Okay so I need some help, because I’m starting to see a pattern evolving.
Yesterday as I was driving home in the dark, my headlights caught a red-breasted robin sitting in the middle of the road. Birds tend to take flight before you reach them, so I thought for a moment that this was a toy someone had dropped out a window, or that it was already dead. But as I approached, it turned its head. I didn’t see it take flight as I swerved to avoid it. I looked in my rear view, but in the dark, I couldn’t see whether it had made it or whether it was still lying in the road.
Today, I was at the grocery store. I came back to my car to put my groceries in the back seat, and as I was returning the basket, I noticed a car that had a bird, mangled and dead, caught in the grill below the headlights. It looked like a yellow-tailed swallow, from the colour of the feathers, but I couldn’t see any blood. I thought at first it might have been fake, a twisted joke, the sort of prop that people tend to attach to their cars down here for shock value. But I leaned down to look at its claws, and I saw that it was real.
I don’t know if someone’s trying to get my attention or if there’s a message to be interpreted here, but the pattern of dead birds—especially songbirds being struck by cars, which is an exceedingly rare thing—has me listening.
Does anybody have any suggestions or a direction to point me in? I don’t know where to start, except to look to Hela, but I’ve had her prod at me before, and this doesn’t feel like her.
trufax norse mythology makes a lot more sense if you assume in place of logic and reason centers thor’s brain has a constant loop of party rock anthem
litteraenimoccidit asked: I would be interested in hearing more about your self identity if you are willing/interested/whatever in divulging. I just noticed you reblogged something and was browsing your page. your background is amazing, btw.
Thanks! Wish I could say I made it, but I didn’t; it was one I found while digging around for an appropriate rainbow background.
I’m always happy to talk more about my identity. A lot of people ask me and I keep meaning to write something up, but then I either don’t have the spoons to finish what I started or I just plain forget. This blog’s kind of been on a rocky reblog-only hiatus for a while, with some random commentary thrown in, because I haven’t had the energy to practice and study get as involved as I would like.
What did you want to know? I do much better with specific questions than rambling in general.
(the obvious answer seems TOO obvious…)
Okay can you guys think of a deity that enjoys using sun and light imagery, might be considered a patron of divination and healing, may or not be associated with a bow? The seeming obsession with childhood/youth or whatever may or may not be relevant, I’m not sure.
I’m thinking Hermes, but that could be because I’m making a recipe for Mercury…. »
Isn’t Apollo associated with all of those things?
Yo, Brighid is the flaming arrow and associated with all the above though not divination as much. There’s conflicting sources on that and a lot of them are arbitrary neo-wiccan things.
all of those things bring Apollo to mind immediately. he was the god of the sun and of the Pythian oracle, he was almost always depicted as a young man and had younger men like Hyacinthus for eromenoi. His son Asclepius was the patron of healing and he was the patron of archery.
freyja was the first to come to mind for me, though i’m not sure how closely associated all of those things are with her. she is a goddess of war, though i believe she uses a sword or spear, not a bow, and is closely associated with love, fertility, gold, and brightness as well. she’s also associated with the dead and would travel to the underworld to retrieve prophecies/weave wyrd (which i would certainly relate to divination). not so much healing, but that seems to be broadly covered in norse mythology by several deities, and personally, i’d relate that to her status as a love/war goddess and one of the protectors of midgard.
the other one this makes me think of is baldr, who is most definitely represented by light/sunlight and could definitely be considered a healer. he’s also representative of innocence, which might be your tie to childhood/youth. while i don’t exactly think he’s associated with divination, he is strongly tied to fate—when he was young, he had nightmares foreseeing his death, which lead frigga to demand that all living things in existence swear never to hurt him. everything did except for mistletoe, which was later used to fashion the arrow that killed him—sort of a roundabout way to come to an association with bows, but there you go.
might be a bit of a stretch for what you’re asking, and balder seems to fit closer than freyja, but when i’ve got a jumble of associations in my head, sometimes the stretch is the one that turns out to be right. i always sort of…figured it for a test of sorts, to see if you’re paying attention enough to really understand the message.
Fun Fact: the Khal is ordained and has been since college. I used to pay for my unhealthy diet soda addiction with house blessings.
Note to self: be ordained and do this.
Because cash monies.
I know, right? I’ve been thinking about it for years (read: for about five years) and never did more than a google search about it. Maybe I should stop being so lazy.
i intend to be ordained eventually, but i personally don’t feel i’m far enough in my studies to be effective at it. once i feel i’ve reached that point, i’m definitely going to do it, though. (how will i know? lightning strike, probably.)