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I like the image of the fire banked under ashes a lot. I am not using it to promote pranayama (I would if we could get a presentation about pranayama), but I have many times gone to our campfire, and found the coals under the ashes, and fed them up into a lovely fire on which to make breakfast. I’ve also cooked in pots settled in coals under a banked fire banked with ash. It’s totally safe, but the contained heat is actively cooking breakfast while we sleep (ancient “crock pot”). When camping it’s also important to realize that there may be active coals under ashes that can be reignited if air can get to them.
This is a wonderful analogy for the inner fire of humans. We may seem to have our fire extinguished, buried under the ashes of disappointments, time, fear, pain, exhaustion, ignorance (desire as Geeta Lyengar teaches), but often that fire is just banked- waiting, “on hold”, like the potential in the branch that stores the suns energy, and which will become kinetic energy, giving heat and light when it burns. Because all you see or feel is ashes, don’t despair. There is often an ember under those ashes that can burst into flame when you least expect it. And it may, like in our banked camp fire, be doing something useful and wonderful inside you, where no one can see it.
There are many sorts of crafts that seem to generate something seemingly ugly or inert, but when the ashes and slag are cleaned off, is a thing of great beauty- which would never have been so if it hadn’t been through the fire, or spent time under the ashes. Some people don’t realize (I didn’t until the glass blower moved across from us at Pennsic) that a finished piece of blown glass must go into an annealing oven- a special holding place so it can cool gradually or it will shatter. Sometimes the symbolic fires we need to transform also require that we wait for a time in order for the change we are experiencing to be positive.
Too often ashes are seen as simply the remains of a fire, a sad reminder that the fire is gone, but it is not always gone, and the ashes have value in and of themselves.
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Jane T. Sibley, Ph.D., known in the SCA as Arwen Evaine, or at her shop as “Auntie Arwen” is a traditional Norse practitioner and a specialist in Norse folklore and runes. (These pictures show her at the Society for Creative Anachronism, because the clothes there are more fun! Also in the SCA she can openly teach many of the subjects like herbalism, runes, and folklore.) She has taught at many Pagan events for decades, including at Rites of Spring, Feast of Lights, Twilight Covening, Beltane, Ecumenicon, Etheracon, Harvest Gathering, … the list goes on. Among other accomplishments, she is the co-chair and creator of Changing Times-Changing Worlds, and she created MithraCon, a conference on Mithraism and other cults in the Roman Empire.
Her herbal expertise is expressed in her shop Auntie Arwen’s Spices, where she sells many herb and spice blends as well as unique items from her varied interests and activities.
She has written several books ranging from the humorous: “Norse Mythology…According to Uncle Einar”, the novel “The Hammer of the Smith”, to the academic “The Divine Thunderbolt: Missile of the Gods”, and soon to be published: Way of the Wise: Traditional Norwegian Folk and Magic Medicine, as well as the true adventures of “A Different Dragon”.
Please join Tchipakkan and Chris Kimball on the New Normal 8 pm Wednesday, 8-26-15, 8-9 p.m. est.
New to CTCW, but well known in the Connecticut Pagan Community, especially fans of CWPN Harvest Gathering, Chris Kimball will join Tchipakkan on the New Normal.
At the conference Chris will be presenting workshops on the heathen background to the Grimm fairy tales, how and why people can connect with the spirit of the forests, and the spirits that are even older than the gods. We will probably cover these subjects, and other topics as well.
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Christopher Kimball is a National Council of Geocosmic Research certified level 1 Astrologer, published fantasy author of “Battle Priest” and “Succession Wars” and has been a member of the Connecticut Pagan community for more than twenty-five years. Currently he is a Anglo-Saxon Heathen and lives a varied and geminian life, having fought in the SCA, learned equestrianism and fencing, white-water canoed the Pine River in Michigan, piloted a research vessel in the Atlantic, hiked the Grand Canyon and the lower Colorado River and grown up in the woods and fields of rural New England. Chris has also hiked the farms and undeveloped land of Connecticut for the better part of the last 50 years and has been the Hike Master for the CWPN’s hikes.
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