I never cease to be amazed how I find "missing pieces" or "anam cara" in my cherag studies.
I have finished reading the wikipedia page on Finnish paganism.
And I felt Eir's presence the entire time, but didn't connect it. Eir, as the goddess of shamanism, must have wanted me to know that their is another "shaman" connection...between Siberia and Finland, between the ancestors who practiced Asatru and those who practiced the old religion in Finland and Karelia.
I see the ancestors of both my parents meeting many times there. It is as if I have touched again a piece of my soul that knows and perhaps still coexists with them somewhere in my ancient past.
The Finn's were considered wizards by those who practiced Asatru. Obviously, Eir would have been involved with what the shamans of Finland and Karelia taught their neighbors. After I read half the wikipedia article, I let out the draft of a poem on Eir and amazingly used the bear as a central image in the poem....
which ended up being in the next part I read of the Wiki article. The bear was sacred to the Finns back then. :)
It was the last half of the article which discussed shamanism and mentioned the views of Siberians and the other Norse peoples toward the Finns.