So soon after the finding of the hammer like shape nearby…
So soon after the finding of the hammer like shape nearby…
In line with my path as what I would term an Odian Vitki, I now feel able to express the status of my development as being inline with the raja yogic realisation that I am separate from both my body and mind, but also that with effort- I can influence the world around me in many ways. The end of my Wyrd may be set, but I am able to shape it’s pattern whilst this vessel exists.
I have become…
Another note: I’ve update the playlist of Pagan/Heathen themed music I think is worthy of a mention…
It’s been a good time for this type of music recently with awesome new releases from Wardruna, Tyr, Amon Amarth etc. and the news that Grand Magus have a new album inbound. Enjoy the METAL!
A small note- I’ve updated the reading list that can be found under the pages at the top of the site. Some major study books in there.
There exist a number of misconceptions about Pagans as a whole that really bother me. Surprisingly, the general publics views are less bothersome to me than those of Pagans who should know better.
Some misconceptions held by the general public:
Now, those are all forgivable as they are the result of misinformation, lack of knowledge etc. Now, the misconceptions that really annoy me as they are held by Pagans who really should know better:
I’m sorry but:
Now, that will probably upset a few people. Let me be clear- these are my views. I have no problem with Wiccans, animal rights protestors, Druids or those opposed to the badger cull- just don’t assume that every Pagan has the same beliefs.
As you may recall, I’ve recently began working on the skill of seidr. Inspired by Runic John and Jenny Blain, I’ve taken to this practice.
I have found that much of what constitutes seidr is actually what I had been doing by myself when sitting down for a meditation- I have rarely sat and meditated upon the image or meaning of an object etc, but after doing Thorsson’s series of meditations upon my own psyche and the runes, I had began meditation that involved a journey along the pathways of Yggdrasil to seek advice and enhance learning. Only now do I know that this is not too far removed from the practive of seidr- I was even using a shamanic drumming mp3 in order to assist my meditations.
One things I have found immensely useful is the frithstead I have found courtesy of Runic John’s work. I have quickly worked here to create a temple which I can use for my rituals. This is incredibly useful when I am unable to sip from the horn and sing galdr in public. I’ve only began to learn the methods and benefits to seidr and especially my frithsstead, but I know this much- this, like the runes, is something I will master as Odin has done so before us.
May ravens guide my way.
In forming my own system of training for both mind and will, I’ve accelerated the schedule of reading thanks to the kindle app on my ipad.
Some great books I’ve been reading are:
Beyond Good & Evil by Nietzsche- a great book on morality and I almost clapped for joy at the definition of slave/master morality. The master morality approach is definitely aligned with my own here.
the Book of Seidr by Runic John- a brilliant book that developed the system of meditation I had already began without realising it was along the lines of Seidr.
Raja Yoga by Yogi Ramachakara- an old book, but a brilliant introduction to the power of Raja yoga and the realisation that our bodies and minds are just tools for us to use. We are not our bodies. We are immortal and invulnerable.
Liber ABA book 4 by Crowley- Crowley’s definitive magical text in my opinion. Not everything is valid for myself and I believe there are elements of chaotic text thrown in purposely to deceive and deter the unworthy individual, but I sincerely believe Crowley is not only the most understood of British heroes of the last 100 years, but was in fact one of the greatest minds that these isles ever produced.
It is my opinion, that in order to develop both the powers of our might and main, then we must also develop our spiritual understanding and self-awareness as well as simply harvesting knowledge of herbs, ritual etc. and this is the reasoning behind my interests in yoga, qi gong, philosophy, art and music.
In an unprecedented wave of enthusiasm, I have attempted to organise a family friendly Heathen walk and talk, issued a list of requests for the Pagan Federation of England and Wales to undertake in order to evolve with a purpose, formulated the basis of my own Odian training system and discussed membership of two larger organisations.
Interesting times ahead and I can guess where the inspiration for this bout of activity is coming from!
I’ve had a vision of a ritual over-robe to wear during blots, rune working, seidr etc. that would be designed to harness and project my will whilst also receiving the energies surrounding me.
The idea has been bouncing around my head for a couple of months. A strange conversation came up somehow that resulted in my wife offering to help me make this.
Other items were also added that I was looking to have custom made- some pouches, bags, reading cloth designs etc. that my wife will most likely produce for me by herself and then add whatever rune designs I wish to them.
It’s a strange world- I never envisioned sitting around the dining room table stitching ritual garments would be something my wife would want to do each evening. The moment of inspiration hit us hard I guess. Now- where do I find the right material?
Reyn til Runa!
After some frustration at remaining solitary, I sent out a request for Heathens nearby to shout out if they want to form a meeting.
The issue is always that so many events are in London, late at night or at times which do not work for anyone with children.
Much to my surprise, it seems to have only taken a few short hours before there is an initial interest from fellow Heathens in a similar place to myself. A meeting has been set at a time and place that should suit most who work or who have small children and it’s intended to be a family friendly event too, so I do hope the children come along.
I actually have no idea where I was going with this process, but the wheels are rolling now!
Also, I seem to have pushed my local pagan meeting to give me time to explain my beliefs to the group and also outline my own personal interests. I need to control that side of me which lands me in these situations!