A lot of people who know the topic just a little will think "Oh, that's the brand from this manga about this guy who rips the crap out of demons and whatnot with his bigass sword, another fanboy"I find it sad, that so many people are able to look only so shallow into this manga, and can't grasp what author is trying to tell us.The world of #Berserk is a #dark , grim place, full of despair, where things can only get bad or worse. The protagonist had to deal with hardships that would break most of the adults since his earliest childhood. And yet, despite everything, this man pushes forward through #demons , #darkness and any kind of crap that #fate created for him.The brand on his neck means that he was #cursed . It's his death sentence. Betrayed by his closest friend, he was meant to become a meal for beings so wicked and terryfing, that just their appearance would make grown man faint.I always thought, that bad things happen in our lives only to make us stronger. For me, this #brand is not a curse. It's a symbol of #unbreakable human will, his unshakeable soul. It's a #symbol that denies #fate itself. It tells us that we are the ones who carve our path through life. And, most importantly, it reminds me of who i am, and what i had to make my way through. For me it's not just #manga . It's my #motivation , and my source of #strength to live on.
I hope you're all enjoying summer! I am terrible at updating as usual, except for the occasional stories, sorry. I will show some books soon, promise 🌿 I also spent tonight editing photos that I've taken during this month, so more nature coming as well. This one is from the beginning of June 🍃
::Guardians:: Fylgjur, Disir, Nornir. In the spirit realms our ancestors know we are not alone. Our guides and guardians wear ancient names. "A woman fylgjur (Old Norse for Follower) is a female supernatural entity who acts as a guardian spirit for the clan...they were attached to individuals, but were immortal and appeared to have been (connected) to particular lineages, following a person from each generation... Every human being may have one or more fylgja, some are visible and others invisible...they appear in visions and dreams." --From Professor Else Mundal's dissertation, translated and summarized by Maria Kvilhaug on "The Lady of the Labyrinth". ::
In the overlap of the mythic, we are cared for by the fylgjur. They may be ancestral mothers, related to the Disir and the Norns. They may also take the shape of animals. They offer counsel, protect us from danger and defend against enemies. In modern scientific methodologies we seek to neatly categorize the spirits, but Kvilhaug cautions against this, urging us to embrace a more fluid cosmology of overlap between Goddesses, ancestors, nature spirits, to embrace the indistinct. ::
The theme through all, river and source, is communion and protection. Seen or unseen, acknowledged or ignored, the spirits are here. We have only to remember.
May the balance be regained.
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I listen to the voice of Wotan as he speaks to my spirit. His voice is the vibration of an ancient Iron Will, an Immortality resonating within the core of my mortal being. Through his arcane wisdom I am lead unerringly to the higher realms in the Now of my awakening consciousness. A Yggdrasil tree grows inside of me and winds its way upward from the base of my spine to the crown of my head, a complete universe where all things and all truths unfold and are revealed. I reach into its dominion of quiet peace and hearken back to the voice of my ancestors who dwell there within me, and I dwelling within them. I close my eyes and sense this living, breathing unity. Here I am one with all of my people, past, present and future, with Nature and the extended universe without. I move in accordance with the divine law. From here all the limitless powers of creation are moving inward and outward, and I am a conscious part of it. I see about me the thoughts of all mankind and the correct answers to all questions. That which is good among these I accept; that which is not I ignore, for my concern is only with truth and the divine plan ordained through Nature and my Gods which is the perfect good and the expanding of all inner and outer consciousness. I know that I am fulfilling the fondest wish of the Absolute. It is my gods who prompt and guide me to understand their highest powers. As I believe in my heart, so shall it be done unto me; as this is the law of life and of living. Each day is another step on my journey to a greater union with my gods. I am at peace within myself here in Midgard. I do not seek --- I know. I do not strive --- I am guided... the divine Wotan spirit working above, around and through me! #wotan#woden#oden#odin#norse#wotansday#pagan#europe#vulknut#valhalla#ravens#wisdom