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Things Got Wyrd

This blog varies from Kemetic to Hellenic with some love for Loki thrown in. I'm also a bit heavy on the Thelema side of things. I do not worship, I do not devote. I learn and communicate. On this blog I do as I will.
Apr 12 '14
yourmaj3sty:


Thoth

…the ibis‐headed god of knowledge, closely related, if not equivalent, to Hermes Trismegistus. In addition, there is The Book of Thoth, written by Hermes Trismegistus. He is accredited with the name Trismegistus, meaning the ”Thrice Great”, because, as he claims in The Emerald Tablet, he knows the three parts of the wisdom of the whole universe. The three parts of the wisdom are alchemy, astrology, and theurgy.

yourmaj3sty:

Thoth

…the ibis‐headed god of knowledge, closely related, if not equivalent, to Hermes Trismegistus. In addition, there is The Book of Thoth, written by Hermes Trismegistus. He is accredited with the name Trismegistus, meaning the ”Thrice Great”, because, as he claims in The Emerald Tablet, he knows the three parts of the wisdom of the whole universe. The three parts of the wisdom are alchemy, astrology, and theurgy.

(Source: your-maj3sty)

Apr 9 '14
the-darkest-of-lights:

Symbolism of the Key

The key of knowledge corresponds, within the cycle of the year, to the month of June (healing) the conjunction of the gates of heaven. In legend and folklore, 3 keys are often used to symbolize a like number of secret chambers full of precious objects. They are the symbolic representations of initiation and knowledge the first key and silver concerns of that what can be revealed by psychological understanding the second key is made of gold and pertains to philosophical wisdom; the third is made of diamond confers the power of  act.

—J.E. Cirlot



I was thinking of having a key be my first tattoo… this just makes me want it more.

the-darkest-of-lights:

Symbolism of the Key

The key of knowledge corresponds, within the cycle of the year, to the month of June (healing) the conjunction of the gates of heaven. In legend and folklore, 3 keys are often used to symbolize a like number of secret chambers full of precious objects. They are the symbolic representations of initiation and knowledge the first key and silver concerns of that what can be revealed by psychological understanding the second key is made of gold and pertains to philosophical wisdom; the third is made of diamond confers the power of act.

—J.E. Cirlot

I was thinking of having a key be my first tattoo… this just makes me want it more.

Apr 9 '14
turtledawn:

A Star Wars egg hunt.

Bringing this gem back. My son insisted on wearing his helmet while egg hunting. 

turtledawn:

A Star Wars egg hunt.

Bringing this gem back. My son insisted on wearing his helmet while egg hunting. 

Apr 9 '14
rawr-its-red:

carpeumbra:

littledoomwitch:

giasierra:

Learn the truth that the #Pagan #Easter has nothing to do with the #resurrection of #Jesus

boiled eggs were on the seder plate, motherfucker. shit’s jewish.
also, welcome to “I converted but I liked my culture a lot so I’m gonna keep doing that”. it was pagans who brought paganism to Christianity.
so shut up with your facebook image ripped bullshit when you clearly have no idea where any of it came from.

I will never understand Protestants.
You broke up with the Church because you presumably wanted freedom of thought and instead become more paranoid and more inquisitorial than the Church and basically replaced a hierarchy with mob rule.

Someone please correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t there a tradition that Mary Magdalene was at a banquet hosted by one of the Caesars and held up an egg saying “Christ is risen!”  Said Caesar laughed and said that was as likely as the egg turning red, and then bam!  Red egg!  And that’s why some denominations exchange colored (specifically red) eggs at Easter?

I don’t care where it came from. Coloring eggs, hiding them and watching kids excitedly finding them is fun stuff. So much fun that we celebrate “Easter” twice. We do it at Spring Equinox and again on Easter Sunday. At the Equinox we talk about nature and how the plants are going to start growing again and baby animals will be born.
The majority of my family is Christian by default. (Meaning they don’t actually go to church or anything but would identify themselves Christian) So on Easter Sunday we go to a family gathering for dinner and an egg hunt.
Also, I feel like in my area kids are expected to celebrate Easter and Christmas to the point that even their teachers ask them “What did you get from Santa/ Easter Bunny?” I don’t want them to feel ostracized. So we do both. They even get a sort of Christmas on Solstice and then again at Grandmas on Christmas Day. We just tell them that Santa and the Easter Bunny are very busy so they visit some families earlier than others.
You don’t need to justify celebrating things just because they are originally considered a Christian holy day. There is nothing wrong with continuing your families traditions even if you no longer follow the religious aspect. With such broad commercialization they have basically become secular holidays anyway (not that commercialization is right). 

rawr-its-red:

carpeumbra:

littledoomwitch:

giasierra:

Learn the truth that the #Pagan #Easter has nothing to do with the #resurrection of #Jesus

boiled eggs were on the seder plate, motherfucker. shit’s jewish.

also, welcome to “I converted but I liked my culture a lot so I’m gonna keep doing that”. it was pagans who brought paganism to Christianity.

so shut up with your facebook image ripped bullshit when you clearly have no idea where any of it came from.

I will never understand Protestants.

You broke up with the Church because you presumably wanted freedom of thought and instead become more paranoid and more inquisitorial than the Church and basically replaced a hierarchy with mob rule.

Someone please correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t there a tradition that Mary Magdalene was at a banquet hosted by one of the Caesars and held up an egg saying “Christ is risen!”  Said Caesar laughed and said that was as likely as the egg turning red, and then bam!  Red egg!  And that’s why some denominations exchange colored (specifically red) eggs at Easter?

I don’t care where it came from. Coloring eggs, hiding them and watching kids excitedly finding them is fun stuff. So much fun that we celebrate “Easter” twice. We do it at Spring Equinox and again on Easter Sunday. At the Equinox we talk about nature and how the plants are going to start growing again and baby animals will be born.

The majority of my family is Christian by default. (Meaning they don’t actually go to church or anything but would identify themselves Christian) So on Easter Sunday we go to a family gathering for dinner and an egg hunt.

Also, I feel like in my area kids are expected to celebrate Easter and Christmas to the point that even their teachers ask them “What did you get from Santa/ Easter Bunny?” I don’t want them to feel ostracized. So we do both. They even get a sort of Christmas on Solstice and then again at Grandmas on Christmas Day. We just tell them that Santa and the Easter Bunny are very busy so they visit some families earlier than others.

You don’t need to justify celebrating things just because they are originally considered a Christian holy day. There is nothing wrong with continuing your families traditions even if you no longer follow the religious aspect. With such broad commercialization they have basically become secular holidays anyway (not that commercialization is right). 

Apr 9 '14
Apr 8 '14
Apr 8 '14

I’ll tell you what I do believe 100% without a doubt.

There are little creatures, that cannot be seen with the naked eye, that love to steal my spoons.

Apr 8 '14
Apr 7 '14

You ever regret spilling your beans about how you feel. …

Apr 7 '14

thetwistedrope:

thingsgotwyrd:

Im so jealous that people’s have real relationships with deity. That they have upg and even Verified upg. How does that happen? I feel like I am doing homework for class I’m not even taking. Why do I continue this blog? I feel so disconnected with everything. Misanthropy and apathy are eating away at me. I’m starting to feel like I’m invisible. This whole thing is going nowhere and it all makes me feel like a fraud.

"real" relationships?

What exactly makes a relationship real or not real? I mean, if you do stuff and it makes you feel better, and they seem to be happy, isn’t that real, too?

I appreciate everyone’s responses to my biannual angst filled freak out. What I mean by “real” is that feeling you’re in the right place. I struggle against unwanted atheism. It’s like, I want to believe that there are higher powers at work in the world, but I’m not allowed to? I think I’m on the right track but then I walk smack into a force field and get knocked back.

It’s not like I haven’t been trying. I have been around for several years. A new deity piques my interest and I spend several months learning everything I can, but I never feel a connection so I move on. I thought that Loki was calling to me for awhile. I swore I was getting signs and confirmations. But unless Loki is the type to play tag and run off for 2 years then I was wrong. *shrug* I’ve moved on to others. Yet, I feel numb to it all. Like I am talking to myself in an empty room. I feel stupid when I try to do ritual of any sort and shouting out to the universe for someone to hear me. I feel nothing except that the isolation I feel hurts.

I’m tired of wasting money on books that lead me no where. I’m like that girl who doesn’t fit in anywhere so she bounces from clique to clique trying to make friends with everyone, and then is called out for being “fake”.

Thor
Hathor
Thoth
Inanna
Babalon
Loki
Demeter
Persephone
Hades
    and others from my pre-tumblr days.

And then there is fucking Thelema, which I am so sick of being in my head clouding up my ideas of how things go.

I think this is going to continue to be a whatever blog. Thanks everyone. I realize I’m not alone or crazy. *hugs to you all*

(I’d like to discuss further but I’m supposed to be sleeping right now, I work nights)

Apr 7 '14

Im so jealous that people’s have real relationships with deity. That they have upg and even Verified upg. How does that happen? I feel like I am doing homework for class I’m not even taking. Why do I continue this blog? I feel so disconnected with everything. Misanthropy and apathy are eating away at me. I’m starting to feel like I’m invisible. This whole thing is going nowhere and it all makes me feel like a fraud.

Apr 7 '14
tullying:


Greek Mythology Picspam: → Persephone




Persephone was the daughter of Zeus and Demeter. While she was playing, Persephone was abducted by Hades. He secretly dragged her down to his kingdom, where she stayed unwillingly, refusing to eat. Demeter persuaded Zeus to make Hades return her daughter to her, but before freeing Persephone, Hades tricked her and made her eat four pomegranate seeds. Because of this, Persephone was compelled to spend part of her life in the Underowrld. During this time, Demeter mourns,  so Earth experiences winter. When Persephone returns, it becomes spring. Persephone is often called kore, the maiden. She is also called the queen of the Underworld

tullying:

Greek Mythology Picspam: → Persephone

Persephone was the daughter of Zeus and Demeter. While she was playing, Persephone was abducted by Hades. He secretly dragged her down to his kingdom, where she stayed unwillingly, refusing to eat. Demeter persuaded Zeus to make Hades return her daughter to her, but before freeing Persephone, Hades tricked her and made her eat four pomegranate seeds. Because of this, Persephone was compelled to spend part of her life in the Underowrld. During this time, Demeter mourns,  so Earth experiences winter. When Persephone returns, it becomes spring. Persephone is often called kore, the maiden. She is also called the queen of the Underworld

Apr 5 '14

We Need To Have A Talk About Folkish Heathenry.

thetwistedrope:

grumpylokeanelder:

lokavinr:

grumpylokeanelder:

This is a Pissing People Off Post.

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EVERYONE who identifies as heathen, whether universalist, tribalist, folkish, or otherwise should read this. This is extremely important.

My story is very similar to GLE’s. I spent my first six months or so as a heathen identifying as folkish. Almost all of the resources I immediately found about the religion were from folkish groups, especially the AFA, and on the surface they looked professional, interested in cultural heritage, and markedly different than the Vinland Brotherhood-esque Nazi skinhead types who, I initially assumed, were what everyone meant when they said “racist heathens.”

This is part of the AFA’s ploy. I have heard as much from the dreaded AFA recruiter who came to my area last summer. He, when trying to advocate for the group, told villieldr and I that the AFA “chose the blue color scheme on their logo rather than anything red or black to set them apart from ‘real racist’ groups.” He also mentioned the website’s professional appearance. The AFA presents themselves in a very serious, cultivated way to distance themselves from other racist forums online, to legitimize the views they advocate for new heathens, whether or not they have any basis in actual Heathenry, and to give the impression that they are the “gold standard” for Ásatrú in the US.

This is what I initially thought, and how I fell into their trap. For the first five months or so I honestly believed in the validity of Folkism and took quotes from “famous scholars” at their word. I believed that Folkism was intimately linked to Reconstructionism, and the only way to “not be Wiccan” was to follow the AFA’s lead. I didn’t initially see the racist implications and just assumed this was “the way it was supposed to be.”

But then, things took a turn for the even worse, and I started to hold views that I would have never supported prior to conversion. For my last month or so as a folkish heathen I started to fall deeper and deeper into the trap. I said and believed things I deeply regret: I started to realize that AFA really meant to exclude non-whites, and, instead of immediately calling out this bullshit and running away, I started to worry that my last name would be perceived as “too Jewish” and thought up ways to explain it away. I then became concerned that I might not belong in the religion, or should try to juggle Heathenry with “other ancestral paths of mine” (Celtic Paganism, Judaism, etc.) even though I neither knew enough about my heritage to figure out which paths I should take nor agreed with syncretism. I started to worry that the Gods would eventually reject me, and thus started advocating the folkish point of view even more strongly as a way of “proving my devotion to my heritage” and “hiding in the crowd.” It was not good, at all. I am still disgusted with myself for the things I said and did.

Luckily, after about a month of that, I realized I hated who I had become and turned away from Folkism completely. The reason I spend so much time calling out Folkism  for being a racist perspective is because I know firsthand how it can pull people in, how it can convince them they have to believe a certain way to be heathen, and how it can change them for the worse. Folkism is always wrong, but not everyone who claims the label is an irredeemable monster: People can realize the error in their ways, and that is why it is vital for us to call out the ideology for what it is, discredit its place in Heathenry, and dismantle the fiction of legitimacy created by groups like the AFA.

This is not an apology for Folkism or its advocates (including myself, back in the beginning). This is not to say “Folkish people have feelings, too, guys!” No, in fact, it is really the opposite: If someone has read the perspective presented by GLE or others online about why Folkism is racist and continues to cling to those views, they should be held accountable and called out for their BS. And if that doesn’t shake them out of it, they are probably beyond help.

This is only to say that I don’t think all my ranting about Folkism is merely “to blow off steam,” and that I hope and believe that, by getting the message out there about Folkism, people won’t fall into the same trap I did or will realize their mistake much earlier and step away.

No practitioner or organization sits at a gatehouse between you and the Gods. The AFA is not “Heimdallr on earth:” you don’t need to go through them or any other heathen group to get in contact with our Deities. You don’t need to be a certain race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, or age to worship the Gods, and any organization that says otherwise is speaking from its own bigoted perspective.

My first year as a heathen was very happy because I was finally worshiping the Gods who had been calling to me for 5+ years. But it was also filled with unnecessary anxieties, attempts to change myself, and other insecurities created exclusively by the heathen community. I was always worried I would be deemed “not a heathen” if I didn’t conform to everything they said, and it led me down a dangerous, and contemptible, road. Not only did I start claiming and advocating Folkism, but I also suppressed my sexuality and gender identity for the sake of fitting into the AFA’s “heathen model” (case in point, check out this photo taken about a year before converting and these taken two months after converting). It led me into two terrible sexual encounters (one with a heathen guy) and feelings of despair when I realized I couldn’t get married to some Germanic man and pop out heathen babies like I was being told to do by religious leaders. 

Claims that any unrelated identity or lifestyle is required for one to worship the Gods are always dangerous, and often rooted in extreme bigotry. Unfortunately, they can also reel in new members and drag down and distort people just looking for acceptance and a religious community.

This is why it is paramount to call out these ideologies for what they are and offer people alternate perspectives and options. Don’t let the AFA and other folkish, far-right, and otherwise bigoted groups assert their primacy in American Ásatrú. Don’t let anyone establish themselves as the gatekeepers between people and the Gods.  

Reblogging for this addition.

I think there are some important points in this post, even for non-Heathens.

Apr 5 '14

ladylaufeyson1:

loki-your-majesty:

  • Asgard is the reign of the Æsir, the principal race of Norse gods. Is difficult to access due to its huge walls, though after the war with the Vanir, they were destroyed, being vulnerable to attack of the giants. To rebuild the defensive wall, the Æsir hired the services of a giant who agreed to repair the walls in a very short time, and the Gods accepted, influenced by Loki. He cheated them, saying that he would give back the walls toAsgard in exchange for the Sun, the Moon, and the goddess Freyja.
    Asgard is connected to Midgard (the realm of men) by Bifrost (also called Asbru), the rainbow bridge, guarded by the god Heimdall. Each god has a different home in Asgard. The best known is Valhalla, the abode of Odin. Heroes killed in action are brought to Valhalla by the Valkyries. Mythologhy says a faster way to go to Valhalla is die hanged, as Odin did. [Let’s not do that.]
  • Vanaheim is the world of the Vanir, the other race of Norse dieties, who usually were the responsible of the fertility functions. The Vanes (Vanir) were faced with the Aces (Aesir), but eventually reconciled, they came to live in a relative peace. It can suppose that Vanaheim, like the Vanir themselves, is somewhat more wild or “natural,” and less “cultural,” than the world of the Vanir’s Aesir counterparts, or even than the humanity. It’s a sort of nature world, free of technology or modern influences.
    *Alfheim is the world of elves, governed by the god Freyr. The elves have not an important relevance in the Norse legends, although the ancient sagas identify two types of elves that live in Alfheim: ljósálfar (or light elves) and svartálfar (or dark elves that live inside the mountains)
  • Midgard ( Miðgarðr in old Norse ) is the world of men created by the gods Odin and his brothers, Vili and Ve after battle with the primeval giant Ymir .
    After the battle, Odin and his brothers Vili and Ve took the body of the giant Ymir and took him to the great abyss to begin creating an habitable world. Thus, with his skin, they created the lands, with his blood and sweat, the oceans, with his bones the rocks and mountains, with his hair the vegetation and with his teeth the cliffs, where also placed the giant’s eyebrows to make the borders of the sea. To complete the work, the Gods thought to close this world with the cranial vault of the defeated, ordering to four dwarves to hold it. These were called Nordri , Sudri, Austri and Vestri and symbolized the four cardinal points. By placing the vault of heaven with the skull of the vanquished giant, his brains were scattered through the air, giving life to the clouds.
    However, this new territory was still dark, so the gods decided to go Muspelheim to steal the shining sparks of a sword called Surtr . With the two largest they created the sun and the moon and the other stars.
    Once the gods finished his work, they just added the winter and summer ,being ready to receive the first humans.
  • Svartálfaheim ( connected with Nidavellir -dark - fields ) This underground world is placed between the lowest sphere of  Midgard and the highest sphere of Helheim,. There lived the dark elves, (referring black to the hair and not the skin) called svartálfar,  and the Norse dwarves or dvergar, being the counterpart of the light elves .
    They’re associated with stones, the underground, death, luck, magic and technology, especially forging. The dark elves reside in the underground and are ancestral spirits that protect people, but they can also be threatening, especially when they are treated rudely . The Svartalfar try to avoid the light, though they can go outside without problems. They’re great architects , intelligent and industrious, and among other wonders, created the Mjolnir hammer of Thor, Odin ‘s spear Gungnir, the magic ring Draupnir, and the ship Skíðblaðnir, the Brisingamen necklace of Freyja and Freyr’s golden boar .
  • Jotunheim is the land of the frozen giants. The giants are usually enemies of the gods, but they had also children with them. It is ruled by Thrym, the king of the frost giants. In Jotunheim, where also live rock giants, it’s placed the strength of Utgard. From there, they threaten Midgard’s humans and the gods of Asgard, of which they are separated by the river Iving.
  • Niflheim is the world of the dead. I’ts a gloomy kingdom where go the men who have not had a glorious death. There inhabits the dragon Níðhöggr, constantly gnawing the roots of perennial ash Yggdrasil. After Ragnarök, the dragon will be devoted to torment the souls left in the world.
    In one of the creation myths, Niflheim is the cold matter, the opposite of Muspelheim or hot matter. This world was born of the clash of these in the magical space called Ginnungagap.
    One of the most dark and gloomy parts of the vast and icy Niflheim is Helheim, where lives  the giant queen or goddess Hela, in company of her dog Garm. The belief that when Ragnarok comes, the doomsday battle, Loki and the giants will come in a boat built with the nails of the dead from Hel, creating with this the habit of clipping the nails of the dead to delay these events.
  • Muspelheim is the world of the fire giants, enemies of the gods. It’s a kingdom full of flames located in the southern hemisphere. It’s governed by Surt, the king and the most powerful of the fire giants. In Norse mythology, the creation starts cof the contact between fire and ice in the huge initial vacuum known as Ginnungagap, creating then the water. The brightest objects in the night sky such as planets, comets and stars, emerged from Muspelheim sparks.
    In Ragnarok, the heavens will open and Surt will leave Muspelheim, followed  by all giants, marching  to Asgard and destroying the Bifrost bridge at their passing.
  • Hel or Helheim, is known as the kingdom of death and is in the deepest, dark and dreary part of Niflheim, one of the nine worlds of Yggdrasil. In the nordic mythology, it was ruled by Hela, the daughter of Loki, and the entrance was guarded by a huge dog known as Garm. Helheim and Niflheim are often associated as the same world, but this is not so: Niflheim is the realm of cold, ice and darkness mainly, and, although there it’s also common the death and destruction, Helheim is specifically the ”Capital of Death”.
    In this world will end those who died by disease or old age, and once they entered there , not even gods could get out  because of the endless, inexhaustible and impassable presence of the river Gjöll around this dark reign.

This is beautiful.

Apr 4 '14