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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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Mar

15

Erce, Erce, Erce! : A Low German Earth Mother

Erce, Erce, Erce! : A Low German Earth MotherThe Mother of the Gods and Men Tacitus begins his account by telling of the Langobardi (Lombards), a tribe distinguished by their boldness in battle, who despite their small number, retained their independence in the midst of mighty neighbors made up of seven tribes, including the Anglii,

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Mar

11

The Middle Root

In the symbolism of our sacred World Tree, Yggdrasill, there are three roots, each fed by one of the Underworld Fountains. In the north there is the root sustained by Hvergelmir, where ice-cold waters provide the tree with the power to endure. In the south is the Well of Urd (Urdabrunnr), whose root is maintained

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Mar

10

The Helfaring

The Old Norse term for a funeral was Helför—the Helfaring, which does not merely include the rites we perform in order to send the dead on their way. It signifies the entire journey from Midgard to Hel, where they are to be judged by the Gods and Goddesses. We find a similar term in Helreið—the

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