Pride is coming this month to the German capital and the Ibn Rushd-Goethe Mosque is the first in the country to fly the rainbow flag. https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2022/07/04/mosque-pride-flag-lgbtq-germany-berlin/ Queer people of all faiths need safe places to worship and pray, so this is great news 🙏
I am the son of the soilMy feet are in the dirtMy bones grow downwards like rootsMy soul reaches up high,Where Mother and Father waitAll Their children’s return My body comes from the soil,From the lovely body of Jord, I was bornMy soul comes from Oden,He breathed me to life,Gifted me with spirit and mind,AsFortsätt läsa ”A prayer poem: Song of Byggvir”
In a previous post, I mentioned that I lead a life I call ‘semi-monastic’. That is: I don’t live in a monastery but the way I live incorporates a lot of aspects of a traditional monastic life. Things like daily rituals and contemplation, simplicity and having few material possessions. I’ll get more in depth onFortsätt läsa ”The Monk Life: Can you be a Pagan and a monk?”
I recently started reading The New Monasticism: An Interspiritual Manifesto for Contemplative Living and in the preface I highlighted this passage because I find it captures the essence of what spiritual living can and should be: I haven’t come very far into the book yet but I love what I’ve been reading so far andFortsätt läsa ”Contemplative living in the world”
Take me to the burning ground,To the one beyond the battlefield of life,Strip away the clothes of my desires and of my fearsThen cover me in ashes Take me to the burning ground,Fill Your Divine Hands with the blood of my fallen brothersAnd give me to drink For I know the path I must walk,IFortsätt läsa ”A prayer to Valfreya”
In a previous post, I wrote about the why of my spiritual practice. Today I’d like to write about the how and what I do day to day to keep my mind focused on the Goddess and on my personal role within the Wyrd. When I first started out in Paganism, I tried to haveFortsätt läsa ”Flow and silence: my spiritual practice”
In the Christian denomination I grew up in, there were very little ritual. Even the Communion rite was practiced only once a year and only a select few actually got to eat of the bread and drink the wine. So, when I got back into spirituality after 5 years of atheism, ritual was not somethingFortsätt läsa ”Out of love and devotion: The why of my ritual practice”
Not quite done with finding all the things I wanted for the altar but the most important came in the mail today: I’m planning on writing a post about ritual, offerings and the like soon. Stay tuned.
Tiwaz is Týr’s spearI invoke the mighty GodThe one-handed Lord The t-rune is called Tiwaz and is associated with Týr, the God of justice and war. Its shape is supposed to remind one of a spear. It was often carved into weapons, as a prayer to Týr to grant victory in battle. Týr is knownFortsätt läsa ”Haikus about the runes: Tiwaz, rune of the God of war”
Gods and GoddessesPetals of the One I loveMy prayers They hear Ansuz (a) is the fourth letter of the Futhark. It is associated with the word ‘Áss’, meaning ‘God’ and is therefore associated with the Deitys and particularly with Odin and His Æsir.