So it turns out I’m not oathed to any gods. freyja wants me to take the plunge and make an oath to her because she says she has SO many “gifts” to bring me and she insists I have the strength to deal with it and go through with this. The thing is I’m just not sure… and I’m not sure if I’m even ready for that responsibility. But freyja is pushy so…
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
How does one contribute to the tumblr heathen community when they’re kinda just starting out? I mean I’ve been at this heathenry thing on and off for two years now but I feel I don’t really contribute anything worthwhile :/ I mean, yeah obviously the best place to start is READING but I feel like we have so many people here on tumblr doing that for us already…
“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. 🇬🇧
(Photographer: @taylordlanier Hair and makeup: @tiffanynicoleperea 💕🙌🌿)
My Viking photo shoot featuring runes by lykosleather ( lykosleather.com and on etsy)
Hulinhjalmur (“Helm Of Disguise”) is a visual magic sigil that allows the user to appear invisible.
The complex task of creating the ink to make this sigil is done by collecting three drops of blood from the index finger of one’s left hand, three from the ring-finger of one’s right hand, two from the right nipple and one from the left nipple. Then the blood must be mixed with six drops of blood from the heart of a living raven and melted with raven’s brains and pieces of human stomach.
Once that is done the sigil must be drawn out in this ink on brown coal (lignite) and then pressed into the brow, activating this visual magic to prevent your enemies from being able to see you.
I found this neat five-part article series at norse-mythology.org. It gives a general overview of how the runes came to be and their general meanings. It’s a pretty short read, so if you’re interested it’s definitely worth a click.