This video was posted today on The Guardian‘s YouTube channel. It’s a short doc about the Asatru Folk Assembly and how they are misusing the Norse Pagan religion to promote racist ideas. Antiracist Heatheans are also interviewed to give a different view of what our religion can be.
Haikus about the runes: Madur, rune of humans
Man came from the GodsThe Goddesses birthed Madur,A gem in Midgård The m-rune is called ‘Madur’, meaning man (as in human beings in general, not just males). According to the traditional understanding in Norse religion, both the runes and humans were created by the Gods. One of the All-Father Odin’s many names is Gautr, whichFortsätt läsa ”Haikus about the runes: Madur, rune of humans”
Haikus about the runes: Sól, rune of the Sun.
In winter, You hideIn summer, You never leave.Sól, I wish to sleep! The s-rune is called Sól, after the Goddess of the sun. The above poem is written from the perspective of someone expressing frustration with the Sun for being often absent in winter yet illuminating summer nights and making it hard to sleep. MostFortsätt läsa ”Haikus about the runes: Sól, rune of the Sun.”
Haikus about the runes: Kaun, the wound rune
Memories is kaunScar like a rune on my skinA word that reminds The rune K rune is called kaun, meaning ‘scar’, ‘wound’ or ‘ulcer’.
Haikus about the runes: Úr and Thurisaz, rain and thunder
ÚR Days of summer rainÚr gives respite from the heatTo the sons of Earth Úr (rain in Old Norse) is the second letter of the Futhark. It is associated with water and particularly rain. Thurisaz Lightning shakes the EarthThunderer has struck againLord Thor rages on Thurisaz is the third letter of the Futhark and theFortsätt läsa ”Haikus about the runes: Úr and Thurisaz, rain and thunder”
So, what’s my religion anyway?
I’ve long felt a reluctance at giving my faith a name. Mostly because I don’t find it particularly important. I think the main focus should be your relationship with the Divine. What you call your beliefs or spiritual practice is secondary to that. Before the arrival in Europe of Christianity, most people didn’t seem toFortsätt läsa ”So, what’s my religion anyway?”