norse-pagan

Spending time.

I’ve learned that spending time with your deities is important along with deity offerings. Most people say that they dont have time to spend with their deity, because they’re too busy or too tired.

I’ve found a few ways to spend time with my deities that are simple, effective and they seem to enjoy the time is spend with them.

Here’s a few ways in which i spend time with my deities. I hope you find these useful and can take some inspiration. 💚💚

  • One way i spend time with Odinn is by asking him to join me while i read and study. The thing i ask him is “you gave your eye for knowledge, please help me in my persuit of knowledge so that i can better myself and be the best i can be.”
  • For Freya i usually share a cup of my favorite tea with her and tell her my struggles and the things i want to accomplish in life. Most of the time im 110% open with her and I’m brutally honest, I’ve learned over the years that she wants the absolute truth from me.
  • With Odinn i ask him to join me on long car rides and I’ll tell him about my day, whats on my mind and eveything in between.

I’ve learned that the gods dont care what i do for them, as long as it comes from the heart and is sincere. Just like offerings, they dont have to be super elaborate or expensive. Hel i give an offering to Odinn of my favorite tea and a PB&J sandwich when im tight on money. He seems to appreciate it, i know for a fact that he wouldn’t want me to go hungry just so i could get him an eleborate gift. Personally i think it all comes down to the sincerity of what you’re doing.

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Detail on custom made journal for a fellow customer. The design is inspired by Nature and myths of the Earth Mother, engraving of Yggdrassil and Fehu and Bjarkan runes adorned with an exquisite labradorite crystal.

anonymous asked:

My s/o and I are both Norse Pagans, but he's way more classical in his beliefs than I am. He's worried about me making a connection with Loki because of the type of god he is and some of the stories about Loki. How can I ease his mind? Any advice for this in general?

When it comes to the Norse deities, I think it’s really important to remember that they are all complicated, multi-faceted beings. There’s not a single god or goddess in the line up who is purely good and none that are purely bad. They behave in complex, human type ways, and just like people they are capable of acts that hurt those around them, and capable of acts that help those around them, capable of both kindness and harm. Pretty much any criticism that’s brought against Loki based on the old stories can be brought against Odin as well.

I think it’s also important to remember that in Norse paganism/Heathenry, we do not have a Bible, any kind of revealed Word Of God™ type scripture. What we have is a collection of stories about the gods that were written down by people who weren’t active worshipers of those gods, in most cases a few centuries after the Norse pantheon had last been venerated in the region. What we have is the very last, distorted echo of a religion that was practiced for hundreds or thousands of years. Nothing in those stories should be taken as The Gods’ Honest Truth™ as any of it could have been lost, garbled, or changed in the centuries between when the religion was last practiced and when the legends were written down. To say nothing of stories of the gods that might have been told in earlier times.

Personally, I think there’s a very good chance at least some of the surviving stories about the Norse gods were influenced by the culture shift introduced by Christianization. I think Loki probably took the brunt of it, and my personal UPG is that most of the Ragnarok story is bunk, a myth made up after the fact to give the old gods a graceful and compelling exit (and thus make way for Christianity). 

One of the things that Christianity did as it moved north into Europe was to make connections between its worldview and that of the local populations it hoped to convert. Worship of a local mother goddess was easily transferred into veneration of the Virgin Mary, for instance. But the Norse pantheon doesn’t have anyone in the Satan role. If Hela had been male it probably would have fallen on her, but the next best match was Loki. He’s an agent of change and sometimes chaos, he stands up to the father-figure god (Odin) and in at least one version has a hand in the death of The Perfect Son™ god (Baldr) – add those up and in the Christians’ point of view, he’s a pretty good match for their Lucifer.

But there are also stories that directly contradict the view of Loki as evil. There are stories like Loka Táttur where Loki plays an explicitly benevolent role, and multiple stories where he uses his talents to help the other gods (retrieving Thor’s hammer and Freya’s necklace, several others). Loki and Odin are blood-brothers, and in Lokasenna Loki says that he and Odin swore never to drink in a hall where the other wasn’t welcome. Odin speaks next and doesn’t deny it.

My hope is that any modern day Norse pagan would be interested in learning what stories we have of our gods, and be able to see past the influence of Christianity on those stories to understand who Loki truly is. But I know realistically that isn’t the case in the wider Heathen community. I know most of the large Heathen organizations, at least in the US, are not welcoming to those who follow Loki.

I don’t understand it, but then I’ve only ever seen it from the perspective of a Lokean who didn’t go into this with expectations of Loki being evil or traitorous. I don’t think the stories support the idea that Loki and his followers should be banned from Norse pagan spaces. I don’t think the stories support the view that it’s dangerous to worship or work with Loki. If you look in the various Lokean tags here (#Lokean and #Lokideity are probably your best bet) you’ll see that the experiences of his followers here on Tumblr certainly hasn’t been one of danger – change, yes, being pushed to do things you didn’t think you could, certainly. He’s unconventional and challenges established norms, but he’s also extremely supportive and nurturing, even affectionate.

So on the one hand, your s/o has the majority of the modern Heathen/Norse pagan community on their side. On the other hand, I think there are a lot of valid points to argue for why Loki deserves his place alongside the rest of the Aesir. This post goes into a lot more detail on all these points, and has links to other posts on the topic as well. 

If you feel really drawn to Loki, obviously I’m biased but I think it’s worth it to follow through on that. I think there are enough solid points in Loki’s favor that you should be able to convince your s/o that it isn’t dangerous for you to worship Loki. But the Heathen community will still be what it is, and that might be a point worth considering, how that impacts your relationship with your s/o and any relationship with Loki. 

My feeling from Loki is that he’s waiting to see what you do, how you handle this crossroads. But he’s definitely listening. (He’s also been incredibly Extra™ for all of this, I can’t even tell you. I blame all the ™’s on him completely. Such snark.)

Hope this helps. :)

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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.

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%)

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)

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)