I go through bouts of doubt and despair in my writing, largely because, well, I’m a writer, and we seem to be programmed for for such things. I swear, just about every job I’ve been in has, as one person so aptly put it, had the largest number of unmedicated personalities I’ve seen. …
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Sometimes I’m at a total lost when it comes to what I should write for the Rational Heathen. I look over my past writings, peruse the pagan blogs, then the Christian and atheist blogs, and then end up playing Age of Empires. See? I really do work on this.
The past several days I was beating my head against the proverbial writing wall, so I just gave up and worked on some other things. Then, in the morning when I was waking up, I heard a god…
“I think I might have problems with wights,” I told one wight expert about issues at my barn. Never mind that I’m strongly agnostic about wights, and never mind that I don’t believe in magic. I was at wit’s end when it came to my goats getting sick and dying. I had one necropsy performed on a dead kid which proved nothing except that I had a very healthy, dead kid. The expert recommended that I perform a salt purification ritual to rid the barn of negative influences.
After another exhausting day of handling baby goats, I’ve decided that any Heathen who gets goats isn’t right in the head (including myself). For this reason, I submit the Five Reasons Why Heathens Should Not Own Goats. Ready? Let’s begin… [Read More of this Premium Content, and Unlock All My Premium Content, for Just $1]
I have a snippet of the last post that didn’t really fit in with the rest of the post, being its own subject. I looked at it and realized that I should probably expand the piece further, so I figured it belonged in a premium piece. This is the snippet in question:
“Medieval people put a lot of stock on good = beautiful and evil = ugly. So, when Loki’s children are born from Angrboda, they’re automatically considered evil because they are arguably terrifying/ugly. Hel has rotting flesh on half of her body, Fenrir is considered terrifying because he’s a gigantic wolf, and Jormandr is, of course, the world serpent.”
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I was reading a Christian blog on Patheos (yeah, I read what other religions think) and ran into this piece by the Progressive Christian. I rolled my eyes and snickered over such ludicrous hand-wringing over The Apotheosis of Washington because apparently some people take the image literally and not symbolically.
I vaguely remember seeing this when I visited the Capitol building many moons ago as a child/teenager, and I recall my own emotions over it, but I think I leave that to a little later while I discuss the piece.
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|Image of Hel by Tara Ryzebol . Used under the
Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license
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I read an interesting post about the dark deities recently and it got me thinking about why the darker gods and goddesses have become more popular in recent years. Rokkatru with its many members is a viable part of Heathenry and Loki has grown in popularity, certainly in part due to the popularity of the Marvel character and the actor who plays him. Even I am technically honoring a Jotunn when I honor Skadi. And yeah, Loki does come by from time to time to annoy me, if nothing.
That being said, one pagan witch (yeah, I read Wiccan blogs, get over it) thinks that the popularity of the dark ones seem to coincide with the times we live in and something big and tranformative coming up. I can’t say anything of that magnitude, but I do have some thoughts and theories…
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My last premium post seemed to open up a can of worms — at least for me. As I was writing about
the Rokkatru, I realized that historians may have it all wrong when it comes to the gods. The Aesir, Vanir, and Jotunn aren’t different races. They’re different clans. Which means that how they treat each other has implications for how we should treat each other.
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