norse-pagan

anonymous asked:

I've had a complicated relationship with Odin. He did something for me that I regretted asking for because it hurt someone far more than I intended, so I hated him for it and spoke badly of him. I've forgiven him because it was my request he granted, and I've learned he's still holding me to the oath I made to him. He's also pissed, because not only has he heard me - I expected that - but he's apparently been next me this whole time. (Communication Troubles with Odin, Part I)

(Communication Troubles with Odin, Part II) Trouble is, I can’t hear him. I can’t hear beings in general, aside from the mundane. And I should really learn how to do that, since it was my assumptions which messed things up in the first place. If you have any tips on how to hear Odin in particular, and other gods and beings in general, I would appreciate that, because I can’t always rely on using the runes to do so.

First, I want to address something for you, and the pagan community at large. Oaths are not to be taken lightly. They are not promises you can break and necessarily come back from. An oath is a serious binding thing that you enter into with your god and it depends on the actual wording of your oath, but most oaths last for life. And oaths aren’t something that gods normally let go.

Next, I’d like to address the way he answered your prayer. You have to be prepared for things like this to happen, especially when asking for something malicious. Now, I don’t know the details of this or why you asked for what you asked for, but it could’ve been a lesson, it could’ve been that he caught on to what you thought you wanted, etc. Theres a lot of reasons why he could’ve fulfilled your prayer the way he did. And it’s only to be expected that he’s angry with you for being angry with him when all he did was fulfill your prayer. Whether you intended for it to happen or not, you did ask something of your god, so it’s only to be expected that he’s angry with you for speaking badly of him for doing something for you.

Now I’d like to let you in on a secret: people don’t generally actually, literally, hear the gods. Tumblr pagans will boast and brag about their gods saying this and that and the other thing but generally it’s either an exaggeration or it’s simply false. Literally hearing the gods isn’t the goal. Aim to communicate better. Divination is an important part of that. If you’re new or not so good at using your runes and interpreting them, maybe get some more practice. If you don’t feel like you’re getting correct answers, maybe try a different type of divination. Maybe try talking to Odin to see how he wants you to get his messages.

Overall, I would come to terms with what happened and apologize to Odin, because your oath isn’t something he’s likely to let you out of. Good luck.

~terebinth

Norse Polytheism Survey Results

289 of us took the survey! Woo! Now I have to go through each response and compare birth month to patron deity to see if there’s a trend, and that will take time, but in the mean time here’s all the other stuff I asked just for fun ^_^

Average age: 23-29(40%)

Most of us are either female(41%) or nonbinary(38%)

We prefer the term Heathen(22%) or Norse Pagan(19%)

Most of us worship “mostly Norse deities, some others” (42%)

Loki is the most popular ‘everyday’ deity(49%), while Thor, Odin, and Freyja tied for 2nd place(32%)

Freyja is the most popular ‘occasional’ deity(34%) followed closely by Odin(33%)

Loki is the most popular ‘patron’ deity(27%), followed by non-Norse deities(16%)

Some gems from the ‘describe your deity’ section:

  • Loki is the god of DILLIGAF, and “I need you for something later so oh my me fix your shit asap I’ll help kinda”
  • Frigg is the Goddess of the home, getting shit done and looking after your family
  • Rhiannon (Welsh) Goddess of putting up with and finding creative solutions to other people’s idiocy without killing them in the process.
  • Odin - playing chess badly
  • Loki? “In charge” of anything??? I KID I KID (i’m sorry, don’t quote the fucking-around pls)
  • Dionysus- alcohol, self expression, kicking my ass
  • Oh no, Odin- Being a dick only sometimes
  • Loki is the God of change, chaos and compassion. Also chai tea.
  • Fenrir, god of I’m fucked up but making it work
  • Loki is a God who likes memes and 80s one hit wonders and uses the radio to send messages but isn’t agaist showing up in an IHOP parking lot.

Most of us are, predictably, “averagely active”

Odin is the most avoided deity in the pantheon

And we didn’t choose Them, They chose us(75%)

Please LIKE this post if you dabble in:

× Greek gods
× Norse gods
× Gaelic gods
× Roman gods
× Shadow work

And REBLOG if you are willing to teach me the craft, answer my questions, etc.

I am a baby witch so I’m not very smart but I am sort of involved with Greek gods.

I am a college student so I obviously can’t work with real candles and can’t access herbs or spices.

EDIT: You will be followed by my main blog crycrywclf

Freya is the goddess of war, love, and fertility. She is the daughter of the sea god Njord, and sister to Frey. She has many admirers and treasures, and also knows many different powerful magics (which she taught to a select group of gods, including Odin).

She has taken an interest in the heroic dead. While many people are familiar with Valhalla, Odin’s Hall for the slain, few know about Sessrumnir, Freya’s hall. Freya always gets first pick among the dead, and so it can be argued that living in her hall is a more sought-after prize than Valhalla.

THE NEW YOU SPREAD

For use when you are looking for self improvement, or are unsure where you want to be in life. 

Crystals to use: 

Citrine (positivity + Solar Plexus Chakra)

Tiger’s Eye (grounding)

Amethyst (intuition)

Rose Quartz (self love)

How to honor Freyja Regularly

- Keep your heart open and love regularly.

- When doing divination keep your runes close

- Keep your runes on you whenever your travels bring you somewhere

- Whenever you see a cat smile and greet them even if it seems cold. She loves them.

- Keep amber, nuts and sweet things near you and thank her whenever you eat them

- keep a strong demeanor, but a loving one.

- Be there for those who don’t feel like they are worth it. She is one of the strongest goddesses for them to be close to as she often tries to find comfort for those who are dying on the inside due to mental problems or health problems.

And the old gypsy woman said to me, “Draped in your animal furs, protect yourself from the cold, my child, my child. Live off the land the Gods have given us, for they can as easily forge a monster strong enough to take it away. A monster within, my child, my child.”

Yes, this is me, I may start posting pictures of myself to put a face to this blog.

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)

Okay so I’m not a scholar here but has anyone considered that maybe the reason we don’t have much evidence for Loki-worship is because His primary role in Old Norse religion, being a fire god, was as a conveyor of offerings?

Following up on that, here’s the evidence (I’m aware of) that could suggest Loki *was* worshiped:

  • That line from Lokasenna suggesting liquid offerings to Odin also went to Loki: “Remember, Odin, | in olden days That we both our blood have mixed; Then didst thou promise | no ale to pour, Unless it were brought for us both.”
  • Loka Táttur - the parents of the boy pray to Him to save their son.
  • An image of Loki was found on a hearth stone in eastern Denmark.

If Loki was regarded as a hearth deity similar to Hestia, it might support the above argument, since Hestia was mostly worshiped as the receiver of offerings or in the private of the home. And I just remembered that I think in Loka Táttur, the parents pray to Loki by the hearth? Agni, Who I’m fairly certain is Loki’s Indo-European cognate, is also regarded as the medium who conveys offerings to the gods in Hinduism.

Dorm-friendly offerings & altars

Originally posted by ofallingstar

I don’t know about y'all, but I’m BIG on using candles and burning incense as offerings for my deities. I love asking them to help me pick out a candle or incense scent that they would like, and burning it in their honor. That’s my standard go-to when I’m at home. But when I move back on campus this fall, I’m going to have to get a bit more creative for the no-burning-things rule and so as not to alert my already suspicious roommate, lol. I thought I’d compile a list of ideas for dorm and roommate-friendly offerings and altars. 

Obvs, this can be useful in any situation in which you can’t practice openly for whatever reason. PLEASE, feel free to add your own ideas & your own examples from your practice. I want this to be an interactive list!


Offerings

  • Make them a drink (coffee and tea seem to be popular, but anything can work)
  • Cut out a portion of your lunch to share with them
  • Draw them (they’ll love it!)
  • WAX WARMERS!! If you can have them. Closest alternative to a candle
  • Oil diffusers
  • Collect pretty things you find outside that remind you of them. Rocks, feathers, flowers, etc.
  • Dedicate your work in their domain to them (ex. dedicating your study time to Odin)
  • If you have kitchen access, bake things for them

Altars

  • Pocket altars are always a good idea (check out the pocket altar and altoid altar tags for ideas)
  • E-shrines
  • If you can do it discreetly, you can set up your altar on a windowsill or in a corner of your desk. 
Heathen Racist Words/Phrases to Watch Out For

RefDuring my research into Heathenism, I have been discovering undertones of racism in the strangest places. Just today, I picked up a version of the Poetic Edda to find the translation and the author’s explanation to be riddled with supremacist rhetoric. So I wanted to create a hot list, so to speak, of words and phrases to watch out for. If you see them, be wary for you may be reading some racist propaganda mixed in with your Heathenry. 

The Hot List: 

  • “Protect our Heritage”
  • “Preservation of our Heritage”
  • “Universalism” [this is not a bad word, but many racist materials will condemn universalism]
  • “Internationalism”  [this is not a bad word, but many racist materials will condemn universalism] 
  • “Heathenism’s True Followers”
  • “True Heathenism”
  • Overemphasis on our Ancestors or the Ancestors of those Practicing Heathenry
  • References to being “Born with Heathenry in your blood”
  • References to blood purityReferences to anything “running in your blood or heritage”
  • Overemphasis of Heathenism belonging only to Northern European peoples
  • A failure to mention that ANYONE can practice Heathenry, or a failure to use open invitation/welcoming rhetoric for anyone who may be picking up the book. 

Please keep adding more. 

Heathens against Racism

Cat-caller: *whistles* Woo baby! You got a boyfriend?

You: *pointed glare* My partner is a sex god, built like a fucking tank, and they will smite your ass.

Cat-caller: *shuts the fuck up*

…Little does the Cat-caller know, your partner is an actual sex god who would delight in kicking their ass for looking at you cross-eyed…