Last evening and this morning, I had the joy of hosting ADF priest Rev. Jan Avende. She is traveling cross-country to meet solitary members of ADF and ADF groves as part of her service as clergy. I couldn’t help but muse on Odin’s teachings during the visit. Rev. Jan is the traveler who is seeking kinship and wisdom, while relaying wisdom of her own, during her trip. For me, I opened my home to her in an act of hospitality, a virtue within ADF and something that Odin held in high regard.
The visit was a joy, both in enjoying kinship with a fellow Druid and the opportunity to learn and ask questions about the path ahead.
Here is Jan and I after our morning ritual in which we honored Odin and Ushas.
Here is the bind rune I drew for Jan. It is the bind rune for safe travels, with the runes Raido (Ride) and Elhaz (Protection).
Thinking about having a little username switch... I've had Avender for about 8 years now, but I might switch my tumblr to kirstenstackhouse instead as I plan to upload more art and wanna be more me online. That said, I might keep it to match my deviantart for consistency sake... Just a heads up in case you notice a change though. Blog will still be the same, and shared memes will be of the same quality.
lavender: name something that relaxes you. music polaroid: post a picture that makes you feel good about yourself.
vinyl: what is some of your favorite music? Van Halen, AC/DC, Def Leppard, Pink Floyd
incense: list your three favorite scents. New car smell, oranges, peaches roots: how do you ground yourself or recharge? Sleep silk sheets: any ways you treat or spoil yourself? Buy records paintbrushes: do you have a creative past-time? Buy records! lol and vintage magazines. You know the ones that show people smocking cigarettes in ads. scars: share something difficult you’ve been through. My relationship with my father rainstorms: what helps you fall asleep? Watching races on my phone bones: name one strength and one weakness. Strength: Determination Weakens: Low self-confidence teacups: favorite beverages? Hefeweizen beer and half tea half lemonade.
sealing wax: have you ever received a letter or written one to someone else? Yes, all the time in college, my family is old school. dragons: what makes you feel powerful, what breathes life into you? Achieving a goal. soup: comfort food? Carolina BBQ
the moon: what’s your favorite thing to do at night? Read, watch YouTube videos klosh: if you could go back to any three era’s what would they be? 1984-1988 lace: your favorite things to wear? T-shirt, jeans, leather shoes or tennis shoes. I’m simple. lol pocketwatch: if you could be immortal or have an extremely long life span what would you pick and why? An extremely long life span, the world is too mean to live forever. honeybee: name something positive you have done for yourself or someone else in the last two weeks. I brought a new album. typewriter: if you had to come up with ten words to describe your life story so far, what would they be? A person that’s trying to find his purpose in life. blue hair dye: one thing you like about your appearance? My hair and that’s it really. felines: something that makes you feel better after a hard day? Listening to music. poetry: if you have one, name a favorite book or poem. Catcher In The Rye
The elf’s features read nothing less than utterly confused. Since when was he deemed fit to suggest garment colors? He was no tailor nor someone who really made the effort of dressing in patterns that complimented his e y e s.In fact, his nicest garb for approaching the human royal family happened to be the jacket without holes from barn rats (though his mentor suggested differently).
“ I beg your pardon your ladyship, but I’m really not the best judge in this realm’s fashions. “