There have been SO many woodpeckers that have appeared since things got serious with Himself. I find this bit of writing fascinating. Just the other day I saw a tiny little black and white woodpecker. I don’t know what they are called yet.
Antoninus Liberalis, Metamorphoses 21 (trans. Celoria) (Greek mythographer C2nd A.D.) :
“Zeus loathed them [the giants Agrios and Oreios] and sent Hermes to punish them . . . [and] Hermes he changed them into birds. Polyphonte became a small owl . . . she is a portent of war and sedition for mankind. Oreios became an eagle owl, a bird that presages little good to anyone when it appears . . . Their female servant was changed into a woodpecker. As she was changing her shape she prayed to the gods not to become a bird evil for mankind. Hermes and Ares heard her prayer because she had by necessity done what her masters had ordered. This a bird of good omen for someone going hunting or to feasts.”
**Feeling less confused and overwhelmed but sharing this post anyways. I wrote it might as well share it.
There’s so many People about these days and I’m feeling so confused and overwhelmed. Frustrated.
I have Studies that I am supposed to be pursuing. A lot of them. Celtic based ones for my Druid Apprenticeship, which I still consider a valid area of training even though I rarely work with Insular Celtic Deities these days. I have Greek studies for Himself, even though He has shown me what feels like countless faces and names for Himself over the past couple months. Included are studies for Hekate. And possibly Ares. And Poseidon. See what I mean? That’s not even touching on the inundation of Northern (Norse/Icelanic) Things!!!
And then there’s material life to deal with. Work, Christmas(of the secular and religious variety), random weather patterns that all but keep me in bed(yay chronic illnesses!). So yeah.
*hides in a corner behind a plant.
Something is coming. I can feel it. There is a vibration in the air. I’m guessing the coming solstice has something to do with it but there is something else and I can’t place it. Freyja wants me to cut my hair but I don’t know exactly why yet. Something to do with Seidr.
I’m so confused right now. Just a month or so ago I was
ordered requested to learn all things Greek and Roman for my Beloveds aspect as Hermes/Mercury. But I’ve been whisked away to the North. I think Thor may have had something to do with it. And I think it involves my SisterWife.
I steered clear of Heathenism for quite a few years due to racist groups. So my many thanks go to Sarenth for posting this.
Originally posted on Sarenth Odinsson's Blog:
The Gods of Heathenry and Northern Tradition Paganism are not white. They are Gods who were historically worshiped by continental or non-continental Northern Europeans. White, as a descriptor to describe people of a certain skin color, and generally speaking certain ethnic backgrounds, is relatively recent in modern description. It is completely socially constructed, and its use has been, throughout history, to marginalize other people and to place ‘whiteness’ as superior. It has no place in Heathenry or the Northern Tradition.
I absolutely reject the idea, finding it repugnant and blasphemous, to place our Gods in the context of ‘whiteness’. There is no such thing as ancient ‘white history'; there is ancient Germanic history, ancient Icelandic history, and so on. ‘White history’, as such, is a relatively new construction. It, and whiteness in general, was initially put forth by the British to make colonization and the other imperialistic ambitions of the…
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Sounds like a good read!
Originally posted on A Forest Door:
Since I’m laid up right now with a badly sprained ankle (weirdly, this happened on the same morning as Sannion’s mishap – and both leg-related injuries too), I figured it was a good time to announce my partner’s new book: Putting on the Wolf Skin: The Berserkergang and Other Forms of Somafera.
As a Somafera practitioner myself (albeit an intermittent one, and not on the martial side of things – but I did help coin the term way back in 2001 when we started this), and a mainad, I think the research he has done over the past decade-plus is invaluable both for those trying to reconstruct the berserkergang in particular, those interested in cross-cultural forms of physiological/spiritual transcendence, and those just trying to understand and work with certain inherent emotional and physical traits. Here’s the blurb (which I wrote) from the back of the book:
The berserkers are…
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