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Mistletoe (Viscum album) - I surmount all obstacles, a kiss

The mistletoe is absolutely one of the most fascinating plants, both to see and to read about. This half-parasitical plant finds its way to the tops of trees by cleverly getting defecating birds to lodge its seeds among the branches. In the old times, people held the firm belief that the mistletoe was immaculately conceived, that its seeds were barren until passed through the plant’s biggest fan, the aptly named mistle-thrush. This magic made it a symbol of great good and fertility, and it was used to decorate homes, barns and women’s skirts to encourage the fruits of love’s labour to grow easily. According to Pliny the elder, Druids of Celtic and Teutonic tribes would gather the mistletoe from oak trees with great care in a sacred fertility ritual. In Dutch, it is called maretak - think “nightmare”,  not horses.

In Norse mythology, Frigg (the wife of Odin) took great care to protect her son Baldr from harm. She made everything on Earth promise to her that they would never harm him- but she forgot to even ask the sweet, tender, weak and innocent mistletoe. A grave oversight, because Loki fashioned an arrow out of mistletoe wood, and got Baldr’s twin brother Hodr to shoot it, killing him without his knowledge. Baldr, having died dishonorably instead of in battle, is denied access to Valhalla and instead has to go to the more plebeian afterlife. The mistletoe, of course, feels absolutely terrible about all this and makes up for it by forever becoming a symbol of peace and love among mankind, dedicated to Frigg. To show this peace, people kiss beneath the mistletoe in that famous custom.

Kissing under the mistletoe was popularised and perpetuated mostly by the English serving class, a tradition where anyone could be kissed without punishment. With every kiss, a berry would be picked from the branch hanging above. When all the berries were gone, there was to be no more kissing.

The tradition of mistletoe is much older and much more magical than the Christian church. Come Christmas, you’ll see more and more of it in houses, but it is typically banned from churches because of its pagan connotations.

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(illustration and writing by Mira Gryseels

Von’s Elemental Money Spell

You’ll Need: 

A candle (green preferably, but any will do)/ Something to represent Fire

A vial of Moon Water/Something to represent Water

Incense/Something to represent Air

Coffee/Something to represent Earth

Something to represent your Deity/the Universe/Spirit

A Drawing of a Pentacle/A pentacle cloth/A pentacle

A sigil for prosperity on a piece of paper/bay leaf

Something to contain your spell, I chose a small pebble from a water fountain, it must be something you’re willing to lose/bury.

A small bowl/cloth/shell (willing to bury)


Preparations:

Get into a meditative state.

Place the coffee/Salt in the Earth branch of the pentacle

Place the water in the Water branch of the pentacle

Light the candle and place it in the Fire branch of the pentacle

Light the incense and place it in the Air branch of the pentacle

Place what you chose for spirit in the Spirit branch of the pentacle

Place what you chose to receive the spell in the middle. 

Optionally, you can also form a crystal grid, with a crystal empowering each branch of the pentacle in addition to the associations (I did).


The Spell: 

Say:

“Mother Earth, Raise your riches up to me. (Touch your earth association)

Father Sky, Carry to me opportunity. (Touch your air association)

Brother Fire, Burn away any obstacles. (Touch your fire association, don’t get burnt)

Sister Stream, Lead me to what I seek. (Touch you water association)

Lord Loki (Goddess, Lady and Lord, The Universe, Your Deity, Your spirit, anything) this spell oversees. (Touch your Spirit Association)

This will be mine, so mote it be.” (Touch the spell recipient.)

Burn the sigil, keep the ashes. 

Meditate while holding the spell recipient, until it throbs. 

Mix a drop of water, the ashes of the sigil, the coffee and the ashes of the incense together (if you didn’t use incense, just use the hard end of a feather to mix everything up) and keep them in the money corner of your house/room/office.

Keep the spell recipient on you, or touch it daily until desired effect takes place. 

Bury the ashes and the spell recipient.


Ⓧ This spell has been tested . (It worked the next day)

Ⓧ This spell is my own.

vikinggoth  asked:

Do you have a list or something of recommended viking culture or norse pagan blogs to follow that aren't, you know, white supremacists and what not?

The Valkyrie Squad is a list of safe blogs that have been vetted by the mods, not all of them are Heathen, and I can’t guarantee they are all completely free of grossness (as people are people) but they’re a good place to start. 

Norse Gods (And Other Deities) List

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
  • Høne (Hænir, Hœnir) - Survival, sense/spirit, beauty,
  • Lodur (Lóðurr) - Blood, warmth, life, 
  • Loke (Loki) - Change, creativity, ambiguity, impulsiveness
  • Lyter (Lýtir) - Premonition, foresight, prediction, prophecy
  • Magne (Magni) - Strength, development, son of Tor
  • Meile - Son of Odin, brother of Tor
  • Mime (Mímir) - Wisdom, knowledge, memory, advice
  • Måne (Máni) - The moon, the night sky
  • Njord (Njörðr) - Vaner, the sea, harbours, ports, seafaring, wind, fishing, wealth/prosperity, and crop fertility
  • Od (Óðr) - Madness, fury, eagerness, excitement
  • Odin (Óðinn) - Father, war, battle, victory, death, wisdom, runes, magic, poetry, charms
  • Tor (Þórr, Thor) - Thunder, lightning, storms, rain, strength, protection, hallowing, healing, fertility
  • Ty (Týr, Tyr) - Law, sacrifice, heroism, glory, war
  • Ull (Ullr) - Skiing, archery, hunting, weapons, shields, personal combat, oaths
  • Vidar (Víðarr) - Vengeance, atonement, preparation, survival, silence
  • Vilje (Vili) - Will, willpower, moderation, the middle, wit, intelligence, touch, sense, motion
  • Ve (Vé) - Countenance, appearance, facial expression, speech, hearing, sight
  • Våle (Váli) - Revenge, bravery, daring, marksmanship, survival, rebirth

Åsynjer (Ásynjur, Female Gods)

  • Bil - Woman, lunar activity, phases of the moon, sister of Hjuke (the Scandinavian children in the moon)
  • Eir - Help, healing, protection, mercy, grace, calm
  • Fjorgyn/Jord (Fjörgyn/Jörð) - Earth, the world, nature, greenery
  • Frigg - Mother, love, fate, prophecy, marriage, birth, midwifery
  • Frøya (Freyja) - Vaner, fertility, love, passion, sex, sexuality, beauty, fertility, gold, magic, war, death
  • Fulla - domesticity, cleaning, housekeeping, listening, confidant, secrecy
  • Gersemi - Precious, beauty, blonde hair
  • Gjevjon (Gefjun) - Virginity, plowing, female independence 
  • Gnå (Gná) - Messenger, errands, crossing planes of existence, travel through land, air and water
  • Hnoss - Treasure, beauty, brunette hair
  • Idunn (Iðunn) - Youth, vigour, apples, love
  • Ilm - Fragrance, aroma, smells
  • Irpa - Guardian goddess, Hålogaland
  • Lin (Hlín) - Weddings, domestic sphere, flax, onion, fabrics
  • Lovn (Lofn) - Benevolence, kindness, gentleness, consolation
  • Nanna - Loyalty, empathy
  • Njorun - Soil, the land
  • Rind (Rindr) - Princess/goddess/giantess, mother of Våle from the East
  • Rån (Rán) - Sea, protection from drowning, fishing
  • Sigyn - Loyalty, burden, sadness
  • Siv (Sif) - Fields, wheat, fertility, family, wedlock
  • Sjavn (Sjöfn) - Love, sex, desire
  • Snotra - Wisdom, intelligence, cleverness, appropriate conduct
  • Sol (Sól) - The sun, warmth, daylight
  • Syn - Refusal, denial, speaking out, legal defence
  • Såga (Sága) - Seeress, all-seeing, companionship, drinking partner
  • Torgerd Hølgebrud (Þorgerðr Holgabrúðr) - Guardian goddess, Hålogaland, heathen shrines
  • Var (Vör) - Honesty, awareness, caution, carefulness
  • Vår (Vár) - Oaths (and punishing oath breakers), pledges, agreements, betrothal

Jotner (Jötnar, Elemental Giants)

  • Aurvandil - Star, planet, Orion & Big Dipper constellations
  • Bauge (Baugi) - Farmer, money, wages
  • Dag (Dagr) - Day, light, rides Skinfakse
  • Fornjot (Fornjótr) - Ancient giant, ancestor, original, owner
  • Frosti (Jökull) - Cold, winter, frost, ice, icicles, glaciers
  • Fårbaute (Fárbauti) - Hitting, striking, cruelty, danger, violence
  • Geirrød (Geirröd) - Entrapment, cruelty, aggression, violence
  • Gyme - Hills, Mounds
  • Helblinde (Helblindi) - “Hel Blinder”, “All Blind”
  • Hyme (Hymir) - Brewing, cauldron, thick skull
  • Kåre (Kári) - Wind, scathe, howl, sails
  • Loke (Loki) - Change, creativity, ambiguity, impulsiveness
  • Loge (Logi) - Fire, wildfire, 
  • Mime (Mímir) - Knowledge, wisdom, memory, counsel, Mimes Brønn (Mímisbrunnr)
  • Mokkurkalve - Clay, life, innocence, childishness
  • Norve (Narfi) - Narrow, oppressive, closed in, difficult birth
  • Rungne (Hrungnir) - Strength, brawling, fighting, whetstone
  • Snø (Snær) - Snow
  • Surt (Surtr) - Fire, heat, burning, blackness
  • Suttung (Suttungr) - Mead of poetry, orphaned, eagle
  • Tjaste (Þjazi, Thiazi) - Abduction of Idunn
  • Torre (Þorri, Thorri) - Black ice, frost, cold, winter
  • Trym (Þrymr, Thrymr) - Uproar, King of Jotner, 
  • Vale (Vali) - Unlucky, wolf, murdered his brother Norve
  • Vavtrudne (Vafþrúðnir) - Riddles, weaver of tales
  • Utgards-Loke (Útgarða-Loki) - The outer places, magic, illusion, beyond society, an alternate plane
  • Yme (Ymir) - The big bang, primordial, birth, the ancestor of all, elemental
  • Æge (Ægir) - Sea, ocean, sea creatures, protector of sailors

Gygrer (Gýgr, Elemental Giantess)

  • Angerboda (Angrboða) - Grief bringer, sorrow, Iron Wood
  • Aurboda ( Aurboða) - Gravel, mountains
  • Bestla - Mother to Odin, Vilje and Ve.
  • Driva (Drífa) - Snowfall
  • Fonn - Snowdrift
  • Gerd (Gerðr) - Beauty, light, fertility, earth
  • Grid (Gríðr) - Greed, vehemence, violence, impetuosity
  • Hel - Death, Helheim (the underworld), Náströnd (“Corpse Shore”)
  • Hyrrokkin - Fire smoked, smoke, strength, wolves, serpents
  • Jernsaksa (Járnsaxa) - Iron knife, mother to Magne
  • Lauvøy (Laufey) - Needle, slender, weak
  • Menglød (Menglöð) - Lives in a castle guarded by Fjölsviðr
  • Mjoll (Mjöll) - Powdered snow
  • Natt (Nótt) - Night, darkness, nightfall, counting time, rides Rimfakse
  • Skade (Skaði) - Damage, archery, hunting, skiing, winter, mountains

Vetter (Vættir, Beings) & Other

  • Alver (Elves) - Light/Dark/Black, personification of nature
  • Andvare (Andvari) - Dwarf, “careful one”, waterfall, fish, wealth, magic ring called Andvaranaut
  • Ask og Embla - The first humans, ancestors of humanity
  • Diser (Dísir) - Female protective deities/spirits, fate
  • Dverger (Dvergar) - Dwarfs, metallurgy, wisdom, smithing, mining, crafting
  • Einherjer (Einherjar) - Honoured dead, fallen in battle, sent to Folkvang or Valhalla
  • Fenrisulven (Fenrisúlfr) - Death, destruction, rage, the end of times, fen-dweller
  • Fjolne (Fjölnir) - Swedish king, Vaner, son of Frøy and Gerd
  • Gullveig/Heid (Heiðr) - Volva, seid, enigmatic, “Lust For Gold” or “Golden Drink”
  • Kvase (Kvasir) - Wisdom, knowledge, skaldship, poetry, mead, blood, juice
  • Midgardsormen (Jörmungandr, Midgard Serpent) - Sea serpent, poison, self-reflexivity, cyclicality
  • Norner (Norns) - Weavers of fate, Wyrd, destiny, birth, death
  • Sigurd Fåvnesbane - Stag, hero, wisdom, prophecy, speak to birds
  • Starkad (Starkaðr) - Jotun, hero, great warrior, many arms cut off by Tor
  • Troll - Isolated natural landmarks, strength, slow, dim witted, 
  • Valkyrjer (Valkyries) - Choosers of the slain, Odin’s maids, spirits, ferocity, death, ravens, wolves
  • Vanlande (Vanlandi) - Hero, Swedish king, Vaner, “Man from the land of the Vaner”, 
  • Vedfinn (Viðfinnr) - Father of Hjuke and Bil
  • Vetter (Vættir) - landvette, skogsvette, husvette, vannvette, sjøvette, havvette, hulder, nøkken, draugen, nisse, troll, huldrefolk, deildegasten, dradokke, trollkatt, basilisk, krake, utburd, lyktemenn, varulv, marmæl, lindorm
  • Volund (Völundr) - Blacksmith, magical powers, sword maker, hero, alvedrotten (Chieftan of elves)
Updated Master Post

Astral Projection

Astrology

Beginner Witchcraft

Banishing

Blood Magic

Books

Candle magic

Charms

Cleansing

Correspondences

Cosmic Witchcraft

Crystals

Cultural Appropriation

Cursing

Deity Related (not Pantheon specific)

Divination

Green Witchcraft

Hellenic Polytheism

Kemetic Polytheism

Kitchen Witchcraft

Norse Paganism

  • Altars (possibly helpful for people who aren’t Norse pagans also)
  • Psa (Also possibly helpful for people who aren’t Norse pagans)

Offerings and Devotion for Specific Deities [Mostly Hellenic ATM]

Other Masterposts

Potions

Secret witches

Sigil Magic

Spells

Spirit work/Necromancy

Tarot cards

Urban witchcraft

Witch Tips

Just a gentle reminder

If you’re a Norse heathen and believe that “race mixing” is bad

  • remember that many of the gods are born from interracial pregnancies between the Aesir, Vanir, and Jotunns.

If you’re a Norse heathen and are transphobic or homophobic

  • remember that many of the gods will alter their forms drastically, the most notable being Loki changing into mare and being impregnated by a male horse, and later giving birth to Sleipnir

If you’re a Norse heathen and fascist

  • remember that vikings were largely democratic and would regularly hold votes to decide legal matters, and were incredibly accepting of other cultures
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“Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armor yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you.” ✨
Fun Viking facts!
1. Viking women could inherit property 😉
2. Vikings were some of the most hygienic people of their time. 👍
3. William the Conqueror was a descendent of Vikings. 🇬🇧
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My Viking photo shoot featuring runes by lykosleather ( lykosleather.com and on etsy)

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Odin imprisons Brunhilde in a ring of fire.

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For the upcoming book The Illuminated Edda.

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