A Map of Viking Settlements and Raids in Europe
Well this explains why ancestryDNA told me that a mostly Irish lass like myself has a small percentage of Scandinavian blood. Maybe it was those viking raiders.
A Prayer to Isis
The Prayer I’m sharing below was written by someone else. I am not claiming credit for this work. I am merely sharing it on this blog, so that it may help and transform the lives of others. Original source listed below prayer:
Hail Isis, First of the Divine Amongst Women! Your peace is with me, and I am with Your peace.
Hail Isis, First of the Divine Amongst Women! Your love abounds, Your kindness grows, and in me Your Spirit flourishes.
Hail Isis, First of the Divine Amongst Women! Whatever I touch is touched by You, for there is no heart in all of creation that has not been touched by Your love.
Hail Isis, First of the Divine Amongst Women! I am Your lighthouse, the beacon of Your justice, generosity and salvation. Those who call on You cannot be lost. Those who live in You shall live forever.
Hail Isis, First of the Divine Amongst Women! Blessed are You amongst the Gods, for the fruit which came forth from Your womb was the Sun.
Hail Isis, First of the Divine Amongst Women! May my hands be filled with Your purpose and my feet strengthened with Your divine power, for You are the shield of the weak and the arm of the oppressed. Those who call upon You are not taken by darkness, but lifted into the embrace of everlasting life.
Hail Isis, First of the Divine Amongst Women! May You walk with my heart and shape my life to Your purpose. I receive Your mercy, tenderness, solace and light, and to all I bestow these virtues, for You, my Mother, are the Great Mother of all beings.
all text copyright © 2001-2014 Rev. Ptahmassu Nofra-Uaa
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The Hobbit Misty Mountains Rap
Happy Freya Day All! Here is something to amuse you! Gandalf totally owns it.
The Tuatha De Danann
Art: Jim Fitzpatrick – http://www.jimfitzpatrick.com/
Tuatha De Danann is typically translated as “People of the Goddess Danu.” These people were so uncommonly skilled in the few arts of the time, that they dazzled even their conquerors and successors, the Milesians, into regarding them as mighty magicians. The Tuatha De Dannan are also thought to represent the main deities of Pre-Christian, Celtic Ireland.
The important members of the Tuatha Dé are: Dagda, Brigid, Nuada, Lugh, Dian Cecht, Ogma, and Lir.
The manuscript ‘The Annals of The Four Masters’ records that the Tuatha De Danann ruled Ireland from 1897 B.C. to 1700 B.C. They were a race of heroes who were uncommonly gifted in the art, poetry, magic and science of their time.
Yet when the Milesians conquered the De Danann, they drove them underground. It is believed that the De Danann still live underground as invisible beings known as the Aes sidhe. In a just battle, they will fight alongside of mortals. When they fight, they go armed with lances of blue flame and shields of pure white. Sometimes the De Danann would take mortals as lovers, other times they would play cruel tricks on mortals.
Eventually the Aes Sidhe came to be associated with fairies. Yet do not make the mistake of thinking of pixies or Tinkerbell. In early Irish and Welsh literature, these fairies could be tall, short, beautiful or ugly. Sometimes they could be benevolent. Yet at other times they could be very cruel.
If you would like to learn more about the Tuatha De Danann, check out the links below.
Tuatha De Dannan (Wikipedia)
The Four Treasures of the Tuatha De Danann (Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids)
Tuatha De Dannan (Ireland-Information)
Fade to Black: A Video Vision of The Future if Reform Does Not Come
Nature is an eternal life force, a force that human beings depend upon to live.
Yet our current world order is destroying this vital life force.
Will there really be enough for all by the middle of the century, if human beings continue on this path?
Watch the video above for a vision of the future if reform does not come.
Eleven Fifty Nine, Can We Save The Planet in its Final Hour(Minute)?
We have an economy that is bigger than our planet.
Our planet is full, full of us and our stuff.
Infinite growth on a finite planet is not working.
We cannot see the issues of our planet as individual issues.
They are complex and interconnected.
Reconnecting ourselves with the Earth is the first step to fixing the problem.
That, and admitting that we have a problem and that this system isn’t working.
The Syncretic States of America
THE BLENDING OF RELIGIOUS PRACTICES IN AMERICA
Is America a predominantly Christian country? According to the Gallup Poll, 77% of Americans identify as Christian. Yet the reality is much more nuanced than that. According to Pewforum, a large number of Americans mix multiple faiths together. There was once a time in America where the boundaries between religious denominations such as Catholic and Protestant divided entire communities. The KKK attacked Catholics and Jews in addition to African Americans. There were even massive fears that tides of Irish and Italian immigrants would lead to Catholicism taking over the United States. Yet these days the boundaries that divide various faiths is beginning to become much more relaxed.
According to the Pewforum, multiple Americans are practicing multiple religions at the same time – even when they are not traveling or participating in a special event such as a wedding or a funeral. Many are even blending traditions like Christianity with Eastern or New Age beliefs such as reincarnation, astrology and the idea that spiritual energy is present in the natural world. One third of Americans (35%) say that they attend religious services at more than once place, and most of this group indicated that these different places serviced a faith different from their own.
There are several reasons for this growing plurality of faith. America is becoming more diverse, people are increasingly marrying a person with a different religion than their own and religion in general is becoming more of a spiritual relationship with the world, rather than an institution.
GROWING NUMBER OF CHRISTIANS ADOPTING NEW AGE IDEAS:
SUCH AS REINCARNATION, YOGA AND SPIRITUAL ENERGY
What was interesting to me, in reading these results, was the high percent of Christians who believed in reincarnation (apparently 22% of Christians)! I have to wonder to myself how these particular Christians reconcile their belief in reincarnation with the Christian idea of heaven?
21% of Christians also follow Yoga as a spiritual practice. The National Cathedral has even begun to offer free Tai Chi and Yoga classes (Washington Post)!
GROWING NUMBER OF MYSTICAL EXPERIENCES
Another interesting thing about the Pew Forum survey on mixed religion in America is that it indicated more Americans are beginning to have spiritual experiences than previous generations. As you can see from the chart above, by 2009, nearly half of Americans claimed to have had some kind of spiritual or mystical experience. Spiritual experiences have literally doubled since the previous generation.
THE RISE OF “UNAFFILIATED” AMERICANS:
SPIRITUAL, BUT NOT RELIGIOUS
One growing trend in America has been the rise of our religious “nones.” Less people are going to church and less people are giving themselves a religious label. Yet this doesn’t mean that people are less spiritual. Two thirds of these “nones” say that they believe in God. More than half even say that they feel a deep spiritual connection with the Earth. A third have also stated that they are “spiritual, but not religious.” Most of these unaffiliated Americans say that religions are too obsessed with money and power. A large number of young Americans are also leaving the church over issues regarding Gay Rights (Alternet).
And perhaps, there are many Americans who believe in a blend of ideas, but have no religious label for this blend.
Rather than asking Americans to check a label in a box, future surveys should ask people to fill out a questionnaire on one’s outlook of the spiritual world. This may produce more complex and curious results than the simple “Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Other” blend.
The Remaking of the Galdraskræða (Icelandic Book of Spells)
The tradition of magic among the native Icelandic population goes back to ancient times. Magic was an important part of life, and mastering it was vital to interacting with nature and controlling one’s destiny.
Jochum M. Eggertson (better known as “Skuggi” meaning shadow) collected these spells into a book called the Galdraskræða. The first edition of this book was published in the year 1940. It was only published in a limited edition of 150 copies. The book contains nearly 200 spells and an ensemble of runic letters. Since there were only a few limited editions of this book sold onto the market, the book was very difficult to find for several years.
The book has been republished recently with easier to read designs drawn in red (in order to represent blood).
Purchase The Book (Note, it is written in Icelandic)
Rumi – Poem of the Atoms
O’ day, arise!
Shine your light, the atoms are dancing.
Thanks to Him the universe is dancing.
overcome with ecstasy,
Free from body and mind
I’ll whisper in your ear where their dance is leading them.
All the atoms in the air and in the desert are dancing,
puzzled and drunken to the ray of light,
they seem insane.
All these atoms are not so different than we are,
happy or miserable,
perplexed and bewildered,
we are all beings in the ray of light from the beloved,
nothing can be said.
Rumi is a 13th century, Persian poet and considered a Sufi Saint by many. While Rumi was an Islamic poet, his poetry has a transcendent appeal among various cultures world wide. His poems contain a deep theme of creative love and the urge to rejoin the spirit to the divine. He believed that this was the goal of every living thing that moved, human, animal or mineral.
Not only is the poem above exquisitely beautiful in terms of rhyme scheme, but it has a deep scientific and spiritual significance when you really think about it.
Let’s take this concept of atoms dancing in the light of the divine.
While the “atom” itself wasn’t physically discovered until the 19th century, early Greek and Indian philosophers had an idea of an atom as an indivisible particle that was the smallest unit of matter. “The Poem of Atoms” captures the idea of every living thing, even the smallest pieces of matter, are participating in a universal dance in the light of the divine.
Today scientists know that sub-atomic particles rotate around a nucleus, planets rotate around stars, stars circle around galaxies and that life occurs in cycles. Everything from the infinitely small to the infinitely large is participating in an orbit – a form of cosmic dance with no clear beginning or end.
The next key piece of imagery here is divine light: “We are all beings in the ray of light from the beloved.” Light is necessary for life. Without the light of the sun, none of us would be here. Light has a variety of meanings in poetry, it could be the light of the sun, the light of knowledge, illumination, or the Divine itself.
The last significant verse I’ll mention is the following: “All these atoms are not so different than we are.”
All life is made up of the same particles. You and I are made up of the hydrogen and helium of the stars that formed this galaxy billions of years ago. All life forms are made up of the same atoms, the same particles and the same star stuff.
When we die, our bodies may decompose and our memories may fade, but the atoms and particles that make up our being will rejoin the universe in the endless, ecstatic dance of life.
Share Your Religious Experience
Sharing Religion.Com is a website that is inviting people to share their religious and spiritual beliefs.
If you would like to contribute to their collection, and read what they have so far, check it out. If you would also like to comment on this post and share your own beliefs, that would be welcome too.
On this blog, I am interested in exploring how spirituality, music and the environment interact.
So if there is a musical artist who helps bring you closer to the divine, feel free to share that as well.
Personally, I recommend Dead Can Dance as a very spirituality evocative band:
DEAD CAN DANCE: HOST OF THE SERAPHIM
Native American Rapper “Supaman” Combines Traditional Music With The Modern
Supaman just became MTV’s number 1 rapper of the week. Other newsflash…apparently MTV still plays music these days?
I don’t EVER post rap or hip hop music on this blog. But I thought what this artist was doing was creative enough for me to break a few rules. In the video above, the Native American Rapper Supaman combines the traditional instruments and song of his people with his own rapping and modern style dancing.
If you are interested in learning more about this artist, read his interview here.
Another interesting article “Rapping on the Reservation” (NPR), Supaman discusses how Native Americans can relate to the struggles of the inner city, in terms of issues like poverty, teenage pregnancy, crime, drugs and alcohol.