heathen hammer

Heimdallr: Have you considered putting on a dress and going instead of Freyja?

Thor: (enraged) WHAT?? THAT’S A–

Loki: FANTASTIC IDEA I’ll go as your bridesmaid I have the perfect dress this is going to be hilarious great

pinkdolphin12  asked:

I see a lot of heathens (and non heathens) wearing Thor's hammer around their neck. Does that represent anything in particular? Or is it more similar to a cross or star of David where it's kinda more a general symbol of the faith?

Chiefly, it’s a symbol of protection. Thor is the god who protects Midgard (Earth) and humanity, so wearing his weapon pays a kind of homage to that. It’s also a relatively well-known symbol of the religion as a whole–it’s a recognized emblem of belief by the US military, for example–so it is used by a lot of people to identify themselves as Heathen, as one might wear a cross. Up to this point at least, it has not been commonly appropriated by white supremacists in the way that some runes and other symbols (such as the valknut and sun wheel) have, so it’s a fairly safe identifier.

I can’t really speak to its use by non-Heathens, but I imagine that it’s often a case of people seeing the pendant and being told it’s a symbol of protection, then wearing it without knowledge of the religious context. There are other reasons a non-Heathen might wear one as well, such as an enthusiasm for Viking history, but I imagine that’s the most common explanation.

Thanks for asking, and let me know if you want to know more!

Some non-Heathen in the tags: Marvel Thor is offensive to Heathens, please respect their gods!

Actual Heathens: Thor’s hammer is a dick joke. I have a Marvel Loki action figure on my altar. Man, Odin can be such an asshole.

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Hold the Heathen Hammer High by Tyr

Lyrics:

Heathen heart
Pagan pride
Faring far
Sword by side

Tribal times
Northern nights
Hidden high
Runic rites I was told:

Hold the heathen hammer high
Hold the heathen hammer high
Hold the heathen hammer high

Hold the heathen hammer high with a battle cry
For the pagan past I live and one day will die
Hold the heathen hammer high, never turn away
Ever true unto your forefathers stalwart stay

Hold the Heathen Hammer high with a battle cry
For the pagan past I live and one day will die
Hold the heathen hammer high, never turn away
Down the wayward way so far faring strangers stray
Hold the heathen hammer high

Weather wild
Blackened blade
Angry eyes
Ruthless raid

Heathen heart
Pagan pride
Faring far
Sword by side
Hard and cold

Hold the heathen hammer high
Hold the heathen hammer high
Hold the heathen hammer high

Hold the heathen hammer high with a battle cry
For the pagan past I live and one day will die
Hold the heathen hammer high, never turn away
Ever true unto your forefathers stalwart stay

Hold the Heathen Hammer high with a battle cry
For the pagan past I live and one day will die
Hold the heathen hammer high, never turn away
Down the wayward way so far faring strangers stray
Hold the heathen hammer high

From a pagan past that only the heathen hold
From the far end of the world and of times untold
I bring message to your midst of the ways of old
Ways reluctantly abandoned if truth be told

Ways abandoned for a scavenger of our souls
Living on malicious lies, hiding in the holes
Cruel and credible as any our tale of trolls
Hold the heathen hammer highest of all your goals

Hold the heathen hammer high with a battle cry
For the pagan past I live and one day will die
Hold the heathen hammer high, never turn away
Ever true unto your forefathers stalwart stay

Hold the Heathen Hammer high with a battle cry
For the pagan past I live and one day will die
Hold the heathen hammer high, never turn away
Down the wayward way so far faring strangers stray
Hold the heathen hammer high
Hold the heathen hammer high


anonymous asked:

What sort of jewelry do druids wear to denote their religious beliefs or spiritual practice? Witches wear pentacles and heathens wear the hammer, for example.

Most often I see triskels or triple spirals, the Celtic tree of life, and especially the awen.  Because of the diversity of druids, however, you’ll see a diverse array of jewelry.  As far as I know there isn’t The Symbol of Druidry™ or anything like that, though I suppose the awen would be the likeliest candidate.

- mountain hound

Lammas Playlist


Admit it.

You skip Lughnasadah. And hey man I ain’t saying you don’t have good reasons. This holiday gets more skipped than Ostara. This unpronounceable second summer holiday has some hard themes to build a sabbat party around, and is a hard holiday for people new to the wheel to crack into. First, it’s about sacrifice, grain, and harvest. Lugh is about the labor of harvest. So here are some tracks to put on while you and your coven-mates rip off your shirts and get down to the communal labors of making bread, pouring beer, building a wicker man, and reenacting the labors of Lugh.

Also, I can’t know all music so reblog with suggestions please. 

Lughnasadh - Damh The Bard
Blue Oyster Cult: Harvest Moon 
Village People - Macho Man
Mulan - i’ll make a man out of you
TÝR - Hold The Heathen Hammer High 
ALESTORM - Drink 
TURISAS - Stand Up And Fight
Aloe Blacc- The Man
Overly Manly Man theme song by Ian Chapman
Kansas - Carry On Wayward Son
Lords of Acid - Mister Machoman 
Blue Scholars - Still Got Love
Blue Scholars - Loyalty
PUSCIFER -  CUNTRY BONER
Cameron Ember - Fireworks 
Bonnie Tyler - Holding Out For A Hero
Temple Of The Dog - Hunger Strike
Metallica- Harvester of Sorrow
The Mills Brothers - Bringing in the Sheaves
Steve Winwood // Traffic - John Barleycorn (Must Die)
Everything I Own - Bread
Spirits Of Fire Chant
Blue Oyster Cult: Burnin’ For You
Lughnasadh by Damh the Bard
Old Hornie by Inkubus Sukkubus 
Dolores Keane - The Wind That Shakes the Barley
Space Worms by future folk 
Wreck of a Modern Pagan by Murphey’s Midnight Rounders
Steven Universe - Be wherever you are 
Cryhavoc Cryscythe the original video
Inkubus sukkubus - Witches
Inkubus Sukkubus - Pagan Born
Wine And Beer by Erang Dungeon
Fire in Cairo-The Cure
Rocky Horror Picture Show - I Can Make You A Man
Spiral Dance- Faerie Tale
Skiltron- By Sword and Shield
Excelsis - Standing Stone
Serenity - Reduced to Nothingness
Folkodia thus a viking dies 
TURISAS - Battle Metal 2008 
Iron Maiden - The Wicker Man 
Zella Day - Sacrifice
 If You’ve Only Got a Moustache - A Million Ways To Die In The West 
Heather Alexander - Laddie Are Ya Workin’
Inkubus Sukkubus Corn King 
Cernunnos - Kate West
Lisa Thiel - Lammas Song
Fiddle And Jugby Strawfoot
Heartbeat of Harvest | CERNUNNOS RISING
Fun.: Some Nights
Deity by Wendy Rule
Green And Grey by Damh the Bard 
Blue Scholars - “Back Home" 
Thimble Island - Rasputina
Dancing In the Moonlight by King Harvest
Even Gods Do by Thea Gilmore
The Ripe & Bearded Barley by Coyote Run
Them’s Fightin’ Words by Coyote Run
Harvest Season - Heather Alexander
Kellianna - The Ancient Ones
Freysblót - Hymir’s Kettle
Blood And Bones by The Rowan Amber Mill
Scarborough Fayre - Mediaevil Baebes
Sting - Fields of gold
Big Country - Harvest Home 
The Woman In White:Act One:Lammastide 
Joe Jackson - Real Men

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anonymous asked:

Thanks for answering the Wiccatru question. I guess I've noticed a trend on Tumblr with people getting up in arms about "stealing" things from POC pagan/indigenous groups (esp. from the Wiccan/New Age community), but appropriating aspects of other religions like heathenry (Asatru, Vanatru, etc.) and shoving them into a Wiccan framework isn't seen as bad. Why do you think that is?

Well because it isn’t as bad.

The reason people get so up in arms about taking things from Indigenous traditions or traditions like Vodou is because these religions are closed religions, they are literally not meant to be for anyone outside of the in-group unless they are initiated or accepted by that community, In addition, Indigenous peoples and non-native people of colour still face systemic oppression in white supremacist North American society, part of the reasons why their traditions are closed is to protect them, because white people have tried their best to eliminate them, and we still try, we turn their modes of dress into costumes that rely on harmful stereotypes. We take aspects of their traditions that we don’t fully understand and sell them for a ton of money. We talk about how the “exotic” natives are so much more spiritual than us poor white people, and perpetuate harmful stereotypes of indigenous peoples in that way.

Heathenry, in contrast, is and has always been an open tradition, or more accurately open traditions, as there were multiple heathenries, in the plural. They let anyone in who wanted to come in and traded and traveled everywhere. Heathenry is also dead. It died when the populations of Northern Europe converted to Christianity, that’s why we refer to our traditions as revivals or reconstruction, and apart from the fact that Heathens and other Pagans do experience oppression by virtue of being minority religions in a Christian-dominated society, Heathens are not currently facing oppression to such a degree that Northern European languages are dying and it’s necessary to preserve our traditions against oppressors. Hell, in most cases, we are the oppressors (racism is a huge issue in Heathenry but the other isms are issues too). Heathenry tends to be dominated by middle class dycishet men who tend to be privileged in every way but religion.

I am not affected by non-Heathens wearing hammers in the same way as a native person would be by me wearing a war bonnet. You could argue that it’s disrespectful, that it’s not treating my traditions as seriously as any other tradition that has religious jewelry, and you might be contributing to stereotypes Heathens are all metalheads or racists, but you’re not contributing to cultural and sometimes literal genocide. that’s the difference. 

If somebody wants to worship my deities in a Wiccan context or in a way that doesn’t involve strict reconstructionism because, hey, it’s an open tradition, and as long as you aren’t being gross and racist it honestly doesn’t affect me that much. 

It’s basically comparing apples to oranges.

For more information on cultural appropriation, I’d recommend a thorough read through of some of the articles pocpagans links to. Read their FAQ.

Man I’m not even Heathen but the song “Hold the Heathen Hammer High” by Tyr gives me mad feels. Like, holy hells, if there was ever a song that made me wanna declare myself a Heathen, that’s it.