I wanted to do a very quick post to talk about and recommend two Pagan Podcasts I’ve recently been listening to and am absolutely loving. Seriously, for those who have not yet gotten into podcasts, I strongly suggest you give them a try. Even if you don’t care to listen to a Pagan one there are some really great pods out there (e.g. This American Life, My Favorite Murder, Sword and Scale, Myths and Legends, Tell Me Something I Don’t Know, The Babysitter’s Club Club, etc.) I’ve actually learned a lot from following many of these podcasts and others allow for just good entertainment when the day is slow or there’s nothing on TV, which is most of the time since I don’t really watch cable and am basically Netflix only these days.
Anyway, back to my point: Pagan podcasts!
The first I want to recommend is Inciting A Riot hosted by Fire Lyte. It is a very well done podcast and is currently still putting out episodes (the last one was about the Women’s March in January), so they don’t come out as frequently as they did in the past, but he’s still around. Fire Lyte is also a co-host of the podcast Inciting A Brewhaha with Velma Nightshade, which I’ve mentioned in a previous post before (also very entertaining and the episodes are long). Fire Lyte is very opinionated, but I kind of love him for it. Plus he is a big supporter of science and looks at magic and witchcraft in a more “real world” manner rather than this fantastical idea with sparkles and fairies and three-fold law (which I LOVE and agree with). He also does a great 10 episode segment on the 10 largest religions and it’s a quick, but informative look at other beliefs around the world and it’s really great. I enjoy learning about other beliefs, it helps me understand the followers better as well as commiserate with them on similar beliefs I have and, well, knowledge is power and I enjoy learning new things about other people. Avoid the bubble effect basically.
Speaking of Velma Nightshade, I also finally started listening to her podcast Witches Brewhaha which is no longer being updated (hasn’t been since 2013). However, I still find it to be an informative and very well done podcast, so if you don’t mind listening to a podcast that essentially no longer exists, I do recommend it. She has mentioned on Inciting A Brewhaha that she may consider bringing it back to life, but time will tell if she is able to or not.
That’s all for my Pagan podcast promotions, I have checked a couple of others out, but barely made it through one episode so didn’t feel it was even worth mentioning. Check these out if you like and have a safe week!
Today is Oath Night. This is the day where customs like wassailing is done (which is basically caroling) or one can simply make the wassail drink and celebrate in that way. It’s a night of singing and merriment and planning for this new year. We make oaths on this night which are considered most holy (particularly if made over Freyr’s boar or Mjolnir, Thor’s hammer). We celebrate our friendships and recognize our many blessings.
We also remind ourselves of the virtue of Wisdom. We remember to constantly improve our understanding of the world and learn from our experiences; good and bad. We also need to recognize that wisdom is gained through experience. While academia is important in helping a base for wisdom and knowledge, experience provides the tools to build yourself up from the ground floor.
I’m hoping every had a very happy New Year’s Eve and that the oaths you make today are motivational, positive, and keep you on track for whatever it is you hope accomplish over the next 365 days.
A very blessed New Year to you all!
Today the Valkyrie and Warriors are celebrated. Valkyrie are sometimes compared to angels, but really they are Goddesses who are considered foster daughters of Odin. They fly over battlefields, choosing the best warriors; they’re referred to as the “Choosers of the Slain” guiding the fallen to their next place. Perhaps this is a good day for remembrance.
We also recognize the virtue of Self Reliance. We must rely on ourselves to discover our paths, our place in the world, and how we see things. Discovering our own ethics and building our characters accordingly. We celebrate independence and the ability to be independent.
May you all have a very safe and blessed New Year’s Eve. Please be responsible. Stay the night, take a cab, have a Designated Driver, etc. and may 2017 be better.
This is the day to honor Odin, the chief God in norse mythology (or the chief God of your pantheon). Odin is the God of many things: war, victory, magic, wisdom, etc. and there are several ways to honor/celebrate him. Being that he is the head honcho, honoring the fatherly figures and positive male influences in your life is one way to celebrate him (this is also a good option for those who are non-deistic, but still wish to participate in Yule traditions). A night for fathers and to recognize the male aspect in life (as Wicca or Wiccan influenced Paganism tends to celebrate the feminine overall, but it’s nice to recognize the male counterparts).
We also remember the Virtue of Honor. Honor is very important in Norse tradition, but it should be important in general to everyone. I look at honor as something you should fight to keep clean and, if possible, you should stand up for the honor of others you care for. However, I really don’t believe in violence, so beating the Hell out of someone to defend your’s or someone else’s honor, just tarnishes it further so a certain amount of tact and professionalism should be used.
That is all I can come up with for today’s Yule study topic. Thank you for reading!
The third night of Yule can be different things depending on if you are following the Norse Yule tradition or if you are going for a more non-deistic approach. This is basically the trend for the remainder of the 12 days where the celebration can center around a Norse God/Goddess OR a virtue (or both, actually).
For the third night, the Norse tradition honors Mani and/or the virtue of “Courage.” Mani is the God of the Moon; he lights the way for hunters in the forest at night. He is the light in the darkness and as this time of year begins the turn from darkness to light, his guidance in the dark is honored. Some traditions claim lighting the Yule log and leaping over the flames to gain luck and purification. Tonight is a good night to log your dreams or setting goals for the new year.
The virtue of Courage is important as courage is something many of us need almost daily; for big and small issues. Remember that courage is not necessarily the absence of fear, but doing the right thing even though one is fearful. But, of course, one should be sure to recognize the difference between courageousness and stupidity. If there is a situation that you know you could be harmed in some way, you can still be brave and face it, but be sure to do so in an intelligent way that creates as little risk to yourself and to others as possible (if possible). Also, courage is more than saving someone or battling a disease or some other adversary; sometimes it’s asking for that raise, learning a new skill, going out into social situations when you’re introverted, joining a talent show, etc. It involves personal strength and personal growth. So tonight we honor, the moon, the dark, and courage.
I hope everyone has a very wonderful holiday weekend (or regular weekend); I may not have time to do an entry tomorrow, but I will attempt to do one on Sunday 🙂
Today was Day 2 of the 12 nights of Yule, also called “The Wild Hunt”. The legend goes that on this night, a group of huntsmen (either elven, faerie, or dead) travel the land and it is very unlucky to witness the Hunt or be seen by the hunters; so it is advised to stay indoors and use energy to cast protection and positivity over your household. If one were to see or be seen by this hunting party it could mean a war or some other catastrophic event may occur; or worse it could mean death to the witness. Some legends claim that, if spotted by the huntsmen, the person would be taken to the Underworld or Faerie Kingdom. There has also been belief that those who were unprotected could have their souls taken in their sleep and become a huntsmen themselves.
The Wild Hunt is led by a figure that could be male or female. There are different legends about the leader, some say it is Odin or a figure associated or derived from Odin in some way. Some legends claim the leader is a historical figure (usually a monarch or great warrior) or a biblical figure often associated with “evil” (e.g. Cain, Satan, etc).
For my second day of Yule, I kept mostly indoors; save for the mid-morning when I refilled the bird and critter feeders in our yard. I did an exercise to focus my energy on strength and protection and I spent the rest of the day baking sweets, cleaning, and listening to comedy podcasts to keep warmth and positive energy surrounding our home.
Hoping you all have a safe and wonderful evening.
Today marks the shortest day of the year; the Winter Solstice (also called Yule). We celebrate the end of the dark, and the return of light. The Sun God is born, the Oak King is returning to life as the Holly King begins his descent to the Underworld (or so I understand from the lore).
Tonight is also known as the first night of Yule which is commonly referred to “Mother’s Night.” With it being the middle of the week and me living so far from my mother, I didn’t get a chance to honor her the way I wanted, so instead I saved wrapping her gift until tonight and thought about her often (as well as other Motherly figures in my life). I also made sure to appreciate Mother Earth as I walked outside and enjoyed her beauty.
For Yule, I made bird seed ornaments and hung them around different areas (some in my yard and some in public places) as offerings to the birds and squirrels (and any other animals that care to partake) as another way to honor Mother Nature. It’s very possible that I’m doing it wrong, but I’m still learning haha. I will try to be good about posting once a day for each of the 12 Days of Yule.
I hope everyone has been having a great week and has a very blessed first night of Yule. Be safe, be positive, be kind.