The Gods are speaking to us, but are we paying attention?

Yes, the Gods do communicate with us frequently, the problem is we are usually too caught up with the various elements of our lives to notice. We need to learn, to stop and meditate. We need to clear our minds so we are more open to them and the words of wisdom they have to impart.

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Exploring Our Gods and Goddesses – Weyland the Smith

Weyland (also known as Volund) is a legendary blacksmith, which we have references to from both Norse (Þiðrekssaga and the Poetic Edda’s Völundarkviða) and Anglo-Saxon (Beowulf, Deor and Waldere) sources. In the archaeological record we see his story depicted on the Swedish Ardre image stone VIII, the Franks Casket, and a variety of stone cross and monuments throughout England. Weyland has a reputation in folk stories that once he was paid, no matter how impossible the job asked for, that he worked hard to make the impossible possible. His tools and weapons are seen worn by heroes in varying stories, including Beowulf.

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Matthew Reames' Photo of Dagfinn's Werenskiold's Weyland @ Oslo City Hall

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Tradition & Words

A great post from Sarenth.

Like him, I just don’t hold with the concept of “atheist pagans/polytheists” because to be an atheist is not to believe in something bigger out there, but to be pagan or a polytheist is to believe in divinity that there is something bigger out there. That’s what the words actually mean folks, look them up in a dictionary. When we water down those meanings we allow rot to occur to our sacred paths, blight to spread through our communities.

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Veterans, Einherjar & Free Sigdrifa’s Prayer Bookmarks

Within the Northern Tradition there is a deep respect to those who serve in the military. While Veteran’s Day is intended to first and foremost honor those living Veterans from past military service, it is also used to honor those currently serving, and to a lesser degree those soldiers whom have passed away and entered the halls of the dead.

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Sigdrifa’s Prayer Bookmarks

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Resources for our children: Norse themed books, games and coloring books oh my!

I was thrilled to see earlier today this post from Galina Krasskova, announcing that a Norse Gods coloring book is coming soon with illustrations of a variety of our Gods and Goddesses, featuring illustrations from Grace Palmer, who has been churning out a lot of devotional artwork for a number of deities from various pantheons over the course of the last few years.

Norse Gods Coloring Book with illustrations from Grace Palmer
Illustrations from Grace Palmer

To be a thriving religion, not only do we need artwork, we especially need ways for us to connect the next generation to those Gods and Goddesses as well. Through the years there’s always been a few more mainstream resources, and the odd unofficial resource shared word of mouth, but so many resources are hard to find. So for those who are interested, here are just some other resources…

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Our Existence is Found Between Chaos & Order

In the beginning, there was chaos, as characterized by the yawning void known as Ginnungagap. Flanking the void were the first two worlds: Niflheim in the north the ancient world of ice, and Muspelheim in the south the primordial world of fire. The two worlds brushed across one another, and the resulting clash of fire and ice (the very big bang of creation within the Norse cosmology) formed eitr, the waters of life and poison. Drops of these waters slowly coalesced together and formed the frost-cold Jotun (or giant) Ymir, the father of the Jotuns.

Eyjafjalla Jokull by Icelandicspitz
Eyjafjalla Jokull by Icelandicspitz http://bit.ly/1LFBknP

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Working with the Ancestors

To be Heathen is to be an animist, meaning that in addition to worshipping the Gods and Goddesses, we also honor our deceased ancestors as well as the land wights. But while most people coming to our religion have some concept of how to honor a deity… when it comes to honoring the ancestors they are stymied as to where to even begin to work with them.

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Harvest Prayers

Hail to thee Idunna
Lady of the dale.
Through the coming winter
Keep us whole and hale.

You brought us rain & showers
So the crops could grow
Guard us here on Midgard
Hammer – wielding Thor.

Flowing are your tresses
Golden like the fields
Sif, thank you for the harvest
Bless our grains and meals.

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Winter Nights Altar