They paint the world full of shadows and then tell their children to stay close to the light. Their light. Their reasons, their judgments. Because in the darkness, there be dragons. But it isn't true. We can prove that it isn't true. In the dark, there is discovery, there is possibility, there is freedom in the dark once someone has illuminated it.
I must admit that I didn’t really save every single post from just-another-vanic-shrine because it was mostly reblogging from my Njord, Frey, Sunna, Freya, and Vanir tags. However, I did want to keep a note of where I got the icon for that sideblog from.
Ember proposed a boar symbol for consideration among those interested in Vanatru [here]. When I was revamping the sideblog from being a Mani shrine, I thought it would be appropriate given when in 2015 I started incorporating Vanir content.
I still consider myself Vanir and Vanatru friendly, but They’re some of the People Who pass by on occasion while no longer staying. It’s not consistent enough to be cyclical, but it’s sporadic enough that They just sort of pop in (or influence certain dash shenanigans).
I make these as offerings to Njord, but I suppose they could be used any time one wants a bit of ocean.
a small dish or cup (I like to use a clear glass one so you can see the whole thing, but anything will do)
salt (preferable sea salt)
seaweed (available in the health food or Japanese food sections of most grocery stores)
toothpicks or other small shards of wood
rocks, gems, herbs, shiny things, what you will, etc.
Put a bit of salt in a small dish and fill the dish with water (tadah! sea water!). Add a small piece of seaweed and pinches of whatever herbs are applicable (for Njord, I use the same herbs I use to season fish). Float the toothpicks on top of the water and then set the coins (and any rocks or other sinkable things) on top of the toothpicks and let them fall to the bottom, maybe carrying the wood with them.
And there you have it, a teeny tiny ocean in a dish, complete with treasure and splinters of wood.
You can be ace or aro and devoted to deities lumped in with the whole “fertility” thing. You can. You are accepted. Fertility doesn’t have to do exclusively with biological procreation. It’s about bounty and creating things. These things can be intellectual. Artistic. Anything you can imagine. It’s about creation and plentifulness.
Do not feel bad if the sexual innuendos put you off. Non ace/aro people who are devotees, please remember others when posting and tag accordingly. You don’t have to be sexual to be associated with a deity who is commonly associated with sex, but who is much more than that.
Even fertility deities have more layers to them than sex. Never let anyone tell you it’s unnatural or wrong to be ace.
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You are not broken or lesser.
Fertility deities are not just about “sex” and biological procreation.
It’s also not about giving to deities of fertility for the fertility of the overall city, or worshipping populace. Please don’t misunderstand. It’s not about you interacting with the deities you don’t really connect with on behalf of others.
I am saying that you, personally, as a solitary, can connect with and gain benefit from deities who are stereotypically associated with sex and biological procreation and it does not have to be about that. Not for you, not for your neighbors. If you are an ace and aro artist, they can encourage and help you be more productive with your work and gaining bountiful income from it, for example. It does not necessarily have anything to do with sex. None of it needs to. They are about fertility and bounty, which is not necessarily associated with sex depending on the context.