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Author archives: Franz

Feb

9

Loki bound

Although he had once been adopted into the circle of gods, as a blood-brother by oath of Odin himself (Lokasenna 9) Loki became a jotun again once he murdered Baldur and was chained in Niflhel by the gods for it. We see him as “Uthgarlocus” in Saxo’s Danish History Book 8. His hair and beard

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Feb

9

Procreation

In the Odinic faith no act is more sacred than the sexual union between a man and a woman to beget a child. This is the ultimate manifestation of the creative Spirit within us, which draws us to our mates, then forms a bond between the two, which will culminate in their physical joining where

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Feb

8

The Grotti Mill

Besides creating lands of pristine forests and majestic mountains for Gods and men to dwell in, the Aesir joined with the primeval Giants to build the first form of technology: the great mill known as Grotti. This too has a connection to the Water/Fire/Spirit concept, for the mill causes the ebb and flow of the

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Feb

3

Renewal

From every death comes life, and with the destruction of the world a new one shall arise. In the Ragnarok prophecy, after the conflagration has ended the Underworld, Jormungrund, will rise up out of the sea to become the new Earth. This is likely based on the same observations that developed our creation myth, when

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Feb

2

Ragnarok

Our cycle ( of Ages ) concludes with the return to Chaos, with the breaking down of the Order so that all must either defend the light of the Gods or succumb to the darkness within and join the forces of corruption. Our lore is quite explicit in its telling of the end of this

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Jan

27

Acceptance and Duty

Acceptance and Duty Of course, there are moral implications involving a belief in fate, which in turn involves the power of choice. If I believe that my choices are mine and that they are not guided, driven, or predetermined, then the responsibility is mine and mine alone. But if my choices are predetermined, then whatever

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Jan

19

Excerpt from “Our Fathers Godsaga” based on the poem Fjölsvinnsmál and Svipdag

Viktor Rydberg’s Our Fathers’ Godsaga, translated by William P. Reaves An epic introduction to Norse mythology for students of all ages Excerpt from Chapter XXXII, based on the poem Fjölsvinnsmál Heimdall, Bifröst’s watchman, saw a youth, clad in armor with a sun-glistening sword at his side, advancing up the bridge that no one walks without the force of

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Jan

15

Witching the Plough on Plough Monday

Original Title: “ WITCHING THE PLOUGH ON PLOUGH MONDAYThe First Monday after Twelfth-Day Costumed Christmas traditions are quite common throughout northern Europe, as well as in England and Scandinavia. In some regions, Holda, Percht and Bercht play a prominent part in them. Indeed, vivid visual descriptions of her may allude to a popular portrayal, perhaps

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