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Mar

29

Symbols of Afterlife – part 1

Odinist lore goes into a great amount of detail concerning the eschatology of our ancestors. This lore is an extension of our funerary rites and explains, in a metaphorical sense, what happens when we cross over after death. As with all things in our stories, the ideas presented are symbolic, but in their underlying context

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Mar

24

Trúnaðr

Trúnaðr First Concentric Circle: The Self The 5th Sedian Tenet states that there are nine virtues: “Honor, Honesty, Wisdom, Piety, Courage, Loyalty, Independence, Generosity, and Kindness.” We, as our ancestors before us, and the gods before them, hold great meaning and value in our ability seek, achieve, and maintain high moral character. Inherently born, we

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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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Jan

21

Spiritual Destiny

We are all a part of the Spiritual Collective, the Web of Wyrd; and each life is symbolized as a strand or thread of this web. Our interactions with others represent the crossing of each thread, which is connected to all the crossings of all the other threads, and therein lies the link to all

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Jan

13

Frigga

Odin’s wife and mother of the Aesir—Thor, Baldur, and Hodur with him; she also gave birth to Frey, Freya, Blik, Blid, Frid, Eir, Hlif, Hlifthrasa, Thjodvarta, and Bjart with her brother, Njord. Such a close union is allowed among the Vanir (but not the Aesir), and we would see this as an aspect of divinity

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Jan

13

The Vanir Gods Njord and Nerthus

Original title :CIRCLING THE WAGONS:The Vanir Gods Njord and Nerthus Although some scholars have pointed out possible foreign models for Tacitus’ account of the Nerthus cult, it is more probable that he based his account on native Scandinavian tradition. A divinity in a wagon is well-known in Germanic lore, thus there is little need to

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Jan

12

Hödur’s supposed blindness

HÖDUR’S SUPPOSED BLINDNESS. To all that has been said of Hödur above, one statement in Gylfaginning stands in the sharpest and most irreconcilable contrast: the statement that Hödur, the warrior, dragonslayer, archer, and sportsman was blind! The uncritical manner in which Gylfaginning has previously been handled has enabled this statement to remain in mythological textbooks

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Jan

11

The Epic School in Odin’s Wife

The major literary sources of Norse myth are of four kinds: eddicpoems, skaldic stanzas, Snorri Sturluson’s Prose Edda, and the sagas.  What unites this body of literature is that it provides us with a picture of the pre-Christian past, either, because the material itself originated in the pre-Christian period and was recorded later, or because its authors were

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Jan

11

Hel in The Asatru Edda

XXIV. Hel Urðr, the Dís of örlög, is also the Dís of death. Because she determines the örlög and length of every human’s life, she also determines their death. She who lays the lots of life, lays the lots of death. She and her sisters reign over the past, present, and future; she reigns over

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