30 Days of Heathenry – Day 17 “Animals”

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Question:

Are there any animals you connect with as part of your practice?

Answer:

I have always had a connection to cats in one way or another. I grew up on a farm when I was a child, and we had something like 30-40 cats at any given time. They lived in the barn, wandered around the house, and basically ensured that the ol’ farmhouse in rural Kansas was absolutely pest free. Some of my fondest memories of this time are ones with my cats, and leaving them when my Grandfather died was entirely heartbreaking. It didn’t take too long before we got some more cats, usually strays, all living long healthy lives. I currently have two pet cats, one of which I’ve had for 16 years and counting.

So what is it about cats that I love so much? Short answer -I trust them. I honestly am not a dog fan as I nearly lost an eye to my childhood pet dog biting me on the face when I was 4 years old. Ever since then, I’m not big on having large dogs jump on me, no matter how nice they are. I honestly don’t have affection for them anymore, to me they are just some animal – almost like seeing one at the zoo. Cats, on the flip-side help me take my stress away and gave me that sense of family that I craved when I was alone at various times. To me, my current pets are basically included in my children, and I love them as such.

Another animal that I have recently seen some affinity to are Corvids like crows and ravens – it seems like when I am speaking with The Gods, they generally show up the next day as if to say “hey buddy, we got you!” I need to keep an eye out for them more at my house, as I’d love to build a relationship. I do put out a birdfeeder at times, so maybe that will help.

With my affinity to cats, I often wonder if I should try to speak to Freiya more often. Perhaps that is the avenue I will look into for my continuing quest for my “Patron God” of sorts.

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