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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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Jan

13

The Fate of All

As we have discussed previously, the fate of all things is to die, but with that death comes renewal and even advancement. Perhaps this is a reason why we strive so hard to be creators—our life is a perpetual state of entropy as we age and get closer to death. However, death is not an

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Jan

13

Understanding Fate

We have seen that the basic formula for a belief in destiny is that all things in motion have a destination, each destination then sets off a reaction, each reaction begins the next movement, renewing the cycle. This is antithetical to the notion of causation and motion, which is built upon the belief in linear

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Jan

13

The Alfar

As the Aesir deal primarily with the defense of the cosmos, the Vanir deal with its mechanics, and the Disir deal with its proliferation through fertility, the Alfar are the ones who actually drive the natural forces and entities that make up our universe. The sun is pulled by Sol in the lore, the moon

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Jan

13

Frigga

Odin’s wife and mother of the Aesir—Thor, Baldur, and Hodur with him; she also gave birth to Frey, Freya, Blik, Blid, Frid, Eir, Hlif, Hlifthrasa, Thjodvarta, and Bjart with her brother, Njord. Such a close union is allowed among the Vanir (but not the Aesir), and we would see this as an aspect of divinity

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Jan

13

Honoring Ancestors

We have seen the Odinist methods of paying tribute to the dead through the Helfaring, but one more duty is placed upon the living in paying tribute to the dead. This is figuring out how to honor them after they have moved on and become revered ancestors. There are three ways that this can be

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