Light the Beacons

Living in the South, as I make my first outreach to The Troth steward and a local pan-pagan group, one of my concerns is obviously the possibility to turn folkishness into outright racism. Everyone raised in the south above a certain age is a racists. It was indoctrinated by elder family members and one’s peers from the earliest age, and it is a curse one struggles with as one struggles against alcoholism: one day at a time, never completely cured but stronger than the curse.

A group of heathens is organizing an event on Mayday called Light the Beacons. I let the Facebook post speak for itself:

On this coming May Day we call on all Heathens around the world who stand for inclusive, tolerant, and diverse practice to light a beacon in solidarity with all other Heathens who stand for these values in our spirituality. Whether you are lighting a candle in your home with your loved ones or are hosting a bonfire party open to the public we ask you help us shine a light on all the good work, good practice, and good people in Heathenry across Midgard.

As I have shared a few other ritual invocations of the gods (so far, but mindful of the strong women of the Heathen pantheon as well, and that sexism has no place; and I am drawn toward Nerthus as the embodiment of the The Lady in the Germanic feminine), here is a redrafted invocation after some helpful criticism from my region’s Troth steward.

Hail Báleyg

Baleful eye of the battlefield
Lord of the cohort of Asgard
Father of all troth knowledge

The Troth  of all—Æsir & Vanir,
lofty Jöntunn, bright Alfheim
& the Folk of the Troth—
are threatened by the crooked of Ásatru.
.
Shine your flaring glance upon them
as we light this fiery beacon of true troth
so that the glory of all Asgard
& the people of the holy troth
be unblemished in the eyes of all men.

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2 thoughts on “Light the Beacons

  1. No, messing with Odin’s most productive ally in this way is not a good idea. He’s best avoided when convenient, but avoidance does NOT mean failing to mention him any more than it means incorrectly cursing him for having obtained Mjnollnir. Ooops, you forgot that part.

    Mentioning his brother without mentioning him invites contact by him. Not something you want to happen especially not by that path. There is zero mystery to why one hundred percent of the trouble about Loki is initiated by the Nokeans and that’s exactly why. Those of us who quietly remember him and hope he never shows up in our lives trigger far less controversy same as we see who it is that brings controversy and why.

    Don’t make the lessons of Asatru be about simple answers. If you want to deal with a deity, learn about that one’s friends as well. Pay close attention to which you want to be careful about initiating contact with and why.

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