Time to catch up 🙂 A few things:
The Strong Roots and Wide Branches Indiegogo campaign was fully funded! We even hit our stretch goal. Yay! Almost time to fly back to Cali. It will be weird not leading an main program rituals, but I’m looking forward to finally having a polytheist shrine at PantheaCon!
There have been some changes at Patheos.com. The site was bought by a larger company and recently they laid down a new contract on all of the bloggers on the site that included being able to take bloggers’ content and change its format (for example, into a quiz). A lot of bloggers have been up in arms about it; a few have left. I will likely be leaving soon as well. I have been needing to cut down a bit on my public blogging regardless 😦 I will still be blogging at Huginn’s Heathen Hof either way.
Also, I think I will officially lay my “30Days of Njord” to rest. I did my best; time to move on.
Sorry for the lack of writing this year, everybody. I’m in a fallow year, and I’ve been cutting back on various spiritual community responsibilities and focusing on personal spiritual ones, instead.
In any event, I do have one community event that I’m extremely excited about. I’ve been wanting to host a public shrine hospitality suite at PantheaCon for years, and this year it’ll finally be happening! (Because of this, and of it being my fallow year, though, I won’t be presenting anything on the main schedule at PCon this year.) Our Suite’s main focus is creating public shrine space for several different pantheons for con-goers to attend. It’s very loosely based on what the Coru Cathubodua have been doing with their Temple of the Morrigan suite. We’ll also be running a few rituals and classes as well.
Because renting and running a Suite is expensive, however, we’ve started an Indiegogo fundraiser campaign. We have a ton of perks, from hand-crafted goods to ways to be involved in the suite even if you can’t attend.
Here are some of our perks:
1. Opening Ceremony: Have your name be included in our opening ritual; be listed in the suite as a donor; and receive a SRWB badge ribbon. (Minus the badge, granted, but it’s cool to have.) ($10 donation)
2. Opening Ceremony with Video: Same as #1, but you’ll also receive a video file of the entire Opening Ceremony. ($25 donation)
3. Libation Offering: This is my favorite perk, and really in the spirit of polytheist practice. It’s also a great way to do priest/ess work remotely and actively be a part of the work we’re doing at PCon. For this perk, you will get to choose a bottle of alcohol to be placed on the altar of your deity or pantheon IN YOUR NAME, so that visitors can offer to YOUR gods in your name. You’ll also get the video, mention,and badge ribbon. You’ll get to specify vodka, rum, whiskey, mead, or red wine. The alcohol will be a popular mid-level brand. You can even specify which brand, if you want.) ($50 donation)
There are also hand-carved antler runes, handmade leather crowns, and felted skulls. Please check our our page and donate if you can!
My latest article is up at Patheos. It’s a deconstruction of the Skirnismal, or, How Freyr Won Gerd to be His wife.
If you identify as a Heathen of any flavor, I strongly encourage you to fill out Huginn’s Heathen Hof’s World Wide Heathenry Demographic survey. We hope to use the information gathered to better understand who we are as Heathens and our concerns in today’s society.
I’m happy to announce that Declaration 127 is finally open for individual signatures!
Coming back to my “30 Days of Njord” series finally. A commentator on another blog I write for pointed out that he really enjoyed this prayer. Seemed to be a good time to bring it back again 🙂
A Prayer of Thanks for the Vanir
Hail to Njord!
Hail to that gift-giving god
Whose generosity is as boundless as the sea.
God of the coasts and the ocean
A hand to calm the troubled waters.
A peacemaker, an oathkeeper
Hail to Njord!
Hail to Nerthus!
Hail to that hidden goddess
Whose cart and whose cattle
blesses the fields
and helps us all prosper.
Hail the Earth Mother
Hail to Nerthus!
Hail to Freya, lady of love and light
And magic, gold, lust, and death
Hail to Her glowing hall
that welcomes half of the slain—
a well-deserved reward for a life well wrought.
Hail to the Vanadis!
Hail to Freyr, lord of peace and prosperity
Who thaws the land, makes it fertile and lush
Hail to the god who followed his heart
He gave up his weapon and chose love, not war.
Hail to the noble sacrificial king.
Hail to Ingvi-Freyr!
Hail to these gods of pleasure and plenty
Of peace, prosperity, and wisdom!
Hail to all their spouses and children!
Hail to their laughter, hail to their strength
Hail to the joy and hope that they bring us!
Hail to the connections they nurture between us!
Hail to the generous Vanir!
–C. Freyasdaughter, 2016