My Service to the Gods takes many forms, and has for quite some time in reality. And make no mistake it IS absolutely Divine Service, Service to the Folk IS service to The Gods. It may be easier to think that isnt the case but the reality is that when you are in a role of service to your community of faith then you ARE (Like it or Not) serving The Gods.
I am many things at this point in my life. I am a wife to an amazing man, a mother to 3 beautiful children, a dottir of Oðin, psychopomp for Hela and Gyðia for Loki. I am a founding member and defacto organizer for The Elkhorn Kindred in Central KY and a Sacred Queen in Service to the Vættir, Disir, Alfar and Svartalfar of the local area, and I am an artist – all of my art is a devotional practice to those that have blessed me with the gifts and tools to do Their Work in This World. I take my work very seriously on all levels.
Now, Am i as learned as i should be? No of course I’m not did you see what it is I do? And with 3 young children and a husband? yeah… so ya see I’m not as learned as I should be. But then I’m not a Time Lord or anything like that so I do think I am as learned as I COULD be – time restrictions and all that. But, be that as it may, I think i do a pretty ok job. I do not pretend to have all of the answers, and when i do NOT have the answer I say I don’t have it and i do my best to find the answer the seeker has asked, if i cannot find it, i tell them that too. sooooo on to my rant…
So, heres my great Rant….. (and yes this may have been seen elsewhere prior to edit as a comment on another blog, it was MY content though)
When someone CLAIMS knowledge they don’t have it just flat pisses me off, for a TON of reasons . If you are going to do the Godspouse/Gyðia/Service thing then DO IT. ALL of it, and understand ALL that it means not just the ‘fun part’ you have to DO THE WORK. There is a degree of knowledge involved in this for most who claim the role of Service. As a Godspouse, Gyðia or Service Person (to ANY god) you have an obligation to know WTF you are talking about. You have an obligation to not make shit up you don’t ACTUALLY know and an obligation to tell those asking you that you do not know the answer – regardless of why you dont have it – but that if it is important to them you will see what you can do to find the answer. You cannot just fly by the seat of your pants in this regard. Those that take on ANY of the aforementioned roles have a responsibility to the God they are bonded to and Serve, ESPECIALLY Loki if only because of the gross amount of misconception their is about Him. Honor Him by actually knowing what the lore says and doesn’t say, by knowing the stories and natures of his family members – ALL of those family members. From Glut and the Twins to Sigyn and their sons and everyone in between, INCLUDING Oðin and His kin as well becasue they ARE Blood brothers. KNOW what you speak, Do Not Bullshit, you are only maligning the God you claim to love when you half ass it.
This does NOT just apply to Deity either, this applies to ALL you give Service to, for me that means the Vættir, Disir, Alfar and Svartalfar, it means the Kindred I serve, it means the skills I have as well. I am obligated as One In Service to give my best and nothing less than my best effort. when I cannot do that then it IS up to me to make clear to those I serve that I have fallen short or make it right. it really IS that simple.
So, I’m sure I have managed to piss off someone but oh well. These things ARE important. They DO matter and ultimately when you half ass it you are crapping on yourself as much as you are crapping on those you claim to Serve.