Not everyone comes from a privileged home or life. Not everyone is higher middle class and can afford their own insurance. Strip away all the privileges you have had due to your family. Family and their finances have a lot to do with why many of us have issues living because we can’t afford those services. Some of us can’t work due to mental conditions or physical conditions. We’re judged for who we are because we live in a society where the privileged person gets to decide what is acceptable. Not every person has money to spend on services that are intended to help us. Some of us have to resort to other methods of surviving. Until you have been in the situation I am in, you cannot truly judge me until you have lived my life as I have.

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Talk about your thoughts on fiction about your deities written by people who don't believe in them. Please.
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answersfromvanaheim:

Well I have a couple of thoughts on the subject:

1. In general, when authors bother to include the Vanir at all (and usually they just focus on Odin, Thor, and Loki) they fuck it up horribly, so I tend to read stories about my deities expecting that the author has probably fucked it up. The one book that I have read that acknowledges the Vanir as a Thing is the Witches of East End, and as you can read in my review, I wasn’t too impressed with it because….they fucked it up.

2. I find it difficult to care about how people depict my deities. I think my deities quite possibly like seeing themselves on TV and stuff or that it’s just so low on the priority list that I *could* get offended over it but what’s the point? Of course I’m also biased as I’ve role-played as deities in the past and I love games and stuff that draw on mythology. Yes, I’m one of those ebil roleplayers. I RPed deities I liked. It’s basically how I started getting into the habit of writing regularly.

That doesn’t mean I don’t think anyone should care about this stuff. Depictions of religions like Vodou, for instance, are often awful and racist and actually hurt people. Depictions of Norse deities can result in misinformation and stuff, but near as I can tell, most of the stereotyping of Lokeans comes from other Heathens who think all Lokeans are into Loki because Marvel, it’s shitty, but on par with systemic and institutionalized racism? Generally not. Seriously though, Heathens are generally some of the most privileged people on the planet, being merely “offended” by media is a luxury, IMHO. you might even call it a mark of privilege, like literally the worst thing that happens to me is I can get offended by how that deity is depicted, like I get more shit from Heathens who are like “hurr durr you worship fertility deities will you have sex with me?” (which is another topic) and maybe I’ll get the occasional misinformed anon or someone posts something in the pagan tag about it.

The other point I want to make is that tangential learning is a thing and it’s possible some deities use media about them as a recruitment tool. How many Pagans read something like, say, The Mists of Avalon and were like “Wow this is cool Imma’ look this up.” Recent grossness aside, there’s no doubt that Mists was behind more than a few “homecomings” to some form of Paganism, not everyone has deities popping up at random and being like “YOU! WORSHIP ME!” and those of us who don’t come to them through books on mythology do so via modern media.

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mx-ro:

brown-likeme:

nizhonibird:

sikssaapo-p:

THE TRUTH OF NATIVE AMERICANS BEFORE THE GENOCIDE

Gotta put this on blast.
We never needed a white savior.

I hate this country.

What I learned from this video:

  • 100 million Native Americans died at the hands of white colonists
  • Instead of planting crops the colonists spent their days digging random holes in the ground looking for gold. They started starving and dug up Indian corpses to eat. They took Indian prisoners and forced them to teach the colonists how to farm
  • Native Americans had massive cities with tens of thousands of well constructed houses, intricate water canals and large merchant areas.
  • The Native Americans used soaps, deodorants and breath sweeteners while colonists never bathed or even took of their clothes
  • There was a delousing policy with the mantra Nits create Lice; nits being Native American babies, so their goal was to kill every Indian, including babies 
  • In the 1700’s 80% of the Federal Budget went towards eradicating the Native American population so they could take their developed farmland
  • Colonists leaders went town after town killing men women and children under the approval of George Washington
  • "Pursue Indians to extermination" -Thomas Jefferson
  • California governor (1849-1851): “extermination must continue to be waged until the Indian becomes extinct”

The main factor which prevented Native American extinction was the fact they were used for slave labor. The most prized Native Americans were young girls who were said to be valued for labor and lust (that one white dude in your ethnic studies class that says he’s 1/36th Cherokee?)

In modern times children were forced into Indian Boarding Schools whose goal was to “Kill the Indian in them”. It was federal policy. They were beaten if they used their native tongue, they were forced to dress and style their hair like whites 

This country was literally built on terrorism and mass murder. White people are savage terrorists.

Until, this is taught in schools everywhere- “history class” is merely a racism propaganda course.

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nubbsgalore:

september 22 is world rhino day, meant to raise awareness about the struggle faced by all five species of rhino, help curtail the supply of rhino horns, and highlight efforts to ensure the animal’s continued survival.  

one such effort involves a four man anti poaching team tasked with guarding the ol pejeta conservancy’s four remaining northern white rhinos. with only eight left, it is the world’s most endangered species. located in the laikipia district of kenya, ol pejeta conservancy is also the largest sanctuary for the black rhino.

the rise in asia’s middle class has meant that demand for rhino horn has soared, with prices on the black market exceeding that of gold and cocaine. with an increase in poaching in ol pejeta, the anti poaching team now provides twenty four hour armed protection for the rhinos, and has developed a close relationship with the animals.

poachers will track rhinos from helicopters, darting them from above and then hacking off the horn and part of the face with a chainsaw. the animals are often left to suffer and die. the rhinos seen here were found wandering in unimaginable pain, but remarkably survived thanks to timely veterinary supervision.

to protect the rhinos and deter poachers, veterinarians will remove much of the animal’s horn (as seen in the second last photo). the rhinos are anesthetized, and suffer no trauma. the horn is not like an elephant’s tusk, and will grow back in a few years.  

photos by brent stirton’s. see also: posts on the efforts of the lewa wildlife conservancy and the black rhino range expansion project 

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thegreenwolf:

Apparently someone didn’t grow up in a farming community. Kids on farms with livestock tend to learn pretty early on about the realities of where meat comes from. It’s not some horrible “OH MY GOD YOU KILLED THE CUTE LITTLE PIG HOW DARE YOU” message that they get, but “We’ve cared for this pig* for this amount of time, and now’s the time we kill it so we have meat (or sell it so we have money to pay the bills)”. Yes, there are farm kids who grow up to be vegan, but plenty don’t.
There’s a huge disconnect between American culture and the realities of our food and where it comes from, across the board. This leads not only to ignorance like the above sign, but also the horror of modern factory farms. There are much more humane ways to kill an animal for meat than the mass-production lines, just as there are more eco-friendly ways to grow produce than growing huge fields of nothing but one crop, with pesticides and chemical fertilizers for all. The problem with “OMG YOU EAT MEAT? YOU MONSTER!” attitudes is that they keep distancing people from reality; most people don’t respond well to guilt, and therefore won’t investigate their options. Because when you present your way as the ONLY way, people who don’t adhere to that way will turn back to whatever they were doing because your way doesn’t work for them. 
But if we encourage everyone to learn about where food comes from, then let people make their own educated decisions, then we have more of a chance of making things better. It may not match everyone’s idea of “better”, because there are always going to be people who eat meat and some other people make it their business to not like that. But I’d rather have people eating meat from free-range farms and humane kills (and have THAT be the subsidized, affordable source) than the way things are now. Encouraging curiosity and open inquiry, not political fundamentalism and guilt-slinging, seems to be a better way to bring that about.
(* And there’s a good reason they tell you as a kid to stay away from the pig pen. Pigs are NOT safe to be around, especially when full grown, and they have been known to eat people who got into their pens. We’re not sending adorable little cute things to the slaughterhouse.)

thegreenwolf:

Apparently someone didn’t grow up in a farming community. Kids on farms with livestock tend to learn pretty early on about the realities of where meat comes from. It’s not some horrible “OH MY GOD YOU KILLED THE CUTE LITTLE PIG HOW DARE YOU” message that they get, but “We’ve cared for this pig* for this amount of time, and now’s the time we kill it so we have meat (or sell it so we have money to pay the bills)”. Yes, there are farm kids who grow up to be vegan, but plenty don’t.

There’s a huge disconnect between American culture and the realities of our food and where it comes from, across the board. This leads not only to ignorance like the above sign, but also the horror of modern factory farms. There are much more humane ways to kill an animal for meat than the mass-production lines, just as there are more eco-friendly ways to grow produce than growing huge fields of nothing but one crop, with pesticides and chemical fertilizers for all. The problem with “OMG YOU EAT MEAT? YOU MONSTER!” attitudes is that they keep distancing people from reality; most people don’t respond well to guilt, and therefore won’t investigate their options. Because when you present your way as the ONLY way, people who don’t adhere to that way will turn back to whatever they were doing because your way doesn’t work for them. 

But if we encourage everyone to learn about where food comes from, then let people make their own educated decisions, then we have more of a chance of making things better. It may not match everyone’s idea of “better”, because there are always going to be people who eat meat and some other people make it their business to not like that. But I’d rather have people eating meat from free-range farms and humane kills (and have THAT be the subsidized, affordable source) than the way things are now. Encouraging curiosity and open inquiry, not political fundamentalism and guilt-slinging, seems to be a better way to bring that about.

(* And there’s a good reason they tell you as a kid to stay away from the pig pen. Pigs are NOT safe to be around, especially when full grown, and they have been known to eat people who got into their pens. We’re not sending adorable little cute things to the slaughterhouse.)

Maybe in the future when I get things set up with my etsy shop, I might sell Recaning sticks for people to buy. That could be a real thing that would benefit lots of people I think. I will have to talk it over with the mugwort spirits to see what they think.

I was in the car and I was praying to Freyr. He told me that nature is not just plants or the woods. He said nature is all around us, in the pavement, the sky, the wind. Animals exist and live in the city, plants grow between the pavement. The city is not devoid of nature, nature is everywhere and is everything natural. It’s the wood in your house, the animals you see. It’s everything around us. Even cities with seemingly no plants have nature. The wind still blows there, fire can happen, rain drops down upon it. Just because we live in what we call a modern time, doesn’t mean we are devoid of nature. He wanted me to just take a moment to look and see that even though it seemed to be devoid of life, life still finds a way to exist.

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starlitcrow:

courtmaiden:

Spirits Of Home
a pagan themed art piece inspired by household spirits and their relationships.
Basically this started with a field sketch and ended with a little story. It’s hard to see but she’s holding some small flowers. 
was also hella lazy and just reused drawings for photo’s 

Thanks for the reblog~
Reblogging this cause primarily it was a pagan themed piece and I drew it so. 

starlitcrow:

courtmaiden:

Spirits Of Home

a pagan themed art piece inspired by household spirits and their relationships.

Basically this started with a field sketch and ended with a little story. It’s hard to see but she’s holding some small flowers. 

was also hella lazy and just reused drawings for photo’s 

Thanks for the reblog~

Reblogging this cause primarily it was a pagan themed piece and I drew it so. 

Making Recaning a Weekly Thing

I asked the spirit of mugwort to help me recan and hallow my space. She said she would, but I would also have to take care of her children too, more efficiently. This was the offering she requested.

Clearing the space of clutter also helps to clear out any gunk that might be hiding around. Sometimes it’s hard to physically clear things away because you basically live in a one room apartment with no utilities and everything that you have is stuffed somewhere. Either way, I have to make sure I can at least walk around in here.

I took the mugwort and waved it around the room in every corner. Then I took it within me, breathing in the smoke. I felt a sort of silvery energy running through me. What was there that was nagging at me, that feeling of pressure from negative situations is now gone. Recaning every Friday has become a thing, and even a required ritual to do. It really helps my mental and emotional state. It also allows me to honor Frigga.

The purpose of statues and other representations for deities and spirits are not for our liking, they are for the gods and spirits to inhabit while we work with them. This is why in many practices, people feel drawn to buy statues or are told to. It’s meant to be a sort of home for them while we perform rituals to them. It’s also a form of dedication. What someone else thinks of your altar is really non of our concern. It’s only what the spirit or deity wants that truly matters. It’s our relationship with them that determines things.

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zooophagous:

wildwesjames:

onegreenplanet:

Don’t Think it Matters When You Throw Your Gum Onto the Ground? Stuck Hummingbird Begs to Differ

This is really important. Besides the fact that small animals can become stuck in gum larger ones often choke on it or have their mouths obstructed by it.
Humans may be able to pass gum through our systems but most small birds, reptiles, and mammals can’t. Gum looks and smells a lot like food to other animals and it can mean their demise if they try to swallow it. 
It only takes a few seconds to wrap your gum up and put it somewhere responsible, you could just save a life. 

I never would have thought gum of all things could fuck up a hummingbird. Guess it isn’t just gross- for the wrong critter it’s dangerous.

Why the hell can’t people just throw their trash in the proper receptacle?

thegreenwolf:

zooophagous:

wildwesjames:

onegreenplanet:

Don’t Think it Matters When You Throw Your Gum Onto the Ground? Stuck Hummingbird Begs to Differ

This is really important. Besides the fact that small animals can become stuck in gum larger ones often choke on it or have their mouths obstructed by it.

Humans may be able to pass gum through our systems but most small birds, reptiles, and mammals can’t. Gum looks and smells a lot like food to other animals and it can mean their demise if they try to swallow it. 

It only takes a few seconds to wrap your gum up and put it somewhere responsible, you could just save a life. 

I never would have thought gum of all things could fuck up a hummingbird. Guess it isn’t just gross- for the wrong critter it’s dangerous.

Why the hell can’t people just throw their trash in the proper receptacle?