Loki and His Kin

The handout for our September 2017 meeting

Loki and His Kin

Nearly all of Loki’s family are referred to in multiple poems as well as in Snorri’s Edda.

Loki’s father is a giant named Farbauti in the Prose Edda, in Haustlong (a skaldic poem attributed to Thjoðolfr of Hvinir), and in Úlfr Uggason’s Husdrapa. Simek (1993) suggests Farbauti may mean “dangerous hitter.” Kock relates the name to lightning, while Bugge believes it to mean “storm” (both as cited in Simek, 1993).

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A One-Handed God

The handout for our January 2015 meeting.

A One-Handed God

Probably from *Tiwaz (god), similar to PIE *deiwos, Old Irish dia, Latin dei, Sanskrit/Old Indian deva (Simek, 1993).  Simek relates this to Zeus and Jupiter as well as noting that in Old Norse tivar means “gods.”  Partially as a result of this etymology, Simek, Lindow, Dumezil, and others speculate that Tyr was at one time the sovereign and chief ruler of the gods, a sky father. Continue reading

Winternights 2014 report

On November 23, 2014 Keeper of Seasons Hall met to celebrate its seventeenth Winternights. We met at the Pueblo Montaño trailhead in the afternoon to gain at least a little warmth during one of the colder weeks to date. Due to cold temperatures and frequent winds, we saw no other people in the area as we made our way to our destination on the bank of the Rio Grande, the same site we had used the previous three years. The weather also meant we saw less wildlife than in previous years. Aside from a few ravens and crows huddled together in the trees, we seemed to be alone in the Bosque. Continue reading

Oath Poem 2

Born bravely in early spring’s chill
Cold wind comes to mound’s base,
Where one who knows guards his face
And far more within the hill.

Flickering fire and clanging gate
Aid the guard and his twin greed;
Golden tree snake will not bleed
Without the wands wrought with hate.

A smile: suddenly dawns the day;
Joy in jewelry laughs in her song;
Elf-wheel’s beams to right the wrong,
Again, love’s flames can leap and play.

Healing mountain, now giving and green
As heat-hold at last releases its queen.

The Aska Pendant

The Aska Pendant

Winternights 2013 report

On November 10, 2013 Keeper of Seasons Hall met to celebrate its sixteenth Winternights. We met at the Pueblo Montaño trailhead on an afternoon whose warm weather made a pleasant contrast to the weather of the previous year. We met many others in the area enjoying the respite from the cold and the fall colors of the Bosque as we made our way to our destination on the bank of the Rio Grande, the same site we had used the previous two years. The familiar wildlife of the years before 2012 was back; we saw and heard a number of ducks, crows, cranes, and other birds as we walked. Continue reading

Outline for Modern Heathen Beliefs about the Afterlife

Modern Heathen Beliefs about the Afterlife

“The present life of man, O king, seems to me, in comparison of that time which is unknown to us, like to the swift flight of a sparrow through the room wherein you sit at supper in winter, with your commanders and ministers, and a good fire in the midst, whilst the storms of rain and snow prevail abroad; the sparrow, I say, flying in at one door, and immediately out at another, whilst he is within, is safe from the wintry storm; but after a short space of fair weather, he immediately vanishes out of your sight, into the dark winter from which he had emerged. So this life of man appears for a short space, but of what went before, or what is to follow, we are utterly ignorant.”
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Midsummer 2013 Report

On June 23, 2013 Keeper of Seasons Hall met to celebrate Midsummer. The drought of the previous years had continued and worsened, and much of the open space in and around the city was closed to the public. Fortunately for the Hall, Schuyler volunteered the use of his land in the mountains, and we were able to celebrate outdoors, surrounded by trees. Continue reading