Välkommen! Denna blogg är administerad av en hedning som heter William (eller Vilhjálmr). Jag fokuserar på ämnen om fornnordiska mytologi och tro, båda modern och historisk. Det finns också mycket information om runor. Om vill du läsa mer om mig eller läsa mina viktiga artiklar, var snäll och följa de länkar nedanför. Skål!
Again, in English:
Welcome! This blog is run by a practicing reconstructionist Heathen named William. I focus on education about topics in Norse mythology and religion, both historical and modern, and there is a lot on the subject of runes. For more information on me, or to read my major runic study posts, please follow the links below.
Note: I focus on academic scholarship in my study of Norse religion, gods, etc. For the most part, my posts will not usually take UPG into account. I also focus on Scandinavian culture, particularly Swedish, in my practice, so please keep these things in mind when reading. Ha det bra!
For a long time I had sort of an inner conflict about my religious practices which centered around how my beliefs fit into the world around me. Part of this, looking back, may have been because I had not yet made many connections with European Heathens, and often in North American Heathenry one comes across an annoying amount of role-playing, of people trying to reenact the Viking Age (or some similar time period). As someone who does Viking Age living history, there is obviously a place for this sort of thing in my life, but that’s beside the point. The point is that there was a point of disconnect. When I left that setting I felt that my fulfillment in my practice was limited because once I got back into the real world these things were no longer applicable. It wasn’t 912, it was 2012, and trying to reconcile these two things as I had experienced them was not working as I would have liked. Going back to the real world after a weekend of doing living history is one thing because, as fun as it is, you go into it knowing that it’s just for that weekend until the next event. Well when this is supposed to be a major part of your life, you want it to be something that is relevant to you no matter the setting. You want it to be a worldview that is not stuck somewhere around a thousand years ago.
I think that learning about and gravitating more towards Forn Sed was the best decision that I could have made. This was made possible by both connections that I eventually made with Scandinavian Heathens and with American Heathens who had also made such connections. The more I talked with them and learned, the more I started to see and feel a more organic form of Heathenry. I started to connect more with the land spirits and other powers because they were more than just a group that gets named off during a blót speech. I also saw and felt a Heathenry which draws from that older knowledge and worldview, but which has also brought that knowledge forward into modern times as a living spirituality. After getting connected with and joining Forn Sed Sverige in the last year I have really changed in my spiritual outlook, and I think it’s for the better. Of course I still like to study the older traditions from an academic point of view and I still draw a lot from them, but I now feel like I can really apply my spirituality in the world around me. It’s with me whether I am out hiking, at an event, working or just at home. It’s in the culture around me, whether it’s that of the Pacific Northwest or the Swedish culture which I try to cultivate around myself. Luckily the PNW has a lot of people of various Scandinavian descent, so between that and my friends in Sweden it is not too overly difficult. I don’t need to look for overtly Heathen-y things to do in order to make myself feel like this is all worthwhile and relevant, but rather it has become a part of who I am as a person.
I don’t need to proclaim that I am a Heathen. I simply AM one.
I think you should be able to practice/worship as you please, in whatever way you take a fancying to. Ignore this “friend” of yours. :)
As a Heathen myself I will say what I’ve always said on this: runes themselves are not confined specifically to Heathen practice, and they are free to be used in non-Heathen contexts. However, learning and understanding their cultural background and significance is hugely important, and to try to cherry-pick them out and divorce them from their roots is not only disrespectful, but also leaves one with a very shallow and limited understanding of them. There’s nothing sadder than a “rune worker” who doesn’t even know what the rune poems are.