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!

 

The Asatru/Halloween Conundrum

thegurlwhoplayedwithfire:

Although I consider myself a Norse Pagan/Heathen, there is one holiday that is not observed in Asatru which is Halloween/Samhain/All Hallows Eve. Which for me is a bit of a let down considering I absolutely love Halloween. In the ancient Norse religion Oct 31st is observed as Winter Nights in…

Winter Nights actually would have been observed in mid-late October (can’t remember the exact dates at the moment, but it was a three day festival according to most sources), but regardless there is no reason why one could not celebrate Halloween just because it’s not a part of Ásatrú. It’s still a cultural thing in the U.S. so go for it, and if you want to make an offering at that time then go right ahead.

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I felt that my fulfillment in my practice was limited because once I got back into the real world these things were no longer applicable.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.

Anonymous asked
Is it okay for an eclectic wiccan to cast runes? I have an Asatru "friend" who told me that it's a disgusting because it is not a part of my faith. Now I'm confused and honestly hurt.

blessedbeandmerrymeet:

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.

Hedniska Högtider (Heathen Festivals)

den-frusna-eken:

This master post on my profile will feature articles on the holidays commonly featured in Heathen traditions. Note that since my practice is more in line with Swedish Forn Sed, I may not write much on certain holidays. That does not mean that I do not care, but I have not…

Just Swedish, sorry. :( Those three are features of modern Swedish Forn Sed so you pretty much have to go for that. If you follow this link, though, there is a short description about each of them that you can run through Google translate: http://www.samfundetfornsed.se/om-forn-sed/årets-högtider-1283052 I also need to write articles for them so that I can update this list, but I have been very preoccupied. >.

Ånd

theskaldspeaks:

den-frusna-eken:

den-frusna-eken:

hedendom:

I would like to talk about my beliefs regarding the concepts of the ånd or ‘essence’ as it is may be known in English. Hopefully, I can get these idea’s across clearly and in simple terms so they are easy to get.

Imagine the earth, the universe and all…

One of the reason I loved taking physics courses in college, haha. Really any natural science, actually. Not as much with chemistry, though. ;)

OH, I adore chemistry! And biology. All of it, really.

It always makes me kind of sad when people act like science and math are somehoe antithetical to poetry, to art, or to spirituality. I’m never as strongly spiritually moved as I am when learning about the incredible intricacy and artistry of existence.

Same here; science and spirituality are stronger together rather than at odds. Even though chemistry is really just applied physics, idk something about it just didn’t get along with me, at least once I got into upper division courses. I got through it fine, just not enjoyably. XD

I will say one thing, though. Even though some of the etymology in the names is contested, and this may well be more coincidence rather than a genuine insight into ancient knowledge, when you can read the Norse creation myth as a metaphor for the Big Bang it really changes your worldview.

Ånd

den-frusna-eken:

hedendom:

I would like to talk about my beliefs regarding the concepts of the ånd or ‘essence’ as it is may be known in English. Hopefully, I can get these idea’s across clearly and in simple terms so they are easy to get.

Imagine the earth, the universe and all…

One of the reason I loved taking physics courses in college, haha. Really any natural science, actually. Not as much with chemistry, though. ;)