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ama-ar-gi:

The raven is sometimes known as “the wolf-bird.” Ravens, like many other animals, scavenge at wolf kills, but there’s more to it than that.

 Both wolves and ravens have the ability to form social attachments and they seem to have evolved over many years to form these attachments with each other, to both species’ benefit.

There are a couple of theories as to why wolves and ravens end up at the same carcasses. One is that because ravens can fly, they are better at finding carcasses than wolves are. But they can’t get to the food once they get there, because they can’t open up the carcass. So they’ll make a lot of noise, and then wolves will come and use their sharp teeth and strong jaws to make the food accessible not just to themselves, but also to the ravens.

Ravens have also been observed circling a sick elk or moose and calling out, possibly alerting wolves to an easy kill. The other theory is that ravens respond to the howls of wolves preparing to hunt (and, for that matter, to human hunters shooting guns). They find out where the wolves are going and following. Both theories may be correct.

Wolves and ravens also play. A raven will sneak up behind a wolf and yank its tail and the wolf will play back. Ravens sometimes respond to wolf howls with calls of their own, resulting in a concert of howls and calls. 

Sources: Mind of the Raven, Bernd Heinrich, The American Crow and the Common Raven, Lawrence Kilham 

(via wotanklan)

2 days ago
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seshattasherit:

earth-paths-green:

seshattasherit:

satdeshret:

satdjehuti:

bakhure:

satdjehuti:

satdeshret:

i0990:

Thoth’s CGs

Now that’s just not fair

Djhuty has a white hair bishie … XD

This just amusing me to NO END

AND IN A HAREM SERIES!

Hinting something Beaky-boy? :P

Now I get to cackle at you all because he’s all fatherly to you all so you get the awkward factor to deal but I get him telling people to draw pictures of him with bedroom eyes and then send them to me all the time so I’m just like “yeah free to ogle with no awkward incestuous connotations, fuck yeah”

D: That’s not fair

Doesn’t help that I saw the first one and was like “Me? With Beaky?”

You call your god Beaky?! XD

Yeah. One of his epithets I’ve seen is Beaky One and Set seems to more often than not call him Beaky.

That’s amazing.

Of course, some of Odin’s names include “evil-doer”, “swinger” and “yeller”. xD They sound more impressive in Norse!

1 week ago
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lokavinr:

lokason:

Nokean Bob: The “Tru Recon” Cousin of the Tru Asapope

And thus, my day was made.

loooooooooool

1 week ago
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Folkism, "Nokeanism," and Exclusion

lokavinr:

(This was originally a response to someone else’s posts. However, after talking to him we realized that there was some degree of misunderstanding going on, and I decided to take down the old argument after he modified his original statement. However, I want to keep what I said available here on…

1 week ago
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Crone Goddesses

kaynarune:

adventuresinasatru:

kaynarune:

adventuresinasatru:

paganisms:

A list of Goddesses that Crones can work with. If you have any more, please add.

Ala (Nigerian) : The spirits of the dead find peace in her womb.

Ama No Uzumi (Japanese) : A Shinto ancestral Goddess of longevity, protection and psychic abilities.

Asase Yaa (West African) :

Also, I have never heard of Eli? And the only time Thor really gets defeated is by Jormungadr… Who’s a giant serpent, is, to my knowkedge, not a female, and isn’t named Eli.

I think they mean the “old woman” Thor wrestled in Utgard Loki’s hall. Which is still wrong because she wasn’t a goddess. She was a physical manifestation of old age and time, conjured up by Utgard Loki. She was part illusion and part natural force with no personality, will or intent.

Yeah, they messaged me and said that’s what they were referring to. 

((And you could argue that Thor wasn’t even really “defeated” by Old Age (just as he didn’t really “loose” the contest about picking up the cat, or drinking) because the whole thing was designed by Utgard Loki to see how Thor and Loki did, rather than to have them actually win or loose. But that’s something different entirely.))

I always thought it was rigged more to be impossible to beat, rather than as an assessment of abilities. And while Thor didn’t necessarily “defeat” any of his challenges, he still did things that should have been impossible. He reduced the level of the ocean by a visible margin, nearly pulled Jormungand from it’s place, and wrestled old age to its knees. He’s frikken terrifying and stubborn as hell. But yeah, I’d agree that calling that a defeat is arguable. And Elli is still not a goddess.

Not to mention that Hel is listed as a “crone goddess”?? She ain’t, OP. Nor is Hekate, while we’re at it. And isn’t Macha *part of* the Morrigan?

(Source: goddess-guide.com)

3 days ago
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I Don't Believe In Wiccatru

lokavinr:

valhallvagabond:

  • I don’t believe in Godspouses.
  • I don’t believe in “working with” the Æsir and Vanir.
  • I don’t believe that Frigg and Freyja are aspects of one being.
  • I will not teach you the Runes when you get bored of Tarot.
  • I don’t believe in patron deities.
  • I don’t believe one God is higher in ranking than others.
  • I DO believe in being more connected to some Gods than others.
  • Magick is not something to be practiced lightheartedly.
  • I don’t believe you had lunch with Freyja last Tuesday.
  • I DO believe that on some occasions you may speak with a God.
  • I don’t believe you speak to a God daily.
  • I DON’T BELIEVE IN WICCATRU
  • I do believe in Heathenism, Odinism, Forn Sed, and Asatru.

I don’t hate you if you believe these things, I just consider you a Wiccan and not Asatru.  I’m not sorry if this offends you, I’m sure you’re a good enough person but your beliefs are too different from mine to be considered the same religion.

How charming to know that Lokavinr and myself are actually totes Wiccatru for hitting one or two of the points on this list. Wow.

PS Godspousery is referenced in the lore. Freyr’s priestess-wife, at minimum, in Flateyjarbók. Patronship also happens all over, and mentions of fulltrui relationships (which is pretty much the Heathen equivalent, having a particular Deity as one’s Luckbringer).

Everyone go home and stop using the infoblog, guys. Apparently I’m not a Really Real Heathen.

Hahah, oh yeah. After spending literally my last two years discussing and trying to amend Wiccan influences in Heathenry, it turns out I am Wiccatru after all.

I have a newsflash for you, Valhallvagabond:

Godspouse is attested.

Fulltruí is attested.

Being the “friend” of a Deity or favored by them is attested.

Whereas most of what happens in “Odinism,” a modern construct of a religion with Nazi roots and little to no basis in Scandinavian heathen movements, is not. It’s hilarious that you believe Odinism is legitimate while challenging several things that are actually attested in the sagas.

Valhallvagabond, just this evening you were trying to get me to play Smite with you and talking to me as if we were friends. Now you are thoroughly insulting me and claiming I am not a heathen. What the actual fuck is your problem?

Yo, if you think any of those things you think qualify someone as “Wiccan rather than Asatru” then sorry but you don’t know shit about Wicca and should probs stop just assigning people to religions when you don’t know anything about them.

Kisses xo

6 days ago
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seshattasherit:

satdeshret:

satdjehuti:

bakhure:

satdjehuti:

satdeshret:

i0990:

Thoth’s CGs

Now that’s just not fair

Djhuty has a white hair bishie … XD

This just amusing me to NO END

AND IN A HAREM SERIES!

Hinting something Beaky-boy? :P

Now I get to cackle at you all because he’s all fatherly to you all so you get the awkward factor to deal but I get him telling people to draw pictures of him with bedroom eyes and then send them to me all the time so I’m just like “yeah free to ogle with no awkward incestuous connotations, fuck yeah”

D: That’s not fair

Doesn’t help that I saw the first one and was like “Me? With Beaky?”

You call your god Beaky?! XD

1 week ago
271 notes
The gods can’t give you anything that’s not already in you, and sometimes they flay you to reach it.

lokavinr:

On Monday, we translated and discussed the passage about Loki’s binding in my Old Norse class. Nobody in that class knows about my beliefs, let alone my connection to Loki, let alone the experiences I have had that make this a particularly sensitive topic. I had to translate, read out, and explain the lines dealing with Váli and Narvi, and it was all I could do to keep from crying.

Studying your religion in an academic context has innumerable benefits, but it isn’t without its difficulties.

Oh, ouch. There are whole LAYERS to the binding and so on and I haven’t delved much into myself but man it’s all painful and that sounds so hard

1 week ago
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