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Jun. 7th, 2011

loki

Wyrd Designs – Cleanliness and Garb at Rituals

originally posted June 7, 2011 at patheos

Heathens are a varied bunch, with varying opinions and interpretations on a number of issues, like with any religion. Among the items debated sometimes (and seemingly ad nauseum at times) is whether one should wear period garb or not.

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Jun. 4th, 2011

loki

Wyrd Designs – Exploring Our Gods And Goddesses – Sigyn

originally posted June 4, 2011 on patheos

We know very little about the Goddess Sigyn. Not much has survived from the pre-Christian era about this Goddess.

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May. 22nd, 2011

loki

Wyrd Designs – Musings on Odin’s Ravens and Wolves

originally posted May 22, 2011 on patheos

Among the many descriptions of Odin, we see that he is described as having a pair of ravens, and a pair of wolves.

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May. 18th, 2011

loki

Wyrd Designs – Possible Pagan Roots for the Name of England

originally posted May 18, 2011 on patheos

The modern day country of England, appears to derive its name indirectly from the Vanic deity, Freyr who was widely worshiped among the Scandinavian, Germanic and Anglo-Saxon peoples.

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May. 1st, 2011

loki

Wyrd Designs – Wedding Customs in the Northern Tradition

originally posted May 1, 2011 on patheos

While part of the world may now be in Royal Wedding-mania, all I can say is, I grow a bit weary of all of the news and media coverage, especially of the fluff stories of the really tacky merchandise, or finding Kate’s face on a jelly-bean. Dear world media, really? Is that the best thing you can come up with by the dateline?

I wish Wills & Katie the best, and I hope that all the problems that so plagued some of the last royal couples don’t plague this new generation. But I am very glad the day is upon us, and all the crazy fervor will soon be over. (Though I imagine the wedding, may be giving quite a boost to the British economy).

So instead of digging into yet another story about the royal bride and groom, I thought perhaps it was time to crack out some wedding trivia specifically rooted in the Northern Tradition. Read on to find out just what that is.


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Sep. 20th, 2010

loki

Song: Twist & Weave

A while ago, I had been struck with some inspiration and created a song. But not being a musician myself, it needed a musician's touch to polish it. Recently someone was asking on a ML if there were any poems or what not she could adpt into music and perform. I contacted this musician... and here's the end result:




The original post with the lyrics, and my amateur acapella recording of the original base melody can be found here: http://lokis-dottir.livejournal.com/103874.html

What Jenn did to the song, with her harmonies, arrangement and performance really makes this song with modest rough beginnings really shine.

Sep. 14th, 2010

loki

A Song - Seasons - Work in Progress

What began a couple of weeks ago as a short, rhyming prayer to Idunna, has now developed into a melody in my head... and I think the seeds have been planted for a song. I've got the counterpoint to autumn, spring now... and if I can make it work, eventually a song to cover the seasons and hopefully major holytides. To save my work (the lyrics and the melody) I'm sticking it here for personal archival purposes.


Goddess of the Sunrise
Shining in the East
Spring now from your slumber
Ostara so we plead.

Hail to thee Idunna
Lady of the Dale
Through the coming Winter
Keep us whole and hale.



For the curious you can listen to it here: http://urda.seika.org/seasons_wip.mp3


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Sep. 13th, 2010

loki

The Nornir: A Song & Prayer

Goddesses gather at the well
Found at the base of the tree
Show us what has been and
what may yet come to be

Verdande, Skuld and Urd
Web-Weavers Three
Show us what has been and
what may yet come to be

Hamingja, Orlog or Wyrd,
Ladies tell us what you see
Show us what has been and
what may yet come to be

Nornir we pray you guide our hands
And lay your blessings on we
Show us what has been and
what may yet come to be

I make no claims as to the quality of my singing, but an acapella version of the song can be found here:

http://urda.seika.org/norns.mp3

The start of the third stanza irks me... as orlog and wyrd are more or less the norse or english version of the same concept. If anyone has suggestions for that, please do share them with me. :)

Sep. 9th, 2010

loki

Nerthus Prayer for the Harvest

We hail the generous earth.
Ripe lie your sustaining fields;
swollen with the promise
of blessings yet reaped.

We hail you Nerthus,
And we thank you
For the plenty you provide
For the gifts you bestow.
May we thrive in health
And fortitude for life.

So we hail!

Aug. 4th, 2010

loki

Free Sigdrifa's Prayer Bookmarks to Heathens serving in the U.S. military

I'm offering these bookmarks, free of charge to any Heathen currently serving in the U.S. military. Please check out the link for all the details.

http://www.patheos.com/community/paganportal/2010/08/04/wyrd-designs-free-bookmarks-to-heathens-serving-in-the-u-s-military/

And please feel free to share this with any individual or group that you think may welcome learning about this information. :)

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