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Episode 32 – Ancestors

April 15th, 2018

Episode 32 – Ancestors

 

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

 

Theme tune from The Muppets https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJ9yAV8uQ7g

 

About the ancestors

 

What ancestors mean to Suzanne

 

Charlemagne and how everyone alive today is linked together.  It’s like Six Degrees of Separation.  But bigger.  We’re talking about Charlemagne and the peoples of Europe, because it’s an example that we’re familiar with, and not because we’re folkish.  The theory of interrelation applies all across the planet. https://www.theguardian.com/science/commentisfree/2015/may/24/business-genetic-ancestry-charlemagne-adam-rutherford

it’s also been explored elsewhere: http://icelandreview.com/stuff/views/2007/02/08/iceland-family-tree

 

The Theory behind it all http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2013/05/07/charlemagnes-dna-and-our-universal-royalty/

 

Suzanne talks through liberal universalist heathenism, as it relates to ancestors.

 

Kate talks through ancestors and universalist principles

 

Vikings in the sagas: how did they look at their ancestors?  Take a look at Hilda Ellis ‘Road to Hel’ There’s a PDF available online for free here, or you can see if your local library has a copy. http://www.germanicmythology.com/scholarship/road_to_hel.pdf  

 

The practice of ‘sitting out’ in the sagas and ancestors petitioned for blessings and help: https://norse-mythology.org/gods-and-creatures/ancestors/

 

A way to greet your ancestors in ritual

 

Ancestors, names and faith

 

A discussion of bloodline, family, adoption and kinship bonds.  Spoiler: it’s all good.

 

If your family or ancestors are in another country

 

A bit about petitioning your own ancestors for help

 

The (dreaded) Christmas Round Robin – bringing your family news to your ancestors.  If you’ve not encountered a round robin Christmas letter before, here’s a couple of links: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/christmas/2016/12/17/round-robin-letters-say-really-mean/

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/topics/christmas/12033603/Glib-tidings-we-bring-the-terror-of-the-round-robin-letter.html

 

 

The Dis – your female ancestors (your mitochondrial ancestors) You can do a blot or ritual to honour them, called a Disirblot.

 

The Roman Dis https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D%C4%ABs_Pater

 

Dis Manibus – ‘To the Spirits of the Dead’ https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Dis_Manibus_inscriptions

 

Boaty McBoatface https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/apr/17/boaty-mcboatface-wins-poll-to-name-polar-research-vessel

 

The memorial at The Gherkin to the unknown Roman girl. https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/tomb-of-the-unknown-london-girl

 

“These are not the Dis you are looking for… move along” paraphrased from Star Wars IV: A New Hope (1979)

 

Birth runes and the Dis

In the Lay of Atil, Glaumvor tells Gunnar her husband of several dreams of the Dis.  From this she knows that if he does the actions he plans, the Dis will come to claim him.

 

Valkyrie: the choosers of the slain - https://norse-mythology.org/gods-and-creatures/valkyries/

 

Humanitas – connection between people https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humanitas

 

If you’d like to look at an additional short video about ancestors and ancient groups from the BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/zmgkdxs?intc_type=mixedcards&intc_location=tomorrowsworld&intc_campaign=iplayerfooter&intc_linkname=guide_dnatests_contentcard15

 

 

How to find us online

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Episode 31 – Lord Surt and Fire

March 30th, 2018

Episode 31 – Lord Surt and Fire

 

Shout out to TAC Charter member  , for 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

 

There’s lots of UPG in this episode, we’ve tried to reference it as best we can.

 

Suzanne and Kate conjugate and decline – dratted latin classes… https://helpful.knobs-dials.com/index.php/Inflection,_Derivation,_Declension,_Conjugation

 

“Listens for audience applause...” Bluebottle, The Goon Show https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bluebottle_(character)

 

“The primary buffer panel has come off...” Serenity (2005) https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/serenity/quotes/

 

Thor: Ragnarok (2017) (and the horned helmet of Surt) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surtur_(Marvel_Comics)

 

Surt as destruction by fire

 

Warm knees – from the Havamal, verse 3 http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/poe/poe04.htm

 

Fire in the heathen worldview

 

Muspelheim - ‘In the beginning there was fire’ https://norse-mythology.org/cosmology/the-nine-worlds/muspelheim/

 

The Wicker Man (film 1973 and 2006)

 

“No grenades...” Serenity (2005)https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/serenity/quotes/

 

Fire as a provider of heat, warmth and light.  As a forge, and for a hearth fire. 

 

The use of candles and incense on altars

 

Fire as a requirement for advanced society

 

Loki’s trial at Utgard – his eating contest. https://norse-mythology.org/tale-utgarda-loki/

 

Fire as a transformer

 

The Viking cemetery at Repton – internment burials and cremation burials. http://www.heritagegateway.org.uk/Gateway/Results_Single.aspx?uid=MDR4288&resourceID=1023

 

Fires at camps, the creation of sacred space and frith

 

Viking metalwork – shield bosses, bridle fittings, hinges, locks, rivets and nails. See http://viking.archeurope.info/index.php?page=viking-metalworkand also http://vikingmetalwork.blogspot.co.uk/

 

The importance of fire in the Havamal – warmth as an element of frith.  Compare fire in verses 3, 68, 70 and 82

 

Fire and safety

 

Stars (and the sun) and the connection to fire

 

Kate remembers talking to a blacksmith, and how they measure the temperature of metal by sight.

 

Black Body Radiation https://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackbody_radiation

 

The connection between heated metal and stars.  Compare types of stars https://www.universetoday.com/24299/types-of-stars/  wit colours of heated steel https://sizes.com/materials/colors_of_heated_metals.htm

 

The constellation of Orion: the stars of Betelgeuse (kind of orangey colour) https://www.space.com/37344-alma-captures-clearest-image-of-betelgeuse.htmlon the top left of the constellation compared with Rigel (blue coloured) on the bottom right. http://earthsky.org/brightest-stars/blue-white-rigel-is-orions-brightest-star

 

“And all of this will happen again...” Battlestar Galactica (TV Series 2004 - 2009)

 

How to find us online

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Episode 30 – Ragnarok

March 17th, 2018

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

 

Good folks, we’re talking about the Ragnarok in this episode.  It’s okay to choose to listen to it at some future time – be kind to yourself and consider the option if you’re not in a good mental health place at the moment. 

 

‘I miss Wash’ - Firefly (TV series 2002-2003 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Firefly_(TV_series)  ) and Serenity (film 2005)

 

“All of this has happened before..” Battlestar Galactica (TV series 2004-2009)

 

The death of Baldur – as a foreshadow to the Ragnarok

 

Galadriel’s Mirror http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/The_Mirror_of_Galadriel

 

Breaking the bonds of kinship and the breaking of oaths – compare it to the oath they give to the builder in the Building of the Walls of Asgard

 

Fae contracts – look at the giving and keeping of promises in fairy tales.  There’s a good example in ‘Boots and His Crew’ http://www.mftd.org/index.php?action=story&id=3308

 

Three winters without summers – the Fimbulwinter

 

Spring Court – from Changeling: the lost RPG http://whitewolf.wikia.com/wiki/Spring_Court_(CTL)

 

The Binding of Loki

 

“The more you tighten your grip, Tarkin, the more systems will slip through your fingers.” Princess Leia Organa, Star Wars: A New Hope (1977)

 

The Binding of Fenris

 

Music: Baltars Dream from Battlestar Galactica Season 2, by Bear McCreary, used with advice from the Performing Rights Society. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-WOER-9WB0

 

The events of the Ragnarok, as described in the Poetic Edda and the Prose Edda

 

The Voluspa – stanzas 40-58 http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/poe/poe03.htm

 

Gylfanning chapters 26, 34, 51-53 also has a few references to the Ragnarok https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Prose_Edda/Gylfaginning

 

Images of the Ragnarok:

Thorwalds Cross – Isle of Man - http://www.bbc.co.uk/ahistoryoftheworld/objects/lK4EapVHRgKV_DyFGeDeIQ

Gosforth Cross – Cumbria, UK - https://thejournalofantiquities.com/2013/05/18/the-gosforth-cross-cumbria/

Ledberg Stone, Sweden - https://www.revolvy.com/main/index.php?s=Ledberg%20stone

Skarpaka Stone, Sweden https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skarp%C3%A5ker_Stone

 

Kate detours to the Isle of Man…

 

What might a Ragnarok look like now?

 

A self-care interlude: the Havamal

 

Things to consider with the Prose Edda.

 

How to find us online

 

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Episode 29 – Cyclical Time

March 5th, 2018

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

 

Squirrel Appreciation Day, or not… http://blog.nwf.org/2011/01/7-ways-to-celebrate-national-squirrel-appreciation-day/

 

William Shatner, dramatic acting and Brian Blessed – Ham acting https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Overactingand TV Tropes http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/LargeHam

 

“And this is where the story really starts” The Goon Show

 

“All of this has happened before, and all of this will happen again.” JM Barrie’s Peter Pan (published 1911) and the Disney film (1953)  https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Peter_Pan_(1953_film)

 

“So say we all” – an affirmation phrase from Battlestar Galactica (remake 2004 – 2007) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0407362/trivia 

 

(music clip from ‘Kara Remembers’ - by Bear McCreary – used with permission from the PRS, as Kate phoned them up and checked)

 

The concept of cyclical time, or time going in cycles.

 

The myth cycle details the creation, the middle part and the end of days.  And what comes after.

 

Time Loops – hold onto your underwear, this is where it gets fun.  Check out the Bootstrap Paradox if you have time: https://youtu.be/Pp5VjZ3uhMc    https://youtu.be/u4SEDzynMiQ  (see what we did there?!)

 

Kyle Reece going back to rescue Sarah Connor part of the events from the Terminator franchise predestination paradox: http://terminator.wikia.com/wiki/Predestination_paradox

 

How did Doc Brown survive being shot without Marty’s warning the first time? - from the Back to the Future franchise. For more discussions, head here: http://www.denofgeek.com/movies/16532/the-plot-holes-and-paradoxes-of-the-back-to-the-future-trilogy

 

“Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey” – Dr Who (Series 3, episode 10 ‘Blink’)

 

Is time a loop, spiral or helix? Take a look here for an exploration for ‘What is now?’ and the random things your brain does https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BEuNa1Vp_b0

 

“Brain the size of a planet” - Marvin the Paranoid Android describing himself, The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. http://www.bbcamerica.com/anglophenia/2014/05/happy-towel-day-six-life-lessons-live-marvin-paranoid-android

 

Pi (is always good) – the number one, not the apple one… https://www.mathsisfun.com/numbers/pi.html

 

“We’re going to need a bigger boat.” - Jaws (1975)

 

10,000 Monkeys and Shakespeare – refers to Infinite Monkey Theorem. 

 

Kate’s UPG maths moment

 

“Spoilers, Sweetie.” Dr River Song, Dr Who. 

 

Looking at time in the myth cycle – The actions of the Allfather. At the beginning of the cycle he goes out and wanders the worlds, by the end he’s a lot more stern.

 

Frigga sings a spellsong throughout the known worlds to try and save her son, but it isn’t enough.

 

“Even if a man runs away from his destiny, he runs towards it.” take a look at Oedipus Rex: https://schoolworkhelper.net/fear-and-destiny-in-oedipus-rex-analysis/  and Jean de la Fontaine “Our destiny is frequently met in the very paths we take to avoid it.” (Book VIII (1678–1679), fable 16 (The Horoscope)).

 

Galadriel – from JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. http://coco.raceme.org/literature/lordoftherings/fellowship/quotes/lothlorien4.php

 

“I don’t want to be the wheel, I want to break the wheel.” Daneyris Targeryn, The Game of Thrones. Season 5 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9Bo89m2f6g

 

Bill Murray – his character from the film Groundhog Day (1993).  A good example of Heliacal time – each day started the same, but ended differently depending on the choices he made. (And also had an escape point.)

 

“It never occurred to me to think of space as the thing that was moving.” - James Montgomery Scott, Star Trek (2009)  The whole plot of this film revolves around a time loop. 

 

How to find us online

 

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Episode 28 – The First Rune: Bovine Bank Accounts

February 14th, 2018

Shout out to TAC Charter Member Kelly Marie Geary 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. 

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

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

 

Background fire ambience by inchadney from freesound.org

 

The William Tell Overture  HYPERLINK "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Tell_Overture"https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Tell_Overture and to hear it played properly:  HYPERLINK "https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7O91GDWGPU"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7O91GDWGPU

“This is the BBC...”

 

Havamal verse 3 -  (warm knees) 

 

The Elder Futhark and The Younger Futhark:  HYPERLINK "http://omniglot.com/writing/runic.htm" l "elder"http://omniglot.com/writing/runic.htm#elder 

 

The Anglo Saxon Futhork:  HYPERLINK "http://omniglot.com/writing/futhorc.htm"http://omniglot.com/writing/futhorc.htm 

 

The origins of the word alphabet – from first two letters of the Greek letters ‘Alpha Beta’  HYPERLINK "http://omniglot.com/writing/alphabets.htm"http://omniglot.com/writing/alphabets.htm 

 

‘Sounds like steam escaping...’ Blazing Saddles (1974)

 

The Rune Poems – where the aspects or concepts of the runes come from.  There are a few rune poems: Anglo Saxon Rune Poem, Norwegian Rune Poem, Icelandic Rune Poem, Abercandium Normandicum.

 

For rune poems, Suzanne has Dickins ‘Runic and Heroic Poems’.  There’s a PDF of the full text available online here: https://macsphere.mcmaster.ca/bitstream/11375/14759/1/fulltext.pdf 

 

“The love of money is the root of all evil” The Holy Bible, Timothy 6:10

 

Viking coinage and hack silver – there are plenty of Viking age hoards which have Arabic coinage in, here’s three to start you off:
Thurcaston Hoard – Leicester, UK -   HYPERLINK "https://finds.org.uk/counties/leicestershire/treasure-20-fitzwilliam-museum-the-thurcaston-viking-coin-hoard/"https://finds.org.uk/counties/leicestershire/treasure-20-fitzwilliam-museum-the-thurcaston-viking-coin-hoard/ 

Spillings Hoard – Gotland, Sweden -  HYPERLINK "http://www.medievalhistories.com/silver-hoard-in-gotland/"http://www.medievalhistories.com/silver-hoard-in-gotland/ 

Skaill Hoard – Sanday, Orkney -  HYPERLINK "http://www.orkneyjar.com/history/skaillhoard.htm"http://www.orkneyjar.com/history/skaillhoard.htm 

 

Sigtuna Box (with a rather nifty runic curse on guarding against theft)  HYPERLINK "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sigtuna_box"https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sigtuna_box 

 

How do you measure wealth?  

 

“Cattle die, kindred die.” Havamal verses 76 and 77

 

Cattle/cows as the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet, the Gothic alphabet and the Greek alphabet.

 

“Kindred and Kine”  HYPERLINK "https://www.thefreedictionary.com/kine"https://www.thefreedictionary.com/kine 

 

Irish cattle raids, such as the Cattle Raid of Cooley:  HYPERLINK "https://www.britannica.com/topic/The-Cattle-Raid-of-Cooley"https://www.britannica.com/topic/The-Cattle-Raid-of-Cooley 

 

Zoastrianism and the group soul of domesticated cattle, more on how cattle are viewed in different faiths can be found here:  HYPERLINK "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cattle_in_religion_and_mythology"https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cattle_in_religion_and_mythology 

 

Mind Bender: the Phonecian letter ‘A’.  The ideogram for cattle.  HYPERLINK "https://www.omniglot.com/writing/phoenician.htm"https://www.omniglot.com/writing/phoenician.htm 

 

Feoh is also a picture of a cow: horns through a yolk.  

 

The etemology of the word ‘fee’  HYPERLINK "https://www.etymonline.com/word/fee"https://www.etymonline.com/word/fee 

 

Suzanne’s UPG moment: The giant in Jack and Beanstalk.  The understanding came from a conversation a few years ago with a Vitki (runic magician) in Derbyshire.

 

The Norse creation myth: Audhumla (the cosmic cow)  HYPERLINK "http://www.norse-mythology.cba.pl/page,23,audhumla.html"http://www.norse-mythology.cba.pl/page,23,audhumla.html 

 

Electricity: only works when it’s moving -  HYPERLINK "http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks3/science/energy_electricity_forces/electric_current_voltage/revision/2/"http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks3/science/energy_electricity_forces/electric_current_voltage/revision/2/ 

 

(TV Tropes: warning, don’t go here unless you have a good few hours spare…  HYPERLINK "http://tvtropes.org/"http://tvtropes.org/ )

 

How to find us online

 

Suzanne gets to be fierce

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Episode 26 – Talking Tricksters

February 9th, 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 27 – Loki’s Flyting

February 2nd, 2018

Episode 27 – Loki’s Flyting

 

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

 

It’s storytime again! This is a re-interpretation of the Flyting, and it seemed appropriate to use quick one liners and shade for an admittedly one-sided contest of insults between the gods.  As this article explains shade is “the bitter residue of a people who have mastered the art of dismissing and humiliating others with humor and sarcasm after having been degraded for years ourselves.”  https://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/17/magazine/the-underground-art-of-the-insult.html

Applied to a single person, this seemed to us to fit the Silver Tongued One’s situation and attitude perfectly.

 

We’ve put some classic quick quip one liners in here too, as throwing shade can be non-verbal and that doesn’t translate particularly well to a podcast *side eye* * hair flick* *sips tea* 

 

You might notice that there are some incidents referenced in Lokis Flyting that we now don’t have the corresponding stories for.  Some folks will say that this is because we’ve lost the original stories, and that they were well known at the time, and others say that Loki made the incidents up on the spot for his own purpose of shaming the gods.  Either way, we’re probably not going to find out...

 

Disclaimer: Kate and I aren’t particularly good at throwing shade in person, or throwing anything for that matter, but we hope you enjoy the episode anyway :)

 

Number 47 – appears in Alias, Fringe and Star Trek multiple times (and occasionally in Star Wars too) : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/47_(number)

 

Theon Greyjoy – Character from Game of Thrones, a noble born son given to another noble house to help keep peace after a failed military coup. (happens a few years before book one begins)

 

“The Doom Song” - sung by the character GIR, from the cartoon series Invader Zim (2001 - 2004). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s2jvANh2aEc

 

How to find us online

 

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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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