The Nerdy Pagan

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Disney songs that can double as spells


Yes, Lexi’s a pop-culture witch.
Yes, Lexi’s a Disney kid.
Yes, Lexi still watches Disney musicals at nearly a-quarter-of-a-century-old.


Because they are, truly, magical. And no, this isn’t me plugging for Disney out of nostalgia. If you pay attention to some of the…

Adding a few more of my own to this list. I’ll note the ones I have actually used and the ones I just think would be great.

They live in you/He Lives in you (depending on wether or not you are using Lion King 2 soundtrack or he Broadway Soundtrack)- Invoking gods and ancestors, understanding one’s one divine power. I really want to use this in a Samhain ritual for honoring ancestors.

God Bless the Outcasts- (Hunchback of Notre Dame) This is already on the list, but I have another use; For me it’s been a song that has helped me cope with feelings of icolation and outsider status. A song to empower those who find themselves a part of a counterculture and fighting for the change they want to see in the world. Also a song I associate with St. Marie La Kali (I sometimes work with saints) the patron of the Roma, outcasts, and exiles.

A Guy Like You- (Hunchback of Notre Dame) never used this one but it strikes me as a good song for a confidence spell.

Hakuna Mattata- (Lion King) a spell for banishing worries.

I can Go the Distance- (Hercules) commuting yourself to a cause, finding acceptance.

Trashing the Camp (Tarzan, Tarzan Broadway soundtrack)- Breaking conventions, breaking taboos or stigmas that hold you back, reveling.

Great Spirits- (Brother Bear) this song looses points for cultural appropriation but largely it is about Ancestor worship, and it would be a cool one for invoking one’s ancestors.

Shadowland- (Lion King Broadway soundtrack) Raising environmental consciousness, moving forward, leaving home.

Just around the river bend- (Pocahontas) making tough choices, dealing with change. I might change the lyrics at the end about marring Kocoum or waiting for the dream giver to something that you are deliberating over.

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You Can't Take the Sky from Me- A Spell to Keep Flying (Firefly)


This spell is for when you’re in a tough spot, when the world is trying to bring you down, when you just need to keep flying.

You will need:

  • A leaf
  • Three stones
  • A permanent marker
  • A windy day
  • A brown coat. This is just to wear during the spell as ceremonial dress of sorts; it can be a…

I know a lot of people who are very superstitious about the “Leaf on the Wind” quote, and believe that it is bad luck to say the second half. Also it gives me too many sad feels. The spell itself is a cool idea, but I might end it with “I aim to misbehave” or some other quote like that if I were to try it.

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The anvil of the blacksmith (the ancient caird) is still a most potent spell-worker, and appears to have possessed many of the properties of the cursing-stone. The ceremony of ” turning the anvil,” like the ceremony of ” turning the cursing-stones,” is not lightly to be attempted ; for the smith must rise before the sun, go naked to his forge, turn the anvil nine times, striking it a specified number of blows with his sledge each time he turns it. This he must repeat for nine consecutive mornings, when the desired result, generally violent rain-storms, or ill-luck to his neighbour, is produced. Fortunately there is nothing which makes the performance of this ceremony either easy or agreeable ; and further, as the postulant must keep strict fast during the nine days, the charm, like the use of the cursing-stones, is to some extent safe-guarded from impetuous malevolence.

Excerpt From: Wood-Martin, W. G. (William Gregory), 1847-1917. “Traces of the elder faiths of Ireland; a folklore sketch; a handbook of Irish pre-Christian traditions.” London, New York and Bombay : Longmans, Green, and co., 1902. (via charlottesarahscrivener)

I so have the image of Wiley Coyote performing this one.

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Scans from Ancient Egyptian, Mesopotamian and Persian Costume. I need to find something about crime and punishment that involves ancient times because that is the theme for the Junior Thesis and the only thing I can think of that I like is The Scarlet Letter but I don’t want to paint a lot of black and white puritans!!

Paint Hamarabi’s code maybe? Though an eye for an eye could get…gory.

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How To Train your Dragon & Gendered Pagan Theology

Just got back from seeing How to Train Your Dragon 2 (which BTW, was AMAZING!!!) and the movie left me with some interesting thoughts.

Hiccup spends a lot of this movie trying to figure out who he is and how he relates to Viking society. He sees himself as peace maker and his approach to solving the impending invasion by an evil, self-proclaimed “Dragon Master” is to attempt negotiation. His father, Stoic, on the other hand wants to strengthen the defenses of their home village Burk. It’s a bit of a repeat of the same father/son conflict in the first movie when Hiccup wants to make peace with the dragons and his father wants to fight.

So what does this have to with the modern day gender role/gender transgression discussion in the larger Heathen and larger Pagan communities?

The role of peacemaker in Germanic and Scandinavian culture was often played by women. This is seen a lot in the epic Beowulf where Wealtheow is often described as peacemaker. In fact, the old English term freodu-webbe meant both woman and peacemaker. Hiccup’s mother, Velka (her being alive is only a spoiler if you missed every single trailer for this movie) also describes herself as a peacemaker.

Throughout the movie, Hiccup tends to identify more with his mother than his father. It’s often said that he takes after her. And he describes himself, at the end of the movie, as a peacemaker.

In the end, Hiccup solves the crisis like he always does—his own way. With a combination of compassion, brains, courage and his signature deadpan humor. He finds  a balance between the strength of his father, the compassion of his mother, and his own instincts.

Now I’m not one to stick strictly to the binary of “feminine principle” and “masculine principle.” However, I feel like this film plays out a part of the dialogue the Pagan community has been having on the subject of “male” and “female” virtues over the decades. On the one hand, the division of ideologies between Hiccup’s parents (Stoic’s warrior approach in the first film and Velka as peacemaker in the second) could seem to imply that there is a divide along gender lines. From the perspective of Feminist Theology one might say that this shows men are inherently war-like and women are inherently peaceable and compassionate. A conservative Heathen view might interpret this as males and females serving equally important but different roles in their tribe. The more mainstream view might argue that these principals and abilities can be found within each individual and like Hiccup we must heed the wisdom of both.

So lets stir up some discussion. If you’ve seen the movies, how do you feel like the traditionally gendered (or stereotyped) roles of warrior and peacemaker are shown or subverted. Obviously Dreamworks did not set out to make any sort of Lore-acurate movie, but how does it mesh with your view of the roles of men and women in Viking culture?

Does Hiccup subvert those roles?

What do the fruits of the “masculine” and “feminine” principals or gender identities mean to you?

If you are a Heathen, how do you interpret the idea of Sedir and gender transgression in Lore and practice? How do Hiccup’s reactions compare to your ideals of leadership and heroics?

If you want to read more about the role of women as peacemakers in Beowulf, check out this essay:

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