It is harvest season and my Mabon altar features the bounty of my farmbox. Piles of fruit and vegetables arranged carefully around ritual tools with a sunflower bouquet in the center. I sit back to admire how beautifully balanced the altar looks - for about 10 minutes. That’s when my cats discover the changed altar and promptly invent a game of apple soccer, sweet potato rugby, and squash - played with real squash. The apple is round enough to roll gently, the scratches on the sweet potato don’t bother me, and the squash has thick skin so I let them have at it. But when my precious pomegranate gets unceremoniously dumped off the altar, bruising and bleeding red on my bedsheet, I draw the line and stage a rescue mission amidst sharp teeth and claws.
The Lord is not my shepherd. He teaches not submission but resilience. In the face of the impossible, there are no guarantees. Not even for Him. But victory was never born without valor. Even love has a sacred price: nothing worth striving for is easily won. Trickster, sage, lover, father, brother, husband, nephew, son; warrior and peace-maker, hunter and grower, slayer and slain: Wise-one, show me the way Not to follow but to be inspired To both grow in worthiness and to recognize the abundant worth in others. I am not a sheep, nor was I bred for docility: I am a falcon, a hart, a wolf.
I am posting about this here because I would genuinely love to receive submissions from across the entire spectrum of paganism for this, so please don't hesitate to send something just because your approach or path may differ from mine; my only requirement (in addition to the specifics below) is that you love Odin, and/or want to honor Him or reach out to Him through imagery, ritual, song, or prayer.
I am currently accepting submissions for Prayers to the Allfather, a collection of prayers, rituals, chants, invocations and artwork for Odin. This book is not going to be a traditional devotional anthology and I do not want to receive any articles, personal essays, or literary devotional poetry. This will be strictly a book of liturgy for Him which I hope can serve as a resource for His devotees (meaning, everyone who loves and reveres Him) regardless of their specific belief system or approach to Him. Please see below for more details of the type of content desired.