The Stoic Lokean

Stoic Lokean

The Stoic Lokean proudly presents 'The Havamal In Depth,' a podcast meticulously crafted for a diverse audience of Norse Pagans, Modern-Day Stoics, and those eager to explore the intersection of these profound traditions. If you're a fan of podcasts like 'The Daily Stoic' and 'The Norse Mythology Podcast,' or if you're simply curious about the Havamal, Norse Paganism, or Stoicism, then you're in the right place. Have you ever wondered about the timeless wisdom hidden within the verses of the Havamal, the sacred text of the Allfather? Join me as I explore this timeless wisdom. read less
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Episode 13 - Stanza 15 (&14) - The Havamal In Depth - A King's Children
23-10-2023
Episode 13 - Stanza 15 (&14) - The Havamal In Depth - A King's Children
Join us as we embark on a journey through Stanza 15 of "The Havamal" and unearth the ancient wisdom that lies within. From both Old Norse and Stoic viewpoints, discover the enduring relevance of this stanza in our modern world. Before we delve into Stanza 15, we explore the intriguing Stanza 14, which sheds light on the perils of overindulgence and the wisdom that can emerge when the haze of inebriation clears. In the Old Norse interpretation, we navigate the expectations of a king's children, emphasising prudence, courage, and generosity. Through the epic saga of Thor and the giant Hrungnir, we find a Norse mythological example that encapsulates the valour and audacity celebrated in Old Norse culture. From a Stoic perspective, we resonate with the virtues of prudence, courage, and self-control. We explore the Stoic principle of embracing adversity with resilience and a calm mind, mirroring the stanza's call for daring in the face of life's challenges. Seneca the Younger, the renowned Stoic philosopher, inspires us with his timeless wisdom on kindness and virtue. In a world where thoughtful discourse and decision-making are paramount, Stanza 15 remains a beacon of guidance. Regardless of our roles in life, its virtues are undeniably relevant. This stanza serves as a reminder that courage, wisdom, joy, and generosity are universal values that should steer our actions and decisions. So, dive into the treasures of Stanza 15, and may you embrace its timeless virtues in your journey. Don't forget to like, subscribe, review, or comment on the show. Sharing it with your friends is also greatly appreciated. Until next time, discover the courage to confront life's challenges, and in the spirit of true joy and generosity, embark on your own odyssey of wisdom. Intro music provided, with thanks, by Halleru Productions.
Episode 11 - The Havamal In Depth - Stanzas 11 & 12 - Don't be like Gunnlaugr
10-10-2023
Episode 11 - The Havamal In Depth - Stanzas 11 & 12 - Don't be like Gunnlaugr
In this episode of "The Havamal In Depth," I explore the timeless wisdom of Stanzas 11 and 12, unravelling their messages about the perils of excessive drinking and over indulgence. From both Old Norse and Stoic viewpoints, we dive deep into the lessons of moderation, self-control, and the consequences of overindulgence. From an Old Norse perspective, these stanzas caution against losing oneself to the allure of excessive beer-bibbing, emphasising the importance of moderation, especially during social gatherings. We draw insights from Old Norse sagas that illustrate the tragic consequences of unchecked ego and overindulgence. On the Stoic front, we delve into how these stanzas align with Stoic principles, where self-control and rationality are paramount. The Stoics believed that overindulgence could cloud one's judgement and lead to unwise decisions. We reflect on the Stoic teachings of moderation and tranquillity. In today's world of abundant temptations, the wisdom from these stanzas remains relevant. We're reminded to be mindful of our choices, whether it's alcohol, technology, or any other indulgence. Moderation, as both Old Norse sagas and Stoic philosophy suggest, is the key to a balanced and fulfilling life. Join us in this exploration of ancient wisdom and its applicability to our modern lives. Until next time, remember: moderation is the key to savouring life's pleasures without losing control of your own mind.