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Title: The Ledberg Runestone (The Jonah Heywood Chronicles Book One)

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A Rite for the Father of Waters

Procession to riverbank. People bear flowers, branches, and gifts for the River. Drums, incense.

At the river’s edge, officiant strips off robe (attendant receives it), and enters the water to the waist

Down drums.

Massed conch shells sound.

Libation Prayer (officiant).

Threefold Libation (officiant) [milk, wine, river water]. (Blasts on conch shells punctuate each libation.)

Hymn to the River (everyone).

People pray, make offerings.

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Posted by on in Paths Blogs
Asatru FAQ: Caregiving?

Frequently Asked Question: How do I deal with a family member in hospice care?

My answer:

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b2ap3_thumbnail_web3_sm.jpgI’ve spent the last 13 years living in some level of crisis. Not the “my life is in danger” kind of crisis, but more of an ongoing state of being triggered and having to attempt to reframe. I have many spiritual tools I’ve used to survive this. I have a black cup into which I channel dark thoughts. I have a strong connection with deity when I feel in despair, a connection fostered with meditation and time in nature, and with animals. I have made strands of prayer beads, and when my brain was spinning when I was trying to get some sleep, working my way along that strand was a life line. And I’ve spend time tending my ancestor’s graves.

But the source of my distress has now moved out of my house – how I made that happen is a story for another day – and I can catch a breath. Literally. The day she moved out was very long. I was up and out at 7:30 and got home 12 hours later. The house was empty and I had the sensation of bracing myself for a blow that didn’t come when I came home. I took a breath. Then I took another. She has always taken up a lot of psychic space. She would spread herself out and occupy space, always choosing the best spot for any activity, most often the spot her father liked. Then she resisted being moved. As I write this, I could compile a list of petty offenses, and if that were the only issue, then it would have been a more simple matter. No doubt she would have done what adults do and gotten a job and moved herself out. She has a degree in engineering after all. But she also has serious mental health issues. She has a diagnosis of schizophrenia, autism - which would have been really helpful to know when she was growing up, and most recently OCD has been added to the list. But beyond all that, she was just not a nice person.

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Gifts from Decay

 

     Imbolc has recently passed, a festival of warm candlelight and plans and intentions; it is the festival at which we sow our goals for the year to watch as they sprout and grow, and lead us to the change we wish to see.

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Prayer to the Mississippi

Father of Waters,

bison horned,

god that flows

through the center

of our lives:

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  • Aline "Macha" O'Brien
    Aline "Macha" O'Brien says #
    Beautiful!
In Which Our Intrepid Blogger Has a Big Idea and Makes an Outrageous Proposal to the Twin Cities Pagan Pride Committee

Dear Twin Cities Pagan Pride Committee:

I've got a totally outrageous proposal for you.

Let's kick off Pagan Pride 2018 with an act of public pagan worship at Minneapolis City Hall.

As you are probably aware, the centerpiece of the Minneapolis City Hall is Larkin Mead's monumental 1904 sculpture of the River-god Mississippi: Father of Waters.

Let's get permission to hold a ritual there Friday night.

We can invite Mayor Frey and the city council to join us. The media, of course, will be all over it.

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  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch says #
    A warm welcome would await you. I'll certainly keep you posted.
  • Aline "Macha" O'Brien
    Aline "Macha" O'Brien says #
    I would definitely be on board for this were I nearby. Good luck!
  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch says #
    I've got a letter in to City Hall. We'll soon find out.
  • Mariah Sheehy
    Mariah Sheehy says #
    Awesome idea! Just wondering though, how the church/state laws work for this.

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