This essay argues that the triple-triangle symbol commonly known as the valknut represents a heart in at least some contexts. Specifically, it is either the ideal, steady heart of the brave slain hero or that of a worthy adversary, and that the word valknut itself may be a heiti for ‘heart of the slain’. Most
The name of a deity often reveals something of their character, and can shed light on obscure elements in the mythology. Unfortunately the prehistory of a word is itself often obscure, and care must be taken not to project a meaning onto a word that was never truly there. The goddess name Gefjun has long
This essay is an attempt to construct an annual calendrical model that would have existed among the heathen peoples of Scandinavia and Northern Europe prior to the advent of the Christian “Julian” calendar. The evidence suggests that this annual cycle would be based around the movements of the sun and the moon, which determined when
Welcome to the new website for Odroerir: The Heathen Journal! We’re really excited about what this website has to offer, and what it will potentially develop into over the next few years. So excited in fact, that we felt it might be a good idea to offer up an explanation of who we are and
Do those facebook groups have you worked up?
Wardruna is probably one of the best known music projects in Heathenism, and for good reason. Nobody else has yet captured the intense moods and atmospheres that Einar Selvik has managed to encapsulate within the runic concepts of Wardruna’s first installment, Gap Var Ginnunga. The music is ritualistic, ambient and natural sounding. The instruments used
Who were the Franks and what were their pre-Christian roots? This is a question that has caused confusion and headache among those searching for the answers. Even the origin of their name has been hotly debated, although the generally accepted origin of frank is found in the Germanic root *fr-k, which relates this word intimately
ONCE ON A TIME there was a king who ruled a newly settled farmstead. He had many hundred sheep, many hundred goats, many hundred cattle, and many hundred horses he had too. Silver and gold he had in great heaps. But for all of that, he was so given to grief that he seldom ever
It was a nice warm early fall day and I was basking on top of Rattlesnake Mountain. It’s one of the easier climbs in the state, something you could do in a few hours and then still make it to the party you had to go to later that day. Or something like that anyway.
Introduction There have been many approaches to the study of Old Norse Poetry. Modern academia has spent an exhaustive amount of effort in identifying metrical patterns and trends within the lines of the voluminous collected works. They have asserted sometimes arguable theories varying from simple to complex and from mundane to fantastic. However (un)interesting the
Back in the mid 90’s, almost a decade before I converted to Asatru, I took up the hobby of home brewing. Back then, my knowledge of beer in general was very limited, home brewing technology and ingredients weren’t nearly at the level they are today, and not that many people were home brewing. Undaunted and
My name is Josh Heath; in a fit of insanity I took it upon myself to begin documenting different Heathen events I attend. My long term hope is that by creating a record of our worships, blóts, and Things, we can leave important parts of our history to those that will follow us. I want
In recent history, the learning process has been the domain of the education establishment. Because of this, many people are reticent to take charge of their own learning, believing that they need experts to present new subject material to them. Whether a learner chooses an accredited university course or an online workshop, it is natural
The purpose of this article is to take a brief look at the idea of animal imagery as a representation of and a connection to the Otherworld. During the 5th to 7th centuries the Germanic settlers of England produced a large amount of artwork depicting animals and mythic beasts, these pieces give us an insight
Heathendom can be understood as an interwoven web of relationships that are formed between both individuals within a community and communities with each other, whether of men or holy powers, which express the heathen worldview. These relationships may take any number of forms from gifting, group rituals and all other modes of symmetrical or asymmetrical
If there is one thing that links all Heathen practice it is the early medieval drinking ritual “symbel” also known as “sumble”. This tradition is lifted straight from the pages of Beowulf, The Eddas and other Germanic poetry and is a ritual that equally unites and divides the various flavours of modern Heathenry whilst remaining
As modern heathens who have dedicated our lives to reestablishing the pre-Christian traditions of Scandinavia and Northern Europe, we know how important the concept of heathen worldview is. It’s well understood that in order to develop practices that are rooted in ancient heathen religion, we need to be able to understand and adopt the outlook
The modern English word heathen has long been the favorite label used in academic circles to identify the unchristian peoples of western and northern Europe during the Middle Ages. Among medieval historians it is used more precisely to identify those “Germanic” peoples who still practiced their indigenous religion. It has also been the title most
It was about two years ago that my wife and I moved into our new home. Prior to that, I made an oath that within one year of us moving in, a godpole would be carved and erected on the property we were looking at. I am happy to say that since then, a godpole
Over the course of the last decade, the term “reconstructionism” has surged forward as part of a very real movement within American heathenry. The axiom of this movement has been a shift towards an approach that is quite different from those previously advocated in most mainstream circles, and it is helping to redefine and reshape
The price of inaction is far greater than the cost of making a mistake. —Meister Eckhart As a heathen, I pondered for many years the question of how to reconstruct old or construct new practices for today In Chapter 40 of his Germania, Tacitus tells of a number of Germanic tribes who shared a common
Many times the fictitious tales of the sagas conflict with the surviving legal codes and archaeological evidence giving us a hazy picture of reality for women in historical heathenry. This does not mean we put away the stories of heroic women and erase them from our lore. Just because there is a conflict between the
Table of Contents World View The Cosmic Gods Haltija: ‘The Invisible Nature’ Ukko-Ilmarinen: the Ruler of Wind, Rain, and Thunder Heavenly Bodies: the Sun and the Moon Water Spirits Fire Spirits Land Spirits Forest Spirits Spirits of the House and Farm Field Spirits Emuu and Animal Beliefs Beer, the Heavenly King of the Forest Sacred
“I am reluctant to have this band put on me. But rather than that you question my courage, let someone put his hand in my mouth as a pledge that this is done in good faith. But all the Æsir looked at each other and found themselves in a dilemma and all refused to offer
Óðrœrir is an accumulation of the research and experience of men and women engaged in the reconstruction of the heathen traditions of northern Europe. The journal’s contributors are involved in a grassroots movement in both America and Europe – a movement that encompasses greatly varied cultures, local customs and religious practices.
Enjoy the inaugural issue of Óðrœrir, the first journal by and for Heathen Reconstructionists. What is a Heathen Reconstructionist, really though? That is perhaps the primary goal of this first issue: to set the pace of what sort of journal this will be, so instead of reading an explanation on it in this note, just
The transition from the intellectual effort of reconstructing pre-Christian and conversion-era Germanic worldviews and religiosity to a practical living religion can be a bit of a conundrum for modern heathens. There are two extremes that find frequent and common commentary in modern heathenry. On one end of the spectrum is the tendency for reconstructionist heathens
With the imminent release of a 200 page journal full of reconstructionist themed material, we figured we would kick things off with a little humor.