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Hail to the Warrior Dead This Labor Day

September 7, 2015 3 comments

Hail to the Warrior Dead who bled and died so that children no longer had to work in factories and mines, so that safety for all those They left behind became a priority, so that the death-march drudge of factory and industry conditions stopped churning out as steady a line of corpses as products.  Hail to the Warrior Dead of Blair Mountain Ridge, of the Haymarket Riots, of the Black Patch Wars, of the Flint Sit-Down Strike known to the workers as “The Battle of the Bulls Run”, and so many other times where You All marched in solidarity, power, strength, and ferocity.

Hail to You All!  Thank You for your blood and body!  Thank You for your loved ones’ missed time with You!  Thank You for Your heart that inspired countless millions, whose stance, work, and sacrifice we still benefit from!  Thank you for Your sacrifices!  Hail to You!

Hail to Mary Harris Jones, known to millions as Mother Jones, tireless in her fight!  Hail to You Black-Dressed, Storyteller, Inspirer, Keeper of Protest’s Flame!  Hail to You, Whose tongue cut Oily John and Crystal Peter!

Hail to all Those Who marched, bled, and died!  Hail to Those Who sat down and were unmoved!  Hail to Those Who were struck and maimed!  Hail to Those Who were mocked and ridiculed!  Hail to Those Who were reviled, and dismissed!  Hail to Those Who were crushed in the gears!  Hail to Those Who were mauled by the dogs!  Hail to Those Who were killed by police!  Hail to Those Who were killed by the National Guard!  Hail to Those Who were killed by the companies’ employees!  Hail to Those Who were killed by the hired thugs and gunmen of the companies They worked for!  Hail to all These, Who still were unbent in Their righteous anger, and unabated until They achieved victory!

Hail to the Unknown Warriors, the hundreds and thousands who gave their life so their fellow people could have a better life!

May all of Them be with us again.  The struggles of Your  times have returned, and we need You All.

I shall do, and call upon anyone who reads these words to do, as Mother Jones called: “Pray for the Dead and fight like hell for the living.”  Hail to You All!  Remember the Dead, for They are still with us!

Opening Prayer for Episode 43 of The Jaguar and the Owl

August 20, 2015 1 comment

I wrote this prayer for the opening of Episode 43 for The Jaguar and the Owl.  For PSVL’s recap of the episode, look here.
The Jaguar and the Owl can be found here.
Episode 43 can be found here.

Kvasir’s blood builds | within the poet’s mouth
Bursts forth with praise | to sky, soil, and sea
Gushes forth with foam | a font of Mimir’s well
Poured out upon the Tree

Surt’s Gift builds warm | within the stone heart
Blesses lodge with smoke | to sky, soil, and sea
Carries the recels | as Muspel’s hearth
Pours smoke out upon the Tree

The wolf-priest comes | a wineskin in hand
Whose words travel far | over sky, soil, and sea
Let all heed their cup | Kvasir’s blood travels long
To be poured upon the Tree

Grandfathers! Grandmothers!

October 30, 2014 5 comments

Once we planted trees

To mark your passing

Hoping you would return

 

We called to you,

Grandfathers!

Grandmothers!

Asking you to come home

 

Once we raised mounds

Laid you deep inside

And visited bringing gifts

 

We called to you,

Grandfathers!

Grandmothers!

Asking you to hear our praise and songs

 

It has been so long

Since a tree was planted

Or a name was given

A mound was raised

Or a gift laid down

 

Again, we prepare the ground for trees

Again, we give the names

Again, we prepare the Earth for mounds

Again, we lay down the gifts

 

We seek you once again

We call to you, we sing to you, we praise you

Grandfathers!

Grandmothers!

Asking you to come home

Asking you to show us the way before

Asking you to walk with us once more

Offerings

June 23, 2014 2 comments

I wrote this post a few days ago, but I find it is still quite relevant.  

I am writing a small paper with a tight deadline, and I have racked my brain the last two days trying to think of how to start.  I know that once I start I can at least get somewhere well enough that I have ground under my feet.  I just can’t make it happen.  I’m frustrated and staring down the barrel at a deadline in a day, and I want to write this well.  So I do what people like me do when they hit a wall: I make an offering.

I am poor.  At this moment I have -$0.01 in my checking account.  When I buy things purely as offerings, even if they are cheap, that means a great deal to me, and from everything the Gods, Spiritkeepers, Ancestors, and vaettir have said and shown me, it does to Them too.  So I made coffee.  Coffee is one of the few things, with the taboos I am under, that I can enjoy.  My wonderful fiancee recently bought me two bags of coffee, one of is open.  It is medium roast Arabica , and tastes wonderful.  I brewed a cup and took the first half of it, put it into my coffee cup, and poured it out in offering to Them next to a bush.

I came back in, sat down, and started writing.  After a few minutes the words started flowing, and eventually, I had something written.

I don’t believe every relationship, or even every exchange is quite so quid pro quo, but sometimes when you need help and you ask, offering in good Gebo, the Holy Powers respond.

Offering Water: A Cup of Life

December 24, 2013 5 comments

Offering good, clean water can be one of the best offerings you can give.  It is clean, life-giving, purifying, and cleansing.  It can clean you within and without.  I give water as an offering on a regular, everyday or every other day basis to all of the Gods, Ancestors, and spirits who I worship and work with.  I appreciate Water as a Being unto Itself, a holy Being that helps to give us life.  Yet, even having this mindset I became complacent with Water’s place in my life because it is all around me.  I live in water-rich Michigan.  I am literally surrounded by water.  There’s ice outside, rainfall is excellent here most years, and our family has a well.  I’ve never hurt for water.  Till the water pump completely died on us.

For a few days we were without running water.  If we wanted water to flush the toilets snow was brought in and melted.  If we wanted it to drink we needed to melt down snow or do with bottled water.  Dad affectionately called the process of melting snow for water Snow Soup,  since he had to use the largest pot we had to get enough snow to melt for our needs.  Until the well pump was completely replaced, a costly thing to have happen just before Yule and Christmas we could not shower, drink, boil pasta, or do many of the normal, necessary things we were used to.  Water keeps us moving, keeps our parts lubricated and in good working order.  It keeps us in balance.  Water purifies, it enlivens.  To be without it is to die, and quicker in that regard than going without food.

What I went through was small, but it made me think on things in a sharp contrast.  Where my family was just a repair away from our steady, clean water supply, water scarcity is increasingly becoming a problem the world over.  The situation for potable water is even worse.  Several places are just starting to understand what much of the world, parts of the world that aren’t part of the G8, G20, and so on, go through.  Indeed, many Southern States here in the U.S. know water scarcity firsthand as their crops withered and died from lack of water.  Michigan, along with a good chunk of the country, went through a drought (with some places still feeling the effects) a few years ago that significantly hampered the growth of crops, especially our yearly well-known foods like cherries and apples.  Couple that with nasty frosts at the beginning of planting time, and it has been a hard couple of years.  The local farms and orchards (as in, a 5 minute drive from us at most) had poor yields and the costs for all their produce doubled or tripled.  Fishing has been hard hit because of lower lake levels and the various algae blooms, chemical and oil spills, overfishing and invasive species.  Then there’s fracking which is trying to sink its claws in here.  In short: the stresses on water are immense.

There is hope.  Species of fish are starting to make comebacks, and people are more turned on than ever to environment and the impacts on it.  People are doing their level best to consume less.  People are pushing the biggest institutions and companies which waste and use natural resources to then dump them in water, to amend their ways.  People are pushing back against exploitation of our water sources for things like bottling companies to sell our sacred Lakes and other freshwater sources as bottled water.  There is a growing awareness of resource scarcity, especially potable water.  Could there be more, should there be more done and hoped for?  Absolutely.  This is just a start.

There a few ways I make Gebo with Water, even as I use water as a regular offering for other Gods, Ancestors, and spirits.  I make regular offerings to the spirits of Water, such as taking garbage out of bodies of water or places near water when I find it.  I also give offerings such as herbs or food, breath, song, and prayer.  One of the offerings Water seems to appreciate most is prevention as an offering, such as not allowing people to throw garbage into a body of water, or being careful in the use of water.

If wine or mead are good offerings, so too is water.  Without water containing the elements necessary for fermentation and delivery of the alcohol, all you would have is rotting fruit or a pool of honey.  Water gives the medicines and powers of the plants, animals, and spirits ways to come into our body, to become one with us that is similar and yet different than eating a given plant or animal does.  Soup to help a sufferer through a cold, a potion to ease nightmares, a drink to gain the gift of poetry, all given through water’s form.  If blood is a good offering so too is water; without water our blood would not flow, life would not be.  

So is water a good offering?  Yes, especially provided you respect Water itself.  Without this vital substance we are so much a branching skeleton and trace elements. When Water is offered, what is offered is what allows us to live.  A cup of Water is a cup of life.

Day 30: Cleansing, Empowerment, Offering and Sealing -30 Days of Magic Talisman Challenge

December 13, 2013 2 comments

This day was an excellent end to the 30 Day Talisman Challenge.  The work started off with extra cleansing work: a traditional beer bath.  I drew up a hot bath, entered it, and prayed to the Gods and spirits of Water, thanking Them for cleansing me inside and out.  I had the bottle of Hofbräu Dunkel opened already, and brought it into the bath with me.  Standing in the bath, I prayed thanks to the brewers, and to the spirits of beer itself.  Then, I poured three times into the bath, thanking the spirits of Water and the beer as I did, and then poured the beer three times over my head, the beer flowing down my back and front.  The effect was immediate: I started to feel physically, mentally, and spiritually clean from the inside out.  I then poured the beer over my shoulders, my hands, genitals, and down towards my feet.  I then drank a little and left the remainder of the bottle outside the bath.

I expected to be very sticky but I was not.  Quite the opposite; I felt better than if I had used soap.  As I cleaned myself in the bath, I plunged my head into the water and came out feeling as though all the cobwebs were gone.  I then galdred Midgarð’s Name, calling upon it to help me ground, center, and shield.  I then called upon Ansuz and Gebo, as I usually do, to continue the cleansing work with Ansuz, and finish the grounding and centering with Gebo.  I then let out the water, feeling very clear inside and out, and waited until the water and beer had completely gone down the drain before stepping out.

I dressed in fresh clothes, then cleaned out the offering bowls to Runátýr and the Runevaettir, then offered blood, and my last bottle of Hofbräu Original to Them.  When this was done I went to the Rune altar.  I thanked the Gods and spirits of Fire for blessing, cleansing, and protecting the area and I for the 30 days of work.  I prayed thanks for the 30 days of work Runátýr, the Runevaettir, and I  had done together, for the blessings, power, and grace They had bestowed upon the talismans.  Then I did the empowerment work with Them for the last time before the sealing work.

I picked up a copper-bottomed pot and an aluminum pot from the local PTO thrift store for doing sealing work with these talismans, and other pieces I have done.  First I had copper-bottomed pot come to a boil on the stove, and placed the aluminum pot on top of it.  There were still some of the beeswax in the bottom of the pot from the test I had done with an Ægishjálmur talisman that I made some time ago, so I did not have to cut up too many chunks from the beeswax slab.

Both talismans were done the same way:  When the beeswax became clear, I placed the talisman in with small tongs and swished it around the aluminum pot, and then flipped it, coating both sides.  I took the talisman out, and placed it on a ceramic plate I had next to the stove.  While the beeswax cooled and hardened, I galdred the Runes of each talisman, moving it sunwise as I did.  When both were totally sealed I brought them back upstairs to lay on the Rune altar until the wealth talisman is given away, and I determine where the communion talisman needs to go.

This has been a great experience.  These 30 days of discipline and work have gone by well; the talismans hum and feel good to the touch.  I am eagerly awaiting giving the wealth talisman away at the Wandering Owl, and continuing to work with the communion talisman.  Thank you for starting this Challenge, Andrieh Vitimitus.  Thank you, who have watched this work progress, and thank you to all my fellow Challenge workers.  Blessings on each of you in this, and all Challenges ahead.  Thank you to the Gods, Ancestors, and spirits who have been directly involved, and supportive of this work.  Hail to you all.  Ves ðu heil!

Link to the Creation Ritual.

Link to Daily Empowerment Work.

Day 29: Empowerment -30 Days of Magic Talisman Challenge

December 12, 2013 Leave a comment

This is the home stretch.  Tomorrow the talismans will be sealed.  There’s a kind of excitement brewing, both from myself and from the Runes as well.  That a month of work is coming to a close and that this project will be complete.  The energies in the Runes ‘smell’ something like when you know food that smells just right; it is good, wholesome, delicious, and in some way, it makes your mouth water.  I have the beeswax, and I will be making a bag for this as well tomorrow.  I am really looking forward to it.

Link to the Creation Ritual.

Link to Daily Empowerment Work.

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