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Knowing Freya. Part 13: Freya and modern Heathens

The world of today is incredibly different to what it was when the worship of the Norse Deities was the main religion in Iceland and Scandinavia. The culture, the language, the values and technology have changed to the point that a Viking Age heathen would feel utterly lost if they somehow found themselves in ourFortsätt läsa ”Knowing Freya. Part 13: Freya and modern Heathens”

Knowing Freya, part 12: Freya and Ragnarök

Ragnarök, Old Norse for ‘the Doom of the Gods’. Undoubtedly the most famous event described in Norse mythology. Even people who know close to nothing about Norse Polytheism have heard about this great apocalypse. Described primarily in the Eddic poem Völuspa, Ragnarök is a series of cataclysmic events that leads to the death of manyFortsätt läsa ”Knowing Freya, part 12: Freya and Ragnarök”

Knowing Freya, part 10: Gullveig

One of the most important events described in Norse myth is the Æsir-Vanir war, a conflict between the divine tribes which resulted in the unification of the two into a single pantheon. There are a number of theories about the meaning of this war. Some historians believe it is a allegory for the conflict betweenFortsätt läsa ”Knowing Freya, part 10: Gullveig”

Knowing Freya. Part 9: Brisingamen

The Norse Powers and Deities are described has having a number of fascinating objects. Odin has a magic spear that never misses. Frey has a sword that fights on its own. And who can forget Mjölnir, Thor’s mighty hammer which both crushes Jötunn skulls and blesses weddings? But few objects in Norse lore are quiteFortsätt läsa ”Knowing Freya. Part 9: Brisingamen”

Wanna see something cool?

In the Stampen neighbourhood of Gothenburg, there is a square called Odinsplatsen (Odin’s place). It connects several streets, among them Odinsgatan (Odin’s street), Friggagatan and Baldersgatan. You can see a theme here. On the roundabout in the middle of Odinsplatsen, you can find some interesting things, like a large fountain and a fastfood joint withFortsätt läsa ”Wanna see something cool?”

5 very queer Norse stories

An interesting article from PinkNews: https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2022/05/07/viking-norse-gods-lgbtq/ I’m particularly obsessed with this beautiful illustration of Thor:

A prayer poem: Song of Byggvir

I am the son of the soilMy feet are in the dirtMy bones grow downwards like rootsMy soul reaches up high,Where Mother and Father waitAll Their children’s return My body comes from the soil,From the lovely body of Jord, I was bornMy soul comes from Oden,He breathed me to life,Gifted me with spirit and mind,AsFortsätt läsa ”A prayer poem: Song of Byggvir”

What is the core of Heathenry?

The other day, I had someone visit at my apartment. While there, they noticed my altar and the statue of Freya on it. They asked:”Who’s that?”I said that She is Freya, one of the Goddesses of the Heathen faith. They asked if I was a Heathen and I said yes. Then they asked me somethingFortsätt läsa ”What is the core of Heathenry?”

Knowing Freya. Part 7: Frigga and Freya

Frigga and Freya are two Goddesses with a lot in common. They are both skilled practitioners of seid, They both have the hability to transforms into falcons and the names of Their Husbands (Odin and Odr) are near identical (meaning ‘Lord of frenzy’ and ‘frenzy’, respectively). Just to name a few things. But They areFortsätt läsa ”Knowing Freya. Part 7: Frigga and Freya”

Knowing Freya. Part 5: Lovers

The lore tells us Freya loves Her Husband greatly and searches for Him far and wide whenever He disappears again. It also tells us stories about Her having lovers and a number of sexual escapades. Some would say the two are inherently contradictory but who are we to tell Deities They can’t have an openFortsätt läsa ”Knowing Freya. Part 5: Lovers”