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Mar

29

Symbols of Afterlife – part 4 Niflheim

Niflhel The Place: (Moral) Religions throughout the world have some notion of a realm of the damned, including the Hebrew Gehenna or Sheol, the Islamic Jahannam, the Naraka of Hinduism, and the Bhumis of Jainism. In every inception the idea is the same—to punish those who had violated the tenets of the faith. In the

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Mar

29

Symbols of Alterlife – part 3 Walhalla

Valhall The Hall: (Tributary) “The honorable warrior, after receiving the drink [Dyrar Veigar], sets out from the Thing to visit kinsmen on the fields of bliss and to look at the wonders there, until the time comes for him to journey to Asgard. They travel west over Vindhelm’s Bridge, Bifrost. Then the Aesir are there

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Mar

29

Symbols of Alfterlife – part 2

The Bridge: (Transformative) “On the other side [of the river] the dawn begins and the green regions lie in the break of day with the Gjöll river flowing through them. Having advanced further, they again stumble on the river of blue-black water, swirling in headlong descent and weapons of various kinds are spinning in its

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Mar

27

On Primordial Creation

Many of the Faith often assume a very literal stance on many of the most sacred parts of Germanic Lore, and to a certain extent this may be a correct approach, but it’s also worth remembering that our forefathers, while likely not learned in formal philosophy until much later periods, were gifted with divine accounts

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Mar

24

Sedian Devotion

One of the biggest sources of spiritual sickness here in the wolf age is the perpetual loneliness of the modern human. Our Odal has been disrupted, our clans dissolved and our everyday lives completely isolated and atomized. I was going to say that I could write an entire book about the causes, origins and many

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Mar

23

The Family of Gods

Rather than a pantheon of gods, the Nordic deities are more often portrayed as an extended family, a clan. This structure can be seen in mythological as well as historic sources. In the tenth century Second Merseburg Charm, for example, the gods named can be identified as a husband and wife, parents and a child,

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Mar

22

The Jarl

XXI. Jarl ( excerpt from chapter XXI of “The Asatru Edda “ 1. When Jarl was a youth he won repute among his father’s huntsmen by defeating a huge beast, a remarkable incident which foretold the quality of his bravery in the future. He had asked the guardians who were bringing him up conscientiously for

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Mar

20

The Face of Earth

The Face of the Earth This is a link to Erica Timm’s map of the Distribution of the Frau Holle legends published in German in 2003. After reviewing all of the evidence, she concludes (along with Jacob Grimm and others) that these figures are a faded memory of Odin’s wife Frigg, who represents Mother Nature.

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Mar

18

Folk Wandering-Völkerwanderung

XLVII. Folkwanderung 1. Miðgarðr was being ravaged by the terrible cold Völundr produced. The destinctions between summer and winter disappeared altogether, and it seemed as if winter would reign every month of the year. The land closest to the southern shore of the Élivágar, where Egill’s fortress stood, became covered with glaciers and sheets of

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Mar

17

Freyja Confronts Her Husband’s Slayer

According to Danish Historian, Saxo Grammaticus, Book 1): Conquered, Hadding fled to Helsingland, where, while washing in the cold sea-water, he was attacked and cut down a beast of unknown kind with many blows, and having killed it, had it carried into camp. As he was exulting in this deed, a woman met him and

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