Happy Woden’s (Odin’s) Day.
I was never one for any kind of jewelry when I was a Christian, but since my deconversion, I have had a small taste for a medallion necklace around my neck. My Medallions alternate depending on the day. Most of them have some meaning or significance for me.
Sol’s Day – Valknut with Rune Circle – it represents my new philosophy of life with the nine sides of the triangles being representative of the Nine Noble Virtues. The three triangles being representative of Love, Justice, and Wisdom. The rune circle being representative of the mysteries of life. The overall idea being the following of virtue allows me to engage the mysteries of life effectively. Also, the Valknut is associated with death so there is a constant reminder of my mortality.
Mani’s Day – Wolf Yin-Yang Symbol with Rune Circle – A reminder to stay balanced while engaging the mysteries of life.
Tyr’s Day – Small Thor’s Hammer. I am looking for something like a Viking shield with axes or something similar. More of a martial reminded of courage.
Woden’s Day – I wear a Viking compass with a rune circle that reads – ‘Not all who wander are lost” originally it was representative of my desire to wander and search for truth but it is also a medallion I probably will wear hiking as well.
Thor’s Day – Wolf Thor’s Hammer – Its a much larger thor’s hammer with a wolf’s head as the handle. The need for savage courage at times is represented and the not so subtle reminder to men and women that with this person is an alpha wolf.
Frigg and Freya’s Day – Two Wolves Facing Each Other Howling – One wolf soul calling to another.
Sif’s Day – Wolf Head (Fenrir) – I reminder that my end, my final battle will come. My own personal Ragnarok. Live life fully and savagely.
Time to Look Through the Eye:
“To see the truth, change one eye for another”
My medallions have become part of my meditation. Mostly they mark the end of it as I reach for the one for the day and then place it around my neck to end the meditation time. Each of them represents something heart oriented and thus are good closing thoughts.
There is much mystery to life and the medallions call me to engage it with a certain attitude – with virtue (most notably courage and honor), remaining balanced, and a savage heart. To be a searcher for Truth that doesn’t take shit from anyone. To live for a savage love of life. My own mortality coming motivating me to act today whenever possible.
I guess this is one small part of a ritualistic spirituality of mine. I don’t believe any of these medallions have and spiritual power of their own. They, however, do remind me of the quality of heart I wish to possess and stand to others that I am not ‘safe’. I am a pagan atheist. If the word ‘pagan’ causes someone to fear me, so be it. I am not out to be loved anymore. Fear, respect, and honor, yes. Loved is a bonus I will accept but you have to take me as I am and my medallions tell you a little about that.
I will continue to wear my medallions whenever I can. I find they become great discussion starters at times. Mostly they remind me of things that are important to me at a core level – the level of passion and strength inside myself.
The Rabyd Skald – Wandering Soul, Bard, and Philosopher. The Grey Wayfarer.