Our Bodies Will Not Be Machines: My Resistance Will Be Bloody

Heather Freysdottir:

“I resist Capitalism by not being “productive.” I resist by refusing to accept that my body or your body is a machine. Our bodies need to rest. Our bodies need time and space to heal, to purge, to grow, to be. Honoring my body shows my kids that the female body is not disgusting, but a cause for celebration.” -Niki Whiting

The urge to be productive at all costs is killing us. I didn’t learn how to stop until I had a disability, and even now, I am prone to guilt that I’m not more “productive” in some sort of capitalistically approved manner.

Originally posted on GODS & RADICALS:

I am thirteen and bleeding all over the floor of Renee’s bathroom. It is the middle of the night. I thought I had to pee, but it’s just that my period has started. I can’t predict these unpredictable occurrences. My stomach hurts. I feel queasy. But my flow is so heavy it’s running down my leg and making a mess on the floor. I mop up what I can. I swallow my pride and wake my friend to wake her mother. We need assistance. Thankfully, in an act of female teenage solidarity, no one ever hears of this story. Until now.

I am fifteen, crawling on my hands and knees through the halls of my high school. I have cramps so severe I cannot walk. I am pale and my English teacher is concerned that I might be passing out at my desk. Thankfully, most everyone is in class, so…

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On shards, avatars, emanations, Other-selves, and not-twins

Originally posted on The Serpent's Labyrinth:

This is one of those subjects that I occasionally get questions about, and due to some recent conversations bumped it up in my “to write” list, as there seems to be a fair amount of interest in the topic.

As I think most of my readers know, I’m “one of those otherkin people”.  It’s in my FAQ.  In a prior incarnation I was Eshnahai (the Vanir term for themselves), living in Vanaheim.  I had an untimely death, and I incarnated here in Midgard because I had a specific job to do and the only way I could get back to doing it was for a certain set of circumstances to come together that could only happen here in this realm.  I am still treated as my old self Over There, as if I never died, and I have a non-corporeal twin brother (Clarence) who has been looking out for me…

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Why I Am Not an Heathen (Though I Kind of Wish That I Could Be)

Heather Freysdottir:

So many points of agreement here.

Originally posted on Pagan Church Lady:

This (long) post has been a long time coming.  I’ve referenced my feelings about personal background and development in some other articles and have been spending a lot of time trying to explore myself in relation to the modern Pagan movement and Heathenry.  Although the title was inspired by Bertrand Russel’s piece “Why I am Not A Christian” I won’t, as he does, seek to deconstruct the idea of a particular deity.  I will, as he does, explain why the values expressed in the religion in question do not fit mine, and why that leaves me in a difficult place.

Let me begin by explaining that I’ve had a love for the Aesir and Vanir since childhood.  I first read of them in children’s fiction when I was four or five and rapidly advanced to reading more adult storybooks about them.  Later on I discovered source material like the Eddas…

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Apotheosis: Finding Your Mythic Self

Heather Freysdottir:

More awesome stuff on Apotheosis from Thenea.

Originally posted on Magick From Scratch:

Your mythic self is the Herakles to your mundane self’s Alcides. It is the part of you that is connected to, and passionate about, eternal things.

Seldom do most people stop to contemplate what they care about, or to decide which of the things they care about are ephemeral, and which eternal. When they do, their answer about eternal things tends to be a really short list, like “Jesus,” or “Whatever Jesus wants from me.” Or perhaps, “The gods,” or “the will of the gods.”

Only caring about what the gods care about isn’t enough. What they care about tells you who they are. You need to know who you are. The gods cannot hold onto us if we will not hold on to ourselves.Moreover, without a well-developed sense of self, it is impossible to know when you are getting in your own way, psychically speaking, difficultto know what…

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On spirit companions

Heather Freysdottir:

And now…sensible talk re: Spirit companions, by Nono.

Originally posted on The Serpent's Labyrinth:

This is a post that has been on my “to write” list for awhile (as in: months), and I am finally getting around to writing it.  Of everything I write about on this blog, this is probably the most relevant post for context on why my spiritual life is the way it is.  This is an informational post about spirit companions, from the perspective of someone who has them.

This essay is over 6000 words long (I’ve been working on it for a few days and wanted to make sure I was very thorough) and is behind a “Read More” cut for courtesy.

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