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~ By Courtesy of Others ~


Walpurgisnacht Invocation V

We walk every day as man or woman,
And we think little of it,
Save for those of us who have been both,
And who never take these things for granted again.
Which fish, we ask, discuss water?
The drowning ones - that is the only answer,
And so Odhinn went to the goddess of love,
Great Freyja of the surpassing beauty,
And asked her to teach him the art of seidhr,
The woman's magic. And Freyja did agree,
But the price was that for one year
Odhinn the great should don the skirts
Of a woman, a mere serving maid,
And be known by all under the name of Eunuch,
And live as the lowest of women lived.
And so it was done, and Odhinn learned
The magic that can only be touched
By those whom the woman's energy can fill.
And he did also learn that these things
Are not static within us, and can shift,
And should never be taken for granted,
And Odhinn left Freyja's side
Having learned much about women,
And he would never see them the same again.
And we thank him for this lesson, and his third sacrifice,
That of the smug surety of a single gender.

From the "Pagan Book of Hours", Order of the Horae

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