wild heathen

I was having a hard time, and now i’m not.

For as long as I’ve identified as a witch, I thought I had trouble with ‘real’ magic. Spells didn’t come easy to me, I felt like my offerings and altars were wrong, that I was making some mistake that no one ever spoke about because every one else knew what not to do. And I suppose I was, but not exactly how I thought I was.

I was already doing magic, but not how I thought I wanted to.

My magic isn’t always mason jars filled with herbs, crystal points polished like mirrors, or billowing skirts and capes.

My magic is standing in my back yard looking for acorns in jeans and a tee shirt. Baking cookies from boxed mix for Loki. Potions from tea, emojis sent to myself over kik for spells, drawing sigils with my tablet. The comfort of silent spirits while I go about my daily life.

My spells are song lyrics from the radio, a playlist altar for my deities, wearing stone jewelry to job interviews.

Home made tarot cards that I ask about birthday gifts, a Supernatural ouija board with a glow in the dark planchette, sigils inspired by my favorite shows.

I was never doing it wrong, I just didn’t know I was doing it right.

Some days I still wish I was able to work deep in the woods, twigs in my long hair, black taffeta trailing behind me like smoke, a raven familiar by my side as I brew my potions in a real cauldron.

But then my black cat with a deformed leg will hobble inside, rubbing his head on me, and I’ll draw a sigil on my arm in gel pen, listening to a song that inspires my intent. That’s where my magic is.

The Wild Hunt, here as envisioned and painted by Peter Nicolai Arbo in1872, is an ancient part of north European folklore, tales of which survived continuously into modern times.

The Wild Hunt is often said to be lead by Odin, sometimes known as the Yule Master, and is most likely to be seen at or around Yuletide or Midwinter. Horses and hounds are connected with death, and the wild hunt can involve both the dead and the souls of the living who participate through the art of Seithr, through which the soul is thought able to leave the living body and then return to it.

Of course, in Heathenism, Yule represents, in part, both the “death” of the old year and the birth of the new one.  This can be seen as symbolic of death, rebirth and new life generally, not just for people, but for the entire universe.

do you know what i need in my life?

the foxhole court tv show and heathens as the theme song

Odin the god of war, wisdom, magic, poetry, prophecy, victory and the wild hunt. Odin was called by more than 200 different names revealing his many roles! Among others, he was known as Yggr (terror), Sigfodr (father of Victory), Alfodr (All Father)  and Oski ( Wish-giver, Will-worker).                                                                                                                            

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Its a full moon…have a party and make it magic!

Stand in the moonlight and cast your eyes on the beautiful site before you and truly enjoy the moment for all its beauty. The full moon encourages fertility, passion and abundance. Write your wishes down and then burn them in a candle flame under this full moon! Moon meditation is extremely powerful as the full moon is a time to draw down the energy of the moon and connect to it.