Written by Mark Puryear Ancestral Distinctions and about building a Community Our ancestors had a natural, long-lived means of establishing folk distinctions, which represented a larger relationship between all peoples. Individuals were members of families, from the immediate family to the larger, extended “kindred”. Kindreds grouped together into clans, clans into tribes, and tribes into
By placing inordinate weight on the words of Snorri’s Edda and paying insufficient attention to what the older heathen poems say regarding the fate of the dead, we have been mislead into believing that the gods did not judge their followers and that only warriors were rewarded for leading a virtuous life according to the precepts of heathen morality.
Once the first world was established, the fountains of Jormungrund received their guardians. Mimir would take care of the central fountain, hence called Mimisbrunn ‘Mimir’s Well;’ his sons, the Alfar, would guard Hvergelmir, and the Norns, who will be described below, became the caretakers of Urdarbrunn ‘Urd’s Well.’ The primal forces of creation would now be manifested in three holy meads, the purest liquids in all the worlds, which are coveted by every race of beings, including the Gods.
By Mark Puryear We are told that the fylgjas, who are tutelary spirits in the Odinic faith, are women who die as virgins and are thus led to serve Urd in this capacity. Their virginity is based on the idea that the family and clan must always be kept together, and since they have no
by William P. Reaves The Eddas tell us relatively little of Heimdall, the guardian of the gods. As the offspring of the nine giantesses who turn the great world-mill, churning beneath the sea, Heimdall represents the holy fire, created by friction. As such, he acts as the spark of life, commonly generated by the rubbing
Therefore, if I am to have positive things in my life I must positively influence those around me. It’s just that simple.
By Mark Puryear “Out of the initial, savage stage of creation was born the first living being, named Ymir. The icy poison-drops from the rivers in Jormungrund met the warm winds in Helheim in the south (where Urdarbrunn is located) and thus formed the Giant. “There was a quickening in these flowing drops and life
Because our Gods are family, they love us as such, and therefore their love is authentic and true.
“The demand for personal restitution, indeed, is not a thing that life and society merely acknowledge, it is the very innermost secret, the sustaining power itself, in the legislation of the North.”
If we recognize divinity as a part of the Spiritual Collective, rather than its whole, then we can grasp an understanding of the Gods as natural beings living within our reality and thus being subject to its laws.