Sunday, January 29, 2006

God Odin

God Odin Cover Odin, also known as the Allfather, was involved in the creation of the universe and humanity. His chief Weapons are the spear and his deep
knowledge. A strong seeker of wisdom, he has sacrificed an eye for Greater knowledge, leaving him with only one eye. His quests have brought humanity the Runes and the Mead of Inspiration.

Odin is the most ephemeral and intangible of sky gods, the god of the windy sky. Whereas Thor is the transient and violent sky god of the thunder-flash. But Tyr - for Dieus also implies radiance or brilliance - is the god of the bright clear day sky. Just like the sky, Tyr is always there, constant and reliable like a father.

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Friday, January 27, 2006

Asatru Poem First Act

Asatru Poem First Act Cover Beyond the Dawn, of Godkind's Walk
Through all Nine Worlds, and Mankind's Heart
Lay awaiting, All Things, No Thing
Ginungagap, the Well unfilled

In this Placeness, what could be found
To Call to Life, The Everything
To bring about, The Beingness
Ginungagap, the Well unfilled

Without Being, can be no Deed
And without Deed, is no Orlay
To lack Orlay, is to lack Wyrd
Ginungagap, the Well unfilled

Within the Dream, beyond All Dream
Something did stir, Shifting, Pulsing
Forces livened, from Where, Unknown
Ginungagap, the Well filling

From Isa's breath, the hoar frost grew
And formless Void, was brought to Shape
Primal layers, growing, silent
Ginungagap, the Well filling

Kenaz did dance, in glowing spark
And quickened Things, along their way
Brought Action to the Static growth
Ginungagap, the Well filling

Thus Perthro's womb, took needful Form
Within, Around, Becomingness
And Life did come, both Rude and Right
Ginungagap, the Well full filled

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Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Group That Worships Norse Gods To Become Officially Accepted Religious Community

Group That Worships Norse Gods To Become Officially Accepted Religious Community Cover Home to the Vikings of yore, Denmark said Wednesday it will let a group that worships Thor, Odin and other Norse gods conduct legally-recognized marriages.

"To me, it would be wrong if the indigenous religion of this country wasn't recognized," Tove Fergo, the minister for Ecclesiastic Affairs and a Lutheran priest, told The Associated Press.

Under Danish law, the state Evangelical Lutheran Church has sole authority to recognize other religious communities.

The 240-member Forn Sidr, which worships Odin, Thor, Freya and the other members of the Norse pantheon, sought recognition in 1999, said Tissel Jacobsen, the group's president.

Last year, an Ecclesiastic Affairs panel of scholars recommended that Forn Sidr, whose name mean "Old Custom" in old Norse, be approved, but only if their rituals were clearly detailed in its bylaws.

"At a general assembly, we added and described our four annual heathen rituals -- spring and fall equinoxes, and the summer and winter solstices, and our marriage ceremony," Jacobsen told the AP. "We then returned our application and the panel approved it."

Fergo said she would give her final approval "in a few days."

About 1,000 people worship the ancient gods in Denmark, Jacobsen said.

Since 1998, the panel of theology, law and history scholars have advised the government on which groups seeking to become religious communities, should be recognized.

"It was not up to me to evaluate whether they are telling the truth or the quality of their religion," Fergo said. "Based on the commission's evaluation and what I have read, I consider it a good religion."

Officially recognized religious communities can marry people and exempt their members from the 1 percent income tax that is imposed on members of the state church.

People born in Denmark are automatically made members of the state church, but can choose to leave it if they want. Members of other recognized religious communities, such Catholics, Muslims and Jews, are also exempt from the tax.

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Tuesday, January 3, 2006

A Practical Guide To The Runes Their Uses In Divination And Magic

A Practical Guide To The Runes Their Uses In Divination And Magic Cover

Book: A Practical Guide To The Runes Their Uses In Divination And Magic by Lisa Peschel

EIHWAZ the yew, URUZ the wild ox, KENAZ the hearth fire. Created by the Nordic and Germanic tribes of northern Europe, the runes began as a magickal system of pictographs representing the forces and objects in nature. This guidebook will help you discover the oracular nature of the runes and how to use them as a magickal tool for insight, protection, and luck. Practical and concise, this book includes:

- Complete descriptions of the twenty-four runes of the Elder Futhark, plus WYRD, the blank rune
- The differences between bindrunes and runescripts
- Four rune layouts and detailed rune Interpretations, including reversed position meanings
- How to carve runes and create talismans
- Meanings and uses of the runes in magick

As a beginning rune caster (coming from a good Understanding of tarot), I find this book very helpful and very clear to understand (as opposed to a guide that came with purchased runes, which were too vague and hard to interpret.) Not only does it help to make solid associations with each rune, it also explains how to make your own runes and talismans and includes lots of other useful information, including suggested reading. I'd imagine this is also a great book for someone who is experienced with runes.

This book is perfect and easy. The explanations of runes within its pages are perfect for the beginner as well as the veteran. The refrence tables in the book for magick works are also one of the best I've seen so far. Though small and compact, this book holds a king's ransom in runic knowledge and no one should pass up the opportunity to get it. The author gives you a good introduction with a style that reminds me of Scott Cunningham, its easy to read and has room for individuality. All at the same time remaining for the most part historically accurate, I think that the only thing that isnt accurate is the blank rune, which has little to none signifigance to the Elder Futhark and i would reccomend getting rid of it (like another reviewer said, "tear it out! ". Otherwise this book is one of the best introduction books on runes that i own. And i would reccomend this to anyone interested in runes.

Buy Lisa Peschel's book: A Practical Guide To The Runes Their Uses In Divination And Magic

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