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Latest Activity: Jan 21
I was asked in an online discussion board not to long ago, 'Do the gods want us to suffer?' My response was yes, and no. I got some flack from others for that answer before I even had a chance to go further into why. I told of Freya having to give herself to the Dwarves to get her amber necklace, of Odin hanging and bleeding from the tree for days on end to learn the power of the runes. The fact that the Norse deities are constantly fighting against chaos, trying to instill order in a chaotic world, there will always be strife and struggle and suffering. It is part of their lives and part of ours. It is not what is happening to you that matters to the gods and goddesses, it is how you are dealing with it. This answer did not ring well with most of those in the discussion group and they said I brought too much from my former christian belief to the group. I asked if any of the others had been on the path they are now religiously from their childhood to now, and no one said that they had been. I just wonder if I gave a valid answer or if there was a better answer. Please let me know your thoughts.Continue
I would like to know if anyone has any information on Thor? everything i look up has to do with comics and not the real Thor...i am of germanic descent i also have my scandanavian side as well to me it would be better to delve into my history of my people and maybe i will get answers that way as i am seeking a path of my ownContinue
The Ango-Saxons and the Scandinavians were both branches of the Germanic peoples,one of the major groupings of related tribes in Europe during the Dark Ages.Centuries later,learned,sympathetic historians from medieval Iceland and Denmark recorded their own history.The term "Germanic" was a collective name used by Julius Caesar, Tacitus,and other romans to identify those of the barbarian tribes of central Europe who were not "Celts". Since both tribes frequently moved from one territory to another in a complicated series of wars and migrations over several centuries,the distinction was not purely geographic.Although Caesar wrote of the Celts living west of the Rhine and the Germans east of it,this was at best a snapshot of the political situation in its time,and was probably inaccurate. Each tribe, naturally, had its own name for itself, its own king and its own history; even after migrating to a new territory it often kept its original name. The tribes`movements were spread over many generations,but two aspects of their dispersal are fairly well documented. The first (c.200BC-AD200) was the conflict between certain tribes and the Roman armies. The second,known as the Migration Age (AD400-800),was a large-scale movement of peoples that shaped the political map of post-Imperial Europe. One example among many indicates the scale of these migrations: the Goths moved from Sweden to north Germany in the first century BC, and divided into two groups,the Ostrogoths and Visigoths;by the fourth century AD the former dominated an area north of the Black Sea,while the latter were in Romania. Both were then dislodged by Huns, after which the Ostrogoths settled in Italy and the Visigoths in Spain. The distinguishing features of these tribes was their language. Germanic peoples were those who spoke the Germanic tongue,rather than idioms that were Celtic-,Slav- or Latin-based. By about the eighth century AD Germanic dialects had developed and divided into…Continue
The axis of the universe was an enormous ash tree,Yggdrasill,also known as the World Tree,which formed a column linking the worlds of the gods, mankind, the giants and the dead. Its fortunes mirrored those of the universe it sheltered; as well as sustaining the world, it suffered in the same way as those who dwelt in it....Nothing is known of the origin of Yggdrasill. It appears to have been timeless, existing before the beginning of the world and destined to survive Ragnarok. A variety of creatures dwelt in or by the tree: a wise eagle who sat in its uppermost branches, with a hawk called Vedrfolnir between its eyes;a monsterous serpent,Nidhogg,who lay deep down in Niflheim,by its roots; a squirrel named Ratatosk who ran up and down its trunk carrying insults between the eagle and the serpent; and four stags, named Dain,Dvalin,Duneyr and Durathror, who lived among the trees branches eating young green shoots. To them and others the tree was a source of life. It dripped dew so sweet that the bees made honey from it, and its cooked fruit was said to be helpful to women in labour; hasting the emergence of the child. As well as providing protection and nourishment for the world, the tree was said to suffer anguish and bitter hardships, caused by the very creatures it sustained. The stags and the squirrel stripped it of new growth,andNidhogg gnawed at its roots,as did countless other serpents.In this way the tree knew the tribulations of the universe at every level and suffered just as much as those who dwelt in it.To counteract this damage and pain,the Norns who dwelt by the well of Urd, tended the tree every day by pouring water and mud from the well over the branches so they would not rot away.The water was so holy that everything it touched immediately turned as white as the delicate film inside an eggshell.As guardian to the whole world,Yggdrasill was the supreme example of the widespread belief in trees` protective qualities.In Germany,Scandinavia and the British…Continue
Yesterday I went to a gathering of pagan minded individuals. The group I am with did a ritual open to the public, our first one of this kind. The rain made us think on our feet but we found a covered area and did the ritual as best we could. The ritual was about the goddess awakening and her lover, the god returning to her. My question is reguarding the ritual I attended after ours. A group of Druids held a ritual and you were asked to offer an offering to your patrons, gods, goddesses, kindred or ancestors. I made an offering of corn bread to Odin, Thor and Baldur. The reason why is that I feel there is a counterpart to the triple goddess. She has three phases, Maiden Mother and Crone. I have tried to find information on a triple God, but can find nothing. So I came up with the trinity above. The All-Father, one who has sacraficed himself for his knowledge and power. Thor, the protector of the Aesir, the one who stands against the chaos that seeks to end the worlds. Finally there is Baldur, at first I was reluctant to add him, but somehow I was called to him. Looking at Baldur I thought he was too soft handed, too common. But as I looked into history and wha Baldur stood for, the light, that which is needed by all to live. He was the one who seemed to care for the home and hearth, phsycially. His purpose is to make sure there is something to return to, to protect it and guide it. I find this male trinity to be something that fits for me. The wise one, the warrior and the providor. I just wonder if any other men out there have been drawn to this and what the women think of a male trinity.Continue
The concept of an inescapable fate was deeply inbedded in the whole of Norse mythology, for the myths told of a future catastrophe, Ragnarok, in which gods and mankind would be entirely destroyed. Although it lay in the future, its every detail was described as though it had already taken place. The Norse people imagined the creation of the world, its cosmology, and its inevidable final destruction, as a single unit in a continuing cycle of creations, each of which ending in an apocalypse before the world was renewed. Humans fitted into this cosmic scheme as one of several types of beings, each group contributing to the life of the others. But although they cohabitated with the gods, dwarves, animals and giants, people were unable to influence fate and change the course of events. The end of the world was inherent in its very beginning: its doom was conceived even as the shape and form of the world was revealed. Life began in the fusion of two elemental extremes, fire and ice, and was doomed to end when flames and water would once again engulf all that had been engendered. A chain of episodes, expedited by the rancorous Loki, was to end in a final confrontation in which the forces of chaos and evil would be pitted against the gods, and each side would destroy the other in the dramatic finale known as Ragnarok. But like the ancient whirling wheel, (a symbol often found on Viking picture stones) the cycle would turn again. The catastrophe was to be triggered by the death of Balder, son of Odin and Frigg, who was considered the purest of the gods and the most popular among them. Yet he was destined to return to life afterwards and preside over a newly-created, more peaceful world. For, having purged the earth of evil, Ragnorok would lead to the regeneration of life: the earth would reappear from the waters of chaos, washed clean and made anew. Yggdrasill, the ash tree that was guardian and protector of the universe and absorber of its stresses and woes, was…Continue
The situation during the Bronze Age (c.1500-c.500BC) is disputed. Rock carvings in southern Sweden prove the symbolic importance of ships,spears and axes,all of which were associated later with Viking gods. They also show evidence of agricultural rituals and sun worship which were not found subsequently. There are large votive offerings of war booty in Danish peat bogs dating from the Celtic Bronze Age & Iron Age. However,all this evidence may not be significant in terms of belief as it may just point to a preoccupation with weapons,ships and graves natural for any societyin these periods of prehistory. Our major sources of knowledge about Germanic heathenism,however,are not mysterious Bronze Age carvings or scraps of information from Roman writers,but the archaeology of the Migration Age and Viking Age,together with heroic and mythic poetry and other written sources from the early Middle Ages. Most of these literary sources are Scandinavian,owing to the fact that this part of Europe was remote frome the influence of Rome and did not become Christian until the tenth century-far later than England or southern and central Europe. Even after conversion,Icelandic and Danish writers preserved the myths and legends for their intrinsic interest. Crucial to this preservation was the culture of the Vikings and their immediate descendants,notably the Icelanders. The term 'Viking,applied specifically to the seafaring Danes, Norwegians and Swedes who went raiding around the coasts of Europe, Ireland and Britain during the "Viking Age"(AD790-1050).However,the term can be loosely applied to all Scandinavians of this period,and to every aspect of their culture. The Vikings conducted the last of the great European migrations. Besides their raids,the Norwegians and Danes established permanent settlements in Normandy and England, controlled major trading towns in England and Ireland, colonized Iceland and Greenland, and briefly reached America in the early eleventh centry.…Continue