I have been speaking to a few other Pagans about what type of magical practices we do to keep or make ourselves feel safe, which reminded me of this prayer that I came up with a few years back for this very reason.
The prayer is to the Irish Goddess Macha, who among other things is a sovereignty Goddess. Feel free to use it yourself and change it as you wish. As well, I would love to further this discussion, so also feel free to share any practices or prayers that you like to use to stay safe.
If I Should Face Danger…
May I have the forewarning of a prophetess,
May I be fleet-footed as the swiftest mare,
May I be fearsome as a battle fury,
May I trick my enemies as the cleverest crow.
Whosoever shall try to harm me or
Invade my sovereignty,
May they know the justice of
My Dark Lady
For nine ages.
I am working more closely with Macha this year and was pleased to find such a beautiful prayer. Thank you for sharing.
Clearly things have slowed down to a grinding halt as far as my internet shenanigans. Lots of different factors have attributed to it, life in general being one. The juggling that was required from the end of last year to the now of this year just did not leave a lot of room for documentation and the time for sitting down in prose contemplation. This coupled with some anxiety issues made it just better all around to take a break from my usual plugged in time. But that is the way of things, and the rhythms of life work so that everything changes and flows.
I find myself now in a place of wanting to return to the basics and refresh myself on research that is the foundation of my practice. Gaelic Polytheism being one of those religions known for it’s “homework”. One of the immense perks that I see to the internet and the pagan and polytheistic community on the internet is being able to better share information and ideas. I don’t know how many times I have gone to the internet for research convinced that someone somewhere must be talking about this, must have some ideas of their own, and sometimes find very little. Because of that feeling I try and make it a point to put out what I can….
Today is not the day to give me that which is fragile. The barrier I keep to hold the glorious howling impluse to “Destroy it!” is far too thin today.
Richard Siken (via jakeenglish)
"The area at the mouth of the Oder was inhabited by a thriving Slav tribe of the Wolinians with its main town in Wolin. Wolin is mentioned by Arabic chroniclers as the most beautiful port of the Baltic Sea and the city of twelve gates. Situated at the trade route, Wolin attracted traders, travellers and contemporary pirates – the Vikings. At the end of the 10th century, in Wolin lived an expelled Danish king – Harald Bluetooth – an alleged founder of Jomsborg, the Viking village at the mouth of the Oder. Probably, somewhere at the mouth of the Oder there was Vineta, a legendary port, one of the biggest cities at the Baltic Sea at that time. Even today, the exact location of Vineta remains a mystery. The legend of the rich city survived for several hundred years. In the 18th century, the inhabitants of Wolin were frantically searching for hidden treasures, even in their own houses, digging up cellars to such an extent that the walls of their houses started cracking.
Archaeologists still look for these treasures. They have found the only existing medieval compass, fragments of ships, a port, a former temple, jewellery and weapon. The total weight of discovered silver and gold amounts to over 11 kilos.
In the villages of Slavs and Vikings, you can visit a number of houses, among others the house of an amber jeweller, minter, potter or a fisherman. The houses are surrounded by fortifications and a tower with a gate. An interesting attraction are two runic stones of which one is dedicated to Świętosława, a daughter of Mieszko I of Poland and the second to the Norwegian King – Olaf Tryggvason. In the open-air museum, there are organised workshops of ancient crafts, and every summer a great outdoor event ‘The Slavs and Vikings Festival’ takes place there.”
This awesome video features Croatian cellists Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser, aka 2Cellos, playing their phenomenal “BaRock style” arrangement of the hard rock classic for a completely bewildered 17th century audience. The concept is wonderful, but the actual performance is astonishing.
[via Geeks are Sexy]
Well helLO there, Mads Mikkelsen. This … this is a good look for you.
He looks like some ineffably rugged, badass post-apocalyptic video game character.
And this is the dude who plays Hannibal.
Reblogging for Elisa.
I’m getting a post-apocalyptic Hamlet vibe.
… I really have no words. I mean seriously just a whole lot of drums going off in my head followed by hunting horns.