We always knew that the AFA were an inherently bigoted organization with zero regard for historical pagan practices, but holy hell dude they’re not even trying anymore. This is pretty much just the 14 Words in other words.
The majority of American Heathenry has always maintained an infuriating, deafening silence about stuff like this, and things have gone so far beyond the point of unacceptability. I’m sorry, guys, but at this point any Heathen who isn’t openly speaking out against the AFA is an active sympathizer in my book.
Today is my first day working in the classroom with children! I’ve worked in informal education in the past, and I am so, so excited to share my days with the young minds entrusted to me. It is truly a gift and I am so grateful for it.
Kenaz keeps bouncing around in my head, my spark and thirst for knowledge and connection is fully awake and ready. I’m looking forward to helping children learn how to gain knowledge and think for themselves. Kenaz is the rune I first connected with, and it is one I am always energized by. I hope you all have a day filled with learning and connection!
A photograph by Marja-Terttu Karlsson taken in Pajala, Sweden, appears to show the form of a wolf in the Northern Lights. Could it be the embodiment of one of the great wolves of Norse Mythology manifesting in the night sky? You decide.
Having seen various incorrect, incomplete and inaccurate lists of Norse gods circulating Tumblr, I have decided to write my own and also include common terminology alongside. I will also include other beings who exist within the old lore and modern traditions.
I have opted to include the names in Norwegian, with translations in parenthesise after, along with a brief summary of some of the associations given to some of those gods. Be aware that, as an overview, brevity is necessary here and the individuals should not be oversimplified to basic aspects in your practice!
Æser (Æsir, Male Gods)
Balder (Baldr, Baldur) - Light, purity, rebirth
Brage (Bragi) - Poetry, eloquence, wisdom and music
Delling (Dellingr) - The new day, dawn
Forsete (Forseti) - Justice and reconciliation
Frøy (Freyr) - Vaner, virility, fertility, the sacred religious position of royalty, prosperity, good weather and sunshine
Heimdall(Heimdallr) - The senses, premonition or foreknowledge
Hermod (Hermóðr) - Bravery, spirit, possibly a former mortal hero/king elevated to the Æsir
Hjuke (Hjúki) - Man, lunar activity, lunar phases, moon craters, brother of Bil (the Scandinavian children in the moon)
Hod(Höðr, Hodr) - The blind god, darkness, rebirth, second chances
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Appreciatively sourced from Ralph Blum’s Book of Runes. Note that the order of the Runes isn’t correct, and some of the interpretations are contentious. There is also no evidence of a blank rune existing before Blum made one in 1982.
No creature frequents the stories and beliefs that make up the Scandinavian folklore as often as the trolls. Trolls often lived inside of mountains, and were then called mountain trollsor mountain people. They could also be found in big blocks of stone or simply underground. Few creatures of folklore have been quite as transformed by modern storytellers and toymakers as the trolls. We’re used to seeing them as clumsy and grotesque, furry human-like creatures. And of course they always have a tail. If only it would have been that simple!
But amongst the people of old trolls had a reputation as being very complex and cunning creatures. What they actually looked like is debatable, and often varies from place to place. There are also stories about them being able to change their appearance at will. Sometimes they could look just like humans, but much more beautiful of course!
Trolls especially liked to take the shape of animals. If you happened upon a strange cat or dog walking about alone you should be extra careful, because those were the trolls favourite animals to transform into.
The trolls home-life was actually quite similar that of people, they lived in large families and kept animals. You could sometimes hear them shouting or smell their cooking deep in the mountains or forest. And they also liked to make trouble for the humans nearby. They often sneaked into village and farms to attempt to steal food or beer. A clever farmer would protect himself by always carrying steel (like a troll cross).
But trolls stealing food was not the biggest problem. From time to time, a villager might disappear in the forest and then people would suspect them of having been mountain-taken, kidnapped by trolls.