Why I Am Not an Heathen (Though I Kind of Wish That I Could Be)

Miaërowyn:

What an excellent read! Yes, and yes!

Originally posted on Pagan Church Lady:

This (long) post has been a long time coming.  I’ve referenced my feelings about personal background and development in some other articles and have been spending a lot of time trying to explore myself in relation to the modern Pagan movement and Heathenry.  Although the title was inspired by Bertrand Russel’s piece “Why I am Not A Christian” I won’t, as he does, seek to deconstruct the idea of a particular deity.  I will, as he does, explain why the values expressed in the religion in question do not fit mine, and why that leaves me in a difficult place.

Let me begin by explaining that I’ve had a love for the Aesir and Vanir since childhood.  I first read of them in children’s fiction when I was four or five and rapidly advanced to reading more adult storybooks about them.  Later on I discovered source material like the Eddas…

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Let’s Catch Up

So if any of you have been with me on this blog for some time, you’ll know that spring is quite a momentous time for me. Things get planned, plans become actions, and generally there is much happening for me. This runs into the summer, and hopefully this year it will run well into fall (especially concerning my garden and processing my harvest).

Well, along with plans of how I’m going to be spending my time (either in the garden or crafting things for Yule, yes I start early, as well as beginning to write music again), my spiritual life has taken an interesting turn. Thor has popped in as the Gods I regularly work with have stepped back. I’m not too sad about it, though I do miss Them, however Thor has proven quite helpful, if not direct. He’s pretty funny, and the snark ensues at times, though He’s pretty gentle when needed.

It seems I’ve just got some things to undo, some weird thinking about how I interact with my regular People. And the main point… THE MAIN REASON is that I need to be DOING. That’s all He keeps hammering (hehe) into my head. Just do things, make things, do magic, write music, go work in your garden, do, do, do!

I asked Him why He decided to help me out:
“Because I like you, kid.”

In terms of the thinky things, He’s actually quite perfect for this in a few different ways. You see, no matter that at least one of my People has been around for a few years, I still have this weird way of thinking that things must be super serious, and even with Odinn, that’s usually not always the case. There have certainly been moments, however, the general feel with Him, Frija, and Baldr is that of my loved ones, family, good friends. Even when one of Them would crack a joke, I would laugh a bit, but still try to impose a more serious face on Them.

With Thor, I don’t know that it’s because He’s very accessible to people, that He’s got a pretty friendly reputation, partnered with the fact that so many are quite aware of Him now (though that’s more Marvel Thor than Who He really is). I couldn’t possibly pin it down to one particular psychological reason to be honest.
This all ties into the doing He’s been emphasizing. We had a chat when I stayed outside under my umbrella the other day during a very light thunderstorm, and He let me know that I’ve honoured Him more wholly, and just more, whenever the thunder and rains have come. I know that I have honoured Odinn when the howling winds begin stirring in the autumn, or when a strong breeze moves through me while I’m in the garden. Or Baldr when I’m standing in the Sun, letting the warmth permeate my body. Or Frija when I marvel at the beauty of the green things growing around me.  I know sometimes I’m not going to feel that kind of wonderous energy that really kicks up any of my interactions with Them, and that’s OK. 
But what this has made me realize is that I can’t possibly schedule in something that’s so tied to my heart. Hmmm… I believe I’ve talked about this before… Yet, I need to seek out those things that help me connect to Them more easily, more whole-heartedly.

All of this is allowing me to be more in the moment. When I feel moved, I get up and light my candles and pray to Them, thanking Them for whatever inspirations have come when thinking on Them, or just letting Them know something reminded me of Them.
It’s odd business trying to have relationships with Those you cannot touch or have Their physical presence around. in this way, it makes the relationship that much harder, really having to remember that They are there, or that you should probably hang out with Them, cuz, you know, it’s been like a week, and would you really go that long without talking with those who are incredibly important to you who are corporeal? Likely not.

So here I am. Doing. Being in the moment. My relationships with Them are very important to me, so why am I making it out to be more serious business (especially the business part) than They actually have shown They want? Yes, there are things that They want me to do, want me to learn, and those things are business, but once I know my tasks, the rest of o/Our time together is quite relaxed. And to be honest, all They’ve indicated is for me to be a witch (lots of doing), and to be with Them, journeying as often as I can. Yes, certainly I need some time after certain travels that require some unraveling, but otherwise, apparently They like me, and that’s just as well, because I happen to quite like Them :)

Now Selling Jewelry (Again)

Originally posted on Foxglove & Firmitas:

At some point in the last week I decided I could no longer handle not making jewelry.  Over the years I’ve changed my focus from specifically beaded work to some beaded work and metal.  I specialize in filigree, which when I started working in the discipline was a bit of a dying art in the United States.  I will also be using my Etsy shop to offer sculpture and 2D art, and I have a plan to offer printed goods through a Society6 store…  But one step at a time.

Plan on seeing prayer beads with hand-fabricated metal components, amulets, talismans, and a world of other pieces from me on Thursdays, highlighting what I’ve put up for the week for sale.  I’m currently listing older stock, and I’m also not currently taking custom work offers…  That will most likely change in the form of dedicated listings for specific objects.  Since…

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Card of the Day – 13/05/15

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VI Vessels – Reunion
Remember the things that make you happy, that make you feel complete, bring you joy and nourish your soul. These things are important to revisit, to remember who you are when the world around you has made your reflection unclear. It also allows us to see how we’ve changed, and how those things have changed us, and how they affect us now. Whether they still bring us joy, or no longer do, honour those things, and bring new ones in that you’ve picked up on your life’s journey.

If you like these little readings, I’ve got more over at my shop!
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Devour Me

But you tore right through me like an animal
Ripping and rending every part of me
I never knew such misery
Always thought I’d known the heart of me

And you would not stop, just like an animal
Not had enough until you’d had it all
No ounce of flesh and bone to see
Now I’ve nothing left, but please devour me

-Miaerowyn

A little excerpt of a song I’m writing. May not be the final version of the chorus, but I still like it so far.

Card of the Day – 12/05/15

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XIV Balance Reversed
When we get over enthused about any new project, it often leaves us reaching out those branches, growing them, and sometimes this means to the detriment of other important branches that we have worked hard to cultivate. This doesn’t mean you cannot focus much of your attention on the new thing, but it does mean there is always maintenance to be done in other aspects of your life.
If left unchecked, your tree will topple under stress, and that new branch will be left to rot in the earth as the other branches die.
As a card for this day, make sure you nourish aspects of your life you’ve left out for a while. Do that necessary maintenance to retain balance, and therefore a happier life.

If you enjoy these readings, come on over to my shop where you can use my 20% off ANY reading coupon until June 1.
GRANDOPENINGYAY

Announcing: Winged Words Book Design

Miaërowyn:

Fantastic! If I ever finish my stories, this will be much needed!

Originally posted on A Forest Door:

I have officially turned my sporadic work as a book designer for self-published authors into a real business:

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I offer a full set of services, including cover design and interior formatting, plus add-ons like proofreading, e-book conversion, and matching WordPress site. For now I am primarily using Createspace (and Kindle for e-books), which is directly linked to Amazon.com and provides ISBNs for free. I have done all my own books that way and have been pleased with their service.

I am hoping to fill a niche for those authors who want to self-publish but don’t have the necessary skills to make their books appear professional and polished, but also can’t afford to spend $500 – $5,000 on a cover alone (yes, those are some real prices charged by other designers!). My packages currently run between $250 – $400. I am also offering a 10% discount for books with pagan or polytheist themes, as…

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Card of the Day – May 8

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Two Vessels – Attraction
Find what sings to your heart, what sets it afire. Whether it is another person (in whatever capacity), or some new activity, or even a career. Be filled to the brim so that you can produce something wonderful and nourishing, which will only serve to feed the flames more, create more of that wonderful something.

It is a very warm day today, as was yesterday (for my birthday, yay!). I’m sitting waiting for the sun to be behind the big black willow tree enough so that I can go do more planting in the garden. I cannot wait until I finally have my natural sunscreen so I can actually be in the sun to garden! Damn this pale skin of mine :P

So just as a reminder, my grand opening sale (you enter in the coupon code at checkout of GRANDOPENINGYAY) of 20% off any reading in my shop will be done come June 1st. You’ve got the next few weeks to put it to good use! :)

Happy Birthday to Me!

Well, ok, I’m a little early with that (my birthday is on the 7th). However, I’ve given myself an early birthday present….

MAKING MEAD!!!

Oh, how I have missed it so much! Making mead and beer is one my most favouritest things ever, and it has been much too long since I’ve watched yeast babies consume all the sugar they can. Well, here is a post all about my lovely mead making evening last night!

All the ingredients lain out on the counter

All the ingredients lain out on the counter

Mmm, delicious honey.

Mmm, delicious honey.

A cup of strong, black tea for tannin.

A cup of strong, black tea for tannin.

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The smell of honey and blueberries is divine.

The smell of honey and blueberries is divine.

Look at that beautiful, yeasty foam! In you go, yeast babies!

Look at that beautiful, yeasty foam! In you go, yeast babies!

Now eat till your heart's content, yeast. Or... perhaps until your death. :P

Now eat till your heart’s content, yeast. Or… perhaps until your death. :P

So that was my wonderful evening! A blueberry mead in the works, and plans to get Grolsch bottles for beer making as I received a beer kit that must be made! It’s patio season, after all! And I’d much rather drink something that isn’t water, thank you very much! We’ll be bottling the mead in Grolsch bottles as well, but no need to get them now as I figure the mead may not be drinkable for perhaps around six months, perhaps a little less.

The last batches I made used a lot more honey so they were pretty drinkable at around 3 months, this one has a bit less honey so I’m expecting a longer wait. Which I have absolutely no problem with because I can already imagine the deliciousness! I realize too that those first meads could have aged a little longer and would have likely been even better, but when it’s the first batch…. you just have no patience at all!

This was definitely a very happy birthday present to myself, and what’s even better is there is a small wine/beer making place about a 10-15 minute walk away from me (5 if I’m riding my bike). It’s a very small store, and mostly for those who would like to have wine brewed there, but there were enough supplies that it’s all good. I’m sure they wouldn’t mind ordering things for me either. Very exciting!

 

In other news, the garden is coming along, although now I can only do things in the evening since apparently I am newly allergic to a few chemicals in sunscreen. I have some natural stuff with much fewer ingredients, and without the skin-irritating chems, on the way, so I’m hoping it will arrive if not by this Friday, then next Monday. Fingers are crossed! I can’t stand being inside and unable to be out in the garden when there is work to be done!

Despite this, I’ve been getting my potatoes in ground, and I found a Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) hanging out in the garden from last year, along with parsley, the rhubarb, and my chives. The raspberries are doing very well along the side of the garage as well, lots of baby canes coming up. Yes, there will be a raspberry mead! Wee!! So many exciting things. Now, just to keep myself motivated, although the first year of a new garden is always a year of seeing what works and what doesnt, and boy, did I find that out last year!

 

Alright, lovelies! Enjoy this beautiful day, sun or rain, or even snow if it should come to pass.

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Announcement Time!

I will be offering free one card readings for the time being! Yay!
What do you need to know about the readings? Well, there is a rule, one reading a day per person. That’s all.

Yes, I have one card readings in my shop, however I like you guys, and I would like for you (who have already been following along here) to enjoy some of my happy Spring happy-making. It is Beltaine tomorrow, after all!

I am not sure how long this will last for, I suppose until I am too busy, or there is too much to do. This could possibly change into only one card a week. But we’ll see when we get there :)

So happy Beltaine! Happy Walpurgisnacht, and whatever May Day celebrations you may be having. Even if it’s just the fact that the weather is getting nicer ;)

Please send me an email at theforestwitch@live.com.

Yay!