With all the hoopla about the solar eclipse today (and the craziness that is going with it within the USA), I kind of started thinking about something on a random tangent. Once again, I’m totally into the history thing–obviously.
Eclipses were traditionally omens of sorts. I know, sometimes bad omens. Which I can kind of understand. I mean…it’s freaky weird today what with the sky suddenly getting darker, but the sun still out. It’s absolutely freaky looking, considering everything. And without the scientific knowledge we now have, I could totally understand how people hundreds of years ago would be totally spooked by the eclipse.
Recently on the world of Facebook, there’s been lots of discussions about just how “global” psychic abilities are. Of course, these types of conversations are…somewhat fraught, and generally can get a bit dicey. Though, not nasty–yet.
Pretty much, it’s obvious where I stand: psychic abilities are not “innate” in all people. They are not “global” such that everyone has them. To me, I consider true psychic abilities fairly rare. Not everyone has psychic abilities/talents/whatever.
I’m (for my perspective & my theory) proof that not everyone has them. No matter how much I attempted to train myself & train some kind of ability or talent, it never happened. Never mattered how much meditation, scrying, focusing, crystal-using, or anything else. It just failed. So, obviously I don’t have them. Maybe someday in the future the gods/spirits/ancestors/whatever might decide I should have some kind of psychic ability, and then maybe they’ll give it to me, or enable it…or level up? Whatever.
Source: Global Medieval Sourcebook
This is something I just found; courtesy of a friend of mine who knows how much I obsess over and love medieval literature & texts! It’s a sourcebook (kind of duh) of all sorts of medieval items. So, songs, texts, prose–it’s a set of different resources that are curated by Stanford and are now being presented online for people to read and look at.
Currently there aren’t a whole lot of things online–but if they continue to add more sources, this would be an excellent source for all sorts of interesting texts. I’m hopeful that they’ll continue to add more texts as they go; because this is quite promising. Also, currently there are a good few options in German (Early New High, Middle High, Old High). So of course, my little German heart is delighted.
I definitely recommend checking this out for some good reading, and just for any kind of general research interest that might pop up. It’s fun to read, at the very least.∗
So, I really love this song. I mean…beyond the fact that it’s in my favorite summer movie of the year. I’m staking it as favorite though, because nothing else that’s been advertised since this summer has seemed nearly as interesting or likely to be good. There’s just something nice about this song. It kind of just makes me feel happy when I hear it. Well, and it’s kind of powerful, in a way. Just in general–I love this song.*
How does one begin to build up a devotional practice with limited sources & options? That’s the million dollar question, really.
I’m not going to say I’m any kind of expert, because that would be a lie. But, I guess from a certain perspective I’ve got some real insight into it (which is weird, but kind of flattering for me). So we’ll dive into what I’ve been doing.
This is what we’re dealing with here in Washington. And I’m absolutely dying (exaggeration here) because of it. Okay, so not really. But it does feel like it, considering just how horrid the air quality has been. Really, it’s been kind of like living in some post natural disaster dystopia. The yellow air, the haze…all the smoke in the air–it’s been hard to really deal with it.
I’m on day 3 of a migraine; absolutely disgusting and painful really. Smoke is a major migraine trigger for me, so this has been rather miserable since we got the warnings that the smoke was going to be sticking around. Not to mention, it’s also been rather difficult to breath when it feels like your throat has schmutz in it. And while I know that it’s not as bad here as it is in other areas–I’m still not doing well with it.
So I’m hoping all the best to everyone in BC, that the fires clear up for them quickly. And in turn, when things clear up there, it should clear up for us down here, too.∗
What are the logistics that go into devotional practice and work? (Continuing from Part I here) Obviously that’s going to change depending on which person you’re asking. For me, it’s a matter of delving in and really thinking about my own practice.
These are Jack of Wand’s questions to me:
So, let’s dive in!