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An Inspired Triad

“A Druid seeks to balance the qualities of: Spirituality, wisdom and Nature.”

– Roly Keates, Director and Writer of ‘A Druid’s Pilgrimage’ coming soon in 2019!

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Viking Mentality

During my day job’s busiest season, every store in the area was encouraged to take up what was called a ‘Viking Mentality’. This was partly for fun and gave us a theme to play with as we worked the season. Every store in the area took photos of staff in costume for our yearly charity calendar. Despite the fun aspect, it was mainly employed to inspire us to tap into our selling ‘Killer Instinct’ to make every sale count.

This was all started by someone reading a blog post by Bjørn Andreas Bull-Hansen. Upon reading a printed version of this blog post, I was indeed inspired! Not just in making every sale count; but more importantly, I found this applies to life in general.

Bull-Hansen does write that this way of thinking won’t be for everyone, but it resonated with me and I took it to heart. I have reworked some of the tenets as I didn’t want my interpretations to copy his…. that and these are what I understood them to say. I already do some of these and I’m working on others:

Be Courageous – Nothing is accomplished without action. Believe in yourself.

Never Give Up – If you want something enough, what are you going to do to get it?

Seek Wisdom – learn from your mistakes as well as the knowledge of others.

Seek Challenges – If we do not push ourselves, then how do we achieve?

Respect Others and Yourself – Offer respect to all and make yourself respectable. (Aka- Don’t be a dick!)

Take Opportunities – If an opportunity presents itself, seize it! You’ll only have yourself to blame.

Value Loyalty – If you don’t have loyalty in those close to you or even to yourself, what do you have?

Let Your Actions Speak For You – It’s all very well saying what you’re going to do, but what did you actually do?

Live the Life You Want -What’s it going to be?

Turn Disadvantages into Advantages – Turn your situation around, whatever the difficulty. Aka “Quit yer bitchin’ sort yourself out and make some good.

In Bull-Hansen’s original post there are only seven tenets, but he has written a whole series on this subject. Could these apply to you? Do you think you could/should adopt a ‘Viking Mentality’?

Wisdom or Cliché?

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Image of Temple of Apollo from gtp.gr

I recently read a blog writing about two phrases that are often parroted in modern Pagan writings.  I first came across these in my early and mid twenties and was interested by one and confused by the other. You will have come across these many times, they might mean something to you or they won’t.  But if you’ve read any blogs or books, magazines about Paganism, Occultism, New Age Philosophy, you will have encountered them:

Know Thy Self”

And…

” As Above, So Below

I looked at them and thought to myself ‘Wow, are we still using those?” I’ll admit to being a bit jaded when I see those quotes.  It’s not so much that I don’t like them, but feel that they are often over used in forums and articles alike.  Y’know? Like a really good song with too much air time.

What I do like about them is that for those who first come across them, they are inspirational! I mean ‘Know Thy Self’ Man! That’s deep! The phrase from the Temple of Apollo in Delphi (Used as a sign in the kitchen of the Oracle in The Matrix- Oracle of Delphi- gettit?) That challenges YOU to KNOW who YOU are.  Yet how many of us do?
How many of us look at that phrase and actually, really examine ourselves? We are complicated meat-bags walking around with emotions and thoughts, feelings and beliefs.  But how many of ourselves actually know ourselves?

To know yourself is to know where you come from: your background, your childhood, your parents or guardians, the environment you came from, the education you received (and what it did or didn’t do for you), the beliefs you found or were indoctrinated with.

If you believe in anything, to know yourself is to challenge what those beliefs are to you, constantly.  How did you come to those beliefs, how did they shape you? Did you come by them yourself or were you taught? What do they mean to you now? Are they applicable to who you are anymore?

To know yourself is to see all your strong points and accept them.  It is to also know what your weak points are and accept them too.  And if you don’t like them, what do you need to do to change them?  What are your limits? Why do you dislike something? What inspires you? What do you dream?

To know your self is to be completely honest with yourself.  It’s no good if all you are doing is painting an image of the person you want to be or the person you are not.

Deep huh?

One of the things I love about studying the Bardic course in the OBOD Gwers is that you learn to know yourself before you can proceed to the Ovate and Druid grades.  Because how can you explore the deeper mysteries if you don’t understand the deepest of mysteries…. You.

And then we go onto: “As Above, So Below” When I first saw that I eloquently came out with: ‘What the fuck does that even mean?’
This only made sense to me if you look at it in terms of the weather: rain makes things wet or floods.  Snow clouds making the ground whiter and whiter, a sunny day makes for dry land and thriving plants, etc….
This phrase apparently comes from the writings of Hermes Trismegistus and even then is supposedly part of what he wrote:

That which is Below corresponds to that which is Above, and that which is Above corresponds to that which is Below, to accomplish the miracle of the One Thing“*

Yes, I’m quoting Wikipedia but only because it provides the source of that translation.
I’d love to know more about that and also about to what Trismegistus meant by the ‘One Thing’. Creation? Life on Earth? Ponder, ponder ponder……
It’s an absolute wonder that our planet generates its own electromagnetic field to protect its multitude of life forms from the solar radiation of our Sun.  From the collection of dust and rock of the ‘Above’ has the ‘Below’ been created.

I’m sure there are very deep insights you can gain from either quote and when used for inspiration they do exactly that.

Writing this post, I am very aware that I have indeed just created another article featuring both phrases.  Well at least I didn’t mention ‘Microcosm’/’Macrocosm’…… Doh!

* https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hermeticism