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Episode 47 - Heathenry on a Budget

December 1st, 2018

Episode 47 – Heathenry on a Budget

Shout out and big wave to Ethan Finley for suggesting the topic for this episode.

Things we talk about in this episode:

Opening Music:

'Ancient Whispers I' by P C III, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence.

[http://freemusicarchive.org/music/P_C_III/Ad_Astra_Vol_1/03_Ancient_Whispers_I]

Closing Music:

'Round II - The Ancients' by Learning Music, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence

[http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Learning_Music/An_End_Like_This/32_Round_II_-_The_Ancients]

Background fire ambience by inchadney from freesound.org

 

Total Immersion video games https://www.quora.com/Why-has-virtual-reality-and-total-immersion-video-gaming-been-slow-to-evolve

Better than Life - Red Dwarf episode, Season 2, episode 2, originally aired September 1988 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Better_Than_Life_(Red_Dwarf_episode)

Phoebe Buffay – Character from Friends (1994 – 2004) https://friends.fandom.com/wiki/Phoebe_Buffay

Schrodinger’s Cat - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOYyCHGWJq4

47 and Star Trek http://memory-alpha.wikia.com/wiki/47 (not just confined to Star Trek - https://www.higgypop.com/news/47-reference/ )

11:21 and X-Files - http://www.lunacynet.com/xfiles/xf1013.html

Greeting in Latin: Ave and Salve https://blogs.transparent.com/latin/latin-greetings/ to hear it spoken, head here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3PPtY-YPHo

Havamal translations on the internet – there are a good number available for you to read and study. Here are some bits to get you started:

Dr Jackson Crawford (long video!) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=veRChLMC20o

Bellows translation http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/poe/poe04.htm

Thorpe, Hollander and Bellows can be found here: http://www.heathenhof.com/the-havamal-3-translations/

Auden and Taylor’s translation is here: https://www.ragweedforge.com/havamal.html

For books: check out your local library stock or ask about inter-library loans, or getting copies of academic papers. They may cost a small fee this way, but it’s often cheaper than buying a copy for yourself.

Befriend librarians – they are your friend in your ongoing research.

The Librarian – from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld. He’s an Orangutan. Don’t, whatever you do, call him a monkey. https://wiki.lspace.org/mediawiki/Librarian

If you really, really want a copy for yourself – look at second-hand book finding companies, e-book editions (there are several e-book readers that have apps for smartphones), or pre-loved copies available at your favourite online book seller.

Lint rollers - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lint_remover

Universities can also be useful – if they do relevant courses, ask the department admin staff very nicely for a copy of the course reading list. Some University libraries will allow non-students to access the materials – you may have to apply for a library card, and may not be able to lend materials, but study them inside the library building.

Check museums for their collections – some have pictures and descriptions of their collection items online, or special themed events/ lectures hosted at the museum. Museum staff may also be able to help you with little nuggets of specialist knowledge, or help your find other appropriate contacts. There’s a good starting place in the British Museum Room 41, of which there are plenty of photos and video online. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KaYYxVWruB8

There are lots of academics/ authors directly available to follow through the wonders of social media – check on hashtags, look for favourite academics, or authors of your favourite non-fiction books and see what they’re posting about.

Mjolnir’s are available, along with other Norse-themed jewelry, for all budgets and styles. You can get them in bronze, pewter, iron, silver, gold, in wood, clay, bone, glass, pretty much any material that you’d like to try. There are copies of archaeological finds, modern or plain designs, ones inset with stones or crystal, so it’s pretty much up to you. If you want to wear one. It’s optional not mandatory.

Books on Wicca tend to emphasise having plenty of tools or items to aid in doing ritual. Again it’s personal and up to you. We’ve found Scott Cunningham’s books and Issac Bonewit’s books as good places to start.

Relevant academic papers and some PhD thesis are available online for free – some papers may need you to have access to a service, like JSTOR or Wiley. You may still be able to read the abstract online without having to pay. You may be able to get a copy of the paper through your local library (much cheaper than buying a copy through getting a JSTOR account for yourself), either by putting a request into the library to get a copy of it, or the library may have account access to JSTOR.

Guttenberg Project – go! Go find free books! https://www.gutenberg.org/

There’s one more source of info that’s invaluable in studying and research – other heathens! Ask questions online about what others have found useful, for book or article recommendations, or for a bit of encouragement as you delve into your own research :)

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Episode 46 - Theological Reflection

November 15th, 2018

Episode 46 – Theological Reflection

Things we talk about in this episode:

Opening Music:

'Ancient Whispers I' by P C III, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence.

[http://freemusicarchive.org/music/P_C_III/Ad_Astra_Vol_1/03_Ancient_Whispers_I]

Closing Music:

'Round II - The Ancients' by Learning Music, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence

[http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Learning_Music/An_End_Like_This/32_Round_II_-_The_Ancients]

Background fire ambience by inchadney from freesound.org

 

Airplane! (1980) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0080339/

Praxis – the Klingon energy facility http://memory-alpha.wikia.com/wiki/Praxis

Duracell Bunny https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duracell_Bunny

The Praxis Effect https://www.quora.com/What-is-a-praxis-effect-in-movies

Thagomiser – after Gary Larson’s Far Side cartoon commemorating the late Thag Simmons - https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/watch-out-for-that-thagomizer-98891562/

Beer Goggles https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=beer%20goggles

The raven on the Ark: https://www.gotquestions.org/Noah-raven-dove.html

“Step three… profit...” Paraphrased from the Underpants Gnomes Business Plan in South Park https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tO5sxLapAts (Season 2, episode 17 - ‘Gnomes’)

Greek myths held social values and acceptable actions https://brewminate.com/the-function-of-mythology-in-ancient-greek-society/

Pax Daeorum http://www.ancientpages.com/2018/05/01/what-was-pax-deorum-and-how-important-was-it/

Starting a reflective journal: https://penzu.com/how-to-write-a-reflective-journal and https://www.thecounsellorscafe.co.uk/single-post/2017/01/22/Reflective-Journaling-A-Step-by-Step-Guide

“There are many like them, but these ones are yours...” Paraphrased from the Rifleman’s Creed – used in the film Full Metal Jacket (1987), based on Gustav Hasford’s book The Short Timers (1979)

“Brains like Noodles...” Paraphrased from Invader Zim https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bsfWTQKCF0

47 – The repeating Star Trek number http://memory-alpha.wikia.com/wiki/47 (and also from Alias)

 

The process of theological reflection:

1) Define the issue

2) Describe the issue in as much detail as you can

3) Look at parallels and links within your faith

4)Allow those insights and links to widen your thinking about the issue

5) Praxis – it’s action time! What are you doing to do now?

If you’d like to explore Theological Reflection for yourself, there’s a good book out there – it does focus on the Christian traditions, but the methods are the same. “Theological Reflection” by Judith Thompson 2008 (SCM Study Guides)

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Episode 45 - The Binding of Loki

November 1st, 2018

Episode 45 – The Binding of Loki

Shout out to Rob Wessley from Australia for suggesting the topic for this episode

Things we talk about in this episode:

Opening Music:

'Ancient Whispers I' by P C III, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence.

[http://freemusicarchive.org/music/P_C_III/Ad_Astra_Vol_1/03_Ancient_Whispers_I]

Closing Music:

'Round II - The Ancients' by Learning Music, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence

[http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Learning_Music/An_End_Like_This/32_Round_II_-_The_Ancients]

Background fire ambience by inchadney from freesound.org

Throughout this episode we refer to Loki as he/him. If you know them by other pronouns (they do change their species and gender after all), such as she/her, they/them or something else, it’s all good. Our choice of pronouns may not reflect your valid experiences of the Trickster.

Lemuralia – Roman festival of the dead, originally celebrated in May, rather than October. http://penelope.uchicago.edu/Thayer/E/Roman/Texts/secondary/SMIGRA*/Lemuralia.html

Dr Peter Venkman – from Ghostbusters https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0087332/characters/nm0000195

The Binding of Issac http://bindingofisaac.wikia.com/wiki/The_Binding_of_Isaac_Wiki

The Binding of Loki can be found in two sources: The Poetic Edda: Lokasenna and in the Prose Edda Gylfaginning 50.

Talking tricksters: Frithcast episode 26

Spirograph https://www.smythstoys.com/uk/en-gb/toys/creativity-music-and-partyware/art-sets/the-original-spirograph-design-set-boxed/p/149468

Battlestar Galactica (remake) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battlestar_Galactica_(2004_TV_series)

Metaphor in The Book of Revelation. Here: https://bibleforums.org/showthread.php/223165-Metaphor-or-Symbol-how-to-interpret-the-book-of-Revelation and here: https://readingacts.com/2012/04/06/revelation-and-metaphors/

Celtic Salmon of Knowledge http://www.luminarium.org/mythology/ireland/salmonknowledge.htm

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Episode 44 - Ghost Seal Whack-a-Mole - The Erbyggja Saga

October 15th, 2018

Episode 44 – Ghost Seal Whack-a-Mole – Erbyggja Saga

Things we talk about in this episode:

 

Opening Music:

'Ancient Whispers I' by P C III, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence.

[http://freemusicarchive.org/music/P_C_III/Ad_Astra_Vol_1/03_Ancient_Whispers_I]

Closing Music:

'Round II - The Ancients' by Learning Music, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence

[http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Learning_Music/An_End_Like_This/32_Round_II_-_The_Ancients]

Background fire ambience by inchadney from freesound.org

 

David Lister in Red Dwarf – Season 3, episode 4 ‘Bodyswap’. First shown 1989

 

The Festivals of the Dead – come with many names – All Hallows e’en, Halloween, Samhain, The Nights of the Dead

Erbyggja Saga – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eyrbyggja_saga

The lineage of King David in the Bible https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Davidic_line

Seamus Heaney’s re-interpretation of Beowulf – he starts with the word ‘So’, rather than the traditional ‘Listen!’

Dallas (TV show) 1978 – 1991 https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0077000/

Dynasty (TV Show) 1981 – 1989 https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0081856/

Crossroads (TV Show) 1964 – 1988 https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0057741/

Emmerdale Farm (TV Show) 1972 onwards https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0068069/

 Coronation Street (TV Show) 1960 onwards https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0053494/

Eastenders (TV Show) 1985 onwards https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088512/

The Archers (Radio show) 1950 0nwards https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Archers

Draugr – a type of Norse undead with a specific description. Often those who malevolently haunt their own grave and the surrounding areas, attacking livestock and people, and damaging property. http://www.ancientpages.com/2018/04/03/draugr-vikings-feared-living-dead-with-prophetic-visions/

Rasputin – his (possibly) notable death : https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/murder-rasputin-100-years-later-180961572/

Christine – book (and subsequent film) by Stephen King https://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2013/jan/30/rereading-stephen-king-christine

‘Little black seeds’ Vampires may have a compulsion to count spilled poppy seeds, so spending all their time until dawn. https://www.axs.com/dispatching-vampires-a-short-tutorial-98602

 “That’s how you get ants.” Archer - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1486217/

‘Shuffled off this mortal coil’ The Norwegian Parrot Sketch, Monty Python

Ghostbusters – (1984) ‘the woman in the library scene’. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYjFKsJjCP0

Ghostbusters – ‘the green goo scene’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qWNuO36mGg

Thorgunna Lawson – parody reference to the celebrity chef Nigela Lawson

Kiss from a Rose – Seal https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9aiBlIpyKU

The Mothman Prophecies (2002) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0265349/

‘Stop! Hammer time!’ MC Hammer ‘U can’t touch this’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otCpCn0l4Wo

Ex-Machina (2015) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0470752/

Supernatural (TV Show) (2005) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0460681/

Grim (TV Show) (2011 – 2017) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1830617/

‘If you have poo, fling it now’ from Madagascar (2005) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgUwpb3I98M

How to find us online

‘Foul not fowl’ From The Goon Show ‘The Affair of the Lone Banana’ http://www.thegoonshow.net/scripts_show.asp?title=s05e05_the_affair_of_the_lone_banana

Our (very late) introduction

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Episode 43 - Beer and Worry - favourite verses of the Havamal

October 1st, 2018

Episode 43 – Beer and Worry – favourite verses from the Havamal

Things we talk about in this episode:

Opening Music:

'Ancient Whispers I' by P C III, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence.

[http://freemusicarchive.org/music/P_C_III/Ad_Astra_Vol_1/03_Ancient_Whispers_I]

Closing Music:

'Round II - The Ancients' by Learning Music, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence

[http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Learning_Music/An_End_Like_This/32_Round_II_-_The_Ancients]

Background fire ambience by inchadney from freesound.org

GIR – from Invader Zim (TV series 2001 – 2004) http://zim.wikia.com/wiki/GIR

“Thirteen!” from Rome Season 1, episode 11, ‘The Spoils’ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Spoils_(Rome)

The first time we looked at the Havamal: Frithcast episode 4: https://tac.podbean.com/e/frithcast-episode-4/

Yawning: http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20140811-warning-this-may-make-you-yawn

The pilot episode of Star Trek and that whole numbering thing: https://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=577426

And the reference to it in South Park: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQLQ56tkO6Y&feature=youtu.be

Correction: The Havamal is a collection of pieces, not one single poem. Just, so’s you know.

Roman legions: https://www.toptenz.net/10-horrifying-facts-roman-legions.php

The inherent difficulties of working with translations: http://shodhganga.inflibnet.ac.in/bitstream/10603/5699/8/08_chapter%202.pdf

“Better it is to have a stout heart always and face your troubles...” Herodotus. Herodotus, George Rawlinson (1996). “Histories”, p.533, Wordsworth Editions.

Declaration 127: http://www.declaration127.com/

There’s several versions of the Havamal available for free online and there are many translations. Head here to see a whole list of documents and commentary that you can go look at: http://www.germanicmythology.com/PoeticEdda2/Havamal.html

Translations – here’s 6 to get you going:

Larrington (1996 and 2014) http://www.germanicmythology.com/PoeticEdda2/LarringtonHavamal.html

Bray (1908) https://www.pitt.edu/~dash/havamal.html

Thorpe (1865) http://www.heathenhof.com/benjamin-thorpes-havamal/

Hollander (1962) http://www.heathenhof.com/lee-m-hollanders-havamal/

Bellows (1923) http://www.heathenhof.com/h-a-bellows-havamal/

Auden and Taylor (1967) http://ragweedforge.com/havamal.html

Other folks have also tried their hand at translation: https://www.beyondweird.com/high-one.html

Dr Jackson Crawford’s ‘The Cowboy Havamal’ (2015): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-2p9qVSAa4

TAC’s recent translation (2018) is available to buy here: https://www.amazon.com/Havamal-Version-Presented-Asatru-Community/dp/1941442196

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Episode 42 - Beasts of Battle

September 15th, 2018

Episode 42 – Beasts of Battle

 

Things we talk about in this episode:

Opening Music:

'Ancient Whispers I' by P C III, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence.

[http://freemusicarchive.org/music/P_C_III/Ad_Astra_Vol_1/03_Ancient_Whispers_I]

 

Closing Music:

'Round II - The Ancients' by Learning Music, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence

[http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Learning_Music/An_End_Like_This/32_Round_II_-_The_Ancients]

 

Background fire ambience by inchadney from freesound.org

 

Kate’s slight diversion into Meditations by Marcus Aurelius Antoninus. You can read along here: http://classics.mit.edu/Antoninus/meditations.1.one.html

‘The Beasts of Battle’ - the eagle, the raven and the wolf, often referred to as a group in company of each other. http://www.vikinganswerlady.com/beasts.shtml

Anglo-Saxon literature, including Beowulf – uses them as a foreshadow, or feasting on the dead after battle. A negative image.

Jaws theme music – used as a precursor or foreshadow to shark attacks in the 1975 film, Jaws. If you need a reminder of what it sounds like (thank you John Williams I'm never willingly going to swim in open water again), head here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lV8i-pSVMaQ

Go-Pro: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lV8i-pSVMaQ

The reasons for those sharks-eye view shots: http://www.cracked.com/article_24010_6-classic-movie-moments-made-possible-by-dumb-mistakes.html and http://www.cracked.com/article_16940_6-classic-movies-that-narrowly-avoided-disaster.html

Pavlov – a scientist who explored the way that animals could associate a ringing bell with the production of food, this became known as Classical Conditioning: https://www.simplypsychology.org/pavlov.html

“They’re going to cut us to pieces, roast us over an open fire, and eat us!” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cu6ZpVlzhUk

OE poem: The Wanderer http://www.anglo-saxons.net/hwaet/?do=get&type=text&id=wdr

OE poem: Beowulf

OE poem: Judith https://anglosaxonpoetry.camden.rutgers.edu/judith/

OE poem: Exodus https://anglosaxonpoetry.camden.rutgers.edu/exodus/

Anubis – the Jackal-headed Egyptian god of the dead https://www.ancientegyptonline.co.uk/anubis.html

OE poem: The Battle of Maldon https://anglosaxonpoetry.camden.rutgers.edu/battle-of-maldon/

Space Marine Chapter.    Marines. In Space. With plenty of different Chapters to choose from. http://wh40k.lexicanum.com/wiki/Pictorial_List_of_Space_Marine_Chapters_A-L

Dehumanisation of enemies – a stage of Genocide http://www.genocidewatch.org/genocide/8stagesofgenocide.html and https://www.psychologytoday.com/gb/blog/philosophy-dispatches/201112/dehumanization-genocide-and-the-psychology-indifference-0

Sutton Hoo – Wolves and birds imagery, especially on the shield http://www.nationaltrustcollections.org.uk/object/1433758 and decorative purse flap. http://www.nationaltrustcollections.org.uk/object/1433755

Viking literature: Poetic Edda – uses them as a positive image, often in praise of an individual warrior.

“He fed the eagle out in Greece” From the Invar Runestones, identification number ‘SO 179’ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ingvar_runestones and

They journeyed boldly; /Went far for gold,
Fed the eagle / Out in the east,
And died in the south / In Saracenland

—Gripsholm Rune-Stone (c. 1050)

Berserker- Have a read here: http://www.vikinganswerlady.com/berserke.shtml

Bayeux tapestry - the raven banner imagery. There are two images here, one banner with a hopeful force, and the second as an empty banner trampled under horse as the force is routed. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raven_banner

Ravens in Norse culture – Hugin and Munin: http://oldeuropeanculture.blogspot.com/2015/10/the-riddle-of-odins-ravens.html

Odin’s companion wolves – Geri and Freki: https://earthandstarryheaven.com/2015/02/07/1-mythological-wolves-garm-fenrir-and-loki/

Roman eagles: https://www.romeartlover.it/Bestiario.html

The Wolf Age – is described just before the Ragnarok battles happen. https://thenorsegods.com/norse-mythology/

Vargar (wolves) – outlaws and criminals are described as this in the law codes: http://www.vikinganswerlady.com/beasts.shtml

Garm and Fenrir. Read more here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garmr here: https://norse-mythology.org/garm/ and here: http://www.loridevoti.com/fenrir-garm-wolves-norse-myth/

Shrieking violins - Suzanne was thinking about Psycho (1960) and the shower scene. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WtDmbr9xyY

1812 Overture – go have a listen, it’s awesome :) Especially this version: (and yes, it’s got the cannons.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ko5Bz6h55us

That song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqZsoesa55w

You deserve a bonus for getting this far, have a virtual cookie and a bit of something different. We both like flashmobs when they’re done well – like this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6W2ZMpsxhg

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Episode 41 - Laughter Good, Jokes Bad

September 1st, 2018

Episode 41 – Laughter Good, Jokes Bad

 

Things we talk about in this episode:

 

Opening Music:

'Ancient Whispers I' by P C III, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence.

[http://freemusicarchive.org/music/P_C_III/Ad_Astra_Vol_1/03_Ancient_Whispers_I]

 

Closing Music:

'Round II - The Ancients' by Learning Music, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence

[http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Learning_Music/An_End_Like_This/32_Round_II_-_The_Ancients]

 

Background fire ambience by inchadney from freesound.org

 

Life, the Universe and Everything/ Vroomfondle and Magicthighs/ Deep Thought/ Knowing Where your Towel is: all from The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hitchhiker%27s_Guide_to_the_Galaxy

 

Laconic - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laconic_phrase

Spartans - “This is Spelling!” Ahem, paraphrased from Frank Millers 300: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0416449/

 

Winnie the Pooh: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winnie-the-Pooh

 

Eir, Goddess of Healing, as an attendant of Frigga https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eir

 

The character of Garm in Guild Wars 2: https://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Garm

 

Garmin - sat nav makers: https://www.garmin.com/en-GB/

 

That loo roll, what we got all confused with: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charmin

 

‘Too soon…’An Indiegogo campaign from 2015 from Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/con-man#/

 

Diana Paxson https://diana-paxson.com/

 

Scorpio/ Scorpius https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scorpius

 

I, Claudius https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I,_Claudius_(TV_series)

 

Ribbit – Frogs and the Hollywood Accent http://www.frog-shots.com/Who_says_RIBBIT_.html

 

Pirates what go ‘Arrrh’ http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/explainer/2007/06/did_pirates_really_say_arrrr.html?via=gdpr-consent

 

“Try a little tenderness” Donkey from the film Shrek https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMaFjEH1B0g

 

“In a dark, dark town” Funnybones by Allan Ahlberg https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/40987/funnybones/9780241334690/

 

The one about ducks https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFK2Xq2RyiU

 

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Episode 40 - Ethics and Practicalities of Rune Reading part II

August 15th, 2018

Episode 40 – Ethics and Practicalities of Rune Reading II

 

Things we talk about in this episode:

 

Opening Music:

'Ancient Whispers I' by P C III, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence.

[http://freemusicarchive.org/music/P_C_III/Ad_Astra_Vol_1/03_Ancient_Whispers_I]

 

Closing Music:

'Round II - The Ancients' by Learning Music, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence

[http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Learning_Music/An_End_Like_This/32_Round_II_-_The_Ancients]

 

Background fire ambience by inchadney from freesound.org

 

Phobia of patterns of holes – yes, it’s a thing: https://psychcentral.com/news/2018/01/07/phobia-of-irregular-hole-patterns-may-be-tied-to-disgust-not-fear/130882.html

 

Coffee from a packet – have a listen way back in episode 1 (Dec 29th 2016)

 

Cawdor – From the Shakespeare play, Macbeth. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macbeth In particular the production by Oddsocks Theatre Company http://www.oddsocks.co.uk/

 

Find your nearest loo – preferably before you start reading for your first client

 

Take a bottle of water with you – you’re going to be doing a lot of talking, and you might not get chance to get a drink otherwise

 

Take a box of tissues with you – it helps preserve the dignity of your clients. A large box, not a packet of pocket tissues, else you’ll end up giving the whole packet to your first client, and then you’re without...

 

Decide how long each reading will take – balance how long you can talk with how many you want to do in one event. This will affect how much profit you make (if you charge at all) and how late the event will end up running… When you start out, you might only want to do a few, with ample breaks in between – be kind to yourself and your developing skills, don’t overface yourself in your first few events.

 

Spread – not Marmite – but a set pattern that you can lay runes out in, or you might choose to drop all of them, and pick three at random.

 

If you’re doing an event, such as a psychic night, ensure that you know what the cut is from your money beforehand – does someone else collect the money, do you collect it and pay a percentage or fee afterwards? Do people buy tickets beforehand and you get a set price for the whole evening? Know what to expect before you attend.

 

Practice a set spiel before you actually get to the casting part – it helps your client know what to expect, and helps you settle into the whole process. Repeating that set opening every time you cast will become a type of meditation for you – a way that you can get your brain into the right place before you start.

 

Think about that you want to say if you get nothing from the runes for your client – do you manage their expectations beforehand, or just explain it as it comes up? There will be occasions when the connection doesn’t happen, it doesn’t matter how experienced you are, or how much knowledge you have, it doesn’t have to be anything that you’ve done wrong or differently.

 

Don’t poke the smiling old man with a broom… especially in Terry Pratchett’s Discworld and the character of Lu-Tze https://wiki.lspace.org/mediawiki/Lu-Tze

 

Most of the time, the images, words, smells or other messages will not make sense to you – have a think on whether it’s ethical for you to moderate what you get in telling your client, or is it more ethical not to moderate it?

 

(likely to be) UK specific – some people may come to you expecting it’s for ‘entertainment purposes only’, and you tell them what you’re getting, and you say something that hits home, they may not be expecting that. Manage the expectations and confidentiality of your client from the beginning.

 

Decide whether you want to invite your clients to comment on your words afterwards, or not. Don’t expect this of them, some clients may not want to share. As a reader – get used to disappointment and not getting closure from your client.

 

A few words on dealing with sceptics: as a reader, you can choose to read for them, or not. They may be angry, scared or defiant and aim it at you. Ultimately a sceptic chooses what to believe. As a reader, so do you.

 

Pass Go and collect $200 – the wonders of Monopoly. https://monopoly.hasbro.com/en-gb

 

There are many ethical considerations that you can have a think about before your first client sits down with you. Keep client confidentiality in mind, and think about any circumstances that you might break that – if someone discloses abuse to you, for example. How might you handle that in the best way for your client?

 

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Episode 39 - Ethics and Practicalities of Rune Reading part I

August 1st, 2018

Episode 39 – Ethics and Practicalities of Rune Reading I

 

Things we talk about in this episode:

 

Opening Music:

'Ancient Whispers I' by P C III, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence.

[http://freemusicarchive.org/music/P_C_III/Ad_Astra_Vol_1/03_Ancient_Whispers_I]

 

Closing Music:

'Round II - The Ancients' by Learning Music, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence

[http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Learning_Music/An_End_Like_This/32_Round_II_-_The_Ancients]

 

Background fire ambience by inchadney from freesound.org

 

This episode is purely UPG, and is the things that Suzanne has considered when casting runes for others. It’s not the only way to approach this, there are many things to consider when you cast runes and interpret them. It’s also the first one of a two-parter – the discussion went on a little longer that we thought it would, and so we’ve split it into two.

 

“Warm knees!” Havamal verse 3

 

“There are many models and they have a plan” paraphrased from Battlestar Galactica opening https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0407362/crazycredits

 

Transformers: before all the Michael bay films, there was a children’s cartoon: https://transformers.hasbro.com/en-gb

 

“That goes for you two idiots with your eyes closed behind the sheet of glass” From The Goon Show episode Napoleons Piano, first broadcast 11th October 1955

 

1812 Overture: https://www.classicfm.com/lifestyle/wellbeing/1812-overture/

 

Schrodinger’s dog… ok, so the original is Schrodingers cat: http://www.iflscience.com/physics/schr%C3%B6dinger%E2%80%99s-cat-explained/

 

Feynman diagrams – used to describe particle interactions in physics: https://www.quantumdiaries.org/2010/02/14/lets-draw-feynman-diagams/

 

Jason Momoa – like he needs an introduction from us: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0597388/

 

Cylon’s – from Battlestar Galactica, especially nice in the reboot 2004 - 2009

 

“Have a gorilla” Running gag in The Goon Show, most often said by the character Grytpype-Thynne https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Goon_Show_running_jokes

 

“Tonight Matthew, I’m going to be…” line from ‘Stars in Their Eyes’ (TV show 1990 - 2006) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stars_in_Their_Eyes

 

The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins young adult dystopian book trilogy, which was them made into films https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hunger_Games

 

“A mug of your finest hot water with brown grit in it” – Mrs Miggins Pie Shop, Blackadder

http://blackadder.wikia.com/wiki/Mrs._Miggins

 

Vitki – someone who specialises in talismanic uses of runes

 

The runic graffiti of Maeshowe: http://www.orkneyjar.com/history/maeshowe/maeshrunes.htm

 

When you cast runes for someone else, there are practical and ethical things to consider:

 

Using runes for self reflection.

 

Consider whether you want to charge for reading runes for someone else. There is no right answer for this.

 

Tea leaf-omancy – otherwise known as tasseography: http://www.teausa.com/14531/reading-tea-leaves

 

Legal considerations: UK Trading Standards Regulations: “This service is for entertainment purposes only” Many places across the world require psychics, diviners or oracles to have a disclaimer on their services: see example here: https://propsychicreadings.com/psychic-tarot-reading-legal-disclaimer/

 

The Witchcraft Act (replaced by the Fraudulent Mediums Act in 1951)

 

Squiddly spooge: from Invader Zim episode 'Dark Harvest': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37ERbN2eb0o

 

Gardenarian Wicca http://british-wicca.com/

 

The Fraudulent Mediums Act 1951 (now incorporated into UK Trading Standards Regulations)

See here for a short overview of UK law relating to witchcraft https://www.parliament.uk/about/living-heritage/transformingsociety/private-lives/religion/overview/witchcraft/

 

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Frithcast Extra: On TAC Charter Membership

July 25th, 2018

Frithcast Extra – TAC Charter Membership

Big shout out to Tub Welch, member of TAC, who suggested that we cover this in an episode :)   

Things we talk about in this episode:

Opening Music:

'Ancient Whispers I' by P C III, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence.

[http://freemusicarchive.org/music/P_C_III/Ad_Astra_Vol_1/03_Ancient_Whispers_I]

 

Closing Music:

'Round II - The Ancients' by Learning Music, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence

[http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Learning_Music/An_End_Like_This/32_Round_II_-_The_Ancients]

 

Background fire ambience by inchadney from freesound.org

 

***Disclaimer: Kate and Suzanne aren’t the people that decide on Charter Member applications, and have no influence on the people that do. Just so’s you know***

 

Thinking about joining TAC? You can start by looking at TAC on Facebook – The Asatru Community: https://www.facebook.com/TheAsatruCommunity/

This is the big group, and it’s free to join. It’s a good place to start having a nose around. If you click join, you’ll be asked a few questions: your answers help the admins and it’s not an exam! It’s a closed group, but has members who are heathen, curious, people of other faiths, peeps who want to learn more.

 

Bakewell, where the puddings come from: https://www.bakewellpuddingshop.co.uk/ (Other pudding ships are available...)

 

Dauntless: from Veronica Roth’s ‘Divergent’ universe: http://divergent.wikia.com/wiki/Dauntless

 

De-virtualise: Gus Hedges in Drop the Dead Donkey: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drop_the_Dead_Donkey

 

Final Five: a nice obscure reference to the Battlestar Galactica reboot… (WARNING TOTAL SPOILERS AHEAD!) http://galactica.wikia.com/wiki/Final_Five

 

TAC is a universalist group – it’s a socio-political stance which says that anyone can practice Asatru. They take the view that the faith is now a global one, and not restricted to those of Northern European descent or familial connection.

 

Becoming a Charter Member: - Also Free! - donations are not compulsory! TAC is a registered charity in America. Making a donation doesn’t guarantee your membership will be accepted. Not making one doesn’t affect your application either.
Here is where you can find the link to the Charter Membership application forms, it’s on the TAC website: http://www.theasatrucommunity.org/join

 

Here is the Charter Member application form if you are applying as an individual or as a family group: http://www.theasatrucommunity.org/individual-application- (this is the form that we’re talking you through in this episode!)

 

TAC Ambassadors – someone who is a local area lead, who can be a first contact for an area, organise events, post interesting stuff to their regional group. If you’d like to see where your nearest Ambassador is, you can find the global list here: http://www.theasatrucommunity.org/ambassador-list All Ambassadors have TAC e-mail addresses, so you’re welcome to contact them, whether you’re a Charter Member or not.

 

If you’d like to find a military ambassador, head here: http://www.theasatrucommunity.org/military-ambassadors-

 

Read the TAC By Laws before you apply! You can find them here: http://www.theasatrucommunity.org/bylaws

 

Benefits of being a Charter Member:

Regional groups
Specialist groups – including Eir’s Hearth (mental health group), Military Outreach, Heathen Parents of TAC, Heirs of Bifrost (LGBT+ and allies group), Heathen Gamers of TAC, Rune Magic and Study Group, etc.
In-person events in your area through the year
Mimir’s Well – TAC monthly e-magazine
Lead Ambassador’s monthly newsletter (if you choose to opt in)

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