anonymous asked:

Thanks earlier (the cultural appropriation tag)! I looked through it and hoped I could run a few things by you to make sure I didn't miss anything/misundstand. I would do a smoke cleanings, not a smuding and shouldn't use white sage. (Are things sold as smudge sticks OK or should I use burn some herbs?) Roman and Greek deities would be OK for me to worship, Celtic ones would be a maybe. What about Nordic? And finally fammialr, not Spirit animal. What about power animal? Thank you so much!

I personally don’t buy things called smudge sticks just bc I don’t like to support people who call it that, but that’s my personal preference! (I have tons of other alternatives for cleansing here also if you want!) Yes, yes some people feel like Celtic deities should be closed, but I don’t think I’ve personally every seen anyone say that it is. I’m actually unsure if Norse gods are or not?? I don’t think that they are but someone can correct me if I am wrong, please! (You also don’t have to worship anyone if you don’t want to!)

Yes, not a spirit animal, but power animal could work, personally my favorite is patronus! Hahah!

anonymous asked:

What are the various deities that one can worship, because I've seen a lot mentioned from various places(?)

Hey there!
There are hundreds, if not thousands of deities that you can choose from. I’ve met witches who follow the Greek gods, Egyptian gods, Norse gods, Celtic gods, and even gods from Hindu and Shinto belief. Many witches are also Christian or otherwise agnostic.

Some witches will even turn to gods from video games such as the Elder Scrolls or novels such as the Lord of the Rings if they feel that they don’t identify with any deities from real world cultures. It comes down to what lines up with you better. For me, it’s the Celtic gods.

Dig around and see what kinds of gods are out there! You might find some that you feel a connection to!

Blessed Be! )O(

I grew up reading books full of folk and fairy tales, the Norse myths included, soaking them and their violence, their humor, their logic, their magic, into my soul. My major was inspired by folk lore and fairy tale, and part of my love for Neil Gaiman has always come from the way the structures of fairy tale weave through and warp in his works, and his incorporation of mythic figures from a full compendium of folk lore figures. Because of that, it was unlikely that I’d have any reaction other than adoration for his new book: a collection and retelling, in his own words, of the main stories of Norse mythology. So it was with little surprise but a lot of happiness that Norse Mythology was as good as I had expected, my first read of the new year as chilly freezing rain fell and my cat curled near my feet. 

Neil Gaiman takes the Norse myths as we know them and retells them in his mysterious, careful writing. He has studied his characters carefully, and Thor’s strength and relative ignorance, Odin’s wisdom, and Loki’s trickery and desire for chaos, all emerge beautifully in this collection. He acknowledges in the introduction that it’s unfortunate that so many tales of the Norse goddesses have been lost, but gives strength and complexity to the female goddesses and giants who appear in his works. The Norse mythology is reborn in a magnificent storytelling voice that makes your heart ache over tales you already knew and jump through tales you hadn’t yet heard. Gaiman knows how to write folklore, and without lengthening the tales, he makes the gods both terrifying and familiar, the stories haunting and funny. He has done his research, but most of all, he just knows how to tell a story, and that’s the most important piece of passing down mythology, something born through oral inheritance over the centuries. Neil Gaiman’s newest literary masterpiece comes out on February 7, 2017. I recommend you pre-order. (As a side-note, it’s also one of the best smelling books I’ve ever held in my hands, and the book design is stunning.) I received this review copy from @wwnorton in exchange for an honest review, and this truly is an honest and happy review.

“The Norse myths are the myths of a chilly place, with long, long winter nights and endless summer days, myths of a people who did not entirely trust or even like their gods, although they respected and feared them.”

“Before the beginning there was nothing—no earth, no heavens, no stars, no sky; only the mist world, formless and shapeless, and the fire world, always burning.”

Freya is the goddess of war, love, and fertility. She is the daughter of the sea god Njord, and sister to Frey. She has many admirers and treasures, and also knows many different powerful magics (which she taught to a select group of gods, including Odin).

She has taken an interest in the heroic dead. While many people are familiar with Valhalla, Odin’s Hall for the slain, few know about Sessrumnir, Freya’s hall. Freya always gets first pick among the dead, and so it can be argued that living in her hall is a more sought-after prize than Valhalla.

Magnus nervously asking Blitz and Hearth for advice
  • Magnus: *with a bouquet of roses* I don't know...What if sh--uh, he, thinks I'm just a huge dork?
  • Blitzen: Buddy, trust me. Nobody can resist the roses. not even Alex.
  • Hearthstone: <I> Besides, you're already a huge dork anyways so what do you have to lose? </I>