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« on: February 25, 2014, 07:53:33 pm »
Just wondering how she's generally regarded as an author?  I've had her book Freyja, Lady, Vanadis: An Introduction to the Goddess recommended to me as a great resource on Freyja, but the recommender isn't of a very scholarly bent and couldn't tell me how reliable or well-cited it might be.  Any ideas?  Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2014, 06:46:15 am »
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Just wondering how she's generally regarded as an author?  I've had her book Freyja, Lady, Vanadis: An Introduction to the Goddess recommended to me as a great resource on Freyja, but the recommender isn't of a very scholarly bent and couldn't tell me how reliable or well-cited it might be.  Any ideas?  Thanks!

Honestly I am not sure, I can't recall ever actually reading anything of hers. A quick search shows that she is a long time member of the Troth (whcih could be good or bad depending on one's opinion of that org). I'd have to actually read something of hers to get an honest opinion. I DO hope she is good, as we desperately need more good modern authors to counterweigh the rest of the utter excrement that Llewellyn publishes.

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« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2014, 09:57:52 am »
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Honestly I am not sure, I can't recall ever actually reading anything of hers. A quick search shows that she is a long time member of the Troth (whcih could be good or bad depending on one's opinion of that org). I'd have to actually read something of hers to get an honest opinion. I DO hope she is good, as we desperately need more good modern authors to counterweigh the rest of the utter excrement that Llewellyn publishes.


I remember her being a guest on  Raven Radio awhile back.

ETA: I haven't read the book ever, but I had the impression that she was pretty down to earth and not newage-y at all.
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I am in the camp that is concerned about super intelligence," [Bill] Gates wrote. "First the machines will do a lot of jobs for us and not be super intelligent. That should be positive if we manage it well. A few decades after that though the intelligence is strong enough to be a concern. I agree with Elon Musk and some others on this and don\'t understand why some people are not concerned."

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Re: Patricia Lafayllve
« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2014, 03:56:46 pm »
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Honestly I am not sure, I can't recall ever actually reading anything of hers. A quick search shows that she is a long time member of the Troth (whcih could be good or bad depending on one's opinion of that org). I'd have to actually read something of hers to get an honest opinion. I DO hope she is good, as we desperately need more good modern authors to counterweigh the rest of the utter excrement that Llewellyn publishes.

 
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Re: Patricia Lafayllve
« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2014, 05:05:30 pm »
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I remember her being a guest on  Raven Radio awhile back.

ETA: I haven't read the book ever, but I had the impression that she was pretty down to earth and not newage-y at all.

 
Thanks!  That's enough for me to give her a chance :)
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« Reply #5 on: March 03, 2014, 09:19:36 pm »
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I remember her being a guest on  Raven Radio awhile back.

ETA: I haven't read the book ever, but I had the impression that she was pretty down to earth and not newage-y at all.

LOL well that's embarrassing for me :)

Must have been an episode I wasn't on. I will have to go back through the old podcasts and see if I can find it.

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« Reply #6 on: March 03, 2014, 09:28:15 pm »
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Have you ever given any thought to doing some writing Bob?

Oh gods no. The more I learn, the more I learn what I have yet to learn, if that makes sense. I in no way am qualified to speak for anyone other than myself. I will happily state my opinions, but those shouldn't carry too much weight with anyone not in my local community with whom I have a reciprocal relationship.

Plus with the current changing focus in modern practice towards local heathenry rather than large regional or national orgs, I question how many actual authors we need. I mean, most of what we need to learn can be had from reading primary and secondary sources, filling in the blanks with knowledgeable opinion based on solid research and evidence.

For that, you don't need me :)

A few people who are more learned than I should suffice just fine, not droves of half-learned (or much worse) people spouting drivel that flies in the face of source material, anthropology, archeology, and common sense.

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« Reply #7 on: June 14, 2014, 04:28:08 pm »
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Just wondering how she's generally regarded as an author?  I've had her book Freyja, Lady, Vanadis: An Introduction to the Goddess recommended to me as a great resource on Freyja, but the recommender isn't of a very scholarly bent and couldn't tell me how reliable or well-cited it might be.  Any ideas?  Thanks!

 
I have read the book and found it worthwhile.  It was rather short, but there isn't as much info on the goddess out there as compared to, say, Odin or Thor.  

When she introduces UPG (hers or someone else's) she labels it as such, which I think is a baseline requirement for me to respect a modern author. It was actually the discussions of UPG I found helpful.  

For instance, what does Freyja do with her half of the slain, as she is not known to fight at Ragnarok?  According to this book, some people believe she uses them to guard the seeds of life that will regenerate after Ragnarok.  I thought that was a very interesting view.

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For instance, what does Freyja do with her half of the slain, as she is not known to fight at Ragnarok?  According to this book, some people believe she uses them to guard the seeds of life that will regenerate after Ragnarok.  I thought that was a very interesting view.

 
Thats an interesting theory! I've had this idea for awhile that the half she takes from the battlefield are the civilian casualties, such as the women and children. I can definitely see them as also becoming guardians of life.
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