AE logo.JPG (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I’ve kind of been all over the place the last little while and haven’t given any offerings/deeds in forever. It’s been at least a year since I’ve reached out and done anything meaningfully “heathen”, at best guess.
A few weeks ago I planted a yellow rose bush by my front door with the intention of dedicating it to Frigga/Freyja (Frigja?). I’ve had intentions to paint (barely visible) miniature houses at some baseboards for the wights. I’ve been priming myself, I guess, but not really following through for awhile.
Yesterday however, I finally just went ahead and took a cup of coffee and tobacco out back and gave it in offering along with some silent prayer. It was for Frigja, because I’ve started to pull away from the intense masculine powers and drift towards the calmer female powers.
Today I took a break from cleaning (it bears mentioning that worth in homemaking is something I’ve been trying to focus on again and my prayer to Frigja involved this to some extent ), grabbed my phone and saw Google voice had randomly completed a search: æ.
So obviously I’m going to follow that rabbit hole and I click on the first result which is Wikipedia:
Æ (minuscule: æ) is a grapheme named aesc or ash, formed from the letters a and e. Originally a ligature representing a Latin diphthong, it has been promoted to the full status of a letter in the alphabets of some languages, including Danish, Norwegian, Icelandic and Faroese. As a letter of the Old English Latin alphabet, it was called æsc (“ash tree”) after the Anglo-Saxon futhorc rune ᚫ (Runic letter ansuz.svg), which it transliterated; its traditional name in English is still ash /æʃ/. It was also used in Old Swedish before being changed to ä.
That’s…a bit of a coincidence right?
In my smoking cessation group we talked about the high rates of instances where people quit smoking and then later wind up getting cancer, and how that weird irony is often used to justifing continuing to smoke. The consensus though is that people generally intuit that their health is in the danger zone and this motivates them to quit, but that its often too late. Like that, I definitely think that “signs” are often confirmation of something we already sense deep down. And I know that Google voice gets turned on accidentally and picks up sounds all the time.
But seriously. The day after I give my first offering in a long time and my phone takes me to that?
I have a couple of questions. First, what do reconstructionists think of this type of woo? Would you accept it as something meaningful or as simply coincidence? What do others think of this as a “sign”? Finally, if it is potentially meaningful, what sort of symbolism can be derived from the ash?