lwood: (raven steals the sun)
Because the Raven post really wasn't enough to ensure my consignment to an unfashionable afterlife:


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And in LJ Icon Size:

lwood: (spiral)
All right, you guys, it's not that big a deal, but Since You Asked, here it is.

A few notes before the cut:

  • This was for a ritual for the Fellowship of the Spiral Path, a local pagan umbrella organization under whose auspices I am currently seeking clergy ordination. As part of that, I am to lead several rituals, and it is expected that these rituals constitute a stretch out of the native form of my local group. Specifically, this is a ritual that someone in Spiral does monthly to honor a different goddess, although variants exist to honor a god, or a pair of a god and a goddess.


  • The below material is intended for a broadly pagan audience, and for expression within a ritual--so it's short, and gives questions, not answers or even personal experience. When expanded for Idunna, it will see a refocus to a heathen audience, and a certain amount of retooling for that different focus. [livejournal.com profile] keristor has also provided Food for Thought, and as we all know, Food for Thought becomes grist in the writer's mill.


Okay? Okay--disclaimer is away, we are go for launch.


The requested homily lurks behind the cut. )
lwood: (raven watching)
Uh.

Y'all heathen guys?

I found a thing...

THE THIRTEENTH INTERNATIONAL SAGA CONFERENCE



Durham and York, 6th-12th August, 2006




Major Theme: The Fantastic in Old Norse / Icelandic
Literature

More details here, including links. )
I'm just starting to go through these, but I think my favorite so far is: "How Elvish Were The Álfar?"

This is probably because it has a killer paragraph like this one. )Am I going to agree with everything in here? Of course not. But passionate inquiry and discussion of ideas are what keeps heathenry--or any faith!--strong, vibrant, and alive. Some stability is necessary, of course, but not stagnation.

I seek equilibrium...and it's necessarily a dynamic state; dancing on a spearpoint.

Oh, and one more title to tease people:

Spirits Through Respiratory Passages Yes. Exactly what it sounds like.

*swoon*

Now--back to work; that paper won't write itself...

-- Lorrie

Goldurnit!

Nov. 26th, 2006 05:21 pm
lwood: (raven watching)
And now, for the benefit of all of you who read this hoping I'll say something heathen*, this interlude:

I don't have enough sagas!

HOW am I supposed to write a scholarly, quote-filled, essay on a particularly toothsome subject if I don't have enough sagas!?!?!?

There is, of course, an answer...



http://notendur.centrum.is/~vinland/pontun/vara.html

See that? That's all of 'em.

...now I just need the $350 to get it here from Iceland, because the one-volume hardcover I've got it's...it's...

It's the Greatest Hits, when DAMMIT I NEED THE BOXED SET!

Sagas or a new Palm Pilot. Sagas or a new Palm Pilot...

-- Lorrie

* - Those of you who, instead, drop by occasionally to see if I say something so desperately unheathen that I should be bogged immediately can piss off.
lwood: (raven)
Tomorrow's Oracular Seið ritual will have an anthropology student from a local college in attendance.

She will only be allowed to use questions and answers from querents who have specifically permitted use of their question and answer, and we will be announcing her presence before we start. She didn't give us enough warning to make note of it beforehand even to our own people, grumble grumble nyar grar. My other stipulation, as usual, is wanting a copy of the paper when it's done.

The student will also be attending another ritual this week that will have none of the same people in it, so that will be a healthy contrast.

Passing anthropologists make me feel like I've reached the Big Time as a professional weirdo.

-- Lorrie
lwood: (raven)
WHO: Seiðjallr (the working seið group associated with Hrafnar and (hopefully) you.

WHAT: Oracular Seið

WHEN: Tuesday, November 14th. Please gather at 7:30.

WHERE: The Berkeley Unitarian Fellowship hall (BFUU) at the corner of Cedar & Bonita in Berkeley, California.

WHY: It is the season in which we honor the ancestors and seek wisdom.

HOW: This is a time-tested, lore-based Heathen ritual involving guided trance journey to Helheim, the land of the dead, in order to facilitate oracular divination.

Seiðjallr performs Oracular Seidh several times a year at BFUU and at festivals as a community service to those with questions that need answering. In this season it is especially easy to contact our beloved dead, but all sorts of questions are welcome.

This ritual is open to anyone who wishes to attend.




-- Lorrie, one of your local Evil Seið Princesses-in-Residence
lwood: (silicon spiderweb)
Spammers attempt to put all sorts of random words in pseudosensical phrases in order to get e-mail past filters that are getting increasingly intelligent about what spam ought to look like.

An intelligent poisoning algorithm will put together words that occur with the target address.

One of the e-lists, sadly pretty damn defunct, that I moderate is heathenbooks, in its prime a heathen reading club, which did great until a few blowhards with way too much time to type drowned out the conversation--few realise that in the walled gardens of well-managed lists, this is a real hazard.

Anyway, they got a spam today from one of these goobs that employs a reasonable Bayesian poison algorithm, because it obviously caught a love letter from Odin to Frigga, just before Ragnarok:

"Well, Beloved. Your greatest end with forces as much for self"

*grin*

-- Lorrie
lwood: (vefara bindrune cross)
I just noticed someone signed up for me based on my knitting babble, at least, one assumes so with a handle like [livejournal.com profile] knittingwoman

So, if the, like, five to nine of you who care would like to join me behind the cut, that'd be great. )However, my prime knitting time is my commute, which is being eaten by a short story instead just now, so the Ladies will simply have to wait. 8-P

Happily, they're a pair of Ladies who are good at waiting...

There, that's the state of my yarn. Enjoy!

-- Lorrie
lwood: (raven)
And now, due to the request of absolutely nobody, but as long as I was at it, I thought I'd toss in the Younger Futhark. Aett collection is according to Sibley's twig-flinging.

Copyright Statement: Copy all you like, just give credit where it's due.

Sleep now, right? Yay! )
lwood: (raven)
Well, Estara asked, and [livejournal.com profile] emberleo was making noises about éar a few days ago before I even got this idea and, well, here we are.

The Anglo-Saxon Fuþorc is not my forte. The shapes I chose were primarily influenced by the chart at the beginning of Taking Up the Runes, except for a few times when my font's glyph table completely flipped me off and had nothing like what Diana had, at which point I nipped over to [livejournal.com profile] cauldronfarm's web page, applied that to my font's glyph table, and found reasonable matches (I'm not happy with the matching on Calc).

Thirty-five entries here, drink up me hearties yo ho: as someone had asked about eiwaz orientation, and I found two possible diphthongs with which to end peorð (unless it's peorþ), so both of those variants are posted for both of those runes. Aettir are assigned following Kaldera's emendation of a fourth aett for the ones not covered in the Elder, save for Gar, which is all alone and ever more shall be so.

Now, if anyone who appeals more to the A-S futhorc (which would be anyone) than would like to apply Waggoner's Second Theorem of Heathenry ("You're Doing That Wrong"), please do, and I'll see what I can do to correct with what I've got without resorting to Waggoner's First Theorem ("You're not the boss of me!").

Same rules as before: Odin doesn't hoard 'em, neither do I, but I do like me props (only fair, he does too): a comment, a shout-out in the description you use when you adopt it as an LJ icon, both is best.

Hey, ho! Let's go! )
Share and Enjoy!

-- Lorrie
lwood: (raven)
Meanwhile, on [livejournal.com profile] badheathens, some people like their Eiwaz and Jera the other way 'round.

Done!

Eiwaz 2 Jera 2

lwood: (Default)
Some days, one word says it all.

And some days... one letter will do.

If it's a RUNE!

I present, for the general delectation of the LiveJournal community, twenty-four runic LJ icons, one for each of the twenty-four runes of the Elder Futhark. Odin didn't invent the runes, and neither did I, so, therefore, please feel free to copy for your own use as long as you credit.

Feel free to crosspost, too--again, as long as you link back to me.

[Edit: I bet you want a link to the whole gallery, huh? Well, there you go.]

Twenty-four little pictures behind ye cut. )Share and Enjoy!

As I have all the raw materials near to hand, it would be no trouble to make, oh... the Anglo-Saxon versions, or ogham, for that matter, although I suspect the latter would want a warm wooden background instead of a stone one.

-- Lorrie
lwood: (mandelbit)
Someone on my friends list is gainfully employed at an answering service whose primary clients are medical professionals, and so collects many All-New Words for, well, private parts.

And yet, I bet nobody has called her to say, "Call my gynecologist, there's something wrong with my perthro!"

This is probably because her list of suspects would be rather short...




This brought to my attention by [livejournal.com profile] kenazf:






Meanwhile, back at the Stately Mad Science Lab, the on-campus cafe is serving as one of its specials, a:

G uacamole
B acon
L ettuce
T omato

...sandwich.

"[Co-Worker]", says I, "that's one queer sandwich."

Better not tell [livejournal.com profile] hauk about this new secret meaning of bacon...

-- Lorrie
lwood: (mandelbit)
And Now, the Daughters of Frya (nope, not a typo):

Edit: Who were a hoax. The troll admits it (see comments), and while I suppose it's possible that someone random could have picked up on it and made something good of it, the site's gone also. I've left the rest of this post as-is, it's just behind a cut. )

They'd like to swap links with the Hrafnar site--I am disinclined to acquiesce to their request. If someone's decided to make a go of being a Daughter of Frya because reading the Oera Linda Book, more power to them, as they have a few good ideas, but even I--not on the lunatic fringe of heathenry but I can see it from here--would have a hard time accepting what I would classify as an essential monotheism as a Germanic reconstructionist faith.

I Am Trying To Be Nice, Here: one man's religion remains another man's belly laugh, and I don't know that we won't be a laughingstock in one hundred fifty years--but, er, wow. This one's rather large to swallow. That this, according to the all-knowing hivemind of Wikipedia, was a probable influence on Blavatsky, and through her, Spiritualism, really doesn't help.

-- Lorrie
lwood: (Raven)
Seidhjallr, the oracular seidh group attached to Hrafnar, will be performing oracular seidh at BFUU at 7:30 on 8 November, a week from yesterday. While the emphasis of this particular outing will be to speak with the beloved dead, questions of any type may be asked and answered.

BFUU is at the corner of Cedar and Bonita, in Berkeley, CA. It is a short walk from either the Downtown Berkeley or North Berkeley BART stations, and accessible by AC Transit bus routes 7, 9, 15, 43, and 52. After we're done, which will be 9:30-10:00, any who wish to may join us at a nearby cafe for a late dinner.

Hope to see some of you there!

-- Lorrie
lwood: (Default)
Troth mailing lists have been down since the move; Dave Haxton (the new hosting administrator) and I are working hard on a solution.

However, investigating that led me to upgrade lorien to a new version of its operating system (Debian Linux), and that, in turn, required that I reboot the server. That's not bad. The bad bit is that it's in a reboot loop. This should be fixable with little work, but I thought I'd mention it.

Non-Geeky Update: I know why it's broken, but I'm tired enough that I might do something stupid while trying to grok how to fix it. I respect your data, and mine, and its integrity more than that! So, I'm going to sleep so I can tackle this when I'm awake enough to get my head around this vastly changed thing.

Non-Geeky Resolution: Ah, sleep, what knits up the ravelled sleeve of care! Once I'd slept on it, it was only an hour to successfully handle the problem. All lorien functions, including webmail, back online. Enjoy! Troth e-mail lists are still down, so unfortunately you can't enjoy those just now...

Geeky Update: The way RAID is handled changed considerably between woody (old Debian) and sarge (new Debian). All my partitions are RAID-1 arrays (mirrored partitions), including / and /boot, so an inability to deal with RAID means an inability to deal with life, hence boot loop. I debated stripping out all RAID information and bringing things up, then rebuilding the RAIDs, but I think any tango with mdadm is best done after sleep. Nothing whatsoever was aided by the fact that I suspected it was RAID going fubar at the get-go, but it took me two hours to cobble together bootable Debian media with which to mount a rescue attempt (no working floppy drives! joy! but the bootable cd that I thought you couldn't burn on OS X worked, yay).

Geeky Resolution: Well, once I'd slept on it, I threw myself at the brick wall of mdadm a few more times. Then, I realised that everything would go so much better if I made sure the md (metadisk/RAID) module was loaded -- it wasn't. Funny thing how it's easier to detect raids once your kernel knows what one is! Then I mounted all my meta-devices, chrooted into /mnt, ran a lilo, and lo, was Bob then made my uncle. No mdadm necessary, the old utilities still do the right thing, but lilo was one of the things upgraded, so bootblocks needed to be updated -- that was the real problem.

All services on lorien, my server, which includes many websites and all their e-mail, are currently unavailable. Believe me, I'm as annoyed as all of you... more so by the fact that I find myself having to sleep rather than having enough adrenaline enough to FIX IT.

We're back!

-- Lorrie

Meme!

Feb. 17th, 2005 02:09 am
lwood: (Default)
All right, I'll bite on this one... unfortunately, the locals mostly won't be able to read or reply to this 'til Tuesday.
Did you think of any deity in particular when you met me? How about now that you know me? And why?


-- Lorrie
lwood: (Default)
I deleted some friends and left some communities (the highest-traffic deletion being [livejournal.com profile] sages_of_chaos). Standard disclaimer: it doesn't mean I don't like you, it just means that I'm trying to reduce the inflow. OK? OK.

Added a couple new people, mostly Hrafnar folks or people who'd friended me first, like [livejournal.com profile] yorkshirelad. Actually, Mr Yorkshire, do I know you? Have you, perchance, posted under some nom de guerre in Sages o' Chaos? Just curious.

At least two of my friends are having this month for Processing and significant chunks of inner work. I have a lot of sympathy for you guys.

This weekend is Diana's big Odin Party, which should be its usually extremely interesting self. If you're in the Bay Area and would like to know more about it, you'll have an e-mail about it from the Hrafnar and/or Odin's Ætt lists -- any questions after that you can either e-mail me or call Diana or I.

-- Lorrie
lwood: (Default)
It had previously been brought to my attention that a user named [livejournal.com profile] dr_heathenscum was posting several and sundry defamatory things about the Troth in general, and Diana and I in particular, in several LJ's he'd camped specifically for this purpose. [livejournal.com profile] thetroth is one of them. At the time, only the two oldest posts were present; the really juicy stuff, namely several allegations about Troth practices, were in the user info of his camped LJ accounts.

That has changed, as anyone who clicks the link will plainly see.

So, let me state for the record:

Several direct rebuttals within, irrelevant to my main point. )

My web hosting is primarily done as favors to friends.

These are the gifts I give them.

This is the hospitality I extend to them.

If you, as someone who hosts content on my site, would like that site to be hosted elsewhere because you do not approve of others who enjoy a seat in my hall, then you are, of course, free to move. I wish you the very best of luck in finding a hosting provider who you can prove hosts absolutely nothing objectionable.

As to [livejournal.com profile] dr_heathenscum himself... you know, in medieval Iceland, manslaughter and murder were, if not acceptable, at least something one could deal with by paying weregild, due compensation from the kin of the killer to the kin of the killed.

What got you outlawed was secret murder, where the identity of the killer was hidden.

I own up to my actions and my friends. My legal name is attached to every website I host when I have any say in the matter, and it's attached to this LiveJournal.

What about you, [livejournal.com profile] dr_heathenscum?

[Edit: Apparently, deleting my comments and rebutting with more of the same half-truths, slants, biases, and other forms of low demagoguery is more his style.]

-- Lorrie
lwood: (Default)
The response I most wanted/feared/hoped for/dreaded has arrived. The Southern Baptist Grandmother )

Dear Jesus:

I know you're trying your best, but the world could use a more Christians like her.

Best regards,

-- Lorrie

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