Odin’s Wisdom Day

Here is some #WednesdayWisdom

Wednesday, which was taken from the ancient Norse word Wodensdag after the Norse god ‘Woden’ or you may know him as Odin.

Odin known for his great wisdom, sorcery and poetry.

The ‘Mead of Poetry’ gave Odin his talent to write poems. These stories are found in The Prose Eddas, by Snorri Sturluson.

Odin is the god of the Aesir, a master of the runes.

Odin sacrificed his left eye at the Spring of Mimir so he would gain ancient knowledge of the world.

Odin had three sons with Frigg also known as Freyja. Their names are Thor, Baldr, Vadaar, Vali. He rules the Valkyries that take worthy dead Viking warriors to Valhalla the most honored, heavenly, place for the dead.

Hail Odin!

It is your day I’ll drink a mead, wave a pint your way.

Hail Odin!

Write a poem as you sip your drink. Does your mead help you think?

Hail Odin!

Wise warrior god gazes down with a loving nod, he smiles, approves with his one eye wink with every sip of mead one thinks?

Drink a mead and write some poetry today. Remember: Never drink and drive! Be wise like Odin and plan ahead.

Enjoy your Wodensday!

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Yggdrasil, The Tree of Life

Today is earth day. The earth is known to many cultures as the goddess Gaia, hence the term ‘mother earth.’ She is the giver of life according to many legends.
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In modern times,Earth day has evolved into an environmental day.
People just need to care of our earth, water, air and all living creatures on it.

The Norse Folklore tells the tale of the awesome tree named

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Yggdrasil, which is the Norse tree of life. It is a gigantic ash tree. The nine worlds are wrapped within this tree and Yggdrasil connects them all. This tree is so ginormous it towers above the sky!
The three wells feed the roots that are entwined within the three worlds.
Root number one is buried into Niflheim, it is the shadowy underworld and Hvergelmir the boisterous spring is located smack in the middle of Hvergelmir.
Nidhogg the mammoth dragon nibbles from below at this root.
Root number two houses the frost giants and their well Mimir.
A chatty, gossipy, squirrel named Ratatosk resides in Yggdrasil and relays messages to the dragon Nidhogg. There is an eagle sporting a hawk between his eyes they watch from the top branches the worlds below them.

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The Norse gods and goddesses reside in Asgard.
The light elves live just below in Alfheim.
The dwarfs live in Nidavellir.
People reside in Midgard where we live.
The mountain and frost giants dwell in Jotunheim.
Vanaheim is the place where the Vanir and Aesir exist.
Muspell the fiery world is where Surtr dwells.
Hel is the place for dead cowards that would not bravely battle in war.
There you have Yggdrasil the tree of life.

Our earth is the heartbeat for every organic creature on it. So let’s take care of her.
We can start with simple things such as recycling
plastic bottles instead of throwing them everywhere. Bottles need to be made from Industrial hemp which is biodegradable. Plant an organic garden or perrenial/annual garden. A bit of both is great to entice bees and other pollinators. Try a tower garden if you are an urban dweller. It’s a fun project you can do with your children. Your children will eat the veggies they grow!
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Gaia and Yggdrasil birthed  our beautiful worlds let’s show our appreciation and respect by caring for our earth and all living creatures that dwell here.

4/20 Norse Folklore of Hemp

Today is World Hemp Day also known as 4/20. Many of you may think of Cannabis for its healing properties.
Hemp is such a versatile plant. Today we use it for food and its Industrial uses have returned to us. Hemp is an ancient plant of the gods.

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According to Norse Folklore, people who lived in Norway’s valley of Gausdal tipped their hats to greet their hemp fields.

Hemp, housed a nature spirit called a ‘Vette’ which was given the utmost respect by Norwegians.

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Legend has it that hemp cloth represented the beginning and the end to the Norse people.
It is well known in history that the Vikings brought hemp seeds to Norway in the sixth century. Hemp was used for clothing a natural, durable fibre and for a stronger rope.
Hemp was also used at times for Viking’s ship sails.

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Enjoy 4/20! Remember the many uses of hemp. Thank the gods and goddesses for it. 🙂

Ostara Spring Celebration

Happy Ostara to all my fellow Heathens and Pagans today!

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Ostara is the name of the pagan Germanic goddess,
Ostara or Eustre is the namesake of the festival of Easter that ushers in spring and fertility.
In ancient times, Eosturmonap or the month of April Eustre or Ostara feasts were held in her honor by pagan Anglo-Saxons.
The Christian Paschal month usurped Ostara and changed it to Easter to celebrate  the ficticious Christ resurrection. During the Christian takeover of pagan Europe from the 7th to 15th centuries. Pagans and Heathens were persecuted, burned at the stake and forced into Christianity.
Many brave pagans didn’t turn on their ancestoral nature religions and went underground to prevent more deaths and persecution of their people and to protect their culture.

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Today more and more Pagans and Heathens have returned to their ancestoral, nature religions that embrace the rule of natural law such as Odinism, Norse Asatru and Wicca that are sustainable and compliments our mother earth.

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So raise the horn of mead or glass of wine and Hail Ostara our blessed spring goddess!
Wassail!

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R.Kipling’s The Wrath of The Awakened Saxon

THE WRATH OF THE AWAKENED SAXON
by Rudyard Kipling

It was not part of their blood,
It came to them very late,
With long arrears to make good,
When the Saxon began to hate.

They were not easily moved,
They were icy — willing to wait
Till every count should be proved,
Ere the Saxon began to hate.

Their voices were even and low.
Their eyes were level and straight.
There was neither sign nor show
When the Saxon began to hate.

It was not preached to the crowd.
It was not taught by the state.
No man spoke it aloud
When the Saxon began to hate.

It was not suddently bred.
It will not swiftly abate.
Through the chilled years ahead,

When Time shall count from the date
That the Saxon began to
hate.

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