Heathen Gods and Sacrifice (and Transformation)

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Norse Gods bear famous wounds: an eye traded for wisdom, an ear given to hear the approach of danger, a hand to bind and slow the dire wolf of ultimate destruction. Each sacrifice is an emblem of their power: mighty Odin, who sees all in his high seat, is half-blinded; Heimdall the guardian of Asgard, the Gods’ realm, left half-deaf; Tyr the God of justice unable, forevermore, to swear by his severed right hand in court.

While humans certainly benefit, the scars that Heathen Gods and Goddesses bear are not necessarily made for humans, but for the Gods to become more themselves. They excel or prove themselves worthy of their Godhood in the act of sacrifice, inexorably transforming in the act of giving of themselves. They are what they are because they’ve toiled and suffered and earned it, becoming more holy in the process.

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HOW TO MAKE A TRAVELER’S CANDLE (SWEDISH LOG CANDLE)

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HOW TO MAKE A TRAVELER’S CANDLE (SWEDISH LOG CANDLE)

Posted in – Man Skills & Survival on November 5th 20131 CommentsTravelers Candle Vintage 2A good friend of mine, who is of Scandinavian origin (or of that region) and whose older cousins were visiting and added to this story, brought over one of, if not the, manliest gifts I have ever received. They called it a Traveler’s Candle and is something of a tradition from the old country. Essentially, it is a small piece of log with slits cut through the center about 3/4 of the length. When lit, it burns from the inside producing a long lasting radiating heat, with a sturdy base, and even a convenient cook top.

Although I have seen it called a Swedish Log Candle in my research, they called it a Traveler’s Candle and has its origins in Lapland, Finland. In that remote country, those who had houses with rooms to be let (rented), or just wanted to provide weary travelers a place to stay, would light a traveler’s candle outside their home. As long as the log burned, the travelers knew they could stop in and rest. Once the log went out, the owners were no longer taking guests. As we lit the log, with several other men around, we were all drawn to it like moths to a flame.

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