ain’t He good?

Today I saw a bumper sticker that read, “Ain’t God Good?”

I’m sure it was a rhetorical question, but my mind went to “Ain’t Loki Good?”

And He is.

Ain’t Loki good?
Good in bed.
Good in a pinch.
Good in a pair.
Good in love.
Good in despair.
Good in vengeance.
Good in guidance.
Good in doubt.
Good in anguish.
Good in kindness.
Good in illness.
Good in health.

Loki was good to me when I knew no good at all, and I love Him for it.

Letter to a New Spirit Worker

Heather Freysdottir:

I think this is worth reading, regardless of where you are on your path right now.

Originally posted on Exploring Devotional Practice in Polytheism:

Dear you,

I can’t imagine what you are experiencing right now because your growth process is unlike any others. This is the first and greatest and perhaps most difficult lesson of all: You walk this path alone. You will have allies and companions and perhaps even friends along the way who will offer support and care but you will always ultimately be alone. This truth is difficult to manage but becoming comfortable with solitude will give you the mental space required to puzzle out the challenges that come ahead. Your longing for teachers and mentors is not just a desire for guidance or meaning or even instruction; it is a desire for validation and empirical support as well as the comfort of someone pointing out what you have done well and what you need to improve on. This will not happen. Whatever teachers and mentors this path makes available to…

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Mystic Love, Mystic Priorities

Originally posted on Exploring Devotional Practice in Polytheism:

Last night I had a long talk with some friends about some of the more prominent aspects of my private spiritual life. This conversation had been waiting to happen for a while but my private spiritual life isn’t something that I can just dump on unsuspecting acquaintances; you gotta work up to that level of disclosure. Even though I’ve known for a while that these people were safe to talk to about these things, the time had never been right for the conversation until now.

We talked about a lot of things but about the mystic’s path in particular. I’ve been thinking about this for a while and never was quite able to put it into words until now. Objectively I recognize that there is much of the mystic about me but it’s not really the path that I identify with. I am, perhaps, too aware of my functional capacities…

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The Northern Gods Are Not White

Heather Freysdottir:

Well said. Thank you, Sarenth.

Originally posted on Sarenth Odinsson's Blog:

The Gods of Heathenry and Northern Tradition Paganism are not white. They are Gods who were historically worshiped by continental or non-continental Northern Europeans. White, as a descriptor to describe people of a certain skin color, and generally speaking certain ethnic backgrounds, is relatively recent in modern description. It is completely socially constructed, and its use has been, throughout history, to marginalize other people and to place ‘whiteness’ as superior. It has no place in Heathenry or the Northern Tradition.

I absolutely reject the idea, finding it repugnant and blasphemous, to place our Gods in the context of ‘whiteness’. There is no such thing as ancient ‘white history'; there is ancient Germanic history, ancient Icelandic history, and so on. ‘White history’, as such, is a relatively new construction. It, and whiteness in general, was initially put forth by the British to make colonization and the other imperialistic ambitions of the…

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Pagan Issues and Racial Issues

Heather Freysdottir:

“Acknowledge the crimes of the past, the deeds of our ancestors and Caucasians in general. By doing so we are able to make the first steps in trying to make a difference and fulfill our obligation to change the world for the better that non has to suffer with such harm and indignities again. Respect the autonomy of black people. Trying to change the conversation to ones about reverse racism, apologist arguments or lump summation of what “they” do that is potentially deserving of ill treatment is NOT respectful.”

THIS.

And also, I really want to reiterate that acknowledgement of harm is a thing that the US has not done at large, and while I’m not black and I don’t think I can truly imagine what it’s like – I do know that when men have acknowledged the horror of rape, that as a rape survivor, I appreciate and respect those men more than the ones who try to distance themselves from the subject out of discomfort. Collectively, we have tried to distance ourselves from the harm that our ancestors did, and it’s wrong. I have both abolitionists and plantation owners in my bloodline. One does not negate the other. I can’t undo what’s been done, but I will not dishonor the people who live with the consequences by pretending that nothing happened and that inequality doesn’t exist.

Originally posted on Beloved in Light:

This is mostly addressing the white majority in the pagan communities. I have been sitting on this a bit, ever since news regarding Ferguson and subsequent events broke out. Racial/ethnic issues have been one that has been close to my heart for as long as I can remember, ever since childhood when I discovered a fascination and love for different cultures and delved into my studies in history. Over the last couple of years it has become a more personal issue too, which I admit probably does give me some bias, involving the birth of my biracial infant and my engagement to her father who happens to be African American. As a Caucasian woman I know I live in a bubble of security and privilege, something that my fiancée has reminded me by his own stories and experiences. The fact that it doesn’t even occur to me to carry my…

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Independent store recs

Heather Freysdottir:

I was going to do a roundup of Pagan artisans to consider for your holiday shopping season, and Nono beat me to it. So here, for your consideration, Pagan artisan shops, and I have some more on my sidebar menu links.

Originally posted on The Serpent's Labyrinth:

Here is a short list of Etsy and StoreEnvy sellers who I encourage my readers to purchase from this holiday season, in addition to myself.

FiberWytch – Not just because Beth is a personal friend of mine, but I have ordered a couple cords from her (a sovereignity cord and a cord specifically commissioned for [D’s title]) and am very, very pleased with the quality, especially with the potency of the cord for [D’s title], and will be commissioning more cords from her in the future.  Beth has a lot of different cords available, and also has prayer beads and candles at her shop also, as well as e-books, and she does divinations.  (I will also vouch for Beth as a diviner.)  Beth will also eventually be branching out into soapmaking (really looking forward to that) and other witchy goodness.

The Blind Needle – I have a pair of…

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12 things white people can do now because Ferguson

Heather Freysdottir:

For those of us who are heartsick today, and who need something concrete to focus on, here are some suggestions on how to help with racism.

Originally posted on Quartz:

As we all know by now, Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenage boy, was gunned down by the police while walking to his grandmother’s house in the middle of the afternoon. For the past few days my Facebook newsfeed has been full of stories about the incidents unfolding in Ferguson, Missouri.

But then I realized something.

For the first couple of days, almost all of the status updates expressing anger and grief about yet another extrajudicial killing of an unarmed black boy, the news articles about the militarized police altercations with community members and the horrifying pictures of his dead body on the city concrete were posted by people of color. Outpourings of rage and demands for justice were voiced by black people, Latinos, Asian Americans, Arab American Muslims. But posts by white people were few at first and those that I saw were posted mostly by my white activist or…

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