A recent bout of illness in my home (heat stroke, hayfever, insomnia, sickness, chicken-pox…) has given me the opportunity to practice and develop my use of herbs and crystals as healing tools.
Everyone in my household sleeps with a bag of crystals under their pillow- remove a stone or the bag and they know and complain that I must have removed something because symptom x has come back. I think I’ve got those crystals down to a fine art. The intention is to post a guide to the ones I use and for which purpose as a page- keep an eye out if you’re interested.
The bout of sickness has given me a greater chance to use herbal sachets under a pillow or carried on the persons for 9 days/nights and then burnt on an incense brick with an offering of mead given to the Vaettir, Gods and Goddesses. The herbal mixtures I create work as both an incense and a herbal trap for illness.
I will post details of my crystal and herb use for those that have an interest. I am by no means an expert, but what I do works for me and my family.
As I read through Faulkes’ translation of Sturluson’s Edda, it strikes me how closed minded some of the heathen community can be.
I have seen many a reference online by those with ‘folkish’ beliefs deriding others for having beliefs not explicitly mentioned in these historic texts. Surely if they insist on a rigid adherence to practice and belief mentioned by Sturluson et al, then they should also rigidly accept his insistence that Odin is not the creator and Allfather, but is rather a figure from ancient Turkey or Troy who found the climate and people’s of northern Europe to his liking and proceeded to re-tell tales of Troy etc as being of his people ( the Aesir whom Sturlson insists means ‘ men of Asia’) and installed himself as the chief God of our ancestors through deceit. Stick to Sturluson’s writings and that must also be you belief- which in my view means you are not of the same beliefs as I.
Essentially, I’d your beliefs are folkish, you’re not of the same beliefs as I, but take Sturluson as being as truthful as if it were Odin himself that penned these works and then you are also not of the same beliefs as I. The Edda’s and other historic texts are great reference points and sources of written lore- but like all historic text must be taken as the authors viewpoint. We have no written Lore known as being from Odin and so we must not seek to recreate a religion based on a text that is accurate or not, but rather we should aim to do the bet that we can to honour the Gods and practice that which we can ascertain as being to their will.
Finnish boffins don tinfoil hats, admit Northern Lights are noisy • The Register.
Is that the sound of Yggdrasil swaying or is the the sound of Sleipnir riding across the sky? Another article for me to look into and workout what it means to me.
After much thought as to the content and meaning of my next tattoo- I decided that I wanted it to have following elements:
prayer by me written in the Elder Futhark
I messed around with some designs and then decided to incorporate the historic image of Odin upon Sleipnir and place this with the Valknot. Great I thought, but why do I know that image? “with Oden on our side” by Amon Amarth uses it as the cover art for the album!
Do I differ from what I wished to have just because it is in use by a metal band? A great band at that, but I don’t think I can handle people thinking I have the bands image on my arm unless they know the true history and meaning behind it?
It’s a beautiful yet simple image full of power and mystery depending on your knowledge. I think I’ll go with it. It’s not like the album isn’t one of my favourites anyway. Maybe it’s Wyrd.
Really interesting post- worth your time.
‘Britain’s Atlantis’ found at bottom of North sea – a huge undersea kingdom swamped by a tsunami 5,500 years ago | Mail Online:
‘via Blog this’
Now, I need to work out where this fits in to what we know of the early days of Midgard, but it certainly helps explain some of the persistant links between Britain, Scandinavia and the Germanic peoples.