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My Odin, and Other People’s Odins (revised 9/27/17)

Reprint—and revision—of a post from 2015

I’ve gone on record in the past as speculating that we all might very well get our own individual version of a particular deity—that my Odin, the Odin who is my Beloved, may literally not be the same Odin another devotee of His is involved with. This is a complicated and thorny topic, and can very easily spark misunderstandings. So let me start out by saying point-blank that I am NOT saying my Odin is necessarily THE Odin (as in, the One True Odin). There is simply no way I (or any of His other devotees) can know that with absolute certainty, so any argument one way or another is pointless.

Recently, while reading the new book Santa Muerte by Tracy Rollins, I came across the following startling disclosure: apparently (with the exception of the goddess Santa Muerte may be derived from and that goddess’ husband) the Aztec deities were thought of as possessing masks that captured their divine functions and even their personalities, and they were known to freely lend these masks out to other deities. From a mortal perspective, this means that one could never really be 100% sure that you were dealing with Quetzalcoatl (for example), or with another deity wearing His mask.

With me so far? Headaches aside, we can see that the mask of a deity would represent Their specific and nuanced Job descriptions and personae. The mask would encompass a deity’s most well-known and public manifestations. In contrast, the Face of a deity would represent what that entity is like on a more personal level; what they’re like at home away from work, maybe after unwinding with a couple of beers.

Since I’m more familiar with Odin than I am with Anyone else, I may as well use Him as an example: in His case, the Mask would be Odin as Allfather, King of Asgard, Lord of the Runes, God of the Slain, Leader of the Wild Hunt, etc., etc.–all of the many, many lore-recorded names and roles attached to Him, in addition to all of the major PCPG (peer-corroborated personal gnosis) about Him that has been shared by both ancient and modern worshipers. In other words, His Mask encompasses all of the things you would conceivably call upon Odin for or consult Him on—which is a very long list. It also encompasses the personality traits most commonly ascribed to Him by the vast majority of His devotees (wise yet sometimes remote, enigmatic, charismatic, brilliant but often snarky, compassionate, eloquent, calculating, promiscuous, etc.). In fact, it would be fair to say that “Odin” pretty much IS the Mask. (The same would be true in the case of “Freyja,” “Loki,” or Anyone else.)

Now. A deity’s Mask—even in the modern era, where most of our pagan traditions are only shadows of what they once were—is a very, very busy Persona. The Mask deals with hundreds or thousands (depending on the deity’s popularity) of people on a daily basis, and sometimes even within a single moment. Deities can multi-locate, but even with that, They also have employees and servants to whom They delegate some of Their work, and who sometimes interact with devotees on Their behalf—because They simply have to; no single entity could do all of that Themselves, even with multi-location being a thing. The really big, important deities (such as Odin) have a great many employees at Their disposal; in fact, it might be more useful to think of a deity such as “Odin” as a corporation, rather than an individual per se. (Note that I am not saying Odin is not an individual, just that there may in fact be many individuals who comprise “Odin.”)

Is your head spinning yet? Let me try breaking it down like this. Humor me for a moment and imagine that Odin the Mask (i.e. all of the roles and PCPG personality traits modern pagans and heathens ascribe to Odin) really does represent something resembling a corporation rather than a single individual. Imagine there are a number of individuals who might be called on to answer when Odin is invoked, and that each of these individuals has access to the full measure of powers, responsibilities and basic personality traits that most of us would think of when we think of Odin, just as any top executive in a large corporation might have access to all of that organization’s assets and influence, including its credit line (i.e. resources) and corporate culture (“personality”).

However, just as every top executive at a large corporation is not the exact same person, despite the outward similarities, imagine further that each of these “Odins” is a distinct individual, underneath the “Odin” Mask, with distinct personality quirks, likes and dislikes, and even differing histories. And that when you call for Odin–providing you have been specific enough and are not getting some kind of bottom-feeder entity impersonating Him (which is always a possibility) or Loki (which has also been known to happen)–you are most likely going to get a member of this Odin collective. And once you have dealt with an “Odin” you are always likely going to get the same one—He is now your own personal Odin Co. rep, so to speak—so any personal or intimate relationship that develops is real, and is with that particular individual (but not necessarily with all of the other Odins). You may also, as time goes on, get to see a private side of your particular Odin–the Face behind the Mask—that literally none of Odin’s other devotees gets to see.

This last phenomena is something I’ve remarked on quite a few times in this blog over the years. Being married to Odin (or to any deity) is a lot like being married to human royalty, or to a rock star, in that They need to project a certain image (“the Mask”); this is expected of Them and is actually part of Their Job. However, there is a Face underneath the Mask, and if They come to trust you, you might actually get to see it; you might get to meet Odin the Person–or Freyja the Person, or Loki the Person, etc. (Whether or not this occurs has nothing to do with the advent of sexual intimacy or lack thereof, by the way. It is more likely to happen with spouses, but not because of sexual activity; it is an outgrowth of trust, devotion, and commitment, and these things are more common within a true partnership—which is what any good marriage should be. In other words, having shagged Odin doesn’t necessarily mean you now know Odin the Face/Person beneath the Mask.)

Even if you think of “Odin” as a collective rather than as one single individual, every individual who is part of that collective still has an extremely demanding, stressful job—much like a human monarch, or a high-powered executive. Maintaining a particular image and seeing to the myriad responsibilities that go with the Job description is exhausting work, and deities can get burned out just as humans can. To avoid this, every “Face” needs an opportunity to unwind, as well as people He or She trusts that they can do this with. I think this is one of the biggest reasons They seek out human companionship: to find a home, a refuge, someone They can let Their hair down with. If you are the spouse, lover, or close friend of a deity (or a “Face” of a deity collective), you just might be that person for Them.

The reason I don’t share a lot of specific details about the Odin I know as a Person—Odin the “Face”–well, actually, there are a couple of reasons. One is that our relationship feels very private, and while there are plenty of personal things about Him (and u/Us) that He doesn’t mind me sharing with the world at large, there are also quite a few things He’d rather I didn’t. The other reason is that most of these details won’t be meaningful or even relevant to anyone else, because I honestly believe that none of us experiences the same “Face.” (Okay, to amend that: it IS possible to share the same “Face” with another devotee. Jo and I, for example, share an Odin; the Odin I’m married to is the same one who is her Father. However, even with that, we each know Him in a very different capacity, and thus our experience of Him is not exactly the same.)

To help illustrate the above point, here are a handful of things that are particular to my Odin, but not necessarily anyone else’s. I don’t think I’ve mentioned any of these things before; they are all minor personal facts and/or details specific to our relationship that He doesn’t mind my sharing by way of example. My Odin has shared sweet, sugary frosted cake with me on our anniversary to please me, even though He genuinely hates sweets (the only kind of chocolate He likes, for example is 90% cacao, which is so bitter almost no one else wants to eat it); He learned fiber arts from His mother and enjoys spinning, knitting and weaving as relaxation; He does not think well of His father, nor get along well with Him, and prefers the matronymic form of His surname—Odin Bestlason, as opposed to Odin Borsson; He prefers my hair short, at least partly because He enjoys riffling His fingers through it (He has also observed that I’m more confident with short hair, and as He’s commented on more than one occasion, confidence is sexy); He becomes impatient if I watch a rerun of a CreativeLive business workshop (because He knows damned well that I absorbed everything I’m going to the first time around) but He will tolerate my re-watching seasons of Supernatural, Doctor Who, or another TV show or movie He knows truly brings me enjoyment.

One or two of these kinds of things may conceivably fall into the realm of PCPG, but most of them won’t mean anything to other devotees, because they are specific to my Odin (and/or my particular relationship with Him) rather than anyone else’s Odin. Nor are any of these details especially relevant to Odin the “Mask,” per se. For example, I am not claiming, categorically, that Odin prefers His women with short hair, or that He doesn’t like His dad; I am saying that my Odin likes my hair short, and has been known to make some disapproving comments about Borr (particularly about His treatment of women; my Odin adores His mother, Bestla). I’m sure each spouse, lover, or devotee of Odin’s (or any other deity) reading this could make their own list of personal details of this type that wouldn’t have any meaning for me, and that might be completely different from my own experiences. This is because we are each seeing a different “Face,” quite literally—even though we are all still legitimately dealing with Odin the “Mask.”

Now, some people would argue that there is only one Odin, but that He reveals Himself in different ways to different people; this is also a possibility, and I’m not going to quibble about it because in practice (as far as I’m concerned) it amounts to the same thing. However, where the “Odin as a collective”–Odin Co.–model can make some people uneasy is that it begs a sticky question: If “Odin” really does have a group of employees who all answer to the name Odin, each of whom fits the description and enjoys all of the privileges and powers associated with Odin, then which of us is dealing with the “real” Odin? And is there any way of knowing for sure whether you’ve got the “real” Odin, or “just” another employee?

First of all, under the model I’ve described there would be no such thing as “just an employee,” since ALL of the Odins would share the same basic overarching personality traits, privileges, powers, and abilities—remember? So, no one would be getting some sort of “substandard Odin.” (Ouch, it hurts to even type those two words together in sequence.)

Secondly, though—what difference does it make, really? Assuming that there IS an Odin who is actually THE Odin (and that, if so, He is married to anyone other than Frigga), what difference could it possibly make whether you’re getting Him or one of His employees who performs the same Job description, has the same basic personality, and can do all of the exact same things?

To bring this down to a more personal level, at this point in my own relationship with Odin I don’t even care anymore whether or not He is THE Odin. My Odin has been with me for most of this lifetime, and my relationship with Him goes back long before even that; He has been at my side through some of the lowest points in my life as well as some of the highest; He has patiently nursed me through periods of depression and burnout (while at the same time not coddling me, and eventually insisting that I get off my arse and actually DO something); He has made me feel like the most treasured, exquisite, and beloved woman in all the Nine Worlds; He is my best friend and my partner, my home, the other half of my soul; He has been kind to my dying and dead animals; He has believed in me when no one else did, even myself, and has insisted that I rise to meet the potential only He could see in me; He has helped me turn a small part-time Etsy business into a job that I can do from home, and that not only helps pay the bills but also brings me artistic and spiritual fulfillment, freedom and self-direction, and the kind of life I want to live.

If the Odin who has done all of these things for me, the Odin who I’ve been married to since 2002, is not THE Odin—then guess what? I don’t want THE Odin, if mine is not Him. I want the Odin who is mine, the Odin I’ve sworn vows of sacred marriage to, the Odin who has been at my side all of these years and has reshaped my life into one that I love living, one that actually feeds and strengthens my spirit instead of smothering and killing it. I want the Odin who is my King, my mentor, my partner, my friend, my love. If He isn’t THE Odin, then the hell with THE Odin. I’ve already got exactly Who and what I want, right here.

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L’shanah Tovah

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This past weekend we celebrated Rosh Hashanah in our household; it was my first time marking this holiday since my childhood. For those who are still probably confused by my spiritual life at this point, here it is in a nutshell: Yes, I am with Odin again/still. No, I am no longer considering myself strictly heathen. One of the changes from the past year that I’m keeping is the incorporation of my Jewish heritage into my path—but no, I’m not Jewish, either. I’m calling myself a Jewitch, but there are a wide range of meanings for that term—everything from Jews who are kind of witchy to pagan witches who honor their Jewish heritage as one aspect of their path. As a polytheist, I fit into the latter group.

Anyway. To also explain Rosh Hashanah in a nutshell: it is the Jewish new year, when God or the gods can choose to write your name in the Book of Life for another year…or not. It’s also regarded as the birthday of the universe. (Growing up, it irritated me no end that Rosh Hashanah often fell on or near my birthday; I felt overshadowed. Now, I’m like “cool, the universe and I almost share a birthday!”) So it’s a time of celebration, but also of reflection and atonement for whatever you feel you could have done better over the past year. (For me personally, that’s a lot of things.)

Like most Jewish holidays, the most basic level of observance (if you don’t go to synagogue, and I don’t) involves lighting candles, saying a prayer, and eating food. (Seriously, there is only one Jewish holiday,Yom Kippur, that doesn’t involve food—and in that case, it involves fasting, so it still revolves around food in a way.) For Rosh Hashanah, the meal traditionally includes brisket to make it special, because you’re supposed to enjoy the holiday—but if you’re a vegetarian, as we are in our household, you aren’t going to enjoy eating meat. Seitan to the rescue! After researching multiple seitan brisket recipes online, and one failed run, I cobbled together my own recipe, which follows and is absolutely delicious. Don’t skip the grated beet: it’s my secret ingredient that makes your “meat” juicy and tender.

Vegan Seitan Brisket

Preheat over to 350

For seitan loaf:

2 cups vital wheat gluten powder

4 T nutritional yeast

1-2 tsp smoked paprika

1-2 T sage

¼ cup barbecue sauce

1-2 T ketchup

½ tsp ground black pepper

1 tsp (vegan) worcestershire sauce

2 T soy sauce or liquid aminos

2 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp liquid smoke

2 tsp Better than Boullion No Chicken or No Beef Base (you won’t need additional salt, as this is plenty salty)

¾ cup red wine

1 medium to large beet, finely grated

For final touches:

vegetarian gravy or broth, plus ½ cup additional wine, mixed

Celery, carrots, onions, potatoes, and any other vegetables, chopped

Salt and pepper to taste

1-2 T olive oil

Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl and the wet ingredients in a separate bowl. Make a well in the dry ingredients, add the wet, and mix well with your hands. Knead the resulting dough for several minutes until all of the dry ingredients are mixed in and the seitan has a firm yet elastic texture. Form into an oblong loaf shape, and wrap this tightly first with plastic wrap and then with silver foil. Place in a pan, put pan into the oven for 40 minutes.

Remove from oven. Remove loaf from pan onto a cutting board and spray pan with nonstick spray. Add chopped vegetables to pan, toss with olive oil and season lightly. Turn oven temp up to 375, place pan back in oven (with just the vegetables) for about 20 – 30 minutes until they are fork tender. Remove pan from oven, turn heat back down to 350.

Carefully unwrap the silver foil and the plastic wrap from the seitan loaf and place the loaf on top of the roasted vegetables. Cover with gravy or broth and wine. Cover pan with new silver foil and replace in oven for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and slice carefully. Loaf will have the consistency of tender meat loaf the first night, and will be more like pot roast the second.

***Important: seal leftovers in ziplock bags prior to refrigerating! If you don’t do this, you may end up with a dried out loaf of hard tack the second night. (Not that I would know this from experience, or anything.) Despite how delicious this is, it is NOT meat and does not act like meat.

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Mabon/Birthday Sale!!!

brigitte-tohm-361045To celebrate Mabon (which also coincides with my birthday this year), I’m having a flash sale! Spend $30 or more in my Etsy shop and take 30% off your entire order (including readings).

No coupon code is needed; sale runs NOW through Sunday 9/24.

There are still a few bottles of both Wilde Jaeger and Flamehair available (one of each will get you the discount), plus readings, prayer beads, special fall ritual cords, and more! Check it out!

I have some exciting plans for shop inventory in October and November…but first we need to get caught up on household bills! (We had an expensive vet visit for Corbie this month–thankfully, the bloodwork and exam revealed he is doing pretty well for a heart patient, but it set us behind for the utilities–and now Luna has the sniffles.)

Happy Mabon, happy Rosh Hashanah, and happy fall–my favorite season of the year!!!

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More Destash!

Just like last time:

  1. If you want to purchase something, comment SOLD and name the item(s) you want.
  2. I will publish and reply back to your comment, and will mark your item(s) as sold in the body of the post. (To avoid cluttering up this post, PLEASE only leave a comment if you are wanting to purchase something.)
  3. When you receive my reply, you can go ahead and send payment via Paypal to wodandis at gmail dot com. Important: please mark your payment as “paying for goods or services”; this ensures I get your shipping address with the payment, and also makes it easier for me to print Paypal shipping labels.
  4. Shipping is FREE within the domestic US.
  5. Sorry, no international shipping.

A couple of these items were claimed during my last destash, but were never paid for, so they’re up for grabs again. (I’m doing this for cash in the wake of Corbie’s expensive vet appointment–he’s doing okay for now, but we’re broke!–so I can’t afford to hold items for you for more than a day or two, sorry about that!)

SOLD DEITY INCENSE PACK – some charcoal, mostly wood pulp

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  • 10 sticks Aphrodite
  • 30 sticks Inanna
  • 20 sticks Sigyn
  • 10 sticks Odin
  • 10 sticks Mars
  • 10 sticks Persephone
  • 20 sticks Loki’s Caress
  • 10 sticks Dionysos
  • 20 sticks Kali
  • 10 sticks Iron Wood

150 sticks total: $30 (free US shipping)

SOLD SOAP PACKAGE

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(These really are detashy; I have rewrapped them, but they are a little banged up from being stored. Just be aware.)

  • 4 heart-shaped bars of Indulge: ylang ylang scented
  • 1 round bar Apollon
  • 1 round bar Zeus
  • 1 round bar Freyja
  • 1 round bar Odin
  • 2 round bar’s Loki’s Caress

All 6 + bars, made with pure essential oils only: $20, free US shipping

GAME OF THRONES LEATHER NOTEBOOK COVERS (FAUXDORI)

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All are handcrafted by me from vegetable-tanned leather, are about 8 1/4 x 5 1/4″,and are made to hold passport-sized notebook inserts. (No notebooks are included, only the cover, which has sturdy fabric-covered elastic inside to hold your notebooks in place–see the last photo.) The leather is thick and rather stiff, but that also makes them more durable! They have all been conditioned with mink oil and leather wax.

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Stark
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Night’s Watch
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Targaryen

IMG_5327.JPGYour choice of any one cover for $12, any two covers for $18, or all three for $25.

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New in the shop today: Flamehair Limited Edition Ritual Oil

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More than any other deity in the Norse pantheon, Loki–blood brother of Odin and trickster extraordinaire–is renowned for getting the gods into trouble, as well as for getting them out of it. Although much maligned by heathens, Loki is directly responsible for many of the greatest gifts and blessings of the gods–including Odin’s steed Sleipnir, Thor’s hammer Mjolnir…and the list goes on. Similarly, he is well known for getting his mortal followers into scrapes, and bringing incredible luck and blessings their way.

Flamehair is a bright, warm autumn fragrance–at once alluring and invigorating–designed in Loki’s honor and to invite some of his luck and daring into your own life. The sunny golden color comes from safflower and hibiscus infused into a base of extra virgin olive oil, along with other herbs intuitively chosen by me such as white sage, ginger root, cinnamon, roses, arnica, coltsfoot, and bayberry root bark. Carefully chosen essential oils were added to deepen and enrich the scent and herbal properties. A few citrine chips float within the oil, drawing luck and helping to keep the blend well-mixed.

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The photos really do not do justice to how pretty this oil is! And wait until you smell it!

Presented in a 1 ounce glass roller ball bottle for ease of use, this oil may be used to anoint candles, petitions and offerings, or simply as a delightful personal fragrance.

– Protect from direct sunlight and high temperatures.
– Alcohol, phthalate, paraben, synthetic, and cruelty free.
– Vegan and handmade, with ethically sourced ingredients.
– Formula is all my own original work; please do not copy! If you have allergy concerns, please convo me.

1 oz of Flamehair is $15 plus shipping.

All of my items are charged and blessed for the highest good, and are sent to you beautifully packaged with extra goodies tucked in.

ALSO, I have three bottles left of Wilde Jaeger, my limited edition oil for Odin and other leaders of the Wild Hunt. (I kept a bottle for myself and am slathering it on everyday.) If you missed that yesterday, you can still snag one here. (I will be making more, but I am going to need to get more bottles first, and that could take a few weeks.)

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Grimoire Update

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Worked on another page for my grimoire, aka 600 page sketchbook, during Shabbat this past weekend. The Wheel of the Year layout and some of the sketch/doodle ideas were borrowed from the Coloring Book of Shadows 2017 Planner, which is why they may look familiar if you’ve got that. (This page is only for my own personal use, of course.) My revamped Wheel is a mashup of the Jewish and standard Anglo-Saxon/Germanic pagan/witchcraft holidays. The crescent moon and tree is from my business card; it feels appropriate as a symbol for my blended path.

The Jewish holidays I’ll largely be learning about as I go along throughout the year–beginning with Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, this coming week.We’ll be having a family feast on Wednesday night, for which I have apples and honey, which are traditional for wishing each other a “sweet year,” and will be making a vegan brisket (trying my hand at home made seitan for the first time!). I’m going to be omitting the overly Yahweh-esque festival days from my Wheel, as my focus in the Jewish part of my practice is really on Asherah, the Goddess.

The Anglo-Saxon/Germanic holidays I already know, of course, but I’m looking to make them distinctly mine this coming year in a way I don’t feel I’ve achieved before. Mine in a way that fits with my lifestyle and my practice, without an eye towards impressing anyone outside my household.

I’ve been reading Diana Paxson’s Odin book and have some things to say about that–some good, some not so much. (She had approached me about sharing my story for the book and I declined; I was still in the midst of my spiritual crisis at the time, but now I’m glad I said no for other reasons.) But one thing I’ll comment on here is that, in her chapter on the malefic aspects of Odin, she quotes part of Jung’s essay “Wotan,” in which he blames the god for instigating Nazi Germany and its consequences. I do not blame Odin for this, for what it’s worth; I blame people, who are more than capable of twisting any tradition or any spirit contact to evil ends. Regardless, the specter of Nazi Germany and the Holocaust has followed Odin around for 80 years now, and I doubt it will be exorcised any time soon. In the context of my own personal life, though, I find it interesting that it was Odin who encouraged me–through trickery, even–to seek out and honor my Jewish heritage and bring it into my practice. I wonder if, on some level, this is a healing experience for Him, through me, a small gesture towards the ancestors who suffered and died needlessly because of the evil that men yoked to His name and His symbols.

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Brand new today: Wilde Jaeger Limited Edition Ritual Oil

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Just added today: omigosh, this oil! I can’t stop sniffing my wrist where I tested it; it’s all dark caramelly goodness, evoking both the cozy indoor comforts of fall and the insane outdoor adventures.

As the days grow short and the air grows cold, the Wild Hunter rides the night skies with his spectral army of the dead and their otherworldly companions in his wake. Although rightly feared by most humans, according to tradition the Hunt brings not only retribution for wrongdoers, but also blessings and visitations from the gods and the mighty dead.

This is a multi-layered, rich, complex oil designed with Odin in mind, but it could also be used to honor any of the other deities said to lead the Hunt, such as Cernunnos, Herne, Gwynn ap Nudd, Nuada, Manannan, Perchta, Arawn, or Frau Holle. The dark whiskey-like color comes from dragon’s blood resin, combined with organic mugwort, apple skins peeled and dried by me, juniper berries, vanilla bean, cinnamon, and other herbs traditional for the dark half of the year, infused into a base of extra virgin olive oil. Carefully chosen essential oils were added to deepen and and enrich the scent and herbal properties.

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Just look at the size of this bottle!

Presented in a 1 ounce glass roller ball bottle for ease of use, this oil may be used to anoint candles, petitions and offerings, or simply as a delightful personal fragrance. The name of the oil, Wilde Jaeger, means “Wild Hunter” in German.

1 ounce of Wilde Jaeger is $15 plus shipping.

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It’s magical!

Oh, and! I have two bottles remaining of my original formula Odin ritual perfume oil in the 5 mL Euro-dropper size. To make room for new oils (I’m hoping to have a couple more limited edition autumn oils for you in the coming days) I’ve reduced these two remaining oils to $10 each (from $15). You can get those here.

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Day 16, or, When The Gods Came To Earth

My wife Jolene Dawe is doing a #birthdaywritingchallenge, where she challenges herself to write fiction for 10 minutes a day, without editing, on any topic, without the obligation to continue a story. This is my favorite of her snippets so far–enjoy! If you like this, please follow her blog for more!

Strip Me Back To The Bone

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Look, it wasn’t like I was jealous, all right? Yes, I’d been devoted to him since before I became an adult, and yes, I married him as a young woman, but I married him with my eyes wide open. There were others devoted to him, others married to him, and it’s not like I even wanted to claim all his attention. They’re god, after all; who could withstand that and life to tell about it? He had children, and friends, and lovers, and wives, and husbands, and so many lives to live outside of the one he shared with me. It wasn’t like I wanted to come first. Just, you know, a warning would have been nice. A phone call. A vision. A message directly uploaded into my brain. An omen. Something. Anything, anything at all from him.

I was visiting my aunt the day the gods came to earth…

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RE-introducing my Patreon

I’ve made some changes to the goal, intro, and rewards, and thought I’d do a quick re-introduction to it here. Has something I’ve written or shared on this blog, either in the past or recently, resonated closely with you or helped you on your path? Have I been especially helpful to you via a Tarot reading or my now-defunct free oracular seidhr practice? If so, please consider becoming a supporter on my Patreon.

Updated 9/11/17

Since 2002 I have been oathed to the Norse god Odin, and for most of that time I considered myself to be a Norse heathen. I did the research, read all of the books (in addition to writing a couple of my own!), helped organize community, and was also trained by the spirits in oracular seidh.

But in 2015 I went through a massive period of burnout, which triggered a spiritual crisis from which I am just beginning to recover. At the same time, I am struggling to deal with the negative impact the downturn of the economy is having on my little pagan/witchy shop on Etsy. I run my shop full time from home, which is necessary due to the fact that I suffer from several “invisible illnesses” (fibromyalgia, arthritis, and IBS/IBD) that rendered me unable to continue working a regular job around the time I hit fifty (also in 2015).

My goal for my Patreon is to help bridge the gap between what my wife Jo makes from her job, and what we need to pay for rent and bills each month. My shop income is widely unpredictable from one month to the next, especially considering that my health varies the amount of time I am able to put into it.  $300 a month would enable me to pay part of the rent plus cover a bill or two, so that more of what I make from the shop can go back into product development, materials, and equipment to bring you a more exciting and unique array of products. (I have big plans for the shop going forward, but I need things like a sewing machine, for example.)

I am a writer and Tarot/oracle reader, but if we’re going to be honest most of my joy comes from being an artist/maker. So for now the rewards I offer are mostly writing and Tarot-based, but as time goes on and my skills continue to develop I hope to offer more along the lines of art-based rewards here–such as printable art files, coloring pages, etc. We shall see!

Thank you for giving me this opportunity to create for you!

Rewards:

$1 per month: access to my patron-only feed,  which includes early access to new posts written for my spiritual blog, plus the occasional Patreon-exclusive post.

$5 per month: all of the above, PLUS exclusive access to my Card of the Week posts, where I will be pulling a Tarot or oracle card each week and offering a quick weekly forecast reading for everyone in this tier collectively.

$15 per month: all of the above, PLUS you are entitled to a personal three card Tarot reading each month, emailed directly to you. Please request your reading by emailing or messaging me with your question or concern by the 15th of each calendar month. There will also be a monthly three card general forecast posted for my collective patrons at this level, which you can enjoy whether or not you need a personal reading that month.

$20 per month: all of the above PLUS exclusive access to quarterly 30% off coupon codes for my Etsy shop, AND an occasional small gift in the mail from me.

If any of this strikes your fancy and you’d like to help me pay my bills, you can do so here.