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name says it all, hail the gods, hail the folk. This is for wotanists, odinists, and folkish Asatruar

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Comment by hashhashin puffinstuff on February 22, 2014 at 10:20pm
Hail Wotan
Comment by Vincent Enlund on August 3, 2013 at 1:39am

Open Halls Project Supporters! HEAR OUR CALL TO ACTION!!!!

Now that we have your attention. 

The Open Halls Project is about to begin an endeavor, and we would appreciate any assistance and support that we can muster. Recently, the VA approved the Thor's Hammer as a headstone emblem. However, we still cannot choose Asatru or Heathen as our religious preference! We have attempted to process the request to add those terms, but CH(COL) Bryan Walker, of the Chief of Chaplains, has stated that the US Army and the DoD are preparing a new system that will allow philosophies and other religious preferences to be added more efficiently. However, his expected ETA for this change is 'several years.'

We've already processed this request twice, with the support of the Asatru Alliance and the Troth. That was over two years ago now and we are being told we will have to wait even longer. The OHP would like to initiate a letter writing campaign to our legislators, in the hopes that putting congressional pressure on the Department of the Army and the Department of Defense will have some positive effect. We specifically are calling on those who live in a district run by a member of either the House Armed Services Committee or the Senate Armed Services Committee. These are the folks that can really bring some political muscle to bear for us!

I've drafted a standardized form letter for folks to use, if you so desire. We have also been in communication with several of our allies, to help begin publicizing this action. We are hoping you will write to your Senators and to your Congressional representative, we have tried to be patient, and allow the system to work, but there is no need for us to wait several more years for our service members to have the ability to choose their religious preference on their official paperwork! We want to make sure that the religious needs of our service members are ensured and we hope that you will help us take action.

The form letter is posted as a link below. 

https://www.dropbox.com/s/91wor6hgscuu79c/Draft%20Letter%20to%20Con...

Please let us know of any interesting developments you hear about, by emailing us at heathenopenhalls@googlemail.com

Josh Heath - OHP

http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

Comment by Rosemarie Osborn on March 27, 2013 at 1:27pm

Ver Heill/Heil everyone :)

Comment by David Carron on March 4, 2013 at 12:20pm

The East Coast Thing is an Asatru community-building event in the Poconos of Pennsylvania in Raymondskill.  It was established in 1999 and is a family-friendly place where Asatruar gather in frith to honor the Aesir and Vanir, exchange ideas in classes and workshops and renew the bonds between kindreds and individuals.  All kids to date gone free via community fund.  While the event is open to all individuals, the focus is on Asatru and the Northeast Asatru community.  Going on from August 21-25th 2013.  Details at http://eastcoastthing.com/

Comment by Vincent Enlund on December 3, 2012 at 12:42pm

Thanks for the kind words. I'm just sharing info that was shared with me by others as well. Please feel free to pass it along. :)

Comment by tineke been on November 3, 2012 at 12:38pm

hi vincent you have a lot of wisdom.my boyfriend claims he has viking blood.oh boy dont touch the vikings.hes very proud of it.i told him a bit about you.im very happy to be a member.hail to the gods.

Comment by Vincent Enlund on January 17, 2012 at 12:35pm

January (Snowmoon - Æfter-Giuli - Thorri) 19th - 25th
Thorrablot (Thor's Feast)

This holiday began the Old Norse month of Þorri. Today this festival starts on the Friday of January between the 19th and 25th (the 13th week of winter in Iceland).

Thorrablot was a sacrificial midwinter festival offered to the gods in pagan Iceland of the past. It was abolished during the Christianization of Iceland, but resurrected in the 19th century as a midwinter celebration that continues to be celebrated to this day. Thorrablot (or Thor's Feast) is still observed in Iceland with parties and a mid-winter feast. It is, of course, sacred to Thor or the ancient Icelandic Winter spirit, Thorri (who some historians claim may be a post Christain version of Thor). On this day a blot is dedicated to Thor; he who protects us from the Rime-Thurses (the Frost Giants).

On this occasion, locals come together to eat, drink and be merry. It is a time to get to know the other Gods as it is winter's coldest month and a time to be by a warm fire. Thorrablot (Icelandic: "Þorrablót") takes place in the coldest dark days of the year, and many of the foods served are the smoked/pickled produce of the previous year. Customary, the menu consists of unusual culinary delicacies, known as traditional Icelandic food. These will include rotten shark’s meat (hákarl), boiled sheep’s head, (svið) and congealed sheep’s blood wrapped in a ram’s stomach (blóðmör)! This is traditionally washed down with some Brennivin - also known as Black Death – a potent schnapps made from potato and caraway. It is a Scandinavian tradition with lots of viking history.

After the Thorrablot dinner, get ready for group games, old songs and stories, accompanied by drinking (another famous Viking past-time). Later in the evening, dances start and often continue until the early morning when the Thorrablot celebrations draw to an end.

On this day, raise a horn, and gather family and friends together for a great feast, music and celebration. Share some stories and maybe do a little drinking. Now don't forget to thank Thor for all of this, after all this is his feast.

Hail the Folk,

Comment by Vincent Enlund on December 24, 2011 at 6:45pm

Yule (Ærre-Giuli, Hrutmanudhr , Jól, Jul, Yuletide, December) 24th
Fifth night of Yule
Sacred to Community

Within the gates ere a man shall go, Full long let him look about him; For little he knows where a foe may lurk, And sit in the seats within.
Hail to the giver! a guest has come; Where shall the stranger sit.
Swift shall he be who with swords shall try The proof of his might to make.
Fire he needs who with frozen knees Has come from the cold without; Food and clothes must the farer have, The man from the mountains come.
Water and towels and welcoming speech Should he find who comes to the feast; If renown he would get, and again be greeted, Wisely and well must he act.
Wits must he have who wanders wide, But all is easy at home; At the witless man the wise shall wink When among such men he sits.
– Havamal, Transcribed and Edited by Ari Odhinnsen

Today remember to be a good geast as well as a good host, no mater where you happen to be.

On this day we remind ourselves of the virtue of Hospitality. Hospitality is simply one of the strongest core values at the heart of virtually every ancient human civilization. In a community/folk religion such as our own, it is the virtue that upholds our social fabric. In ancient times it was essential that when a traveler went into the world he could find some sort of shelter and welcome for the night. In modern times it is just as essential that a traveler find friendship and safety.

Today we will keep in mind the month of Merrymoon (May) and the summer festival of May Day. The celebration of the mystical union with the land, honouring of Freyr and Freya. Dances around the May tree; bonfires on hills. The May Pole/Tree brought from the woods to the town symbolizes that the fertility of nature shall be brought to the town community.

Glad Yuletide to Everyone. Hail,

Comment by Vincent Enlund on December 23, 2011 at 1:49pm

Yule (Ærre-Giuli, Hrutmanudhr , Jól, Jul, Yuletide, December) 23rd
Fourth night of Yule
Sacred to Aegir, Niord and Freya

Sigurd, earl of Hlader, was one of the greatest men for sacrifices, and so had Hakon his father been; and Sigurd always presided on account of the king at all the festivals of sacrifice in the Throndhjem country. It was an old custom, that when there was to be sacrifice all the bondes should come to the spot where the temple stood and bring with them all that they required while the festival of the sacrifice lasted. To this festival all the men brought ale with them; and all kinds of cattle, as well as horses, were slaughtered, and all the blood that came from them was called “hlaut”, and the vessels in which it was collected were called hlaut-vessels. Hlaut-staves were made, like sprinkling brushes, with which the whole of the altars and the temple walls, both outside and inside, were sprinkled over, and also the people were sprinkled with the blood; but the flesh was boiled into savoury meat for those present. The fire was in the middle of the floor of the temple, and over it hung the kettles, and the full goblets were handed across the fire; and he who made the feast, and was a chief, blessed the full goblets, and all the meat of the sacrifice. And first Odin’s goblet was emptied for victory and power to his king; thereafter, Niord’s and Freyja’s goblets for peace and a good season. Then it was the custom of many to empty the brage-goblet; and then the guests emptied a goblet to the memory of departed friends, called the remembrance goblet. Sigurd the earl was an open-handed man, who did what was very much celebrated; namely, he made a great sacrifice festival at Hlader of which he paid all the expenses. Kormak Ogmundson sings of it in his ballad of Sigurd: – “Of cup or platter need has none The guest who seeks the generous one, – Sigurd the Generous, who can trace His lineage from the giant race; For Sigurd’s hand is bounteous, free, – The guardian of the temples he. He loves the gods, his liberal hand Scatters his sword’s gains o’er the land”
– Hakon the Good’s Saga , Heimskringla

Today remind yourself of the importance of feast, toasting, kinship and hospitality. Keep the traditions of Aegir and his hall, remember all of the Gods and Goddesses eating, drinking, boasting and sharing with each other. Build your personal community today, strengthen the bonds of kinship. Relish your friendships.

On this day we remind ourselves of the virtue of Community. Cooperate with kin and friends, do your fair share, and remember your responsibilities to others.

Today some will keep in mind the month of Ostara (April) and Sumarsdag. Many celebrate the first day of Summer in the old Icelandic calendar. In Iceland it had strong agricultural overtones, but elsewhere throughout the Nordic world, mid-April was a time to sacrifice to Odin for victory, called the Sigrblot . The ships were leaving port to seek trade, new lands, and plunder (whether this is honorable or not is a matter of opinion). It is a time to consider new projects and life choices. Remember that your life is an adventure - it is what you make of it. Where do you wish to sail and how will you win victory?

Glad Yuletide to Everyone. Hail,

Comment by Vincent Enlund on December 22, 2011 at 12:20pm

Yule (Ærre-Giuli, Hrutmanudhr , Jól, Jul, Yuletide, December) 22nd
Third night of Yule - High Feast of Yule - Beginning of Runic Year
Sacred to Thorr and Freyr

Friend Thor, grant me strength, and courage.
Be with me on path today.
Brother Freyr, grant me good speech.
Help me make good choices.
Hail

the Winter Solstice, this is the time when the New Year is born. We honor the beginning of Sunnas return and the breaking of Winter’s spell. This is a time to honor Thor and Freyr, celebrate by Blot, Sumbel, Games and High Feast. Burn a Yule Log and jump the flames for luck and purification. It is a time for rekindling friendships, taking oaths and setting yearly goals.

On this day we also remind ourselves of the virtue of Courage. In virtually every statement of values applied to Asatru, Courage is of utmost importance. Few of us face such turmoil as a literal battle for ones life. In fact, I believe it might be easier to manifest courage in such a situation than to do so in the many smaller day to day occurrences in which courage is called for in most of our lives.

Today some will also keep in mind the month of Lenting (March) and the Spring Equinox. this festival marks the end of Winter and the beginning of the season of rebirth. Libations of mead are poured onto the Earth. Personally, I like to think of Idis-thing as the birth of a new green earth and Ostara as her coming of age.

Glad Yuletide to Everyone. Hail,

 

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