I’m Still Not Dead, Just Busy

It’s been a bit since I last posted – I am not dead, just busy! Between doctor’s appointments, house renovations, and easing into a new post-cancer reality, time slips away from me far too easily. The decision to cancel all of my subscription boxes late last summer has also greatly impacted how much content I have been adding – a post regarding that decision is coming soon.

Another major change keeping me occupied is an opportunity that manifested in October for me to go back to work as a freelance web developer (I seem to have a penchant for disappearing in the month of October). After almost two and a half years of battling cancer and idiopathic eosinophilia, it feels like the universe has finally spit me out of a nightmarish wormhole and I am back where I started before I fell ill. Well, almost where I started – cancer does leave quite the mark on one’s soul. Unfortunately my eosinophilia is unresolved and I struggle with pain every day, but I am fully in my head once more and delighted to be pouring a newfound raw energy into several amazing projects!

Regarding said amazing projects, now that the cosmic dust has settled I am delving into candle making and the creation of a series of handcrafted mystical journals. I plan to offer these items for sale later this year, either on Etsy or one of my websites. These artistic endeavours are a significant undertaking for me – the first step on a new path – and I am intensely focused on providing unique items I feel will enhance anyone’s practice, spirituality, and/or daily life, regardless of religion, or lack thereof.

Rounding out this update, I have decided to subscribe again to a couple of witchy boxes: Sacred Space Crate and The Witches Moon. While I have received The Witches Moon previously, Sacred Space Crate is a new experience and I look forward to reviewing the box and posting my thoughts.

I will share updates as my enchanted path unfolds – I invite you along for the journey!

Fimbul Radio: Live Viking Music 24/7

Visit this awesome YouTube channel if you enjoy Nordic music. Per their description:

“Fimbul Live Viking Radio is a stream playing live Viking music, Dark Ambient and Nordic Folk music 24/7.

This project will grow over time, with new artists added. We mainly focus on Dark Viking songs, Ambient music and Scandinavian and Nordic Music, but other styles like Viking war songs are also added regularly.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60UGcXAW0qM

Blodeuyn – The Meaning Behind My Name

The Celtic story of Blodeuwedd has fascinated me since childhood. If you are not familiar with the mythology, Blodeuwedd was created from the flowers of broom, meadowsweet and oak as a wife for Llew, the son of Arianrhod.

To briefly summarize, Llew brought shame upon his mother, resulting in her curse upon him: he could not marry a mortal woman and therefore could not become king. His cousins, Math and Gwydion, created Blodeuwedd for the sole purpose of fulfilling Llew’s destiny. After their marriage, Blodeuwedd took a lover named Gronw and the two plotted the demise of Llew. Tragically, she causes the death, or near death, of both her husband and lover. Llew is wounded, turns into an eagle and flies away, but is found and nurtured back to health by Math and Gwydion. Gronw was not as fortunate, and upon his death Blodeuwedd is turned into an owl (Blodeuwedd means both “flower face” and owl). One might find it strange for a child to bond with such a story, but I was a strange child indeed!

When I started playing video games in my twenties I fell in love with the name Blodeuyn, which means flower and is syntactically related to Blodeuwedd. It felt natural to start using the name as my gaming alias and over the years Blodeuyn has become so familiar to me that it is now part of my identity. The association is so intertwined with my soul that my friends call me Blode more often than Joce or Jocelyn (my birth name).

Blodeuwedd’s story is much more detailed than what I have covered in this post. You can read the entire myth at druidry.org: The legend of Blodeuwedd.

Pronunciation
Blodeuyn: blo-deu-yn
Blodeuwedd: blo-deu-weth
deu pronounced as “day” in English