Monday, December 28, 2015

Honor  Yulmonath 28th
Ninth night of Yule
Sacred to Odin and Fathers many traditions of Wicca and Paganism, there is a great deal of focus on the Goddess.  Sometimes, there's so much attention to the feminine that the masculine aspects get overlooked.  By welcoming the God of your tradition, you can honor the men who have impacted your life - whether they raised you, loved you or are being brought up by you.  Odin is the chief divinity of the Germanic pantheon.  He was called the Alfadir (All-father), for he is the creator of the Germanic Peoples and the father of many important, powerful Gods and human heroes. 


On this day we remind ourselves of the virtue of Honor.  The basic meaning of Honor is respect.  A concept entailing a perceived quality of worthiness and respectability.  Synonyms: dignity, faith, trust, reputation

The shortest and surest way to live with honor in the world is to be in reality what we would appear to be; all human virtues increase and strengthen themselves by the practice and experience of them. - Socrates

The pig is a symbol meaning honor and generosity.  Honor is a concept that seems to be native to most people.  But what is it?  We could define honor as being that which a person has when he is worth respect.  It is not having pride, but rather having respect and that respect being worth having.

Most of us live the majority of our lives for other people - trying to do what they want us to do, aiming to meet their expectations, and hoping to be seen as we’d like them to see us.  Trying to sway perception is exhausting and oftentimes fruitless because we can never dictate what other people think.  We don’t get to control our reputation; we only get to shape our character. honor assumes that the actions of the person honored are worth of respect and imitation.  The justification for the acclaim is based on something objective.  It is the response one should have to the virtuous person.  Not to honor such a person would be wrong.

We should also honor those who serve the community - teachers, leaders, coaches, pastors, firemen, and soldiers.  We should not honor those who misuse their positions of authority since they abuse the trust of those they should be serving.  We should honor accomplishments, whether academic, athletic, or artistic, for they are the results of dedication.  Ask yourself, “Is this person worthy of respect?”

To live with honor means to strive to do your best in all aspects of your life.  It means living with courage, integrity, purpose, and dignity.  Above all, to live with honor means pursue excellence in all that you do, and ultimately, to make the most of your life and time in this world.

You practice honor by respecting others' rights and beliefs and by keeping your word.  You also practice honor by making others respect your rights and keep their word to you.  Honor means treating other people the way you want to be treated and also getting in their faces when they don't treat you or your friends with respect.  

Most important of all, practicing honor means keeping your promises.  Sometimes that means that you have to think before you make a promise.  If you're not sure you can do something you are asked to do, it's okay to say you'll try, but aren't sure you can deliver.  It's not okay to give your word and then not even try to do what you promised.

Glad Yuletide to Everyone.  Hail!





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