Theodish Thoughts

Musings on Theodism, religion, mythology, history, and contemporary Heathenry

Category: Whimsy

Easter Woes

Easter/ Paschal/ Eostre/etc. etc. etc. is proving a tough nut to crack. The problem is that it’s not tied to any specific date; it can occur anytime between March 22 and April 25. When one adds Lent into the calculation, the start potentially goes back as far as February 10. Add Carnival/ CwarmĂȘ/ Fastelavn/ Shrovetide/ Fasching/ Fastnacht/ Vastenavond/ etc., which happens before Lent, and the period is extended even longer. Usually another week. And then the transition from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar complicates things yet more.

As such, the whole thing tends to “sweep up” pre-Christian practices and beliefs during that three month time period like a deep sea fishing net. Parsing them all out is a bitch and a half. But still the work continues!

Dinner for One

It has been a New Year’s tradition in Germany since 1972, and in other parts of Europe since then, including Austira, Switzerland, and as far as South Africa and Australia. It holds the Guinness World’s Record for most repeated single broadcast television show, and has a cult following across the world, although it is little-known in the United States. The full story of this wonderful sketch can be found here, but for now I present to you, “The 90th Birthday, or Dinner for One.” (The host begins in German, but the sketch itself is in English.)

Happy Life Day!

Well, it’s not quite Yule, but still…

New book!

Just got this wonderful book in the mail yesterday:

This oughta be good for a post or two.

You know who you are…

Blacksmithing, archery, and mead-brewing

There exists within the Asatru community a bunch of folks who look down on Asatruar who have the “wrong” hobbies.

They seem to think that Asatruar who live in 21st century post-industrial societies should scorn popular culture, and have interests that only intersect with our Heathen faith. Mead brewing, archery, and blacksmithing are held to be acceptable. Liking Star Wars, football, television in general, video games, or being able to quote lines from “The Big Bang Theory” are not. Somehow if you play D&D, you can’t be a “serious” Asatruar.

Well, I’m about as “recon” an Asatruar as you’re going to find (I don’t do “hammer hallowing rituals” because they’re not historical), but I’m not ready to give up on indoor plumbing, vaccinations, or Star Wars. I live in the 21st century, and while I see absolutely nothing wrong with blacksmithing or archery or mead making (I tried once, and the resulting liquid was quite handy in stripping varnish off of an old dresser), I’m a creature of the culture in which I was raised, and that’s not going to change, even as I strive to adopt a Germanic mindset.

Are there good arguments for eschewing television? Absolutely. Does failing to do so somehow make you less of a Heathen? Absolutely not. Our Gods are thousands of years old, but that doesn’t mean we have to pretend like it’s 793 CE. Sometimes you just want to have fun, modern fun, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

So the next time someone rags on you for playing D&D once a month, or following the Patriots, or going to a Brit Floyd concert, ask ’em how that 79 year life expectancy is treating them.

Swedish Midsummer for Dummies

Because there’s been entirely too much Big Serious Talk in the Pagan/Heathen blogosphere lately…

My Favorite Season

Autumn is my favorite time of year, hands down.

The leaves are turning, the air is getting crisp, my wife and daughter are back in school and out from under foot… Plus Fall leads up to my flat-out favorite holiday; Halloween, so I get to decorate the house and add to our store of props and decorations. Soon the television will be filled with wonderful old horror movies, and baseball will finally be off the air for the season.

Plus even though October is usually packed with activities around my house (my wife has her Samhain stuff, I’ve got Winternights, and we all have Halloween) it’s mercifully without the hectic rushing around that accompanies the Christmas/Yule season. I don’t have a free weekend for the whole month of October, but I don’t mind a bit.

For some reason I feel more focused in Autumn. I’m more productive and creative. This is the time I generally start new major undertakings. For the next couple of months, I plan on being inordinately pleased with myself, for no other reason than it’s Fall.

(Yeah, I know that astronomically Autumn doesn’t start until September 22, but my Heathen ancestors based their calendrical perceptions on observed effects, and those effects around here tell me it’s Autumn already.)

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