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Of Salmon and Arm-Rings

Every word's a story.

Anyone who has ever tried to plow through Beowulf in the original Old English knows the word béag: “ring, circle.” It seems to occur on practically every page, so important was it to Anglo-Saxon culture.

The béag was the most important form of jewelry: not so much a ring for the finger, as an arm-ring, a neck-ring, a torc, a crown. Conferring wealth and status, it was also a basic form of currency. One's lord was preeminently a béag-gifa, a “ring-giver”: the lord as generous giver of gifts to his dright. Think of the Horned Drighten, his antlers hung with neck-rings.

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  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch says #
    I love the way that ancestral foods connect us to...well, the ancestors. The land. the sea. And they've all got their own stories.
  • susan
    susan says #
    I read this with some interest being of Swedish ancestry. Gravlax is a prepared salmon often found on a smorasborg. While entertai

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Invite Ecstacy

Ecstacy heals and connects, and can be part of every day. As you allow connection, energy is raised, enabling you to shoot to the stars. Start with whatever connection you are in now and here. Leave aside judgements and fears. Experience the magic that happens when you start fully allowing everything you sense, and everything the other senses. You do sense what the other senses. Be daring enough to become aware of that. Ecstacy follows.

Ecstacy is are birth right. Too often we forego this healing experience that realigns our cells with what is real. We stay trapped in judgements, ideas, preferences, and all other sort of stuff. There's a wilder life waiting. One very beautiful connection that's always there, is your connection with Gaia. Mother Earth. And yes, it has this full power to bring you into ecstacy, and that will flow over to your other relationships.

Find a short daily meditation to help you not forget. Remember, you are fully worth it.

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Recently I've been feeling pretty low in terms of vitality. I'm not sick. I'm not depressed. I honestly thought I was just taking a bit of a break. Since I began my more public career, I've had folks telling me to slow down and rest more, and like a typical Sun sign Taurus, when in motion, I tend to stay in motion, and when I took some time out to rest, I feel like I'm now stuck in rest mode. Though rest for me, I realize, is still pretty busy compared to most people I know. The main difference for me is that I don't feel enthusiastically “on fire” about any of my current projects. I keep up with administration, but that spark wasn't there. I think I'm roughly paraphrasing the amazing author Nema as she teaches “the condition of the priesthood is to be aflame with love.” I often feel that love, that connection, that enthusiasm for all of my vocation like a fire and the fire's been dim. 

I got a message from a trusted source that made it clear it was time to kick my ass a bit and get into gear, so I am. I've been tackling exercise, diet and various health supplements and it triggered a teaching from one of my old crystal healing and reiki instructors, overlaid with what I now know about alchemy. 

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Pagan News Beagle: Watery Wednesday, May 13

Community is a valuable thing, but it's nothing without the people who make it up. Today in the Pagan News Beagle we talk about the important people in our community, both those who are no longer with us as well as those who continue to play an important part. Additionally, we talk about how our community is viewed by others and what we project out into the world.

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Posted by on in SageWoman Blogs
DNA and Ancestral Ritual

Science and magic meet. I won't choose between mysticism and science. They can feed each other.

My ancestors are spiritually important to me. So I'm combining science and spirit in a deeply personal way: I ordered an AncestryDNA test kit

A mystic, I travel through the blood in my veins, back through time, to discover the ancient ways my family once practiced. Today, the logical rational side of me does the same by spitting into a vial. This test tube becomes a chalice that arrived by mail, enclosed in plastic. Two supposedly disparate halves of me come together to feed my spirit. 

I mailed my saliva, part of my sacred body, to scientists, who will analyze it to reveal my ethnic background. They'll go back through many generations, the same way my meditations have. Their work will expand my otherworldly travels. 

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  • Arwen Lynch
    Arwen Lynch says #
    Honestly I was a bit bummed. My husband had a more interesting mix (and surprising to find out he has a significant amount of Nat
  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis says #
    Arwen, I can see how that would be a bummer. But you're such a gorgeous woman, your ancestors must've been beautiful too.
  • Arwen Lynch
    Arwen Lynch says #
    I did mine and it was as I expected. European to the very core with that 5% nod to the Sub-Saharan wanderers.
  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis says #
    Arwen, was it an interesting experience to have what you had always been told confirmed? My dad's side of the family turns out to
  • Kin Roberts
    Kin Roberts says #
    I just received my DNA kit from Ancestry. Looking forward to the results.

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Let's Become Intimate

 

Breathe. Feel the earth beneath you. Sense her sensing you. Earth is alive, and very present to you and your connection.

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Another Knotty Problem

In my last post I explored the Minoan sacral knot, a religious symbol from ancient Crete that consisted of a length of fabric knotted together with a loop at the top. But the sacral knot isn’t the only instance of knotwork in Minoan religious iconography. And while the sacral knot may be related to the Egyptian tyet (Isis’ symbol), these other knots are more closely allied with snakes.

When Sir Arthur Evans excavated Knossos more than a century ago, one of the objects he found was a figurine of a woman covered in snakes (photo at the top of this post). They twine around her hat, down her chest and arms, and around her belly. The snakes that cross her belly form a large knot that’s a prominent feature on the figurine. Evans was intrigued by this knot, even going as far as researching whether snakes in the wild ever tie themselves into knots. For the record, blindworms do, but they’re not true snakes, though the Minoans might not have been able to tell the difference.

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