Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Self Reliance  Yulmonath 30th
Eleventh night of Yule
Sacred to the Valkyries and Warriors Valkyries are warrior-Goddesses who ride winged horses and are known as the 'Choosers of the Slain,' as they fly over battlefields where they pick the best fallen warriors.  They carry enchanted spears with flaming points for weapons and their horses' manes are said to drop dew or hail.  The most well known was Brunnhilde, who allied herself with the Norse hero Sigurd and taught him runic magick.  All Valkyries are led by Freya and are attendants to Odin.
On this day we remind ourselves of the virtue of Self Reliance.  Independence, or self reliance is the virtue by which you are self-supporting in the sense that you consume nothing that you haven't earned.  Synonyms: individualism, self-sufficiency, confidence, self-reliance
"We are what we repeatedly do.  Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." ~ Aristotle
Another word for self-reliance is responsibility, especially for yourself.  A wild boar can teach self confidence, self reliance, and avoidance of unnecessary conflict.  As much as you can, you need to be independent of the help of others.  For example, if you’re supposed to go to soccer practice, don’t count on your Mom to remind you.  Notice what time it is, and be ready when it’s time to go.
Another way to be self-reliant is to find ways to get the things you want by earning money or trading things rather than always expecting your parents to get them for you.  It also means things like cleaning up after yourself when you make a mess.  Have a hobby, perhaps one that can make nifty things for your Kindred to use, or for yourself to use.  Who knows, you might even be able to sell things and make some extra money.
Self-Reliance fits in very well with Industriousness.  Don't wait for someone else to do your job for you.  Don't wait for the world to be handed to you on a platter.  Our ancient Gods and Goddesses favor those who do it themselves.  Self-reliance is the key to freedom and freedom is the essence of all joyous life! certainly doesn't mean that you have to do something completely alone if you have no idea how, or if you really just can't do it.  It just means that you do what you can for yourself, and only ask others for things you can't do - like drive a car or solve a really difficult math problem.  On the math problem, though, you need to try hard before you give up and ask for help.
The self-reliant person works not for lust of money, but for a wealth of choices inaccessible to the idle.  He loathes debt, and will pay off his credit card bill each month.  She rebels against favor-currying, and would rather do without than go, hat in hand, to trade away his independence for a mess of potage.  Whatever his moral and political convictions, he will not bend them to attract a panderer or appease a bully.
As you grow older, there are more and more things you can do for yourself.  Practicing self-reliance means that you learn to do those things so you don't have to depend on other people so much.  It also means that when other people need help, you give it to them, but you also do what you can to teach them to be able to do for themselves the next time.
Glad Yuletide to Everyone.  Hail!


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