Okay, That’s Wyrd…

EmberVoices: Listening for the Vanir

Lon asked me: “So… what exactly IS Wyrd? Does your tradition have a particular take on it?”

Wyrd and Orlog go together so tightly that for a while I got swapped which was which, and I’m still only mostly sure I get it when it comes to their historical use. Here’s my modern understanding, which is more or less what I teach:

In practice, Wyrd is not so much what you might call raw “Energy” itself (in the spiritual sense – Chi, Ashe, there are many variations on the theme) as the combination of energy and form that is All That May Be, which naturally includes All That Is, and most importantly, connects any given thing that Is with any other given thing that Is. So Wyrd can be viewed as a knotted web, as woven cloth, as a growing tree or branching vines, as water flowing, or…

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Respecting Flawed Gods

EmberVoices: Listening for the Vanir

Galina Krasskova has a new post addressing the problem of disrespecting the gods with our choices of how to describe Them.

I agree with Galina that calling the gods – or anyone – “petty” and “whiny” is diminishing, and that’s disrespectful. There are much more appropriate ways to describe whatever behavior was being observed that don’t include those kinds of inappropriate judgements. As do many polytheists, I’m sure, I often find myself offended when academic and religious writers write about our gods as if They are merely human characters in old novels, and not even terribly mature characters for that matter.

I understand that many ancient writers effectively used their pantheons of gods as a set of stock characters for storytelling about human issues, and that’s fine as far as it goes, but when modern writers derive their understanding of the historical gods only from those dramas without any consideration…

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Bark Basket

Preindustrial Craftsmanship

Bark - 1While sorting staves in the barn a long section of bark separated from a quartered trunk.  While this one is not from one of the usual species used for bark containers I decided to give it a try.  Bark is used as a raw material for making water resistant hats, bowls, quivers, and other containers far back into the mists of time.  From at least as far back as Mesolithic Europe to Pre-Columbian America, this type of “basket” has made it’s way into the human tool kit.  While this is not a tutorial proper, I took a few photos of the finished product.

Bark - 3The body is made from the whole bark of Osage orange (Maclura pomifera) and sewn with rawhide from deer.  The rim is constructed from a mesquite shoot split, steamed into a hoop, and sewn with rawhide.

Bark - 4It’s not perfect and probably won’t last forever as bark can…

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The Precession of the Equinoxes and The Age of Aquarius

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According to many sources, we are in the Age of Aquarius, though many argue over dates and calendars.

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On the 21st of December 2012, the winter solstice precesses through the Milky Way, which was of great mythological importance to the Mayans.

  Bealtaine Cottage entrance to the fairy dell woodlandThere is a belief among many that there will be unusual harmony and understanding in the world, in this new age.

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This will manifest as a  turning point in human consciousness.

Balance will be restored as we awaken to a new level of understanding.

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Much of this new found consciousness will be manifested through the return of  feminine energies.

Missy contemplates the age of aquariusWe have lived in a continuous state of patriarchy during the Age of Pisces and, as a consequence, become disconnected from nature and the abundance of the earth.

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War has been a constant feature in every generation and the value of the female has been much maligned and desecrated…

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