The altar is the center of the rite, and as such is considered to be the holiest of places for us. There are many considerations for how an altar can and should be set up: from the natural stones of the Hǫrgr to the more elaborate and crafted Stalli (also called Blótstallr or “Sacrificial Altar”).
It is the most sacred observance of our religion, mentioned in many sources as the premier means of communicating with the Gods. Implementing the establishment of sacred space, the use of the many holy tools, and the creation of the hallowed stalli of hǫrgr. The Blót is the principal standard of Sedian worship, which is
Cofgodas: Glossy New Penates for the 21st CenturyThe Classical School of Interpretation In the 21st century, a new orthopraxy has emerged in the pagan movement, self-identifying as “Hearth Cults”, In the Germanic sphere, this practice is commonly centered around the German Kobold, said to be closely akin, if not identical to the Anglo-Saxon cofgodas, defined
A passage from the Sverris Saga in which the Eponymous King Sverrir gives brave counsel to his assembled men at arms by relating to them a story. From this story we see here detailed our ancestors unshaking devotion to the implacability of their preordained fate and how it was used to justify an intensely martial
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
The myths and heroic poems are not wanting in ideal heroes, who are models of goodness of heart, justice, and the most sensitive nobleness. Such are, for example, the Asa-god Baldur, his counterpart among heroes, Helgi Hjörvarðsson, Beowulf, and, to a certain degree also, Sigurður Fáfnisbane. Halfdan did not belong to this group. His part in the myth
But already in the beginning of time, evil powers appear for the purpose of opposing and ruining the good influences from the world of gods upon mankind. Just as Heimdall, “the fast traveler,” proceeds from house to house, forming new ties in society and giving instruction in what is good and useful, thus we soon
The mythic ancient history of the human race and of the Teutons may, in accordance with the analysis above given, be divided into the following epochs: – (l) From Ask and Embla’s creation until Heimdall’s arrival; (2) from Heimdall’s arrival until his departure; (3) the age of Skjold-Borgar; (4) Halfdan’s time; (5) The time of Halfdan’s sons.
~Agni-Heimdall, the Culture-Bringer~ 76) As we have seen, the Indo-European concept of the first human pair was far removed from that of Christian dogma in that they possessed brilliance in reason and holiness in will. One seems rather to have imagined them as gifted but unevolved and as such, easily accessible to evil. Their offspring
The modern conception of the removal of those fallen by the sword to Asgard is that the valkyries carried them immediately through blue space to the halls above. The heathens did not conceive the matter in this manner. It is true that the mythological horses might carry their riders through the air without pressing a