A Short Norse Morning Devotional (using the ADF Core Order of Ritual)

Excellent use of ADF that doesn’t take forever

The Wending Way

At first glance, the ADF Core Order of Ritual can seem daunting and, if one has seen some sample scripts, rather lengthy as well. That said, I love the structure, its power, and its ability to put me in touch with the cosmos and my Kindreds. I really wanted to do the ADF Core Order of Ritual on a daily basis, not only to invite that power into my life everyday upon rising, but to know the ADF Core Order of Ritual by heart. The following text is the result of that effort.

On average, this ritual lasts anywhere between 7-10 minutes. I’ve simplified portions of the ritual text while still including every step of the ADF Core Order of Ritual. Offerings are also simplified into a select few items that are manageable to restock, and easy to keep by my home shrine. The goal here was effectiveness and efficiency…

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Man….Ansuz brought 9 days of not sleeping through the night, and fitful weird dreams. So weird I couldn’t actually remember them well, except for my boring “prophetic” dream where I dreamt that I did a task at work that I would have to do the coming week. (So not really prophetic, but merely predictable. ) However I did get really passionate about the Standing Rock protests and about Raging Grannies. This is definitely a direction I want to take into my life, deeds not creeds and we are our deeds, after all.

Uruz and Thurisaz

I threw my back out for most of the time I spent with Uruz (and Thurisaz) The peace and abundance did seem to continue even through the pain. There was some drama that would have added a significant upheaval in our lives and it did went away during this time. When I was first studying the runes, I did some magic for protection for my child. During this time the threat went away. So while it seems a lot of the interpretations of it are negative, for my unverified personal gnosis, it has been very powerful and a force for (defensive) good.

Another weird thing is that I’ve tended to sleep much better since I’ve slept with runes under my pillow. ANd my dreams are much more vivid. The best was duringThurisaz when I had a very clear dream of talking to one of the most important (now deceased) people in my life. It again seemed like a protection because with my back I’d begun to feel pretty low, and this dream helped me feel loved and valued.

new experiment etc

I had my rune initiation back in June, which as amazing, and intense. Couldn’t have done it with a better group of folks.

A week and a half ago, starting on Wotan’s day of course, I started sleeping with a rune under my pillow. The plan is to move through the Elder Futhak on a nine day cycle.

Fehu was the first week, and I did notice some changes.  Fehu is the first rune, that explosion of energy and beginnings. In my mind I associate it with an Aries energy but I don’t know if that is “true” or just unverified personal Gnosis.pI started a lot of things, and found some activities to be easier. I started using the UFYH (Unfuck Your Habitat) app and have been really consistent with it, which makes the house somewhat cleaner and easier to live in. I took a mini personal retreat  by taking the day off work on the discount movie day and seeing three movies. (In case you are wondering, no, I didn’t sneak into any! We are our deeds, and being a thief doesn’t appeal to me.) It was wonderfully refreshing.

Probably most importantly to me is that I’ve been having a mini flare of my Crohns. So I’ve been doing the 16:8 diet plan (you only eat 8 hours a day.) After about a week, many of my symptoms cleared up and I am feeling much much better. I also started to find it much easier to do. My hope/plan is to start doing the under 500 calories twice a week again, in an effort to lose some weight, as well control the Crohns. I expect it to be fairly easy.

This week is Uruz. Im only a couple of days in, but I did notice that I had a lot more equanimity with my eldest moving out. And I don’t seem to be free form worrying.

Runes: Thurisaz

So Thurisaz is viewed as destruction but to me not all destruction is bad. Perhaps just because I had an interesting experience with Thurisaz, I see it more as Thor than a frost giant, more of a helper. My son was exhibiting some personality changes, including a lot of apathy His teachers told me that he was hanging around with some kids that weren’t his usual kind of kid.  They were all very worried about him. So I started imagining him surrounded with thurisaz, letting good things in but keeping bad things /people out – like a buffalo herd stands in a circle to protect the babies. He had a huge turn around and is now doing much better. I did all the normal things too of course but there was really a night and day change in him.

Runes: Fehu

Since my initiation is coming up, I think it would be good for me to consider more deeply each of the runes in the Elder Futhark. The first, of course, is Fehu, the burst of cosmic energy, luck, wealth.  Because I have also studied the Tarot for a number of years this does seem to me to be interestingly relate to the Fool. Fehu and the Fool both have a feeling of divine protection as well as starting off.  Fehu does not feel like stagnant energy to me, there is great movement in it so the wealth is more like the wealth of experiences and active commerce rather than a Scrooge McDuck sitting on top of a pile of coins.

I just realized that I was writing this on the start of the week, so that does seem auspicious!

Book review: Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff

<a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25109947-lovecraft-country&#8221; style=”float: left; padding-right: 20px”><img border=”0″ alt=”Lovecraft Country” src=”https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1426040983m/25109947.jpg&#8221; /></a><a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25109947-lovecraft-country”>Lovecraft Country</a> by <a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/40577.Matt_Ruff”>Matt Ruff</a><br/>
My rating: <a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1632125831″>5 of 5 stars</a><br /><br />
This is a book that made me wish I was a social studies teacher so I could use it to teach about the Jim Crow America. There is a lot of history interspersed with the horror as well as tension that originates not from supernatural forces but rather the status quo every day life of being black in the U.S. in the 1950s. Ruff stays true to Lovecraft while weaving in racism, misogyny and class. All the characters are fully formed and I would love to read more about any of the characters. <br>I was especially impressed by how the resilience of the black characters directly influences their abilities to navigate arcane horrors without losing too many sanity points. Highly recommend.
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A Message From Freyja: Pretty Is Not The Same As Beautiful

EmberVoices: Listening for the Vanir

“Pretty” is not the same as “Beautiful”. “Pretty” has rules. “Pretty” has consequences. “Pretty” can tear you apart, flaw by flaw, and destroy you from the inside out.

“Pretty” can also raise you up, when it’s a path to “Beautiful”.

Sometimes I find a sequence of songs that tell a story that I need to hear, or need to share.

Here’s a story for you, in music from four powerful, pretty, beautiful women, about the difference between “Pretty” and “Beauty”, and why it hurts to confuse them. (For more of my own thoughts on the topic, read on after watching!)

“Pretty Hurts” by Beyoncé

“Beautiful” by Christina Aguilera

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Motherlines by Suzy McKee Charnas

<a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/517322.Motherlines&#8221; style=”float: left; padding-right: 20px”><img border=”0″ alt=”Motherlines (Holdfast Chronicles, #2)” src=”https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1328216369m/517322.jpg&#8221; /></a><a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/517322.Motherlines”>Motherlines</a&gt; by <a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/52468.Suzy_McKee_Charnas”>Suzy McKee Charnas</a><br/>
My rating: <a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1531931651″>4 of 5 stars</a><br /><br />
This book felt a little slower than the first, Walk to the End of the World, and some of the way the world of the women works is a bit offputting and strangely explained. But toward the end where two societies meet, and attempt to work with one another, is fascinating. Both contemporary and remniscent of the past, the tense between assimilating what is good, and leaving behind negative behaviors born out of post traumatic stress from a life time of abuse is very well done, as is the simple misunderstanding and lack of patience on the part of the people who have not grown up in an abusive environment. The end started to feel old testament to me. I will definitely read the next two books, and that is rare for me because I usually get bored with series. Also interesting because there are no male characters in the ook.
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Page by Taora Pierce

I’m not sure what it is about Tamora Pierce’s writing that grabs and won’t let go.  Sometimes I think “oh this character is too perfect” but it isn’t just her characters, but the world she has created. I always want to linger in it. I haven’t felt like this since I first read the Darkover books.  Her secondary characters are rich and full of life. Pierce is also an expert at not letting her characters know more than tI’m not sure what it is about Tamora Pierce’s writing that grabs and won’t let go.  Sometimes I think “oh this character is too perfect” but it isn’t just her characters, but the world she has created. I always want to linger in it. I haven’t felt like this since I first read the Darkover books.  Her secondary characters are rich and full of life. Pierce is also an expert at not letting her characters know more than they should at a given point in the story.

If you like books with strong female characters, fantasy and lots of animals that even have distinct personalities, you’ll enjoy curling up with this on a chilly evening.