So, the original post of this thought was written, and then promptly deleted when the WordPress app on my phone decided to fail and shut down. The timing is now off, but the sentiments are the same.
For a few years now, I have grown into Norse pantheon. I’ve always had a fascination with Nordic deities, but I was always hesitant to truly develop a relationship with them. The cornerstone of Asatru, as I understand it, is that you focus on your ancestors and their deities. I don’t have any Iceland/Greenland lineage to my name, so I kept my distance.
More recently, I have been doing a lot of research on Celtic deities and looking to work more with the pantheon of “my people”, of my heritage. I learned a lot, but not much had changed in my practices and beliefs. The more I pulled away from the Aesir and Vanir, the more I was turned around and pulled back in.
My husband and I were looking at both of our lineages (for an unrelated project) and It got me to thinking. On my father’s side, I am 1/4 Irish, 1/8 Italian, 1/16 Lithuanian, and 1/16 Russian. On my mothers side, I’m 1/4 German, 1/8 English, and 1/8 Swedish.
First thought: Sweden is Scandinavian which is Norse. So, while I do not have a lot of lineage right, I do have some.
Second thought: Germanic tribes were known to worship Norse deities. I’m just as German as I am Irish.
Third thought: Norse artifacts have been found all over Ireland. Beowulf, the great Anglo-Saxon/Irish tale is more of a Norse tale than not. Many of the rolling hills on the Emerald Isle are in fact Viking burial mounds. Given that, how do I know that my ancestors are purely from Celtic tribes? How do I know for sure that they are (or are not) descendants of Viking travelers who made their homes in Ireland, even for just a short time.
In conclusion: Hail to the Aesir! Hail to the Vanir! Hail to the people of Scandinavia, Germany, and Ireland! Hail to all of my ancestors!
It feels GREAT to hold the Norse pantheon close to my heart!