Category: Godesses


Hmm where to start, well the beginning is probably the best place, so here goes. On Friday 2nd May a number of heathens, members of the Kith of Yggdrasil, descended upon the British Museum. It was a Kith outing to the Vikings: Life and Legend exhibition and to a talk given by Professor Neil Price about Magic, Sorcery and the Viking Mind. The talk was free and well worth going to. If you can find you tube videos of it or if the British Museum staff have put it up on the website yet, watch it. It is so interesting and certainly calls into question some of the stereotypes we have of the Vikings.

The talk lasted 40 minutes but I find myself wishing it was longer, Professor Price has obviously researched his subject well and put all the loose ends and snippets of insight we have into Viking beliefs and made sense of it all. Turns out that there is a distinct link between sex and magic as well as between violence and magic, can’t help but chuckle at that. It would also seem that there are a lot of contradictions. Vikings are supposedly one of the most homophobic civilisations to have existed, magic was supposedly the woman’s domain too. However we find that Odin is the master of magic and we find records of male magic users. To be a male magic user was to be ergi, that is unmanly, cowardly, and all sorts of things not stereotypically male, (or as one of the group pointed out…. possibly gay…. and ergi, he thought, roughly meant cock sucker) though we find in the eddas and sagas a lot of incidents of this, Thor dressing up as a bride for a start, not to mention there was a very nice statue on display in the exhibition of Odin, wearing a dress. I wouldn’t be surprised if ergi was just applied to those individuals who didn’t fit the gender binary, this is of course just me speculating.

So the exhibition itself, wonderful items on display, I really enjoyed it. Just a shame that we were being crammed in like sardines. I hate crowds at the best of times, so being hemmed in so closely did not do my nerves any good at all and when you have selfish people pressed up against the glass of the displays so no one else can see it’s infuriating. Why don’t people have any manners or respect for other human beings, also managed to pick a ‘fight’ with some Americans… I’m sorry but if someone who knows nothing about Heathenry or Loki starts slagging him and his followers off I am going to get involved, thankfully these ladies were wonderful people to talk to so it turned into a discussion more than a fight. I am going to have to try and go again so I can spend more time looking at the items and  perhaps go earlier to evade the crowds.

Once we all made it out of the exhibition we had a small sumble outside by the replica longboat… let’s just say the boat also got doused with mead. Had a fun day out and ended up first in Atlantis Bookshop and then a pub called The Plough. I think I need to go on Kith outings more often.

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The following four questions were posed to a group of us on a forum. The idea here stemmed from the original poster in the forum reading a book called The Faery Teachings by Orion Foxwood and an episode of Babylon 5 where Dalen is interrogated. Where each time she is asked who she is, she begins with the simple answer “I am Dalen.” and each time she she punished for giving the “wrong” answer. We were challenged to answer these questions without using “I am…” or “I don’t know” answers.

Over a year has passed since I originally posted  my replies. A year on are my answers still the same or have they changed as I have changed? Time to answer the questions again.

1: Who am I?

At my core I am a sentient being that is  constructed of a number of parts which on their own posses a lesser value than the assembled whole, that describes the what, but how to describe the who.  I am a constantly fluctuating and evolving being in an ever changing world, the who is not a constant, so who I am at this moment is different to who I was yesterday or who I will be tomorrow.

2: What is it (God, creator, force, ect)?

To me all deities, regardless of what name you know them by are all facets of the same divine energy. My concept of where divinity came from starts with the coming together of the fires of Muspellheim and the ice of Niflheim in Ginnungagap, the primordial void. From the melt waters came Ymir, the frost giant and Buri the first god. From Ymir’s form came the first frost giants, from Buri, the gods.

So yes I hold the Norse creation myth close to my heart, to me it makes sense, and I realise that to others it will not make sense, to be fair the beliefs of others baffle me at times, but I have my beliefs and they have theirs. Why can’t we all accept the differences and get along?

I also have a scientific mind and to me it is fine for science and my beliefs to walk hand in hand. I follow the Norse pantheon, though I most certainly revere Loki the most, he is the one I go two when I have problems. Loki is a shape shifting deity, and that strikes a chord in my heart and I can relate to that. I am transitioning from one gender to the other. However holding Loki closest to my heart doesn’t mean that I do not recognize and respect other deities. At the end of the day I see all gods and goddesses as individual facets of the gleaming gem that is divinity.

3: Why am I here/Why do I exist?

I live to learn. I am a book magnet, I love books, I love reading, I love learning. I exist because this is the vessel my soul decided to inhabit for the duration of this lifetime. I am here to expand my knowledge, to live a full life and do my bit to make this world a better place even if it’s something small. This body my soul inhabits is unfortunately a mismatch to the identity of my soul, but there are things that can be done to easy the dysphoria. I am here because of the act that brings all new life forth into the world. Without that none of us would be here.

4: What happens when we die?

I still don’t know, I don’t dwell to much on thoughts of life after death these days, I have been in situations where my realisation of my own mortallity hurts, and I realise just how very fragile life is. I’m spending more time on living life than thinking on what lies beyond the embrace of death.  Whatever will be, will be, though I am pretty damned sure that my body will be reduced down to it’s constituent chemicals over time.