Haikus for the Gods

I was thinking at first of a joke when Heather first shared it, but I started reading the blog and it actually blew my mind. Some of those haikus are pearls. Insights of the God Loki, or of any relationships with the Gods. Views from the inside, revisiting the myths. It’s… baffling really. Dare have a try.

I’ll just leave here for my own personal record one that stopped me on the spot :

spread on love’s altar
am I being sacrificed
or am I worshipped?

(original link, with picture and explanations)

A Song and A Fragment

Working, working, working like hell. Delving deeper into the spirit-worker path, and on to the road to the Morrigan and priesthood. I so wish I could tell you more, even everything, but this year has been fucking intense, and I don’t think I would be able to gather the pieces. Maybe I’ll try later. Maybe I’ll give bits here and there.

For now here’s a song. Super recent, modern, nothing to get crazy for… and yet. When I heard it there was this twist in my stomach, and my “second hearing” got poked. Because sometimes our contemporaries write simple songs that can speak of Spirits.

“Cuz I can feel the rivers
Winding through the lands
Two lines, and a poet
Like a kind old rye
You know we could talk in that language
Only we understand”

Tom Odell, “Long Way Down”.

Still working on my own devotional book to the Spirits and Gods by the way (excerpts were there on Memento). Hope you didn’t miss the anthology to the Morrigan, and something’s coming up on Charon too. It’s been the 4year anniversary of my online shrine and collective site to the Morrigan. The 5th of our first meeting. The first of my semi-professional shop (which offers coupons until November). I’ll take up the professional website as soon as I finish my current business (working on a PhD statement). Much much to do.

Where’s the Support?

Valiel Elentári:

Please sincerely consider helping these people and this project. People who are deep in the mud, fighting for everyone.

Originally posted on Queen of the Waiting Ones:

So, I’m curious and have a question for all the super serious Pagans, Polytheists and other Alternative Religious folks out there who so often proclaim that they are all about founding new temples and other types of religious worship areas for those of our kind.  Where exactly, is your support for the Maetreum of Cybele?

I know most of you have read the recent Wild Hunt article detailing the Maetreum’s struggle against the Town of Catskill, NY, where government officials there have vowed to spend the Maetreum into bankruptcy, despite the Town’s losses in court.  Is it because you are tired of hearing about the priestesses’ plight?  If so, why haven’t you donated anything to help ease their burden?  This lawsuit has been going on for several years, and if you think you are tired and burnt out with it, just imagine if you were one of the priestesses.  Priestesses…

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Call For Submissions for a Beloved Dead Devotional

Valiel Elentári:

A new community project about the Dead.

Originally posted on Foxglove & Firmitas:

I said I wasn’t going to start this, and yet here I am anyway…  Doing the Work.

Crossing the River: A Devotional to Our Beloved Dead

Calling for submissions for Crossing the River: A Devotional to Our Beloved Dead, edited by Camilla Laurentine (and possibly others to sign on at a later date). Submissions open August 7th, 2014 and close February 28th, 2015.

The intention of this devotional is to build a source book of modern meditations, hymns, prayers, and other resources for death workers working in our greater community. All Pagan and Polytheist traditions are welcome and encouraged to submit to this project.

Submissions should fall into one of three categories: Vigil of the Dying, For the Recently Deceased, and Funerary Tools. They may include, but are not limited to meditations, poems, hymns, prayers, original retellings of myths, rituals, and scholarly articles with a…

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Addition to Services

Valiel Elentári:

If anyone needs divination done by someone else than themselves lately, I recommend Laurel’s services. There’s professionalism and accuracy.

Originally posted on Queen of the Waiting Ones:

I don’t have a lot of time, so I’ll get straight to the point.  My family is deteriorating on a number of levels and I feel absolutely helpless to stop it, because the only real way to stop it is for me to renounce the Gods and become a good little Atheist.  That’s not going to happen, not because I don’t want to get along in my house, but because the Gods dwell in my heart and can not be removed.

The other factor in this deterioration is the fact that we’re pretty much flat broke, and are in need of a substantial amount of money for vehicle registration, as well as for replacing the tire that went flat yesterday (like we really needed that), and bills, bills, bills.  The ways in which I can help my family are quite limited, and one of the only things I’m truly good…

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Headspace Sacrifice

Valiel Elentári:

An interesting offering practice. I often dedicate a bite or a sip of my food/drinks to the Powers, but I never actually thought of the lack of sense as a proof of their receiving the offering.

Originally posted on From the Labyrinth:

I am a big fan of the bauhaus approach to spirituality. That is to say, I don’t tend to go for elaborate ritual, instead preferring practices that can be done anywhere, at a moment’s notice. It is a matter of individual taste and style, true, but I get more out of being able to do significant if short devotional practices whenever I have the opportunity than I do out of a set schedule of more elaborate practices. One of my favorites is the headspace sacrifice.

I usually do this when I am eating or drinking something, especially if it is tasty. It requires a trance state, particularly a low level spirit-awareness, but it’s something I can manage to do even in the middle of a busy workday. The procedure is simple: before taking a bite or a sip, I offer up a prayer to one of my gods or disir…

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