Guest Poem: Lament of Aristaeus

One of my longtime favorite artists, Stephanie Pui-Mun Law shared this poem, and gave me permission to share it with you here. I find it moving, bittersweet. Enjoy! -E-

Lament of Aristaeus

I mourned once for their passing.
Must I now mourn again?
They paid once for my folly.
Must they now pay again?

I chased a girl
in a moment of wildness,
a moment of madness;
and then she was gone,
and they were gone
in payment for her young life.

And he, whom she chose to love above me:
he was gone too,
with nothing but a song to mark his passage.
(Though what a song it was!)

They left me with nothing
but the shadow of the hives
and the shadow of the lives
that once buzzed within.

I know I was at fault,
and it was just, though cruel, retribution
that took my honey-laden children.

I have done no wrong this time.
There is no girl,
no Bacchanial madness in my eyes.
No snake,
no song,
no death for a death.
No retribution earned.
My children are the victims now.
Pollen-heavy, their bodies fall to the ground
like a golden snowdrift,
and as cold.

Who will pay for their casual casualties?
I would not wish the retribution I received
visited upon another,
just or not.

Who will be the one to mourn?
No boy, and no song (no matter how sweet)
will be able to bring back the fallen,
and stem the honey-mead
seeping through the cracks.

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RedWood Vanatru Daily Prayers

It’s been a while since I’ve posted here regularly for a variety of reasons. I’d like to get back to it, but I admit, my spoons and motivation for this kind of writing have been low for a while now. I am always up for answering questions, however, so if you have something you’d like to see me write about here, do feel free to ask in the comments, or drop me a line at EmberOutreach at Gmail dot Com!

Over the years, these prayers have shifted and changed, in words, and in tune. They are now fairly stable, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t personalize them to suit your local practice as an individual or a group – RedWood Vanatru should always be localized!

Listen to the prayers sung by me – Ember Cooke

Sigrdrifa’s Prayer – Vanatru Version
Words – Modified from traditional
Music – Ember Cooke

Hail Day! Hail Day’s Sons!
Hail Night and Night’s Daughter!
With loving eyes look down on us here
And send to us victory

Hail Vanir! Hail Aesir and Jotnar!
Hail to the great and generous Earth!
Eloquence and native wit bestow on us here
And healing hands while we live!

Hail the Gods!

Ancestors’ Prayer
Words – Diana Paxson and Ember Cooke
Music – Ember Cooke

Our mighty Mothers here we honor
From womb to womb since worlds’ beginning
And Fathers of the flesh and spirit
Sacred seed itself renewing
And mindful Mentors, wisdom winning
Sacred Skalds and holy Heroes
And kind Companions, comfort bringing
Faithful Friends and helping Healers
All who lived and died before us
Ancestors! Be will us always!

Hail the Ancestors!

Landspirits Prayer
Words – Ember Cooke
Music – Ember Cooke

Hail to the Land wights and Water wights
Hail to the Sea wights and Sky wights
Hail Plant wights and Animal wights
Thank you for sustaining us!
We honor your sacrifices.
May your next life be greater than your last!

Hail the Landspirits!

–Ember–

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#FirstOtherworldProblems Fire!

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Introducing Mini-Me, a young nonbinary person (i.e. early 20s, not underage) who came to live with my household a year or two ago, and is so often mistaken for my child that it is now a running joke. 😉

This is the first personal comic I’ve done in quite a while, I know. I’m posting more image-based everyday life stuff over on Instagram these days, for those who are curious, and writing a bunch of Dragon Age fanfic as I learn how to write fiction prose.

I’m quite sure there’s still plenty of Pagan non-fiction left in me, but it’s not the mode I’ve been in lately. Still, if you have a question, I will do my best to answer it!

Love,

–Ember–

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Too Much Is Never Enough

CW: Misogyny, Assault, Sexual Assault, Mild Gender Binarism

This video is powerful and important for anyone raised female (though it’s primarily appealing to cis-women, and has a few binaristic “huh?” bits in the end, due to it being primarily a commentary on how women are treated by men with regards to our bodies).

My first thought was “Ow, ow, ow, yes.” and my second thought was “HAIL FREYJA!”

 

I have SO MANY THOUGHTS about this, but none of them are coherent right now. Maybe I can come back to it later, when I’m not crying.

–Ember–

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Glossary Updated

For those of you who care for such things, I added a new section to my Theological Glossary, for common theological attributes to divinity, such as “Omniscient” and “Transcendent” or “Immanent”.

Enjoy!

-E-

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Help A Pagan Leader Keep His Home!

Oggie is a wonderful man, and a long-time acquaintance (dare I even say friend? :]) of mine. He has run a small ADF group out in Texas for years now, and has long been involved in the SF Bay Area Pagan community as well.

He is currently struggling to keep his home in Texas. If you have a moment and a few dollars to spare, please help him!

https://www.gofundme.com/keep-ogambear-in-his-home

–Ember–

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On Making New Myths

We can not help but create new myth as we practice. It is a natural side effect of living our faith. -E-

Drinking From the Cup of Life

Is there room for new myths in modern polytheism and paganism? It’s a more contentious question than one might think.

labyrinth_02Ancient myths, also known as the Lore, are useful to us modern seekers of old gods in that they give us a baseline to work from. They give us common points of reference for an invisible world we grasp only partly, and often more with the head than the heart. Ancient myths give us an idea of who our spiritual ancestors in pre-Christian times thought they were dealing with, though it’s been argued that devotional inscriptions and poetry might be a better guide than mythic folk stories.

So, on the one hand, we’re reluctant to dilute the usefulness of these points of reference by giving modern works equal weight, especially modern works created expressly as fiction. If you doubt me, ask a random sampling of Heathens what they think of…

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