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: “Wolf Totem” – The Hu
I discovered this group that has more of a Mongolian feel but the song is titled ‘Wolf Totem’ which, given Tyr’s one story involves Fenrir the great Wolf, seems fitting.
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The god Tyr’s name still lives on every time you say Tuesday. It is his day and it probably speaks of this god’s importance more than any other than right up there with Odin and Thor. Tyr is much discussion of Tyr’s sphere as it would be simple to say he governs war, truth, and justice but the seems to be a mixing of the three ideas so in truth he may be more the god of trial by combat. That truth and justice are ultimately played out in martial combat or a trial by combat is what Tyr represents and if there is a god that represents honor, it is Tyr.
Tyr’s appearance in Norse mythology is twofold. The first is minor in the creation of beer for the gods but it is mentioned that he is the child of giants. As a spiritual concept, I find this interesting as it seems to be saying that nature’s force has a way of bringing about justice and Tyr is simply a more civilized manifestation of that.
The second and main story that Tyr is known for is the story of Fenrir the Great Wolf. In that story demonstrates his honor in that he refuses to remove his hand from Fenrir’s mouth and does to get Fenrir to trust the god’s final test of strength with the chain that actually binds Fenrir for Ragnarok. But before that what strikes me as interesting is he seems to be the only god not afraid of Fenrir. This actually speaks of the notion some warriors have of honor making one fearless. Tyr seems to invoke that image in his story rather well.
To the followers of Asatru Tyr, of course, is remembered every Tuesday and his story is one that is repeated to demonstrate courage and honor. Something that all Asatru followers hold highly given they are two of the Nine Noble Virtues. I guess I find in the story of Tyr much the same along with the concept of how much are you willing to sacrifice for both victory and honor? Tyr reminds us all that the price can be very close to home and should not be considered wasted if it leads to a good end.
Tyr is revered by those who seek justice so military and police officers who are Asatru gravitate to him as well as those who seek a balancing of the scales with Christianity. For myself I find his story inspiring as far as honor and courage.
Hail Tyr, God of Truth, Justice, and War! God of the Northern Star. Hail!
The Rabyd Skald – Wandering Soul, Bard, and Philosopher. The Grey Wayfarer.