Archive | February 2015

Brisingamen, by Ann Groa Sheffield

Hail Freya!

Silver and Gold

Time for some poetry….

Brisingamen

The first looked out – his eyes were opened
At summer´s height – his heart was softened
(Sweet murmur of sunlit water;
Swaying grace of willow´s shade.)
The forge he readied; thus he wrought:
Warmth and laughter, ease and languor
This is what he learned of love.

The next looked out – his eyes were opened
At storm and sky – his heart was seized
(Reeling currents shed the clouds;
Lightning blazes; thunder bellows.)
The forge he readied; thus he wrought:
Fire and fury, fierce delight
This is what he learned of love.

The third looked out – his eyes were opened
At gentle rain – his heart was wrung
(It drips from fir trees, iron-dark,
And stains the rock a deeper rust.)
The forge he readied; thus he wrought:
Strange contentment born of sorrow
This is what he learned of love.

The last looked…

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Vanatru Symbol Found!

For those looking for a Vanic symbol

EmberVoices: Listening for the Vanir

Calling all Vanatruar: PLEASE USE THIS SYMBOL!

I have long been frustrated by the lack of a single clear symbol for Vanatru suitable for a pendant. Mjolnir and Valknots are popular among Asatruar. The most popular symbol for the Vanir are knotwork boars, and various Trees but they’re used among Pagans in general, especially Celtic pagans, so it’s not a clear message when we use them to represent Vanatru.

So I have been searching for some time for a suitable symbol, preferably with some historical basis, but not already in common modern use, that can represent Vanatru clearly when we wear it. I have hoped to find something simple and striking, such that it is instantly recognizable even when drawn casually by a person who isn’t much of an artist.

Well, I do believe I’ve found it!

This version has 9 bristles and 4 legs, deliberately. Historical versions vary.

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Heathen influence on American Common Law – Thomas Jefferson

This is a quote many heathens use from Thomas Jefferson that can be found here:

http://www.let.rug.nl/usa/presidents/thomas-jefferson/letters-of-thomas-jefferson/jefl227.php

(This quote is longer than ones I frequently see used.)

For we know that the common law is that system of law which was introduced by the Saxons on their settlement in England, and altered from time to time by proper legislative authority from that time to the date of Magna Charta, which terminates the period of the common law, or lex non scripta, and commences that of the statute law, or Lex Scripta. This settlement took place about the middle of the fifth century. But Christianity was not introduced till the seventh century; the conversion of the first christian king of the Heptarchy having taken place about the year 598, and that of the last about 686. Here, then, was a space of two hundred years, during which the common law was in existence, and Christianity no part of it. If it ever was adopted, therefore, into the common law, it must have been between the introduction of Christianity and the date of the Magna Charta. But of the laws of this period we have a tolerable collection by Lambard and Wilkins, probably not perfect, but neither very defective; and if any one chooses to build a doctrine on any law of that period, supposed to have been lost, it is incumbent on him to prove it to have existed, and what were its contents. These were so far alterations of the common law, and became themselves a part of it. But none of these adopt Christianity as a part of the common law. If, therefore, from the settlement of the Saxons to the introduction of Christianity among them, that system of religion could not be a part of the common law, because they were not yet Christians, and if, having their laws from that period to the close of the common law, we are all able to find among them no such act of adoption, we may safely affirm (though contradicted by all the judges and writers on earth) that Christianity neither is, nor ever was a part of the common law.

I have, in the past, reverse engineered American legal precedent based on the principles of the Dane Law in England.

I see this as both honoring our ancestors and avoiding any violation of the First Amendment, which I long ago swore to uphold.

ISIS

I do not normally post on this subject and am hardly one who suggests we go to war in this case but, as someone inspired by Heimdall, I think it is part of keeping watch.  Remember, we are enemies to people like this.  Your Christian and Jewish friends could pay jizya and submit.  We have to die to satisfy them.  I think the chances are small of such a thing occurring, but it is there.

http://www.theatlantic.com/features/archive/2015/02/what-isis-really-wants/384980/

Asatru/Heathenry in the news

Everyone is talking about the new temple in Iceland.  I have not posted about it but here is an article about a recent interview by a decent reporter who seems to have bothered to do research.  There are also links there for the larger story.

http://www.norsemyth.org/2015/02/asatru-in-iceland-america.html