“Sometimes I am amazed at how difficult it is for humans to understand worship and faith and participate in it. My dog, Gods keep him, acknowledged the presence of the Gods and acted appropriately when rituals where conducted around him. I don’t understand why humans are having a harder time with this then he did, and can be so disrespectful and dismissive of it.” –Tatyana V.
Prayer to Saga from a writer
Mistress of Words,
who lingers over tales that reverberate
off Skvabekk’s walls like
the sound of falling
Lady of Lore,
equal in words to Odin All-Father,
I ask that You bless
my ink and tongue
so that my own words
are ever pleasing to You.
May my pen
in its quest.
to You, I pray.
Thanksgiving to Saga
In adoration I come to You
Lady of Lore and Histories.
You who hordes the words of ages,
texts known and secret,
some written only
in the hearts of man and roots of Yggdrasil.
Thank You for all that You are
and all that You do.
May I ever honor You
in my written and spoken
workings as I sift
through tale and lore and
Praise be to Saga
of Sunken-bench and
heavy tome, of
sweet meed and cool stream.
Hail Saga, be praised!
(both prayers by D.)
I’ve been watching this genealogy show for the past couple of hours and thinking hard on some of the knots and tangles in my own ancestral lines, as i watch the people on the show sort through their own. I’m watching these folks visibly rocked as they find out about the poor choices some of their ancestor made, decisions that impacted generations and it occurred to me, so strongly it was like the clang of some great bell reverberating through my soul: sometimes our ancestors made a poor choice to avoid making the worse choice. I suspect we do the same and when we’re looking at and learning about our ancestors and their foibles, and sometimes their terrible sufferings, I think that’s important to remember. We have the benefit of hindsight but I wonder which of our choices our descendants will look back upon thinking “what the hell were you thinking? WHY would you do that?” Like us, I think our ancestors do the best they can with what they had and what they knew. Life is hard. It’s something to remember when we come upon those things with our dead that are so very hard to comprehend or forgive. Sometimes they made a bad choice to avoid making one worse.
EDIT: A reader contacted me with the concern that what i write here might cause misunderstanding, that it might make people feel they must forgive abusive ancestors or feel guilty for not engaging with them. I fear that is a valid concern so I want to address it here briefly. This is not my intention at all. There ARE those ancestors whom one may well decide — and rightly so–not to honor. This is a personal choice and it may be that this is what will bring the most cleansing and healing to oneself and one’s line. There is no need ever to feel guilty for that or to apologize for that. There are some people who are truly evil, whom one should not, for one’s own health amongst other reasons, honor. I want to be clear that I’m not referring to those ancestors in what I write above in my original post, but to the average jane or joe who screws up, sometimes hurtfully so, but not usually with the intention to harm. That’s a far different thing.
For the Lady of Sokkvabekk
by E. Blakely
This singing surge of substance without form
Ever flowing through the Realm of Sokkvabekk.
Warded by Saga Odinsdaughter, Frigga’s Handmaiden.
How deep does it flow?
As deep as the Generations that add their Substance to the Stream.
How clear does it flow?
As clear as Truth given form and served in cups kissed by the Light of Day.
How cool does it taste – refreshingly cool or bitter cold?
Only the taster can judge this.
Truth is what it is and each Generation that feeds Sokkvabekk paid the price for inclusion.
Blessed Saga wards this stream – this Flowing Shrine to Lives Lived.
Lives of countess Generations distilled, rendered into Its purest form, but not horded in a well or kept in casks.
The song of our Ancestors given voice, still active and vital and accessible through Saga of Sokkvabekk.
good post on head covering (in this case for Hestia). Give it a read, folks. 🙂
As you’ve read in a previous post of mine (find it here), I have had times in my life where I have drifted away from Hestia. For the past 17-20 years I’ve come back to Her with a dedication I had never felt previously. My offerings are blessed; Hestia’s altar is the center of our home.
During these years I have been occasionally requested by Hestia to don the veil – or, in other words, cover my hair. At the time Her request was simple. A bandana covering the top of my head was enough. Easy enough to do as I was in employment situations where it was no problem: managing my own horse facility; working in an after-school program; retail in a dippie hippie shop. It worked beautifully, and Hestia was pleased.
Lately, however, patient and gentle Hestia has been a bit more insistent in Her requests. No…
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Congratulations to Amanda Forrester who won the Hebe Agon with her prayer/poem “To Hebe.”
I’ll be in touch via email.
remember folks, July’s Agon is for Saga so if you have prayers, poems, essays or artwork, please don’t hesitate to submit to me via email. First place winner will receive a full set of prayer cards for Frigga and Her retinue and I”ll donate to the charity of his or her choice (within reason – if it’s something I’m morally against, of course, we’ll have to find an agreeable compromise). Everyone else will receive a prayer card for Saga so be sure to include your mailing address when you submit material for the agon.
Joanna H. asked, “what are your favorite charities?”
That’s an easy question (thank you, Joanna! lol) and one I can quickly answer first thing in the morning. I do tithe part of my income, donating quarterly. My top charities are:
There are other charities to which I donate occasionally too, but those are my top three. I also really like Donors Choose, an education charity that allows you to directly choose where your money goes. those are probably my top four.
Where do all of you, my readers, like to donate?
Over at House of Vines, Sannion is doing a Q&A, so if you have any questions for him about things Bacchic or otherwise, head on over and leave a comment.
These are the latest prayers cards. They’ll be available next week in my etsy shop.
Aeolus by G. Palmer
Nehelennia by G. Krasskova
(the original water color for Nehelennia is available for sale. If interested, please contact me at krasskova at gmail.com)