Changes and update – I am a Polytheist, first and foremost

I am a Spiritual Nomad.
There is no tradition where I hang my hat.
I answer the call of the Deities,
Following the path They direct me on,
Working with Whoever decides
To make Themselves known to me.
For however long or short
A time that may be.

I am a Polytheist, first and foremost. While I adore my Deities, I have come to feel constricted by indentifying myself so strongly with the Northern Tradition. The truth is that the Gods and Goddesses, the Spirits of the land, and the land itself are my belief system. I feel constrained by the structure of a path where I’m told the way I relate to my Deities is ‘wrong’ somehow. I feel like a butterfly pinned down while still alive, unable to spread my wings and fly into my own flow.

So while I respect those in the Northern Tradition for choosing one path, I realise now that it is not mine. Loki, Sigyn, Hella, Jormungand and Family remain my Beloveds, and They will continue to be much-loved and honoured by me. But the Tradition itself is not for me. I will continue to find pleasure and meaning in reading the Eddas, and pondering my Norse Beloveds, and I will continue to research Norse culture as I please. But the main words I am reclaiming for this are freedom and enjoyment.

I love my Gods, and I love them in ways that go beyond words. That also goes beyond the ‘guidelines’ of any one tradition. I feel trying to adhere to these ‘guidelines’ limits how I interact and work with my Deities… all for the sake of being seen to do it ‘properly’. If you read Love Your Gods Your Way you will see that I have been struggling with this issue of being seen to do things ‘the right way’ for a while.

I have have many Beloveds in the Egyptian pantheon too, but recently I have started to have a number of Deities coming in Who also wish to be honoured, from a number of different cultures. Some simply wish for me to honour Them, Others wish to help instruct me through phases of development, and still Others are coming in to work more deeply. And I wish to honour and work with Them. And I cannot fully do that while I still cling to labels and practices that are not suitable for who I am now, and for where I’m heading.

I am a devotional Polytheist, first and foremost. And while I will be writing about my Norse Beloveds I am moving beyond the label of ‘Northern Tradition’ so I can better honour my many Beloveds in a way that allows me to grow not only in myself, but in my relationships with Them. Because Their opinions are what matters the most to me. As long as They are happy with my individual and unique practice that is all that truly matters.

 

Love your Gods your way

If you have your own connection to your Deities and Inspirers, trust it. Your work with your Deities is just that – your work, your connection.

Love Them quietly. Love Them loud and proud. Love Them in little ways. Love Them in big ways. Love Them for Their distance. Love Them for Their closeness. All that matters is you love Them, you connect with Them, you honour Them in your own way. 

Has a shrine dedicated to Olaf Haraldsson been discovered in Trondheim?

Researchers from the Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage believe they have unearthed the stone foundations of a wooden church where the body of King Olaf Haraldsson was taken in 1031 shortly after he was declared a saint.

For more information see this article: http://www.archaeology.org/news/5040-161123-norway-olaf-reburial

Skeleton found in well confirms Viking Saga – The Archaeology News Network

Excavations of a well in Trondheim, Norway, have revealed the skeleton of a man. Archaeologists say this may be evidence that the saga of King Sverre is actually based on historical events.

https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.co.uk/2016/06/skeleton-found-in-well-confirms-viking.html?m=1#Hxe5PSI1srWWOwLv.97

Friday Focus: The Norse-inspired Artwork of Paige Carpenter

Friday Focus: The Norse-inspired Artwork of Paige Carpenter

Paige Carpenter is an illustrator from Texas, USA, who takes her inspiration from a variety of sources. On her website it says: “She loves Norse mythology, reading, gardening, and of course, creating art.” The works that I love the most are her depictions of the Norse deities. She has a soft style to her pencil and charcoal pieces, which is particularly lovely in her beautiful depiction of Laufey holding baby Loki. Her watercolor pieces are vibrant, but have an almost velvety texture.
I cannot tell you how ridiculously excited I was when I found her depictions not only of Loki, but also Laufey and Helblindi. These two, along with Farbauti and Loki’s other siblings are so rarely depicted, and when they are they usually have a Marvel influence. It’s really refreshing to see a traditional-style illustrator showing us her view of them.

Paige’s Website: www.paigecarpenter.com

(Click on the images to be taken to the image page)

kissed-by-fire

Kissed by Fire

the-unquiet-thought

The Unquiet Thought

loki-casting-fire

Loki Casting Fire

baldrs-murderer

Baldr’s Murderer

laufey

Laufey

helblindi

Helblindi

angrboda

Angrboda

thunder-and-fire

Thunder and Fire

thor-sketch

Thor sketch

freyr

Freyr

freya

Freya

ivaldis-youngest-daughter

Ivaldi’s Youngest Daughter

jewel-glad-menglod

Jewel-Glad

Friday Finds 06

Today I am introducing PantheonSkulptur. Stina lives in Sweden and makes resin statues of the Norse Gods and goddesses, which she then gilds with brass leaf.

The Freya, Frigga, Thor, Skadi and Jord/Gerd statues have already sold, but maybe if you messaged Stina she would be able to make another.

Edit: Hella statue is now mine. Channelling Gollum: come to me my preciousss.

Freya_02Frey

FriggaOdin

ThorTyr

Jord-GerdSkadi

LokiLoki_03

HelHella

 

 

Friday Finds 05

Today I’m introducing Samantha J Chilton. She is an artist living in the UK. She does paintings and makes mini statues, including Norse Deities. Her Odin Allfather piece is a limited edition of 30, so if you want him you’d better not leave it too long to order.

She has an Etsy shop and an ebay shop.

Odin Allfather

Odin

Thor

Tyr

Raven

Earth Goddess

Green Man

Fairy Door

Freya painting