Mythology is a Finger Pointing at the Moon

Yes. Exactly!

The words are our road signs, they are not the road itself, much less the destination. The map is not the territory, no matter the map’s age, and all maps are affected by the assumptions of the cartographer who drew it!

-E-

Drinking From the Cup of Life

The stories of the gods are not the gods. The descriptions of the gods given in those stories are not the nature of the gods. They are fingers pointing at the moon.

moon-map This is not the Moon.

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About EmberVoices

Ember Cooke has been a member of Hrafnar and Seidhjallr for more than a decade, where she trained to be a Seidhkona, Galdrakona, and Gythia. She founded the Vanic Conspiracy and made ordination vows to the Vanir and her congregation in the summer of 2013. She has contributed to several publications on Heathen and Northern Pagan subjects and regularly presents rituals and workshops at festivals. Her personal practice is more diverse, as the Vanir have lead her into cross-training and service for the wider Pagan community. This has including medium and servitor training in American Umbanda, clergy training with the Fellowship of the Spiral Path, and jail ministry for local counties. She holds a BA with honors in Religious Studies from Santa Clara University. Ember has lived all her life in the south San Francisco Bay Area, and is intimately bound to the valley of her birth.
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9 Responses to Mythology is a Finger Pointing at the Moon

  1. fallenangelstarline says:

    Mm, I see. I was pondering with that a hint ago with him and why Loki and Freya mentioned “false cognate and another literary word. They mused to me that the words are energetically connected to their roles as deities, the wisdoms they know as parents, sorcerers, monarchs and further divine intellects in measurements, astrology, and astrological symbols who are there other divine roles as well. I believe that’s what he was trying to convey with Freya, the divine monarch title and the duty of their wisdom roles combined. Those were their researched points with me and my husband.

    Agreed….Makes me ponder with my husband, something was very off in those psychic attacks to Loki, last year and this year..That was an energetic hate crime….It concerned us completely for him, our love…It’s toughened him intensely to put his foot down intenser against injustice.. especially misuse of inherited psychic energy, his equal gift to humankind. Freya is nodding agreeingly. They won’t stand for the abuse of psychic energy gifts, any further…They nod to you though, wishing good will for you and others too.

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  2. fallenangelstarline says:

    I feel often this way about Loki and it makes him face pillow plenty. Especially when there are many different linguistics to his name that are not negative. *faintly sighs* Stirred tears for me…:Last year and this year we went through so much..painfulness in gaslighting related to Loki and myself. Someone kept attacking us, and kept trying to spiritually rape him and myself too..It was horrific… (He and Freya would have to share aloud how bad it got, it was horrible..). Yet aside, I am grateful to appreciate Him in a real light..A real context where he is teaching me new understandings. Realness…Demons too…Freya too…

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    • EmberVoices says:

      Wow. I’m a bit startled to hear any human would presume to try and spiritually rape a god, much less a jotun they don’t view as a god. That’s well past questionable and into deeply stupid.

      I’m glad to hear Freyja was able to be supportive of you when you needed it. I hope you and Loki continue to have a good relationship.

      -E-

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      • fallenangelstarline says:

        Thank you..We always wish for the best too always for each other and others too.

        We thought the same thing, it was exhausting for months being attacked. Loki and I both felt it on all levels…It was like..someone was trying to “react Ragnarok” and yet was adding a far worse twist by raping him and nearly me..I was nearly spiritually-physically paralyzed in pain from February to April from the experiences with him…Freya twitches very irritablely at the thought of it… Ridiculous truly. *nods*…

        Aside we are grateful to have come this far to have a new compassionate understanding of each other…What is a Jotun, yet most of all..is he only a title of that or masks….there’s a deeper beauty I can feel it beautifully..And I’m grateful: who (not it) is Him.

        Loki would like to share gently a linguistics of one of his names to you: “Trickstar. Starting with the word of “Rick” in the word, provided by Wikipedia: “The Germanic first or given name Richard derives from German, French, and English “ric” (ruler, leader, king)”. Ruler stems from the word: “cubit” which was an ancient measuring device used in Ancient Egypt to compose the great pyramids. Ironically too Cubit comes from the word “meter”, example provided “before 900; Middle English mother, moder, Old English mōdor; cognate with Dutch moeder, German Mutter, Old Norse mōthir, Latin māter, Greek mḗtēr, Sanskrit mātar-” ( http://www.dictionary.com/browse/mother )

        Loki is also a star deity. Thus it translates to “Heavenly King”.

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        • EmberVoices says:

          Okay, I’ve been contemplating how to respond to this.

          I have no issue with your gnosis of Loki having a kenning “Trickstar”.

          However, the linguistics you give here do not support your conclusion. Mainly this is because you’re conflating synonyms with cognates. I don’t know whether “Trick” has the root of “Rick”, but whether it does or not, the roots of “ruler” are not relevant to the roots of “ric”, nor are the roots of “meter”.

          However, none of this flawed methodology is necessary. Gnosis is Gnosis. If Loki has told you He wants to be called “Trickstar”, and especially if He has told others the same, that is more than sufficient for “Trickstar” to become a modern kenning for Loki.

          If I recall correctly, He already has an older kenning of “Sky-walker” for all the times He spends flying, but I may be misremembering that.

          -E-

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          • fallenangelstarline says:

            I argue none but bid hello to you, instead. “Rick” actually does comes from the “Ric” meaning “ruler/leader” in Old German and Old French. “Meter” was an old word in several cultures for Mother, and often the power was passed down through women, from Loki’s earlier life, hence he choose his mother’s name. Trick is often another word for mischief, and the word composition it’s curious to study: Mis- Chief. Chief being a leader, a ruler. And mis sounds like it’s cut off from “Miss”. A good leader is what I feel the energy transforms the name to be..

            Even words have living higher intelligent consciousness, respectfully. They remind how energy does not want to destroy only transform….Loki…has been talking with me and a few others I know well beyond internet, about this for a while. How: he’s wants to retire away from the negative duality scale. He does not want to be abused through duality’s duals… negative vs ….Even he had real dreams like he did when he born, before any form of purity was taken from him to be initiated into being a man and god each….He wishes he could be a real leader of good naturedness. No longer…set in stone to be only one dual thing. He somberly smiles though of the true definitions of “synonym” and cognate”. He and Freya nod to the definition of “False cognate” related to trickstar and mischief.

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          • EmberVoices says:

            I was not saying your etymologies of “Rick” or “Meter” were inaccurate, only that they did not go together with your original point the way you were aiming for.

            Yes, treating any trickster, including Loki, with the false dichotomy of Good/Evil is a mistake.

            -E-

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