Archive for June 23rd, 2011


The Secret Life of Socks

June 23, 2011

Willy Sock, Sleeping Bear Dunes

Image Sourced: Less-ons for Truth


Skipping Stepping Stones

June 23, 2011

Björk, an Icelandic singer and actress, has a  tattoo on her left upper arm. It is a Norse magic symbol called Vegvísir, which has a deep meaning. The Icelandic word literally means ‘guidepost’ or ‘direction sign’. In modern popular culture the Vegvísir is often called Runic Compass or See the Way. It is often associated with the Viking Age, which is not correct: this symbol is from the 17th century Icelandic grimoire called Galdrabók (‘magic book’). The origin of this type of witchcraft is difficult to ascertain: to some extent it derives from medieval mysticism and renaissance occultism, but also has a few connections with the ancient Germanic runic tradition. Vegvísir was drawn on one’s forehead with blood to prevent a person from getting lost. [Read more at The Viking Rune]

The Viking compass (Vegvisir) painted on old slate and aged.

Image Raided From: Brent Berry Arts

tall grass and winding roads
that’s where the story grows
i’m skipping over my stepping stones
dead leaves and dried up goals
pass with the wind that blows
i’m skipping over my stepping stones
~ Castledoor


Sock it to Me

June 23, 2011

These socks are inspired by the rune Jera (pronounced yer-ah). It's the 12th rune of the Elder Futhark, representing the year or the harvest.

Adventures in Sock Knitting ~ stariel.blogspot


Patience up to a point. Know your time, but work your wyrd always.”

Jera is the embodiment of the cyclical pattern of arising-being/becoming-passing-away to new arising. This a basic formula working throughout the Rune row. This Rune is one of the two “central runes” in the scheme of the Elder Futhark, and it defines the cyclical nature of the ever-evolving horizontal plane.
It is the secret of the omnipresent circumference.

Jera is the reward for past actions that are honorable, right, and in accordance with natural law. This has no real moral implications – it is a natural law. If one sows correctly and hamingja (“luck”) is with you then, according to tradition, you will be rewarded with a great reaping. It is the fruition of efforts well spent toward a willed or instinctual goal. This is true and valid for the supernatural as well as the phenomenological realms.

The cosmic fertility aspect of this Rune points to the Vanic god Freya, who is invoked til árs ok fridhar {for good season (harvest) and peace}.

The Old Norse name ár gives us the popular association of this Rune with the Eagle (Old Norse ari) as a symbol of the swift flight of the archetypal sun.

Freya in Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock

A Rune of beneficial outcomes, Jera applies to any activity or endeavor to which you are committed. Be aware, however, that no quick results can be expected. A span of time is usually involve; hence the key words “One Year,” symbolizing a full cycle before the reaping, the harvest or deliverance.

You have prepared the ground and planted the seed. Now you must cultivate with care. To those whose labor has a long season, a long coming to term, Jera offers encouragement of success. Know that the outcome is in the keeping of Providence and continue to persevere.

Remember the old story about the farmer who was so eager to assist his crops that he went out at night and tugged on the new shoots. There is no way to push the rive; equally you cannot hasten the harvest. Be mindful that patience is essential for the recognition of your own process that, in its season, leads
to the harvest of the self.


Sock squirrel

Image Found: Roman Sock 

Rune sock patterns available from Ravelry: Stariel Knits


Blast from the Past: Daktari

June 23, 2011

Clarence the Cross-Eyed Lion

On the series, Clarence didn’t do all his own stunts, he also had a stand in. Leo, another Ralph Helfer-trainer feline, doubled for Clarence whenever there were any trucks involved, since Clarence spooked at the sight of these vehicles. Leo even had his own makeup artist who applied cosmetic scarring like Clarence’s, so that he would resemble Clarence when photographed in closeups. This was referred to in an inside joke from the preview trailer for the movie Clarence, the Cross-Eyed Lion, that Leo (who also appeared in the MGM logo and had a gentle temperament very similar to Clarence’s) was not at all related to Clarence!

Another less-friendly lion, also named Leo, doubled for Clarence in some scenes. He was used only for the snarling scenes and general scenes which didn’t involve close proximity with humans. Leo had come from a family in Utah. His ferocity was due largely to abuse he received from former owners that beat him badly with a stick. [sourced from Wikipedia]