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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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Episode 38 - Musical Kennings

July 15th, 2018

Episode 38 – Musical Kennings

 

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

Hogswatch/ Soul Cake Duck – both from the Discworld, Terry Pratchett

Yes, there is the heathen equivalent of an Easter Egg hidden away in one of our earlier episodes… ssssshhh, don’t tell everyone.

“That’s a good cup’o’joe.” Monsters vs Aliens (2009) https://www.videodetective.com/movies/monsters-vs-aliens-good-cup-of-joe/963754

Kenning – the Havamal example

the rune poem: ‘the sea-horse on the whale road’

“to ken” in Scot’s dialect

the rune Kennaz

That episode in Star Trek: The Next Generation – “Darmok” (season 5, episode 2) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darmok and http://www.startrek.com/article/one-trek-mind-deciphering-darmok

Spartans at Thermopylae https://www.britannica.com/event/Battle-of-Thermopylae-Greek-history-480-BC

Earth to Asgard https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWmfIacPS94

Freya:
Salute by Little Mix https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kjpa0SMOug0
RESPECT – Aretha Franklin https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FOUqQt3Kg0

Frey:
“You don’t half look like your picture,”
Summertime by DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kr0tTbTbmVA
Fields of Gold by Eva Cassidy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9UVjjcOUJLE
Diablo Roja by Rodrigo e Gabriella https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VgvaEHbeY2k you can watch them playing it live here (with an extra twiddly bit in the middle) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PT9hvyDvKHA

Hel
Living Dead Girl by Rob Zombie https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BvsMPOfblfg

Skathi
Life on Earth by Snow Patrol https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqYWcp1JH7Y

Baldur
Shine by Take That https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwC1Ctrj6Xk
Titanium by Sia https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRfuAukYTKg

Ragnarok
Skyfall by Adele https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HKoqNJtMTQ
Broadsword by Jethro Tull https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVBT6wktF5E
Come with Me Now by Kongos https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gz2GVlQkn4Q

Einherjar
The theme from Police Academy (1984). For a more eloquent exploration of reasoning, see this article: http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-dumb-movies-with-disproportionately-awesome-theme-songs/

Being played by a police band: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjWkTm4nTg4

Midgard
Hammer of Bronze by Robert Falkenstein http://www.odins-gift.com/poth/H/hammerofbronze.htm

I’m a Human Being by Sandi Thom https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFCVuvC9iF8

Frigga’s relationship with Odin
The First Time (ever I saw your face) by Roberta Flack https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Id_UYLPSn6U

Loki tied to the rocks, calling out to Odin
Hello by Adele https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQHsXMglC9A

“Covered in bees!” Eddie Izzard, from his Glorious tour https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xs-tl6GBOBo

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Episode 37 - Thor’s Journey to Utgard - part 2

July 1st, 2018

Episode 37 – Thors Journey to Utgard part 2

 

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

 

Working Men’s Clubs - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Working_men%27s_club

 

Derby and Joan Clubs – post-war social clubs for senior citizens, often with light entertainment, live music, board games and light refreshments. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darby_and_Joan and https://www.royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk/Uploads/Documents/About%20us/Darby_and_Joan.pdf

 

‘Born to Rune’ Reference to a new leather robe that the Dean makes in Terry Pratchett’s Soul Music published in 1994 http://discworld.wikia.com/wiki/Soul_Music

 

‘That Stone Guy from Ragnarok’ - Korg. See https://www.forbes.com/sites/insertcoin/2017/11/05/five-brilliant-hidden-jokes-you-probably-missed-in-thor-ragnarok/#5d7c20236c5c

 

Thing 1 and Thing 2 – Dr Seuss, The Cat in the Hat http://seuss.wikia.com/wiki/Thing_One_and_Thing_Two

 

“The hero Midgard deserves, not the hero Midgard needs...” parody of The Dark Knight (2008)(ending scene) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2jPwMM7Do4 https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/The_Dark_Knight_(film)

 

“Breaker of crockery.” From Thor (2011) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOztBBSqDTM

 

“You won’t like me when I’m hangry.” Hangry – to be irritable from hunger. Parody of ‘You Won’t like me when I’m angry’, most famously from The Hulk. Head here for the trope: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/YouWouldntLikeMeWhenImAngry and here for the Hulk: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hulk_(comics)

 

“Thor shot first.” Parody of ‘Han Shot First.” Star Wars (IV:A New Hope) – referencing a scene which was changed in the Special Edition of Star Wars, to show Han Solo shooting a bounty hunter in response to being shot at. The original showed him shooting the bounty hunter first (which gives a much better start to his character arc from rogue to hero.) http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Han_shot_first

 

Tricksters and hunger/food – Head back to Frithcast episode 26

 

Pac Man https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pac-Man

 

“Would the Real Slim Shady please stand up?” Slim Shady is an alter ego of the rapper Eminem, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Real_Slim_Shady

 

(As far as Suzanne remembers, in the original when the Giant king explains all his tricks at the end in the original, he misses out Thalfi’s races. Most of the translations and English versions have the giant king explain that Thalfi ran against Hugi – the speed of thought.)

 

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Episode 36 - Thor’s Journey to Utgard part I

June 15th, 2018

Episode 36 – Thor’s Journey to Utgard part 1

 

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

 

Prime Numbers - https://www.khanacademy.org/math/pre-algebra/pre-algebra-factors-multiples/pre-algebra-prime-numbers/v/prime-numbers

“George, don’t do that.” from the wonderful Joyce Grenfell: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXhHFgDRNBQ

“Stand back! I’m making toast!” The epic toast making scene from Invader Zim - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Ntiphuey8g

The Odd Couple (1968) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Odd_Couple_(film)

Stadler and Waldorf – from The Muppets – the two elderly gentlemen known for their cantankerous opinions. If you want to see them in action, head here for a compilation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6I_dKUYyI4

“We could do ‘get help!’” from Thor Ragnarok (2017) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CpZakOJlRoY

Thors Journey to Utgard – other versions that you can have an explore around:

http://thenorsegods.com/thors-journey-to-utgard/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6XeP9gQPmg

https://norse-mythology.org/tale-utgarda-loki/

Tolkien’s Middle Earth http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Middle-earth

Titus Andronicus - https://www.ucl.ac.uk/moveable-type/pdfs/2009-10/ArticleGregg-TitusAndronicus.pdf

“Meow Meow” What Darcy, Jane Fosters sister called Mjolnir in Thor (2011), and Thor: The Dark World (2013)

“Did you have PPI missold?” https://www.which.co.uk/consumer-rights/advice/i-think-ive-been-mis-sold-ppi-what-should-i-do

“The first rule of Goat Club...” paraphrased from Fight Club (1999)

Forty days and forty nights – a biblical metaphor for a long time.

“Frodo leaves the shire, arrives at Mordor, drops the ring in – job done.” - The short, short version of JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings.

Peter Dinklages dwarf-giant in Avengers: Infinity War (2018) (spoilers in the link) http://www.digitalspy.com/movies/the-avengers/feature/a855259/avengers-infinity-war-peter-dinklage-eitri/

Seven League Boots – see also Ten League Boots – common in fairy tales, such as this one originally written in french: http://www.tenleagueboots.com/company/little-thumb/index.html

Langoliers – TV mini series 1995 https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0112040/

Gordian Knot - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gordian_Knot

“Everything’s fine, la, la, la, just getting a bucket.” Calvin and Hobbes comic strip 12th August 1988.

 

 

Thing One and Thing Two – Dr Seuss, The Cat in the Hat: http://seuss.wikia.com/wiki/Thing_One_and_Thing_Two

 

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Episode 35 - Honour

June 7th, 2018

Episode 35 – Honour

 

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

“No, she hasn’t got a funny hat on...” Joyce Grenfell http://www.monologues.co.uk/First_Ladies/Free_Activity_Period.htm

Flailing Chocolate International Tour Locations – The Herdwick Stadium, Giggleswick (From way back in Episode 5...)

“No, no, no, parking is available in the Upper Field.” The Vicar of Dibley (1994) https://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/11217538/The-Vicar-of-Dibley-6-funniest-moments.html

Thanos – the Marvel Cinematic Universe https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thanos

“Honour has killed millions of people, it hasn’t saved a single one.” Jean Baptise Emmanuelle Zorg, The Fifth Element (1997) https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/The_Fifth_Element

“Valiant men who exert a good influence are called Drengr.” Snorri Sturlson: from http://www.hurstwic.org/history/articles/society/text/drengur.htm

Honour in Egil’s Saga: https://sillyhistory.com/2015/09/26/honor-in-egils-saga/

Egil’s Saga if you’d like to have a read: http://www.vsnrweb-publications.org.uk/Egla/Egils_saga.pdf

“It’s better not to offer, than offer too much.” - Havamal 144 (https://www.pitt.edu/~dash/havamal.html)

Thorolf (from Egil’s Saga) features on Pimp my Longship – (Kate says sorry for the wee sweary)

“This is Sparta!” - Leonidas, 300 (2006) for a clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-qR0Uke2XNI

An exploration of honour http://www.hurstwic.org/history/articles/society/text/drengur.htm

“Fools rush in, where angels fear to tread” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fools_rush_in_where_angels_fear_to_tread

Sun Tzu – On the Art of War - https://sites.ualberta.ca/~enoch/Readings/The_Art_Of_War.pdf

Mary Rose - https://maryrose.org/

USS Nimitz - http://www.nimitz.navy.mil/

Gragas – medieval law book http://www.hurstwic.org/history/articles/society/text/drengur.htm

Declaration 127 - http://www.heathenhof.com/declaration-127/

Delenn/ Sheridan and Sebastian - Comes the Inquisitor (Season 2, episode 21) Babylon 5 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comes_the_Inquisitor

Honour is a concept that Suzanne finds comes in at interactions between people that are non-regular. It’s more likely to be evidenced in situations that you don’t face every day – situations that may be at the extremes of human behaviour in the modern day. You can act honourably in any situation you face, but honour is subjective to your own interpretation, and how the people around you view what you have done (and to a lesser extent, why you have done it).

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Episode 34 – Three Little Norns Part II

May 16th, 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

 

 

“Pink and white mellows” - marshmallows in the UK, may be known as other things elsewhere. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marshmallow

 

Girl Guides https://www.girlguiding.org.uk/

 

“It’s goodnight from me and goodnight from her” Paraphrased from The Two Ronnie’s as one of their classic sign offs

 

Kate does all the introductions

 

chips and scraps https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scraps_(batter)

 

The Norn’s have a rock garden

 

The relative size of stars (just in case you want to have a watch) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GoW8Tf7hTGA

 

“The thing about the Yggdrassil, is that it’s really, really big...” Parphrased from the Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy http://hitchhikersguidequotes.tumblr.com/post/13945214509/space-is-big-really-big-you-just-wont-believe

 

Parcae (the Roman equivalent)  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parcae

 

Spinning with a drop spindle https://www.interweave.com/article/spinning/about-drop-spindle-spinning/

 

“Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey” Dr Who ‘Blink’ 2007 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2nNzNo_Xps

 

“Covered in Bees” Eddie Izzard – from his Glorious DVD https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xs-tl6GBOBo

 

The International Astronomical Union https://www.iau.org/ 

 

Bolas https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bolas

 

“You don’t look like your average...” Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WW_6WkbwyKA

 

Nidhogg https://norse-mythology.org/gods-and-creatures/giants/nidhogg/

 

Skyrim  - The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Elder_Scrolls_V:_Skyrim

 

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Episode 33 – Three Little Norns from School are We

May 1st, 2018

Episode 33 – Three Little Norns from School are We

 

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

 

 

‘Four Candles/ If yon’s a meat pie...’ Two sketches from The Two Ronnies https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3VkjDSxBVqwand https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cpUY7n7ds9g

 

Three Little Maids from School Are We – From The Mikado, Gilbert and Sullivan. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXWkIZUPmDY

 

 Arthur Dent – The Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Dent

 

‘A very good place to start’ - Do, Ray, Me, The Sound of Music https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RW3nDRmu6k

 

Gandalf rolling his ‘rrrrr’s’ in pronouncing ‘Mordor’ – From ‘The Lord of the Rings’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=waGogciXcJA

 

Oxo cubes – gravy granules in cube form… first created in 1910…http://www.oxo.co.uk/our-range/stock-cubes

 

Life as a thread within the tapestry

 

The Death of Baldur and Frigga’s spellsong

 

The Mirror of Galadriel - http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/The_Mirror_of_Galadriel

 

The Roman Parkai – the equivalent in Roman cosmology and the Greek Moirai– the equivalent in Greek cosmology. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fates

 

The synchronicity between the Greek and Roman deities https://www.oneonta.edu/faculty/farberas/arth/ARTH209/gods_greek_roman.html 

 

The Stygian Witches – from The Clash of the Titans (1981) - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clash_of_the_Titans_(1981_film)

 

“Don’t you roll that crystal eye at me...” Parodied from ‘Don’t Roll Those Bloodshot Eyes at Me.’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xR_A4Su-TrI

 

Fatalism in the Havamal – verse 23

 

Que Sera Sera - https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=que%20sera%20sera

 

Alia iacta est – Julius Caesar https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alea_iacta_est

 

The Allfather asks for a sacrifice – (Suzanne can’t remember which dratted Saga this comes from. She’ll do her best to hunt it out before the deadline for this episode to go up on time. Any hints greatly accepted, answers on a piece of batter puddling to the usual address...)

 

 

“Hanged, Mr Holmes” - (Sherlock Season 1, ‘The Great Game’ 2010) https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Sherlock_(TV_series)

 

“No, but his spear is...” - From the Saga of Burnt Njal Thorgrím climbed up on the roof. Gunnar saw a red coat appear at the window and lunged at Thorgrím with his spear. Thorgrím’s feet slipped from under him and he tumbled from the roof. He then walked over to Gizur who asked: “Well, is Gunnar home?” Thorgrím answered:“All I know is that his spear is!” and fell dead to the ground.”

 

Stage magic and the Magicians Choice - http://www.mrmagician.co.uk/magicians-choice.htmland https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equivocation_(magic)

 

Dr Who – fixed points in history http://tardis.wikia.com/wiki/Fixed_point_in_time

 

A side topic – Christianity and the concept of free will https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/a-beginner-s-guide-to-free-will

 

The Multiverse Theory https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lVvcOQk6G0Q

 

Suzanne and Kate sing Skyfall (sung much better by Adele) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HKoqNJtMTQ

 

Casino Royale is waiting...https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casino_Royale_(2006_film

 

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A little more exploration into the concept of free will in philosophy: https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/freewill/

 

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

 

 

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