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Dec

20

On the Second Merserburg Charm

Scholars have long debated the meaning of the name Phol and the word balderes in this verse. Phol is sometimes interpreted as the male half of an otherwise unattested couple : Phol and Volla. Likewise scholars have argued that the word balderes should be understood as a simple appellation meaning “ lord , ” also

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Nov

27

Going to Hel: The Consequences of a Heathen Life

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.

Nov

17

Heimdall, the guardian of the gods

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

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Oct

21

October 21 , 2020 | Posted by Vernon |  |

An Excerpt on Germanic Law

“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.”

Oct

5

Sacred Kettles

One device that is often looked over, even though it is mentioned more in our sources than any other, is the kettle or cauldron. The word kettle comes from the Old Norse kettil, meaning “kettle, cauldron,” from the Proto-Germanic katilaz, “kettle, bucket, vessel.” The kettle would have been used for various purposes, from cooking the sacred feast to brewing mead, and possibly even divination. It is likely that our ancestors saw this as important for the same reason they revered the hearth, because it was central to the gathering of the folk. It was the vessel from which communal meals and drinking feasts would be prepared and procured. With this as the basis for our thesis, we shall examine the evidence and symbols surrounding this implement for our blots.

Sep

30

Són- The Concept Of Atonement In Norse Tradition

We have previously discussed the passages on retribution for crimes in the afterlife. This is an affirmation of the ideals our ancestors held in regards to balancing örlög and maintaining social order. Actions must have consequences or codes mean nothing. However, the biggest issue we have is that when people violate the code is there

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Sep

28

September 28 , 2019 | Posted by Dagaz Issa |

An Examination Of New Age Belief

One of the things we need to do if we are to move forward as a religious movement is to define the terms we use precisely and reasonably. We do not want to be accused of knee-jerk reactions or simply responding with buzzwords that might help win an argument. The point is to know, to

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Aug

13

Exploring the Blot pt. 1

Exploring the Blot pt. 1 The word “blot” is an Old Norse term designating a sacrifice or offering. It is etymologically linked to English “blood”, which was its original meaning; since in ancient times animal and even human sacrifices were performed to the Gods and Goddesses, with their blood being a central object of observance.

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