A Quick Daily Study: Stanza 15

I’m at stanza 15 and what I’ve learned so far is to aware and cautious, be hospitable and respectful, and not to get drunk and lose my ability to think clearly.

Hollander:

Let us all be sparing in words,
and bold in battle;
glad and wholesome the hero be
till comes his dying day

Pocket Havamal:

Taciturn and prudent, and in war
daring, should a king’s children be; joyous and
generous everyone should be until his hour
of death.

To me, this is conveying for men to listen before speaking and when it’s time to be brave during a conflict. The last two lines are a way to try and live happily until death. Trying to go through life happy I feel is a concept lost on so many people today. Anxiety and stress seem to run most things and this is reminding me to find my happy. My happy right now are my family, getting back into writing, learning Asatru, my 365 Day Project, doodle comics, coffee, and sleep. Ok, the last two may be for necessities but I’m SUPER happy to have a cup of coffee after sleep. On top of all that I think I’ve found a new project…one that involves food. I just need to figure out how to execute it.

What is your happy?

A Quick Daily Study: Stanza 12

Although my stanza study of the Havamal isn’t daily it’s something I CANNOT just walk away from. I’m so proud of the people that are dedicating their time to their belief and religion of choice as I read about their journeys daily. It’s an inspiration into devotion. But it just doesn’t limit someone to religion or beliefs. It can be art, writing, photography, whatever it is it’s still an inspiration into doing something daily that brings happiness. Kudos Y’all!¬† Today¬† I’m on stanza 12. Reminder, stanzas 10-14 all seem to go together.

Hollander:

For good it is not, though good it is thought,
mead for the sons of men;
the deeper he drinks the dimmer grows
the mind of many a man.

Pocket Havamal (what I carry with me)

A worse provision no man can
take from than too much beer-bibbing;
for the more he drinks the less control
he has of his own mind.

Again, keep a sharp mind when out and about. Don’t partake too much in the mead and keep your wits about you. Alcohol diminishes the ability to make good choices. Odin has great advice.

 

A Quick Daily Study: Stanza 11

This morning I woke up late so things are going to be kind of short. I’m at stanza 11 of my Havamal. According to the Temple of Our Heathen Gods, stanzas 10-14 are kind of linked together. I like Chisholm’s version for this one.

Chisholm:

A man bears no better burden,
when on the wilderness ways
than great wisdom. One can have no worse fare,
on road or field, than too much ale.

Pocket Version:

A worse provision on the way he can-
not carry than too much beer-bibbing; so
good is not, as it is said, beer for the sons
of men.

The first two lines are reminiscent of the lines from stanza 10 but the next lines are telling me that too much drink will not be as easy to carry. It also dulls the senses of being cautious, aware, and keeping your wits about you. I’m a social drinker meaning even at Sumbels or fires with the Kindred I only have a glass of mead outside of drinking from the horn. Whereas others are not in the same mind frame and that’s ok too. Another stanza reminding me to keep cautious, aware, and wits about.

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