Tonight is Old Disting (the feast of Disir - the Norse guardian goddess) or Burns Night in Scotland, after Robert Burns. Now, I've just done some research on the fly (not The Fly, but on-the-fly!! LOL) and there seems to be a vagueness around who and what the Disir actually are - the word 'dist' means goddess and in Scandinavian, Germanic and Celtic traditions sacrifices/festivals were held around this time of year in honour of different spirits. What I take from that is this time of year is one of planning, getting things ready (land, plans, ideas - so we are moving from the quality of the Elemental Air, more towards the qualities of the Elemental Fire (Brighid)), then when Imbolg comes we see the first awakenings of spring and (for us) we honour the goddess Brighid (who is the patron of poetry - amongst other things!). So it's like Disting and Burns Night are one and the same....just many years apart in practice!! Mad huh!?
So, this eve I (and maybe Ian) will be reading some of our own and other people's poetry, and maybe getting some drumming going! In honour of the Old Ways and now the New Ways!! It will initially be LIVE in our closed FB group, but I will share it out to our fb Page too!! And may even post in here in my blog!!
So......poetry!! I used to write incredible amounts of poetry - I took a leaf our of Jim Morrison's book and used to carry a notebook EVERYWHERE with me....I would write descriptions of what I saw, then turn it into poems!! I have to say, not all of them were good!! Some were just pretentious with great big long words thrown in!! LOL But there are some gems in there which I am pleased to call my own!! I wrote a lot during my twenties, even entered competitions (never won any!!), then I didn't write much until my Mum died in 2010 and I was sat in the early hours of the morning, not able to sleep and this came to me:
CHOICES - still in it's raw state because I've only just written it!
8 May 2011 at 01:40You carried me to this life -
A life with choices
I would make.
And you did the best you could
With the choices you had made.
Neither right, nor wrong...
Standing where you stood,
I know the choices are not easy.
And this weight of choice
Is heavy, but the best job in the world.
I hope you can see
Feeling eveything (once denied),
And NOT denial -
Going where I've never been before.
Knowing my truth
And my choices are mine.
Choosing to believe
And be alive all the time -
Like I remember you were sometimes,
Before your choices wore you down.
Your life stopped
And mine has begun
I love you Mum x
Oh my......it made me cry!! So, there it is, I have written a few since then, which I will share this evening....at 4pm (UK time - about 10am EST - possibly!! Please check the times!!)
We shall see you there!!
Angie (now on fb as Neubronner as they blocked me again!!)
oh, and ps, if you'd like to join our group 'The Path of Witchcraft' (which is primarily for those doing the course(s), but not exclusive to!!) here's the link for you to click!!