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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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Jan

11

The Norns and Death

Just as Urd and her sisters choose mothers to give the sacred fruits of childbirth to, and thus dispense the gift of life, so too do they decide when, where, and how someone will die. Not only that, they also own the hall where the Helthing takes place and where the righteous dead shall dwell

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Jan

11

Gullveig

Since we have already discussed the first Giants or Etins in the creation story, it is now time to progress to the role of these creatures of Chaos after civilization has been established. Heimdall taught the humans all sorts of skills to help them create a culture, giving them the holy fire as well as

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Jan

8

The Fylgia

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 children they must

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Jan

8

On the Animals living on Yggdrasill

“In the poetic imagery of Yggdrasill several animals exist that represent the various powers of the cosmos. In Niflhel are the serpents that represent the corruption of Chaos as they constantly gnaw away at the ordered creation. Four harts nibble at the crown of the tree, whose names denote slumber and death and thus symbolize

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Jan

8

Cycles and Ages

“We believe that the universe and its four basic elements ( Water, Fire, Earth,Air ) are eternal in that they have always been and always will be, they simply transform or appear to transform through a constant cycle of convergence and entropy, which some call the cycle of life-death-rebirth. This cycle is reflected within every

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Jan

6

On Odinic Spirituality…”The Odisbook”

“ The height of Odinic spirituality has always been the use and study of symbols and metaphors , which shall be explored throughout this book . The symbol , whether it be an actual pictograph such as a rune , or poetic phrasing in the lore , manifests itself on so many levels for the

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Jan

4

Cyclical Existence

Because nothingness is an impossibility there can be no beginning and no end, though there are beginnings and endings as the cycle runs its course. Our universe has always been and always will be, and stretches into infinity. If one believes in the idea that time is linear, there arises serious questions as to the

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Jan

3

Discord Among Gods

As stated many times , not only did Gullveig and Loki spread their corruptive ways among men, they also dwelt in Asgard, sowing discord among the Gods. In the Odinic faith even the divine, as part of nature, are subject to the forces of entropy. But this is not viewed as a weakness, for it

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