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Stories of my life

Published September 30, 2017 by Lunapo

Hubby and I like TV. TV is our thing. 

We are rewatching Alias, halfway through season 3. Between seasons 2 and 3, we caught up with most of Vikings, which we lost track of as the Littles got bigger. 

Then the two merged. 

First, this is Rambaldi. 

If you’re not familiar with the premise, Milo Rambaldi is like Leonardo da Vinci, but his stuff is workable in present time and is laying the ground work for major stuff. Terror organizations do all they can to get his artifacts and the CIA does all they can to stop them. 

Yesterday morning, this shows up in my Instagram feed while waiting for my coffee. 

Holy crap. That’s Rambaldi. 

Naturally, I shared it with Hubby. 

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Thought while mowing

Published September 26, 2017 by Lunapo

I had discussed Frigg and Freya, their similarities and differences quite a bitAlmost to ad nauseum

When I first started my 30 days of Frigg devotional, I spent a lot of time on Norse Mythology for Smart People

The article about Frigg soends a lot of time, like I do, dissecting Frigg from Freya based on Frija. 

Germanic mythology acquired its basic form during the Migration Period, and is, accordingly, a mythology especially suited to the socio-political institutions and prevailing ways of life that characterized that era. The cornerstone of this schema is the divine pair Frija and Woðanaz, the veleda and the *xarjanaz (“warband leader”) respectively. During the Viking Age, the formal warbands of earlier times gave way to informal, often leaderless groups of roving warriors – the vikings. Since the warband was no longer a feature of the lives of the Norse people, the mythological structures that had accompanied it lost much of their relevance. Now that Odin was no longer thought of as the leader of the warband of the gods, nor Freya/Frigg its veleda, the opportunity arose for their roles to be reinterpreted. For unknown reasons, part of this reinterpretation evidently involved splitting Frija into two goddesses, a process that appears to have never been fully completed, but was instead interrupted by the arrival and acceptance of Christianity.

The other day, while mowing my lawn, I was thinking about Frigg, and how earthy she is. How gentle and loving she is. How Freya is a warrior. How Freya is more like the female Odin than Frigg. How Freya is the veleda. Freya, a Vanir, has the personality and likeness of an Aesir. Frigg, and Aesir, has the personality and likeness much closer to Idunn, a Vanir. 

Did Frigg and Freya switch personas when one became more dominant over the other? 

I shared these thoughts with my Circle on Friday night, and R, who Frigg/Holda has also called to, sees what I see. She is helping me as I continue to embrace E, my Salem Witch grandmother, and release the ideal of being kin to my gods. Yet, she continues to remind me that I am. I call them by their Nordic names, but I am kin to their German faces. I am kin to Thunar. I am kin to Holda. To Woden. 

Perhaps I am connecting to Frija herself through the face of Frigg. 

As I was reading through older posts, getting back to the start of this year and to the 30 day devotional, my crown was all tingly reading through where I’ve been and what I’ve learned, how far I’ve come. 

Goddess blessed. 

Hail Frigg. Hail Frija. 

A powerful realization 

Published September 23, 2017 by Lunapo

Last night, while celebrating Mabon with my Circle, we started talking about the afterlife. I honestly don’t remember how the conversation evolved to that point; there were hours within a sacred space just sharing and enjoying each other’s company while working Magick and celebrating friendship. I shared how Helheim is equivalent to the Greek version of an afterlife- a neutral place that is just where you go. It’s not a place of punishment like the Christian Hell. Valhalla isn’t heaven; it’s been romanticized by modern Heathens, but is not a place our ancestors would choose to go. Generation upon generation would go into the family mound and be together. Then the people starting exploring far and wide and dying in far off places and not returning- so it was decided they went to Valhalla where they were rewarded with their bravery by feasting and sparring everyday until they would do and fight, and die, a second time. I also shared how each God has a hall and each God chooses those to join them in their hall. Hubby and I may end up in Frigg’s hall because our relationship is that of true soul mates and Frigg takes in and reunites spouses of our ilk. She also takes in children who die, and calls their parents when it is their time to reunite them.

And I suddenly lost it. The atmosphere, the power of the company…

I started walking this path, like many other Pagans, because of the trauma of life. When I was 20, my little sister, M, passed at 3 1/2. Last night it sunk deep in my heart that Witchlette is now older than M. 

With these amazing women, I went through some powerful shit, and felt cleansed afterward. 

With these amazing women, I had a moment, and was able to turn around and continue to celebrate after feeling some big feelings, as I was in a safe space surrounded by love and magick. 

Monday morning

Published September 11, 2017 by Lunapo

Early this morning, Witchlette had a bad dream and so climbed into bed with me. While she was having a bad dream, I was too. By her joining my pillow, both of us had our bad dreams eased and were able to sleep soundly until the alarm. 

After checking the Witchling on the monitor, I began my morning routine at my altar. Witchlette hopped out of bed excited to join me. We lit candles and she said good morning to each of the totems I have on my altar. She made an interesting connection between Frigg and Heimdall: the father of man makes sure his children are watched over and protected by Allmother. 

We each did a Rune pull. I got the same message Ive gotten countless times before. She got a glimpse into her future: she is blessed on her journey and when she’s fully grown, she will change the world. 

We did a yoga flow together to a U2 song. 

Then we went about our morning routine. 

It was a lovely start to the week. 

Truly blessed. 

Asatru Day

Published September 9, 2017 by Lunapo

A few weeks ago, I learned that today is Asatru day from @bjorni_viking on Instagram. 

I wasn’t sure how to react to it, if I should do anything at all. I had a few reservations. 

First, I’m not Asatru, never will claim to be Asatru. Yet, I am and claim to be Heathen. I work with the same Aesir God’s. So perhaps I should note this day as a day to them. 

Second, when I went to find more information, a simple Google search yeilded nothing. 

Third, the reason given for the date is sorta arbitrary. Which is fine. At some point in history, January 15th held no significance. Now it’s a day of service in honor of MLK. No reason why a grassroots movement can’t pick a date and make it into something

9/9 was chosen because of the 9 days Odin hung from the tree, because of the 9 world’s, because of the 9 points of the Valknut. 

I held Asatru Day in my own Witch way. 

I wore my Samhain dress, which I bought specifically for Samhain last year and helps me feel both witchy and sexy. 

I hung my garland and put out a few other fall but not Halloween decorations, as well as almost all of my witch decor. 

I splurged at Michaels and got some new spooky decor…which can also be used when I do my unit on a certain Baltimore-based American author. 

Bowl and candle stick still packed away

I also found for a steal and hung as devotional to Frigg some keys. Im going to make something from wool to go with it, just haven’t found the right piece yet. 

Happy Asatru Day! May the Aesir and Vanir bless your kith and kin, hearth and home. 

Returning to my roots

Published September 8, 2017 by Lunapo

Three weeks ago, I spent the non-student work days setting up my workspace and the beginnings of my instructional materials. 

This year, after a two-year hiatus, I am returning to my roots and going back to what I know best. 

I’m going back to the classroom. 

A few weeks ago, at the CotE Urban Paganism workshop, I hit on an idea I hadn’t thought of before: setting up sacred space at my place of work. 

I had mini Mason jars filled and set for rituals without candles, but they are now present at work. 

Additionally, I collected the two crow feathers I have gathered from work the last few years and places them within the frames of my kids’ pictures. 

Perhaps one for Hunnin and one for Munnin?

When I find something unobtrusive that would make a good Frigg totem, that will be added as well. Perhaps also something for Thor, Sif, and Idunn. 

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