

Lesson to be learned: don’t be a dick! Move along now.