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Nov

3

THE TABLE IS SET: GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER?

Visiting Gods at the Yuletide Table In old heathen times, the purpose of the Hearth Cult was not to invoke the wild nature spirits, but to welcome the gods who commanded such creatures. After a thorough study of her legends and her related forms, both Jacob Grimm and Erica Timm identified Frau Holla, Perchta, Berhte

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Nov

3

ELVES ON THE SHELVES: GNOMES and MISNOMERS

The Nature and Purpose of the Germanic Hearth Cult Recently I have had opportunity to examine the primary evidence for the Germanic Hearth Cult, loosely defined as the regular rituals heathens of old practiced in their homes. The modern pagan concept of the Hearth Cult in recent years is based on the scholarship of Claude

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Sep

30

SEIþR: JOTUN WITCHCRAFT AMONG THE GODS.

Our sources do not record how seiðr was practiced, so any modern book of seiðr practices is going to be the modern UPG of its author, regardless of who writes it. What we know of seiðr must be gleaned from the sources. In the Saga of Erik the Red, seiðr is accompanied by women singing

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Sep

29

SKIDBLADNIR: WHEN YOUR SHIP COMES IN

Along with Thor’s hammer Mjöllnir, one of the magical artifacts created in the contest between the Sons of Ivaldi and the dwarf Sindri, was the ship Skidbladnir, given to Freyr. A ship may seem like an odd gift for the harvest god, until we remember that Freyr is the son of the wealthy sea god

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Sep

19

It’s Elementary!

It’s Elementary! Know the difference between the Poetic Edda and Snorri Sturluson’s Prose Edda. The former is our primary source of information about the Norse gods and their mythology, the later is a secondary work of scholarship on the old heathen poems, written from and advocating the Roman Catholic Worldview and World History. Tacitus tells

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Aug

23

EVIDENCE THAT DIETERICH “OF BERN” IS HADDING

EVIDENCE THAT DIETERICH “OF BERN” IS HADDING. THE DIETERICH SAGA THUS HAS ITS ORIGIN IN THE MYTH CONCERNING THE WAR BETWEEN MANNUS-HALFDAN’S SONS.    The appearance of Hamal and the Amalians on Hadding’s side in the great world war becomes a certainty from the fact that we discover among the descendants of the continental Teutons

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Aug

14

Odin’s Wife: Mother Earth

Odin’s wife Frigg, in her role as Baldur’s mother, clearly possesses characteristics of an earth goddess. She commands all earthly things do do her son no harm, and has their vættir swear oaths to that effect. She makes her home in Fensalir, the marsh-halls. And she lives on in German folklore as Frau Holle, a

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Aug

14

The Face of The Earth

In Germanic sources, Mother Earth holds a prominent position. The evidence (as compiled in the previous chapters) is overwhelming. She is present from the beginning of the record. In Germania, chapter 2, Tacitus informs us that the Germanic tribes in common claim descent from an earth-born god. In chapter 40, he says that no less

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