Happy Sol’s Day!
We don’t pray here – we figure God, the gods, goddesses, or whatever powers that be (if any) 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: “Iceland Viking Battle Song”
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Of course, the centerpiece of any religion is ultimately its cosmology. Where did we come from? How did we get here? Who are we in the universe? What happens after we die/ how will the world end? These questions are in part what the religion clings to as they seem to be questions with no way to have a definite answer. Asatru is no exception.
The Nine worlds are probably well known to most followers of Asatru and anyone who has even a passing interest in Norse mythology is the idea of the nine worlds and their interaction with each other tat dominates cosmology. Midgard is the realm of earth. Asgard the realm of the gods. And with seven others there is no simplicity here and that makes sense. All the nine worlds are part of the Yggdrasill the world tree.
There’s a concept of fate to the Asatru way but not in the way you think at first. One’s day fo death is fated but how and in what ay one dies is up to the person. One cannot know that day so one must live bravely knowing each day could be that day. This makes vk=ikings tend to live on the edge and push life to its fullest knowing one cannot determine the day of one’s death but one can determine how one lives so one might have a good death. I suppose this is a practical cosmology in this sense. The philosophy being live fully and bravely at all times.
One’s ultimate fate is then determined by how one died. Common death often earned Helheim with its queen Hella, but for the brave who died in battle – Valhalla. There are of course many other options for all the other deaths. But these are probably the two most well known. One could say that how one dies has a great bearing where one will spend the next phase of one’s life until Ragnarok.
I suppose for an atheist such as myself, the lesson is one of living life fully as one can not know when one is going to die so making a memorable end would be worth something to those that love me. This s one area of Asatru where I think the cosmology is interesting but the real world is little like the world of Yggdrasill.
The Rabyd Skald – Wandering Soul, Bard, and Philosopher. The Grey Wayfarer.