Ah, the first all-nighter of the fall semester.

While I didn’t do anything overtly tied to the Fire Howling, I’ve chipped away and/or finished work that I’ve been letting sit while pulling an all-nighter. The Master Electrician in me says that I should’ve had my ME Binder ready by the first day of school, but the very much not perfect human in me says that shit happens. I’ve made progress, at least.

A little peek into today:

  • Class (8:50 – 10:40)
  • Elbows Production meeting (11:50 – 12:45) (?)
  • Class (12:55 – 2:45)
  • Shop hours (second shift; 3 – 5)
  • First day of 1392 Practicum students in that time slot, as well.
  • First Much Ado Production meeting (5 – 6)
  • Elbows Design presentation in Rehearsal (starts at 7) (?)
  • First SOUP meeting (7 – 8 ish)

(?) Indicates that I have no idea if I need to be there or not, since I’m no longer the ALD / ME [just the ME now]. May be I need to be there, may be I don’t.

Also: There will be eating not listed here. The SOUP meetings usually run an hour, but have been known to run two hours (often the first one and when workshopping long pieces). THAR 1392 is a class that does intro to lighting, basically, and that level of practicum students come in and work in the shop M/W. I’ll basically have newbies to be in charge of (since the ME is the crew leader).

At some point in the Elbows production meeting I’m not sure if I need to be at and/or my second class, I will probably start to really feel this all-nighter. If I make it all the way through today (to about 8) without pulling out the toothpicks or nodding off, I’m probably just passing out as soon as humanly possible.

So – my wonderful Fire Howling post is happening now. Yay Jotun New Year. Let’s not make this all-nighter deal a habit this semester. I feel like I haven’t eaten in a long time, and my stomach 10/10 agrees on food before classes.

~ May you not howl alone this year ~

August Full Moon

Possible names include Sturgeon, Grain, Red, and Green Corn. Mani indicated that He’d like me to use Grain, though I make no guarantees He’d convey the same to anyone else. The following is a piece of sacred fiction inspired by answersfromvanaheim‘s full moon theories [example].


Hati glances up to the sky, noting that the clouds were still covering the moon in a shimmering curtain. He looks over Midgard, eyes peeled for the distinctive glimmer. Not chatting up any of Aegir’s kin near the ocean, not among the trees, not – yes, a flash in the fields.

Hati jumps from one cloud to another on his way down, nodding to Jormundgand as he passes over an ocean. Mani isn’t running away, so there isn’t a pressing need to chase him down. The field in question doesn’t look very remarkable – soft heads of grain move with the breeze, about mid-chest high. A hand reaches up from the stalks followed by a triumphant, “Ha”.

“Catching fireflies, again?”

Mani’s smile flickers, as he looks over to Hati. His face is youthfully vibrant and clear, and he releases the firefly with a slight shrug before sinking below the stalks. Hati weaves among the grain and works his way in to the middle of the field. Mani is crouched near a topless glass jar, whispering to the fireflies inside. He sets the jar down and follows Hati back out of the field, looking just a hair below ‘child caught with his hand in the cookie jar’ guilty.

Mani takes the lead in walking back up through the clouds with Hati following a few steps behind. After a moment or two, Hati speaks, “You can’t make every firefly you meet into a star, y’know.”

The Fire Howling

Aug 31st – the Fire Howling. The Fire Howling is a day of cleansing and the equivalent of New Year’s Day; the 30th is the equivalent of New Year’s Eve.

At sundown on the 30th, Tribes gather at the designated locations in their territories / Realms where priests have a bonfire going that’s been made with the intent to cleanse. Papers with memories, forces, and whatever someone wants to leave behind in the New Year are burnt, and space is given for grieving and processing. Dancing, singing, and music often play a part of the night’s cleansing as well.

The night isn’t deathly somber, but it is more serious in tone than the next day. Everyone puts something into the bonfire and processes throughout the night, even if they need to return after the initial line goes through in order to process and add more. Talking and listening about what’s been burnt is an option, and light refreshments are out to help with grounding.

Tribes have chosen to stick with the traditional stance of starting the New Year at sunrise on the 31st, even though they do have timekeeping devices that switch to the next day before sunrise. Food is brought out as the sunrise approaches, and priests say special prayers and blessings in the minutes before. At sunrise, everyone in attendance toasts with a drink¹ and then feasts.

A few minutes after sunrise, during the feasting, the televised event from the Henge starts broadcasting. (The Dignitaries, ambassadors, and higher ups get a few minutes of private celebration with family before needing to attend to official business.) Angrboda leads rounds of toasts with the priests from the Tribes (there are multiple priests for each Tribe, so that Someone can be at Henge while Someone else can be at a televised event) for blessings of the New Year.

The members of the Tribe being toasted drink and make noise while their priest is drinking, and this helps to solidify all the Tribes. Priests and leaders of the neighboring Realms (Muspelheim and Niflheim) are toasted to solidify the relations and connections with those Tribes. Representatives from various other Realms are often invited and get toasted together as well in order to cement those relationships before the sign off. Angrboda blesses the Jotuns, “May you not howl alone this year”, howls, and everyone in attendance and watching howls.

Sacrifices, prayers, offerings, and magic are often done throughout the day to ensure good luck and health for the year. Diviners are sought for readings and resolving wyrd issues as well. With connections to Midgard over the years, some Jotuns may make ‘resolutions’, but they typically avoid something that can be construed as an Oath. Feasting and cleaning often finish out the day.

Observing the Fire Howling:

  • Traveling or journeying to the Capital in order to attend astrally may be possible (bonfires for cleansing are there for residents and visitors the night before).
  • It may be possible to attend a televised event and family celebration, if you have a relationship with Someone that warrants this inclusion.
  • Whether you can do a bonfire in Midgard or not, you can burn away negativity of the past year. Other means of banishing junk can be utilized as well, as this night is ideal for finalizing shadow work and cathartic work.
  • Lighting a candle at sunset and listening to music, singing, or utilizing songs in processing and cleansing throughout the night works, preferably until sunrise if you can make it.
  • If you can make it to sunrise on an all-nighter, a toast for blessing the New Year and sharing a drink with Someone is appropriate.
  • Sharing a meal with Someone (whether blood Family, chosen Family, or an Ally in the Realm) in a fashion appropriate for you and Them.
  • Other means of cleansing and attractive magic are appropriate for this day as well.

Notes

(1) The drink in question varies. Some use mead, water, a different type of alcohol, something else that isn’t alcoholic, etc. A traditional drink seems to be a relative of mead that can be alcoholic or not depending on how long it’s been aged.

History: A general overview

While others have shared information on Jotuns and the Realms they inhabit, I’ve found that it primarily doesn’t work for me. This doesn’t mean that I’m wrong, or that the others are wrong, but it means that I can’t rely only on their information. I think the Tribes are large enough that we may be getting different ‘families’ in a manner of speaking. Some of it is a bit wibbly-wobbly, and I have no idea why I’m getting the info I’m getting. Feel free to take it with a grain of salt, YMMV, you do you, etc.

History (not extensive or complete)

I initially ran into the idea of the Jotuns and Vanir (typically considered Elves) once being one race in one Realm on Sebastian’s blog. I could see it making sense on a certain mental level, but I filed it under ‘interesting; come back later’ and went on. It wasn’t until I was trying to figure out why there was a Vanic flavored crossover in something I was being conveyed in relation to Jotuns that I returned to this idea.

I can’t indisputably prove it, but I can’t explain the crossover without entertaining the possibility that the Jotuns and Vanir were once an undifferentiated race in a Realm that wound up being split into ‘Jotunheim’ and ‘Vanaheim’. The People did another round of splitting, and I’m honestly not sure if the initial Realms were portioned up again or if new Realms were discovered.

I think the Dark Elves primarily split from the Jotuns, though Some did leave Vanaheim. I think the Light Elves primarily split from the Elves in Vanaheim, and the remaining People are Who we call the Vanir. I’m pretty sure Sebastian has covered this while talking about the Vanir at some point (or something similar), but I pretty much had to figure out the splitting on my own for things to mentally click.

Because the environments in Muspelheim and Niflheim lent themselves to specifically focusing on fire and snow / ice affiliation, the Flames became the Family of Fire and the Snowflakes and Icicles became the Family of Snow and Ice. They seem somewhat related, in a distant fashion, and have formed specific cultures set up around Their Family affiliation and Realms. Many families make up the overall Family, so there can be a wide difference between what one finds out from members in the same Family.

From the initial split, Jotuns primarily carried animal shape shifting into Jotunheim. Some Tribes kept the primary animal that had been shared with the Elves – Wolves, Bears, and Serpents. Some combined different animals – the variety of bird shape shifters (Crane, Eagle, Goose, Owl, Raven, and Swan) were consolidated into the Talons Tribe (ravens, crows, owls, and vultures are the most common preferred forms). Some have expanded the options but primarily kept the affiliation – the Scales Tribe can be any fish, but often goes with salmon.

Elemental Tribes slowly formed as elemental forces in Jotunheim and magic / powers were combined by animal / Ice / Fire mixed heritages. The largest elemental Tribes are Ocean (Ice / Scales), Mountain (Ice / Fire / Bear), Tree (Mountain / Ocean), and Lightning (Fire / Talons). Some Tribes or individuals migrated back to Muspelheim and Niflheim due to Their affiliations / forms preferring the environments in those Realms – Lava (Fire / Mountain), Desert (Fire / Mountain / Serpent), Wind (Snow / Fire / Talons), and ‘Snowy’ individuals with enough Snow heritage to have what we consider arctic or polar forms (wolves, owls, fish, polar bears).

It took Tribes requesting to return to Their ancestral homes and significant displays of intermarriage for the People of Niflheim and Muspelheim to seriously consider the invitations put forth by Jotunheim to be considered Tribes. The Families had rejected previous invitations on the basis of not wanting to be forced to assimilate and lose Their cultures. However, agreements were eventually reached for the Flames, Snowflakes, and Icicles to be dual citizens in Jotunheim for a lack of better phrasing.

Niflheim and Muspelheim are still their own Realms, and the Families are still self-governing with Their own cultures. Being recognized as Tribes and Jotuns allows for easier and more mutually beneficial trade, travel, and assistance between the Realms. The Families are represented with the rest of the Tribes in ceremonial rites and government matters, although They may send Their own representatives and ambassadors to other Realms. It depends on how the politics between the Realms are going; sometimes it’s more beneficial to send Someone from the Families, and other times it’s more beneficial to send Someone from Jotunheim.

Several cities and halls are known from Lore accounts in Jotunheim, but with the three Realm alliance, a more neutral location closer to the borders with Muspelheim and Niflheim became the government capital of Jotunheim (the Capital, though I’m sure I’m getting a ‘translation’ as it were of the place’s name). Dignitaries and ambassadors from other Realms can reside there without running into territorial rules from one Tribe to another. The location was also chosen due to its proximity to a sacred site where ceremonial rites and magic are done to bless Jotunheim. It contains stone formations and resembles Stonehenge, which seems appropriate for a place called the Henge.

While the Jotuns of Jotunheim wanted to include the Families of Muspelheim and Niflheim among Their Tribes, They haven’t sought Familial reconciliation on a formal level and welcomed People Who split away. Political relations and trade agreements are the primary extent of interacting with the now separate cultures (particularly aimed at the Light Elves and Dark Elves).

The Vanir were kept at a distance in terms of politics and trade during the initial stages of splitting away while differences in cultures were established. However, the political relationship between the Jotuns and the Vanir have been considerably more friendly than the relationships either group has had with the Aesir. Wars, hostages, the kidnapping of three high ranking children, and probably specifics that I’ve never heard of. This is approximately the stage of relationships that is shared in the Lore.

These relations and the divisive attitudes between the Aesir and Jotuns are pretty far in the past when compared to agreements, attitudes, and politics now. However, the divisive context may wind up coming through in how some Faces of Deities react towards other Deities and how some Deities were formed as children. With my upg of Sigyn’s childhood, this is noticeable and significant. There’s still been almost 2000 years, depending on how Midgard time translates to other Realms, and relations are not the same.

The establishing of cultures within split off People and slowly building up amicable relationships has occurred over this time period between the Jotuns, Families, Light Elves, and Dark Elves. The Dwarves are an unrelated race Who took some time in forming alliances with these other Realms, but now cooperate reasonably enough. While the Vanir have been friendly enough, the Jotuns of Jotunheim in particular needed to strengthen Their relationship with the Vanir for land-health reasons.

The Silent Winter is a significant marker in history, but it’s been split into a separate post to keep this somewhat manageable.

Unpopular opinion: Shame, silence and godspousery

I can understand not wanting to talk about this. There have been moments on tumblr where I’ve been glad I tend to keep with people who aren’t going to jump down your throat about this issue.

I’ve sort of mentioned when introducing the Deities, Powers, Spirits, etc. I interact with that marriage has been hinted at. Right now, it’s currently more important to get a handle on the devotional D/s (since it’s taken some time in getting used to rules and such).

Master post is here, for the new followers. I tried to not get too specific to what I’ve gone through, but it’s obviously still there. m’Lady Sigyn is my Owner (I’m a slave-in-training) and Primary. Mani is my Secondary, and He’s my Little (I’m the Caregiver *not* the Little in the Caregiver / Little dynamic).

Because I split up what I wrote on the topic of devotional D/s into (currently) eight parts, it’d be easier to go the Master post for a summary of what each part talks about.

Prompt #5: Compassion

Applied Luciferianism Project Prompt #5: Compassion

Some questions to consider may include: What forms does this value take within your own practice? Does it shift according to whether your practice is focused on the self or includes others? Do you think there may be a double-standard in place, where certain compassion is afforded to others but denied to the self during spiritual ‘work’ ? What is your interpretation of this value within Luciferian mythos?

I’ve been staring at this prompt on and off since it was posted, unable to pinpoint why it seemed so hard to write about. May be I’m conflating something else with compassion? According to this compassion is “a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering” (see also: mercy, tenderness, sympathy, clemency).

It somehow sounds personal, and I’ve wondered if that may be why there’s some difficulty in writing about compassion. You can bear light and try to unfuck society, and you can shoot for society level improvement, but you don’t have to make it personal. If something shitty happens to someone, I know that I can’t alleviate their specific suffering, but it may be possible to work on making sure no one else has to deal with that shit, y’know?

And yet, on a less dictionary level of meaning, compassion (when I’ve run into it) has been compared to, related to, or used to mean kindness. Deities, Powers, Spirits, etc. can seem compassionate and/or kind, though I can’t claim to know what They feel. There’s something about kindness from Someone that can seem unkind at times, though. Knowing that something we don’t know is likely to happen and/or knowing that doing X to help us improve even if X is painful, scary, or looks a whole lot like suffering doesn’t look like kindness from our pov.

There’s no saying that compassion (and/or kindness) can’t be relevant to your practice. Helping others when you don’t necessarily want to can be way to not reserve compassion and be less judgmental. Acknowledging that you can’t be perfect 110% of the time and forgiving yourself for that can be a way to be compassionate towards yourself. May be Lucifer felt moved to not let us suffer in ignorance and barely scrape away at our potential, and He pointed to the apple out of compassion for us. (I don’t know.)