Happy Sol’s Day
We don’t pray here – we figure God, the gods, goddesses, or whatever powers that be either know already, don’t give a fuck, or are busy with more important matters than our petty stuff. We also kind of assume that they expect us to do stuff that we can do for ourselves and that we will do them ourselves and not be lazy. We also believe in being good friends, so we don’t presume on our friendship with the powers that be by asking them all the time for stuff while giving them nothing in return.
We also don’t take an offering here. We figure the powers that be probably don’t need it. Let’s be honest, offerings are not given to the divine powers, they are given to an organization to support it. Just being honest. God, the gods or whatever never sees a dime, farthing or peso of that money; it all goes to the church, mosque or shrine.
Theme Song: “The Pagan Norse” – Burnt Page Films:
Even death is just an epitaph to your story as your legacy and influence can have an effect long after you are gone. But while you are alive the story is still being written and you can have an effect on the end of the story and what that legacy will be.
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As we head into the second part fo our text, a sermon is in order about belief in the old gods, but first, a disclaimer from myself as this is the part of Asatru I have the ‘hardest’ time with. I don’t have a problem with people believing in the Norse gods any more than I have a problem believing in Christ, but I find that the actual existence of such divine beings as Odin or Christ for me needs to be defined. For me, this would be a belief for me that is more about the personification of divine or spiritual forces, not a belief in an actual being known as Odin or Thor. It’s kind of like saying Spiderman exists. Is there a real guy that is named Peter Parker with spider powers? No. But there is a creation in the literature that is a beloved comic character that teaches life lessons and personifies certain very human ideas. That is very real.
I think the same is true for all the mythologies. Certain cultures created stories that reflected their values and there was a perceived need to have these values preserved and restated through myth. The Norse people were no different in this regard. Whether Odin and Thor actually exist is irrelevant to me as this part of Asatru, it is the values and virtues they portray in their stories that matter to me. In that respect, the gods exist and the had an influence on my ancestor’s lives and that is enough for me.
For followers of Asatru, there is an identification with gods that is often individual and very personal. Some followers of Asatru worship all the gods, but they’re always a favorite god for many which earn that follower a title – ‘Thorsman’ or ‘Freyawoman’ or some other title with the god’s name. I don’t think you have to do much more than look at this blog to see what god would be in my title. I am an Odinsman. Not the warrior Odin in his hall so much as the wanderer looking for knowledge and wisdom. It is an image that inspires me and motivates me.
Asatru is about the Norse gods in the end and their worship and veneration. It is about honoring them and what they stood for. This is something one can accomplish without necessarily believing in a literal Thor, Freya or Odin. Religion is ultimately a personal construct that you can share as a community construct. Many followers of Asatru are also like myself in that we are returning to the faith of our ancestors. A faith that was taken from us by the invasion of Christianity and now we have the freedom to once again embrace.
In the coming weeks, we will be looking at the spiritual significance of many of the gods to the followers of Asatru. Essential Asatru does this by first covering the gods and then the goddesses, I will be going back and forth to maintain a little more male/female balance. In some cases, I will probably combine a few of the gods and goddess together. This will be done when there is little known about them or that the combination has a significance in the mythology.
Quit explaining your life, live it. Those that love you will give you the freedom to be what you want to be because they love you. Haters? Fuck ’em. They get silence.
The Rabyd Skald – Wandering Soul, Bard, and Philosopher. The Grey Wayfarer.