Image of Ragnarok


I thought this picture was really cool. You can see Odinn battling Fenrir and Thor against Jormungand and all of the other battles as well – so neat!

Conversations with a Chair


Charity brought up the idea that our seats in mythology class may not like us. In the spirit of that, I came up with how the chair would react if, a, it liked me and, b, if it did not:

A: (from the chair’s perspective)

Yay! It’s almost 11 – she’ll be here soon to cover my cold back with her coat before she sets that smooth notebook on the desk – I wonder what color of pen she’ll use today. It’s so nice when  she settles in to listen and learn – I feel like my job is accomplished. I hope she isn’t tired though – she tends to be less active then. And I’ve got this awful itch on the side of the desk – hopefully she’ll scratch it absent-mindedly or something…

B: (again from the chair)

Oh no, here it comes again. Her and her coat and hair smothering me in this hot classroom. I mean really – she can’t put her hair up further or set her coat on the floor? Or her bony seat sitting on me – so uncomfortable. Maybe if I just pull the chair next to me closer she’ll feel crammed and sit somewhere else… Or maybe I’ll position myself at an awkward angle or something. She thinks she can just walk – well, sit and write – all over me. And I’m though with it!

Inanimate Objects with Names


There are names for literally everything in the Edda. EVERYTHING. It took me awhile to get used to it before I realized that I name most everything too. Maybe it’s just Norwegian genes, but my computer, calculator, phone, iPod, desk chair, alarm clock, guitar, tiger lily plant, amp, favorite guitar pick, tuner, printer, art set, microwave, TV, PS2, refrigerator, stool, suitcase, camera and even my hair… Yes, I know, a bit strange. I probably got it from my mom – who consistently sings songs she makes up about our pets, the computer, cooking, or just really anything. I seem to have inherited this tendency. Perhaps a bit strange, but honestly, most of the inanimate objects I’ve named I’m around much more often and are much more useful than most of the people I know… Sorry. But it is kind of true…

The Goddess in the Edda


The text states that the goddesses are no less important than the gods. There’s also a lot of evidence of the Earth Mother – Thor was born of earth and Odinn is married to it. This places Odinn (the “all-father”) as a suitor to the goddess. Freyr is a fertility god and has a boar – a symbol of the goddess. Snakes are also very prominent – the Midgard serpent and also the one dangling over Loki and dripping poison onto him for punishment. There’s also a world tree – Yggdrasil – which is a connection with the earth. Freyja is a goddess of fertility and beauty who rides in a chariot pulled by cats – she can symbolize the young girl or waxing moon. Frigg is the goddess of spinning and motherhood and is the wife of Odinn – she’s the mother form of the goddess. Hel is half corpse and rules over the underworld – she has power over life and death and is the crone form of the goddess. The Valkyries also fill this role, as does Freyja to some extent because of their involvement with dead warriors. Mani is a god of the moon who is male, while the sun, Sol, is a goddess. Both are circular. The Midgard Serpent, Jormungand, is very obviously a goddess symbol – circular, a snake, associated with the ocean. A cow is also what shapes the first god – a goddess of creation. Her milk feeds all of creation. The food and drink in Valhalla is also representative of the goddess – there’s an endless boar eaten and mead that flows from the udders of a goat.

Names


Have you ever looked up the meaning of your name? Or wondered why it means what it does?

Visit: http://www.meaning-of-names.com/

Here’s mine: (Sonja)

Meaning of “Sonja”
Scandinavian name

In Scandinavian, the name Sonja means wisdom. The name Sonja originated as an Scandinavian name. The name Sonja is most often used as a girl name or female name.

Scandinavian Name Meaning – wisdom
Origin – Scandinavia
 
And my last name too: (Campbell)
 
Meaning of Campbell

Campbell Meaning:  one who had a wry or crooked mouth; descendant of Campbell (crooked mouth).

Not so fun…

 
And lastly middle! (Annalise)
 
Meaning of “Annalise”
German name

In German, the name Annalise means gracious, consecrated to god. The name Annalise originated as a German name. The name Annalise is most often used as a girl name or female name.

German Name Meaning – gracious, consecrated to god
Origin – Germany
 
 

Dryads


Dryads are shy Greek nymphs who are connected to trees and are demigods. They protect their forests and the creatures and plants that live there. They are very peaceful. They are long-living and generally very beautiful maidens.

Mythic Trees


I found a bunch of pictures of trees that really just seemed amazing to me. It makes sense to me that mythology so often involves trees – they do have an amazing ability to inspire awe.

Mythology of Dance


I found this website:

http://www.gildedserpent.com/art37/KetiAstro.htm

I thought it was an interesting look at why we dance…

Here’s some of my favorite passages:

“In primitive cultures the links between heaven and earth, spirit and matter, or human and god or nature was understood and celebrated through ritual, song, and movement.”

“Dance, however, in its primal state, bypasses many “mental analyses” and seems to translate a type of elemental universal knowledge directly through the body. One can, I guess, say the same about music, which in its most primal state is almost unconsciously drawn from the musician, with a guidance that cannot be explained in terms of “literal study” or “dissemination of learnt material.” It is sometimes called “inspired,” but where does that really come from? In dance, one of history’s oldest modes of communicating with divinity and nature, the body becomes a vehicle for universal knowledge through music. The two are inextricably linked; the audio becomes the visual. When the two parts become one, the expression is complete. And in its completion, we assume some message has been transposed from the divine “inspiration” to the “vibrational” mode of music to a “physical” understanding through the body. As simple as it seems, this process harnesses various cosmological elements within its progression; there is a clarity or awareness realized through the act itself. Inspiration and instinct often guide both music and dance.”

“In dance, the body becomes a vehicle for three things:a) The establishment of a rhythmic pattern response through the rhythm and tempo of percussion, thus creating a physiological and psychological effect. Drums are primal and instant in their effect with a core range of tempos from 60-180 beats per minute (BPM) that affect our physiology (our entire endocrine system noticeably speeds up simply by listening to 130 BPM, while 60 BPM is pacifying and is often used in hypnosis).b) Creating a music-melody-movement response to the various instruments played, thus tuning body movement with sound wavelength and frequencies. Instruments are held by the player near the body area that harnesses the frequency of the specific instrument. For example, drums are approximately 50 MHz, as is the frequency of the pelvic area in humans. Flutes are pitched at almost 4,000 MHz as is the frequency of the head area in humans. This explains why African warriors dance using low, grounded aggressive movements to earthy drums, while the Sufi dervishes spin to flutes for enlightenment. Fiery guitars sit in the mid-body area, with qualities matching the solar plexus’ characteristics of pride and courage apparent in Spanish flamenco. The emotive heart area tunes into a higher frequency again, so instruments like the accordion and violin create music that engage feeling and “pull the heartstrings.”c) Tuning into cosmological principals based on the body’s ability to create SPACE, WEIGHT and SHAPE in unchanging elemental fractal geometry. We dance the shapes and patterns that music creates, thus replicating the pattern in a physical, kinesthetic dimension”

Interesting huh?

Modern Day Mythology


I thought this was interesting – a modern add that talks about goddesses?

And then I realized that we see this all the time… The Odyssey as an SUV? What about the Venus razor brand? Pretty strange how much of it we just kind of take at face value…

Skadi


The goddess of mountains and skiing… You got to admit that’s pretty cool. Personally, I see Skadi “wanna-be”s everywhere… We are in Bozeman after all. I’m pretty sure she’s MSU’s patron goddess – “mountains and minds”…

Just thought it was fun.