Call for submissions: a devotional to Njord

(I was given permission by Masery to post this here and get the word out, thank you.)Of all of the devotionals on the market for different gods and goddesses of the Northern tradition, I have yet to see one specifically dedicated exclusively to Njord, the sea god of the Vanir... a god particularly close to my heart, who has long been dear to me.  His serenity and his wisdom, his generosity, kindness, and gentle humor, have blessed my life over the years.  He has given me and my family gifts o … [Read more...]

One day at a time

Two weeks ago, I almost relapsed.The last time I self-injured was in February.  I have been self-injuring since I was a teenager.  It's a common behavior in people with borderline personality disorder (which is one of my diagnoses).While I haven't self-injured since the end of February, I've had urges to do so.  Being totally honest with the audience here, I usually get urges at least once a week.  I know people who have been self-injury-free for years who still occasionally get urg … [Read more...]

Gods of the world

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If you look for information on Vanatru, you will eventually run into me and my writings.  I am a pretty high-profile, well-known Vanatruar; I used to be known within the Vanatru community as Svartesol (2007-2010, back before I came out as trans).The Vanir are a pantheon of gods that are often seen as "gods of fertility", though this is oversimplifying it; "gods of nature" or "gods of agriculture" is also oversimplifying it.  In the ten years that I have been working intensively with the V … [Read more...]

Worth

Baldur, from "A Book of Myths" (1915)

From an anon on Tumblr: I’m starting to think all this “I’m a mighty woo woo genius!” and “I’m *insert deity here*’s husband/wife/partner/favorite!” stuff is just straight up [expletive]. If you’re so powerful and “in” with some supreme entity then how come you’re broke and miserable all the time? It’s like how you never meet a psychic or mind reader that’s ever won the lottery.Well...If Odin is such a powerful deity why was his beloved son Baldur killed and not able to be returned from t … [Read more...]

Finding motivation

Three Points Lane, Runt's Wood by Andy Gryce.

I released a book this past Friday, entitled Visions of Vanaheim (PDF), which I previously released in 2009 under the name Svartesol - I began to work on a re-write in late 2013.  The re-write of the book - culling a significant portion of older material, revising what older material I kept, and writing a lot of new material - took a lot longer than I expected, for a lot of reasons.  During the re-write I wound up changing living situations and began to get some long-standing medical issues ad … [Read more...]

The dog days

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August approaches; most people I know love the summer... meanwhile the season is the worst time of year for me, and August most particularly.Among the mental health issues I deal with, I have summer seasonal affective disorder.  I get cranky and irritable and feel on edge; my sleep cycle gets disrupted by the increased amount of sunlight, which contributes to the worsened mood.  In addition to this, summer has several "traumaversaries" for me happening in June, July, and August - I gained a f … [Read more...]

Fields of gold

In a few days, it will be Lammas here in the Northern Hemisphere, the first harvest festival, when the grain is ready and some pagan traditions honor the dying-and-reborn god who falls to repay the land for its wealth and rises again to give abundance to the people.  Many Vanatruar (I am one) honor Ing-Frey at this time, the originator of this sacrificial rite in Vanaheim, passed to his nephew for a new generation, while Frey keeps vigil for him before going forth on his wain to bless the w … [Read more...]

Interview with Writer and Earthwitch Lady Cedar Nightsong

Lady Cedar Nightsong is the author of “Tangible Magick” in the upcoming anthology Rooted in the Body, Seeking the Soul: Magic Practitioners Living with Disabilities, Addiction, and Illness. An excerpt of here essay is here.Lady Cedar Nightsong: Thanks for the opportunity to reach out to readers. I love writing, and am just amazed that you liked "Tangible Magick" well enough to run it in your anthology.Masery: Lady Cedar Nightsong, what is the story behind you choosing that nam … [Read more...]

Zen Millionaire: A Father’s Day Tribute

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Zen Millionaire: A Father's Day Tribute by JazminePoeThis essay was first posted on Reddit in the frugal section.I was home from college, most likely my freshman year. Dad and I had run to the grocery store for something -- who knows what. Dad always did the grocery shopping in our family. Given that he wasn’t much one for cooking, I think it was his way of still influencing our meals. As we went down the aisles we spoke about things 19 year old girls and their father’s talk about- cla … [Read more...]

Interview with Author and Radio Host Deirdre Hebert about Recovery (Part 2)

This is part two of an interview with author and radio Host Deirdre Hebert You can read part one here.Deirdre “Dee” Hebert hosts the radio show PaganFM! which broadcasts live on WSCA 106.1 Portsmouth, New Hampshire and on-line at portsmouthcommunityradio.org Thursdays from 10 pm - Midnight Eastern. Her new book is The Pagan in Recovery: The Twelve Steps From a Pagan Perspective.Dee would like to make the book available to those in need who can not afford a copy at this time. You can request … [Read more...]


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