Early last month I signed up for an online workshop, just for the fun of it. After all, I live in Astoria where you can't throw a rock without hitting a Scandinavian!
The workshop starts today, and I'm anxious to get started. I'm not sure what to expect, but I'm ready to go Viking!*
Incidentally, my husband and I found a new series to watch online earlier this year ("Vikings," via the History Channel). Come to find out he's got some Viking blood in his lineage.
*From Randi Buckley's website:Maybe you’ve always felt you were part viking. And while it might be your heritage, the feeling goes well beyond DNA. Ancient ways you may not know but feel a longing for. Or you recently started watching the series “Vikings” and now get all tingly feeling when conversations head that direction.
Whichever way you’ve come, you’re here with a new interest or long held passion for the wisdom, strength, myth, and beauty of the viking woman. Maybe for you:
- It’s the paradox of the nurturing warrior. She cares for hearth and home and can skillfully defend what is important to her.
- It’s the adornment. Clothing and jewelry of great beauty and otherworldly meaning.
- It’s discovery. Navigating by starlight to go beyond your own edges and find new inner and outer worlds.
- It’s the magic and mythology. Guided by power rooted in nature and beyond your own world. Legends, sagas, ritual, and reverence.
- It’s the society. Women had more rights than most people realize. Laws were made and lands were owned.
- It’s the culture. Music, art and architecture in homage to the Æsir , are stunningly beautiful and incredibly pragmatic.
- It’s the divinity of doing masterful work with fierce (and wildly fun) celebration.