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Episode 26 – Talking Tricksters

January 19th, 2018

Episode 26 – Talking Tricksters

 

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

 

NB: Throughout this episode, we refer to Loki as he/him, based on the understanding that Loki spends most of his time presenting as male and human-looking (give or take the odd mare episode...).  If you know Loki as she/her, they/them, ze/zir, or another set of pronouns it’s all good :D

 

“Still on Aardvark are we?” Blackadder, Ink and Incapability, series 3 1989

 

‘Let’s Face the Music and Dance’ - written 1936, by Irving Berlin.

 

Tricksters in Druidic mythology: Gwydion and Lugh: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~gwydion/gwydion.html

 

The Roman trickster Mercury, (together with his Greek equivalent Hermes https://www.shmoop.com/hermes-mercury/ ) and Discordia. (her Greek equivalent Eris) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eris_(mythology)

 

Other tricksters of the world:

Papa Legba: https://exemplore.com/magic/papalegba  also known as Eshu: http://www.levity.com/figment/trickster.html

Odysseus: https://www.greekmythology.com/Myths/Heroes/Odysseus/odysseus.html 

The Monkey King, or Sun Wukong:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yN3_6efimoQ

Coyote and Raven: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAKHGe6x8n8

Anansi the spider: https://kidworldcitizen.org/anansi-stories-trickster-spider-west-africa-caribbean/

 

Tricksters, hunger and food: many tricksters have an association with food, hunger and catching food (by setting traps): This can be seen Loki being wildfire, and participating in the eating contest at Utgard (which he cannot win) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zX0DPZsCt7E :

Loki invents the first fishing net: http://www.norse-mythology.cba.pl/page,249,loki.html

 

“The earliest use of the word ‘Trick’ in Greek refers to baiting a hook to catch fish” – Trickster Makes this World by Lewis Hyde (1998).

 

The monkey trap, a page which describes the trap and how it applies to the trap of short-term thinking here: http://www.godlessinamerica.com/monkeytrap.html

 

“Fresh fish, we catch them, you buy them” - Disney’s Aladdin (1992)

 

“If you are faced with two paths, take the third way.” Paraphrased from Neelix in Star Trek Voyager’s episode ‘Author, Author’ 2001 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0708851/quotes

 

The meaning of ‘mercurial’ - https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mercurial

 

Kate’s cannonball and bucket of mercury experiment, otherwise known as the Torricelli Experiment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rm5D47nG9k4 (forget the words, just watch the cannonball)

 

“If I hadn’t seen such riches, I could live with being poor.” Lyrics to ‘Sit Down’ by James, 1989

 

Loki’s involvement in the death of Baldur: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXPj_XDtrkc

 

Some of the verses in the Havamal which relate to keeping your own counsel: verses 6, 10 – 11, 20 and 22. The dangers of mixing alcohol and wits, verses 12-14, 17, 19.

 

Loki’s Flyting: we’ll be looking at this in more depth in the next episode, but you’re welcome to go ahead and have an explore if you don’t mind spoilers!

 

Loki’s lips being sewn shut to stop him talking: http://www.hurstwic.org/history/articles/mythology/myths/text/treasures.htm

 

John Delancie playing Q from the Q continuum.  Star Trek series, most notably The Next Generation episodes, but he also pops up in Deep Space 9 and Voyager.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Q_(Star_Trek)

 

Light as a particle or a wave, or both or neither.  It’s the joys of Quantum Physics: this video explains the theory step by step: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hk3fgjHNQ2Q

 

How to find us online

 

“The Staff of Ra, I has translated it.” - Scaryduck’s version of Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark: https://scaryduck.blogspot.co.uk/2008/07/condensed-films-raiders-of-lost-ark.html   

 

If you fancy a longer read, try Mercury Rising: Women, Evil and the Trickster Gods, available online here  https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=YemNP0rXIfkC&pg=PA5&lpg=PA5&dq=mercury+the+trickster&source=bl&ots=ncCSbF4j7Y&sig=Vg1RAO0YE03AgktA5BOV55fbGjQ&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiF4_uHya3YAhWHLcAKHeDxAm04ChDoAQhVMAg

 

There’s also a TED Talk which might be of interest: https://www.ted.com/talks/emily_levine_s_theory_of_everything#t-420495

 

As a last aside, there’s plenty of artwork out there, but we did find these that seem particularly apt: https://muirin007.deviantart.com/art/Deceiver-of-the-Gods-560187369

https://sceith-a.deviantart.com/art/Loki-657643934

and a whole pinterest page here: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/110971578296659347/?lp=true

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Episode 25 – Nine Noble Virtues

January 2nd, 2018

Episode 25 – Nine Noble Virtues

 

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

 

A discussion around the Nine Noble Virtues may evoke some strong reactions.  Please remember that Kate and I can’t (and wouldn’t) tell you how to heathen.

 

“Only a man, whose...” The Golden Child (1986)

 

“Go it, Molesworth” - Nigel Molesworth, as any fule kno, best found in The Compleet Molesworth (1958) or the reprint Molesworth (2000 Penguin)

 

Havamal, verse 3 (warm knees):  http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/poe/poe04.htm

 

There are two main versions of the Nine Noble Virtues that you can go explore, an article here should start you off: http://www.goheathen.org/wordpress/?p=24

 

Limitations for the Nine Noble Virtues are summed up nicely in a two part article, available here: https://kvasiramongstthegods.wordpress.com/2013/07/08/heathen-ethics-part-1-nine-nearly-useless-virtues/  and here’s part II: https://kvasiramongstthegods.wordpress.com/2013/07/16/heathen-ethics-part-3-omg-411-4-afas-nnv-omg-wtf-bbq-lol/

 

Point of note for the AFA nine virtues: the last one on their list is one which doesn’t follow the pattern of a virtue and it’s opposite: Ancestry is better than Universalism.  For us, this is not a zero sum, it’s not ‘choose one or the other, but not both.’ We can be universalist and still want to respect our family.  Universalism is based more in the principle that anyone can practice heathenry, rather than who my ancestors were.  We suspect that here, in light of other related statements the AFA has made, this can be taken as supporting an exclusive interpretation of heathenry.

 

Kate’s Foot and Mouth Anecdote.  Info on the outbreak can be found here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2001_United_Kingdom_foot-and-mouth_outbreak

 

AFA statement on race and heathenry led to many organisations signing up to Declaration 127, based on a verse from the Havamal.  TAC’s own blog post is here:http://www.theasatrucommunity.org/single-post/2016/09/05/Declaration-127

 

TAC supports Declaration 127, which is a confirmation of their Universalist principles.  You can also sign it as an individual, or as a Kindred, Hearth, organisation or group, and read more about it here: http://www.declaration127.com/

 

#Shieldwall is another anti-xenophobic initiative that you can show support for:

 

“No one expects the Spanish Inquistion” - Monty Python. "The Spanish Inquisition" is a series of sketches in Monty Python's Flying Circus, Series 2 Episode 2 (The Spanish Inquisition), first broadcast 22 September 1970

 

The Spanish Inquisition, more here: https://www.britannica.com/topic/Spanish-Inquisition

 

“Run away from the hills!” Blackadder first series: The Black Adder: Episode 1: The Foretelling. [1983]

 

“Answers on a piece of batter pudding” from The Goon Show: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Radio/TheGoonShow

 

How to find us online

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Episode 24 – The Very First Random Reel

December 19th, 2017

Episode 24 – The Very First Random Reel

 

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

 

Shrimps and Service Tax
Cats and Galdr
Fast Forward
Keyring with a Bunny
Craggy Island Magic Roundabout

The Cost ‘a’ Euphoria
Chickens, Greyhounds, Shakespeare and Cake

We’ve been doing Frithcast for a year now.  A whole year.  You’ve let us prattle on for a full 12 months.  And you, lovely listeners, are the reason that we have.  So, we’d like to say thank you, in the only way that we can: to celebrate our first birthday, we’d like to present you with a very special episode.  No learning to do or references to explore this time: instead, we proudly present clips of some of the mad random things that we’ve talked about whilst recording that didn’t quite make it to the episodes. 

 

Thank you from us to you, we hope you enjoy, and carry on listening :)

 

Suzanne and Kate

 

 

PS: Dear Mr Shakespeare, we’re sorry.  Totally love your stuff.

 
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Musings from the High Seat Ep. 2

December 15th, 2017

Hail and welcome to Episode 2! 

 
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Musings from the High Seat Ep 1.

December 15th, 2017

Hail and welcome to our new podcast/video series! Please enjoy, and let us know what you think! 

 
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Frithcast Episode 23 Freya and the F word!

December 5th, 2017

Episode 23 – Freya (and the F word)

 

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

 

“Mr Scott, do you always...” Captain Kirk to Scotty, Star Trek III The Search for Spock (1984)

 

“Hail the Emperor, bask in her glory” - MMO space exploration and trading game, Elite Dangerous

 

Folkvang - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F%C3%B3lkvangr is the name for Freya’s lands, commonly seen as a meadow ground, in which her hall, Sessrumnir stands: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sessr%C3%BAmnir

 

Norwegian Forest Cats: https://www.nfcc.co.uk/ and here: http://mentalfloss.com/article/69586/10-furry-facts-about-norwegian-forest-cats

 

Parallels between Freya and Whealthow: through mention of the Brisingamen https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wealh%C3%BEeow  and also the quote “The wider Old Norse-Icelandic tradition attributes the Brisinga men or giroli Brisings (Brisinger's girdle c.900) to Freya who is at once the sister of Ingvi-freyr of the vanir, the leading Norse goddess of love, and a witch with the power to revive the dead.”
from Richard North’s book. Origins of Beowulf: From Vergil to Wiglaf. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006.

 

Chimamanda Ngozi Addichie – TED talk on feminism: https://www.ted.com/talks/chimamanda_ngozi_adichie_we_should_all_be_feminists

 

An excellent article on Freya and feminism: https://theanimistscraft.wordpress.com/2014/06/11/sex-freya-and-maybe-a-little-bit-about-what-feminism-is-not/

 

How Freya gets the necklace Brisingamen, read here: http://www.hurstwic.org/history/articles/mythology/myths/text/freyja.htm

 

You can read more about Freya here: https://norse-mythology.org/gods-and-creatures/the-vanir-gods-and-goddesses/freya/ and here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freyja

 

“This is for the Queer Women” Extract from one of Suzanne’s own poems

 

An 11 track playlist (it was going to be 9, but we couldn’t decide which to cut out...) that reminds Suzanne of Freya:
Salute – Little Mix https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kjpa0SMOug0

Wannabe - The Spice Girls https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJLIiF15wjQ (and here’s the song being put to good use - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOVPlw_QC1o_

Respect – Aretha Franklin https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FOUqQt3Kg0

Feeling Good – Nina Simone  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXqKswtX_KU  (and here’s the song being put to good use https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTbaoO1T2Uc )

UNITY – Queen Latifah https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twv4PP4QSPM

Run the World – Beyonce https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBmMU_iwe6U

Girl on Fire – Alicia Keys https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J91ti_MpdHA

I am Woman – Betty Wright https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N309u-zfoe4

Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It) – Beyonce https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4m1EFMoRFvY

This is for my Girls – Michelle Obama feat. Missy Elliot (this is the only place I can find a non remix version – the song starts at 09:10 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ln3wAdRAim4 )

I am What I am – from the musical ‘La Cage Aux Folles’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdD7nQ_H0Z0

 

The Roman Goddesses: Venus, Juno, Vesta. You can read more about them here: http://www.goddess-guide.com/roman-goddesses.html

 

How to find us online

 

 
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Frithcast Episode 22- Can the Mountains love the Sea?

November 17th, 2017

Episode 22 – Can the Mountains Love the Sea?

 

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

 

 

‘Hold tight Min, we’re going three miles an hour’ - The Goon Show, ‘Dishonoured – Again’ Series 9, episode 13

 

‘Big blue wobbily thing, that mermaids live in’ - Blackadder the Third – Ink and Incapability, 1987

 

Njord and Skathi – the description of the marriage and circumstances are found in the Skaldskaparmal, the second part of the Prose Edda. 
Other interpretations and discussions on the story can be found here: https://earthandstarryheaven.com/2016/11/09/njord-skadi/

https://norse-mythology.org/tales/the-marriage-of-njord-and-skadi/

 

How to find us online

 

 
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Episode 21 – Gods of the Waves

November 3rd, 2017

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 and ocean ambience by inchadney from freesound.org

 

“I’d like to see them do this on television...” Eccles, The Goon Show

“A woman’s place is in the resistance.”  - Princess Leia, Star Wars.  Numerous artworks and feminist march placards: https://www.wired.com/2017/01/princess-leia-womens-march/ One of the many artworks available: https://society6.com/product/a-womans-place-is-in-the-resistance455119_print#s6-7012194p4a1v45

 

Kate explores sandcastles

 

Sorry, Grimsby

 

Poseidon and Neptunus.  More about Neptune can be found here: https://www.britannica.com/topic/Neptune-Roman-god and here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neptune_(mythology) He had a temple in Rome, on the Campus Martius (The Field of Mars), and a festival day on July 23rd. Posideon was the Greek equivalent, found here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poseidon.  Both were also patrons of horse racing.

Kate fries shrimp – in a wok, under the sea

Calypso and Pascal’s Wager.  Calypso is a Greek goddess, more info can be found here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calypso_(mythology)
Pascal theorised about the existence of the divine, and concluded that those who believed would ultimately have a better time of it. http://www.iep.utm.edu/pasc-wag/ or a short video which uses Indiana Jones to help explain it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S93jMOqF-oE

Aegir and Ran

 

Njord

 

Psychopomp – someone or something which acts as a guide for those dying in this realm and journeying to another. In Norse mythology, this is more likely to be Valkyries.   http://www.psychopomps.org/what-is-a-psychopomp.html

 

A tricky bit of alliteration

 

The nine daughters of Aegir and Ran

Agatha, Tabatha and Bagatha – from Eddie Izzard, Unrepeatable Tour, Horror Movies Sketch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3QGhSYgPhgA

 

Tallulah – from Cool Runnings (1993) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XzwSW4OTZA4

 

The Gods and Jotun – it’s complicated

One, Two, Many, Lots… from the Troll counting system found in Terry Pratchet’s Discworld series https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Troll_(Discworld)

 

‘Under the Sea’ - song from Disney’s The Little Mermaid.  The original tale from 1837 ends quite differently, and you can read about it here: https://moviepilot.com/posts/3277739

 

“Peace in our time” comes from several notable places, but the one we were thinking about was Tony Stark from Age of Ultron http://observationdeck.kinja.com/war-and-peace-the-not-so-subtle-themes-of-avengers-ag-1702167014

 

rawping/yawpin’ – Derbyshire dialect.  Often used in conjunction with ‘shouting’, so, ‘shouting and yawpin’ used to describe someone yelling and angry.  ‘E were shouting and yawpin’. You can find more Derbyshire dialect words here: http://www.near-chesterfield-derbyshire.com/derbyshire-dialect.html and here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/derby/content/articles/2005/08/19/voices05_derbyshire_dictionary_feature.shtml

 

Ragnarok – The End of Days.  Some heathens understand this to have already happened, and some that it’s yet to come.  Either way, there’s information on the ‘Twilight of the Gods’ here: https://norse-mythology.org/tales/ragnarok/

 

“Spoilers, Sweetie” – River Song, Dr Who – series 4,5 and 6. https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/River_Song

 

Njor in Norwegian folklore – from Dumézil, Georges (1973) translated by Coltman, Derek. From Myth to Fiction: The Saga of Hadingus. University of Chicago Press pg 220.

 

Kate wonders: Where did Norway get its name? (It’s explained here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norway)

 

Njord in Loki’s Flyting – The Lokasenna.  This whole exchange happens in Aegir’s Halls. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lokasenna

 

Big upside-down squirrel – Eddie Izzard –  from the Carthaginians and elephants sketch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smN4_9PwZOw

 

‘The Old Man of the Winds’ from Saami mythology.  From Dumézil, Georges (1973) translated by Coltman, Derek. From Myth to Fiction: The Saga of Hadingus. University of Chicago Press pg25

 

Njord’s marriage to Skathi – we’re planning on covering this in the next episode, so don’t want to say too much here – spoilers!  You’re welcome to look it up if you don’t like surprises :)

 

42 – from the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams.  According to Adams, 42 is the answer to life, the universe and everything. http://hitchhikers.wikia.com/wiki/42

 

How to find us online

 

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Episode 20 – Ritual part 2 – How to do it

October 17th, 2017

Episode 20 – Ritual part 2 – how to do it

 

Shout out to TAC Charter member Chance Beckner who suggested 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

 

Ceremony – it’s what’s important to you.  Find a way of ceremony that has meaning for you, and that you get value out of.

 

Do the preparations that you want to do – gather your tools, wash, prepare any words you want to use

 

Get to your chosen space on time – especially if you are meeting with a group for ritual.

 

“See here, Mars...” Titus Pullo, Rome, Season 1, episode 1

 

There are several parts that you can consider:

Create sacred space – help define that time and space as sacred.  Suzanne uses the Hammer Rite for this.  You can use a hammer for this, you will also need to be able to identify the four cardinal compass points.  Some phones will have an inbuilt compass app, or you can get hold of a compass relatively cheaply.  The Hammer Rite, or Hallowing, comes from Edred Thorson, and can be used to mark all four points of the compass, just North and South or calling on fire and ice.  There’s more details here: http://www.modernheathen.com/2009/04/16/hammer-rite/ .  There’s an article here that feels that using the Hammer Rite has been influenced by Wicca (http://heathentalk.com/2016/12/26/hammer_rite/) some folks like to use it, and some don’t it’s up to you.

 

The opening to your ritual:

 

Greet/offer to the landspirits – even if you are in your own garden/ on your own land

Greet/offer to the ancestors

Greet/offer to the Gods in general

 

The middle bit of your ritual:

 

This bit is the personal bit – you can include prayer, readings from the Havamal or sagas, music, songs, poetry that you have written, give an offering, spontaneous prayer or words, sharing an offering with the gathered people, dancing or drumming.  You may also want to have time for silence in your ritual.  This bit can be as long or as short at you need.

 

The ending of your ritual:

 

Thank the Gods in general

Thank the ancestors

Thank the landspirits

Thank the people gathered (if you are in a group)

 

 

Pack up your things from the site – don’t forget to safely dock your incense and candles, and take all your rubbish off the site.  Be considerate where you place any offerings for the landspirits.

Be attentive as you take any ritual jewellery or clothing off, that you pack it safe for next time.  This also becomes part of your ritual practice.

 

Ritual practice will develop and change through time and your experiences.  You can try different things out and see what resonates for you.

 

 

All roads lead to chocolate cake…

 

Historical accounts of ritual/religious practice.  There aren’t many.  There are more descriptions of the temples and sacred spaces, rather than accounts of what a ritual actually contained.

 

Adam of Bremen describes the temple at Uppsala being officiated over by priests, in his work Gesta Hammaburgensis.  (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gesta_Hammaburgensis_ecclesiae_pontificum) He describes three statues of the Gods in a temple at Uppsala, each of which has its own priest attendant. His work contains useful information, but also speculation, so be aware when you read it.

 

Chapter 4 of Eyrbyggja saga tells of a hof dedicated to Thor, with a pedestal in the middle of the floor with an armring for swearing oaths, a bowl and idols.  Chapter 2 of Kjalnesinga saga holds a similar description of a temple in which a statue of Thor stood.  In front of this was an iron-covered altar holding an arm ring, on which oaths were sworn, and a copper bowl. 

 

 

Sometimes it’s nice to have a Gothi or Gytha leading ritual, sometimes it’s nice to do things yourself.

 

 

“I am the leader!” - Franjeen and Rool – Willow (1988)

 

 

 

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Frithcast Episode 19- How to Prepare for Ritual Part 1!

October 4th, 2017

Shout out to TAC Charter member Chance Beckner who suggested 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

 

Because this is such a big topic, we’ve split it into a double episode.  This is the first part on a discussion of how to approach ritual, Episode 20 will be the other half.  As this topic is a very personal one, this episode will contain a lot of UPG.

 

Can you freeze rum? Answers on a postcard...

 

Toasting pants

 

Kate sings ‘Wandering Minstrel’

 

What is a Blot? A ceremony or ritual to give thanks and praise, or to mark an occasion.

 

Using ritual tools – is optional! 

 

Using an indoor or outdoor altar

 

How Suzanne does a ritual – Part 1: the preparation part:

 

Ritual Preparation  - wash, give thought to clothing (and any jewellery you want to use).  Ritual washing is also common to a lot of traditions – Islam adherents wash before daily prayers (http://guide.muslimsinbritain.org/guide9.html)

 

Oath or Arm Rings – an arm or wrist band which is mentioned being worn by Gothi’s (priests) in the sagas.   (You don’t need a Gothi or Gytha to lead ritual, sometimes it’s nice, but sometimes it’s nice to do it yourself!)  You might look at Millstream Forge for blackened steel arm rings http://www.millstreamforge.co.uk/page5.html,  a cuff from Runecast Copper https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/RuneCastCopper or just search for ‘Viking arm ring’ for something to suit your style and budget.

 

Making an offering – think about when to start your preparations (especially if you want to bake bread, make a cake, make candles, make mead or sloe gin, or hand-make something else…) (https://www.mnn.com/food/beverages/stories/how-make-your-own-honey-mead) (http://www.artofmanliness.com/2015/11/24/diy-chandlery-how-to-make-your-own-candles/)

 

Gathering any ritual tools that you want to use. - these might include: bowl, oath ring, candles, statuary, pictures or representations of the Gods, altar cloth, hammer, any offerings that you want to give, decoration of your altar or ritual space, drinking horn, pictures of or items from your ancestors - things that are personal to you and the occasion.

 

Parallels with other traditions: Catholic Mass is high ritual – (and evolved from Roman practice -http://www.catholictradition.org/Eucharist/mass-history.htm).

 

Ritual can create repeated actions – this has parallels with martial arts forms and katas, as a meditation in mindfulness, connection and deepening awareness.  (https://www.bookmartialarts.com/news/moving-meditation)

 

Creating familiarity in actions

 

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