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Male and female = balance

malefemale I remember a debate once in circle where someone was explaining how ‘all life is male and female and this is why we have a god and a goddess’. As someone who knows a lot about nature, I had to disagree.

Of course humans are male and female, but you can also find hermaphrodites (both male and female), as well as those who are transgendered. The choices of sexuality expand further in the animal kingdom;

Hermaphrodites include both male and female reproductive organs. Snails, worms, and 20 or so various fish include this type of sexual mating. They only need to find another one of their species to make babies.

There are some gods that are hermaphrodites; Hermaphrodites (Greek), Hapi (Egyptian), and Ardhanarishvara  (Hindu) to name a few.

Clown fish– Clown Fish have the dominant male with lesser males, and a dominant female. If the female dies, the dominant male will change his gender to female, and a lesser male will then become head male.

As for deity, an example of gender changing would be Loki (Norse). He is a shape shifter god known to take forms of animals and an elderly woman. As a mare, he fathered the six legged stallion, Sleipnir.

Some species of the Timena Stick insects who don’t have sex, but still lay fertilized eggs. This type of sexual reproduction (without sex) is known as parthenogenesis.

Parthenogenesis can also be found in reptiles, sharks, and even birds that had fertilized eggs without mating. The young are basically genetic clones of the mother.

I believe we often see Deity as something similar to ourselves and this is why so often see male or female Divine. For me personally, the Divine is the soul of the earth, life and death, having both genders, and more, and also be a part of my Self.

What are your thoughts? Which faces of the Divine do you worship? Post in comments.

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Wish I may….wish I might

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My thoughts often wondered to the concept of ‘putting it out there in the Universe’, in order to take advantage of the 3fold law of return.  You know, the one that states that whatever energy you put out into the world, will come back three fold. Prayers, chants, wishes, spells, and that sort are all methods used to put it to the Universe.

Sounds perfect. It even sounds fair, doesn’t it?

But Life is not fair. The Universe doesn’t care what you want. This idea might be cynical and depressing, but from my own experiences, the Universe chooses to ignore my prayers, energies, and even efforts to reach my goals.

Arguably, people tend to offer excuses as to why a spell might not work, but that doesn’t explain plain-hard-work doesn’t seem to work for me either.

This doesn’t mean I feel it happens to everyone. Others may find it works for them, but sometimes I feel my bad luck stems from a certain level of Chaos that rules my life where one methods that works for everyone else is likely to blow up in my face. Its like being left handed in a right-handed world.

So I’m curious of my readers out there on their thoughts of this idea of ‘putting it out there’. Does it work for you? Do you agree/disagree? Post in comments.

The Viking Afterlife

The Vikings had a peculiar view of the afterlife, where you died on battle, you were assured to join the gods in Valhalla, to drink and party, to fight and ‘die’ and do it all over again, every day, for eternity.

I found this video, The Saga of Bjorn, that illustrates in a funny way the tradition of dying in battle to go to Valhalla.

Death and Afterlife in Viking tradition is a complicated matter. Funeral rituals could be lengthy affairs, including human sacrifice, and lots of drinking.

Last week’s episode of The Vikings on the History Channel included much of what was described in saga and outsider accounts.  Ahmad ibn Fadlan wrote about his experience among the Vikings, adding the event of a funeral.

What’s your thoughts on the afterlife? For some pagans, they believe in Summerland, reincarnation, or other ‘heavens’. Personally, I feel whatever energy that makes us alive simply dissipates into everything else to be recycled. Add your opinion in comments.