Happy Sun’s Day
We don’t pray here – we figure God, the gods, goddesses, or whatever powers that be either know already, don’t give a fuck, or are busy with more important matters than our petty stuff. We also kind of assume that they expect us to do stuff that we can do for ourselves and that we will do them ourselves and not be lazy. We also believe in being good friends, so we don’t presume on our friendship with the powers that be by asking them all the time for stuff while giving them nothing in return.
We also don’t take an offering here. We figure the powers that be probably don’t need it. Let’s be honest, offerings are not given to the divine powers, they are given to an organization to support it. Just being honest. God, the gods or whatever never sees a dime, farthing or peso of that money; it all goes to the church, mosque or shrine.
Theme Song: “Rune” – SKALD (lyric video)
English Translation: https://lyricstranslate.com/en/r%C3%BAn-rune.html
A little long about the Runes.
Just a little reminder of last weeks lesson before we hit this one.
Most pagan religions believe that everything in the universe is sacred, but the definition and level of sacredness applied to an object will generally vary from one pagan to another. For some pagans, all parts of our universe are considered divine and as such, sacred and worthy of our deepest respect.
Everything is sacred in paganism. This means there is no distinction of things as evil or good which is the first significant implication of this principle. No object or thing is better than another. Objects and places are all sacred. So they cannot be evil or good. Moral ‘evil’ or ‘good’ is found in our actions, results, and intents, not things. Yet all things have a spiritual quality to them. This is mostly to remind us that we are connected in some way to everyone and everything around us.
Like all things pagan, this principle is individually applied and its application is as individual as the pagans themselves. We each see some things as more sacred than others. That’s why in some forms of paganism there are still religious aspects with sacred places, practices, and rituals. Some consider the universe itself as divine while others see it more as spiritual but not necessarily divine. Like I said at this point there is a lot of variances but in the end, there is nothing wrong with any of these views. Paganism is very genuinely tolerant, so to each their own.
For me, the religious aspects of paganism are not my thing. I live with a more deistic mindset on those things, although I understand the benefits of community and honoring things that are virtuous and respecting the past, present, and future actions of my fellow human beings. I suppose I consider human beings and their liberty as the most sacred thing as a humanist, so it is reflected in my paganism. For me, my paganism is ultimately found in Asatru and following the Nine Noble Virtues.
As far as the rest of creation as being sacred that includes the things that man creates. not just the natural world. Human beings and what they do are also natural and I feel the whole natural/ artificial thing is a bunch of noise. Where did the so-called ‘artificial’ come from if not nature? A computer is just as sacred to me as a tree. Beavers create dams, bees make hives, humans create computers. The difference is only in the mind of people who want to use this distinction to control others. I am far more a conservationist than an environmentalist.
The beauty here though is once again freedom of choice about it. It is simply a principle that flows out of the previous principles that your beliefs are your own and you alone are responsible for them. This includes how you look at the world around you.
Tolerance (the real stuff), admiration, compassion, kindness – these are real love and they don’t involve – obedience, conformity, fear or submission. Those are not aspects of love – rather they are aspects of slavery.
The Rabyd Skald – Wandering Soul, Bard, and Philosopher. The Grey Wayfarer.