I am weird. There’s no other way to put it. Weird. Not on purpose but that’s the way it’s ended up. I just am…weird.
Take the fact that I live my life straddling Realms. I spend so much time journeying that I experience whole days when I’m not quite sure if I’m in ordinary consciousness or an altered state. It feels a bit like dream walking. Not a bad thing in itself but not exactly conducive to getting the laundry done when it needs attention. It’s days like this that I wonder how my hubby puts up with me. I mean he’s a solid stable kinda guy. The kind of guy you can rely on in a pinch. Me under pressure? I can’t even be sure some days what Realm I’m dwelling in! Not exactly the kind to count on… but if you need to talk with a dearly departed I’m your guy!
Then there’s the Runes. I see Runes everywhere. I don’t have a refrigerator. I have an Isa box. Books? Rows of Ansuz. Things like that. I am pretty good at interpreting things into common parlance. But when push comes to shove that’s an Isa box.
Do I mind being so weird? Not really. It happened so slowly that I had time to adjust myself as the change was occurring. Come to think of it I was pretty weird as a kid too. So I guess I never had to adjust. It was just because I was born this way.
I have learned to enjoy my weirdness to a certain degree. I mean I want to be happy like everyone else. So I best make peace with what and who I am. I don’t go around shouting at the top of my lungs to strangers “I’m weird!” But get to know me a little and it’s pretty clear.
So. I’m weird. Let’s not make a big deal out of it though. Let’s just combine our world views and make some magic together! Maybe you’ll discover you’re a little weird too!
As we travel the path of Druidry often we find ourselves in the need of a hero. A bright shining example we can look up to and model our own lives after. Someone who is brave and just and gets things done. When things get a bit sticky we need a hero to help us through.
One of the most famous of heroes in the Druid lore is King Arthur. His tale of creating a wonderful reality around him in his Round Table still speaks to us today. Surrounding himself with the best and brightest served him very well. He created an environment of safety and growth for his subjects. Camelot was a beacon on a hill. And the memory of that grand place shines on.
But who are your heroes? Hopefully they include living persons. There are many heroes today creating a better world for all of us. You needn’t look far to read or hear about those doing great work. Heroes still live today. Take a moment to make a list of who your contemporary heroes are. You may be surprised at how easy it is.
We also are called to be our own heroes. We can lead a heroic life of creation and change. We can do brave and noble things and become our own heroes. Start a recycling routine. Volunteer to assist those in need. Mentor a troubled teen. There are so many heroic tasks you can undertake. Look around. Opportunity abounds. Fill a void in your world. There are far better things to do than watch TV!
There are times that call for heroes. When you hit such a point in your life have a backlog of people whose example you can draw strength and wisdom from. Remember to be your own hero. And the next thing you know the world will be full of heroes!
You’re on the path of the Norse tradition. You’ve been studying the lore. You’ve at least dabbled in the Esoteric practices of this path. You’re moving right along. And then. Bam! A major roadblock. Now what?
This is a time to rededicate yourself. If you’ve been called this is bound to happen to you sooner or later. Here’s some tips I’ve found useful in my 25 years on this path.
Dig into the lore. Perhaps there are sagas you’ve meant to read. Perhaps you’ve only skimmed the Eddas. Or maybe there’s an author you’ve always wanted to read. It’s a cliche but this is a spiritual path that is all about homework. This is a good thing. You’ll never be done reading or hopefully learning about our spiritual path. It’s a life long process of unending growth potential. So do some homework!
You can reach out to others who follow the Norse path. When I was a newbie I didn’t know anyone. So I joined a couple of groups on Facebook and that’s all it took. I suddenly had the potential to know hundreds of folk. This is the great wonder of the times we live in. Instant and huge amounts of feedback and advice are as close as your computer. Take full advantage of this opportunity. Join groups. Lots of them. Learn and grow at your own rate.
Find a skill that you haven’t explored yet and do some more digging. Not great with the runes? Do some work on that. Never tried Seidr? Time to learn. Again there are great authors on a myriad of facets to our path to study. Give yourself the chance to really find out what things are all about. Remember homework?
You can always strengthen your bonds to the gods. Now is always the best time to start the habit of daily devotionals. This little act of setting aside ten minutes a day to honor our gods can make a world of difference. Try it for yourself and see the results. Bet they are terrific!
Those are just a few ways to help keep you on the path. I’m sure there’s many more. Get creative and find out what a life time commitment can mean. Find out who you are on this path. You may be surprised!