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Adorations for Njǫrðr (Njordr) Who Carries the Sea

When Njǫrðr treads upon the same earth as Baldr
and is chosen by Skaði for his bright and lovely skin, it is because
he carries the sea with him at his feet.
Invisible as a ghost, and faintly shimmering,
it thrusts the tides against his ankles,
and when Njǫrðr walks, saltwater pools into his footprints.
He brings an ocean where he goes,
and when he leaves, he takes with him
the blood that was washed up on the sand.

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Adorations for Skaði (Skadi) of the Hills Beyond the Shroud

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take care to walk in silence. by Jenna Barton

Sifter through the drifting white;
fallen snow untrampled, untroubled
‘neath the shoes of winter’s bones;
upright, a straight back, a proud face;
a shrouding mist and ghostlike sheen
upon such a face, though her cheeks flush, as ever,
so exhilarated a crimson flush.
Skaði is the name of one who roams
those hills beyond the shroud,
and ever in her oneness shall she be
the untrampled, the untroubled;
against the temperate breeze does she forsake a warmer wading
and embrace the biting winds
of so harsh and transfixing a frozen sky.
How my heart thaws within her glow;
how my lungs sing so unbridled in her heavens.
How my spirit reaches outward, rejoicing,
when it finds her guiding hands.

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Freyr: A Reference on the Norse God of Fertility, Peace, and Prosperity

Please note that this work is subject to updates and that the most recently updated version will always be the document in my google drive linked to on my Resources page. Please also note that you should not accept any of this at face value and always research any of the information I make available yourself. This is intended to be a simple reference and jumping-off point.

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Freyr, Emil Doepler

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Mental Illness and the Real Benefits of Faith in the Gods

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Thor und die Midgardsschlange, Emil Doepler

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Óðinn/Odin: A Reference on the Norse God of Wisdom and War

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Odin and Gunlod by Emil Doepler
Odin bei Gunlod, Emil Doepler

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The Gods: Maybe Not Omnipresent, but Surely Not Limited by Time or Space Either

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Losungen, Emil Doepler

As far as I know, the term “godphone” came about as a reaction to the casual way in which many adherents to resurrected polytheistic religions talk about their communications with the gods. I can understand the reaction. It does take somewhat of a paradigm shift to go from purely secular thought to being able to swallow the idea of the gods in a modern setting, talking to living people now.

That said, I disagree with the idea that the casualness is silly, and that is because the Germanic and Norse gods, whether in folklore or the voice in my and other worshipers’ minds, are real-time experiences. They are hardly ever formal in folklore, even though the speaking style of people recorded long ago may make it seem that way, and in the same folklore, they are also wont to acting impulsively. The term “godphone” is based on the assumption that the gods are trapped in a time gone by, having not grown and changed with mortals, and are incapable of speaking to us in our modern dialects and as spontaneously as we speak to them.

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Freyja: A Reference on the Norse God of Sexuality, War, and Seiðr

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Hyndla og Freia, Lorenz Frølich

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Auðr/Authr: A Reference on the Norse God of (Possibly) Prosperity and Luck

Please note that this work is subject to updates and that the most recently updated version will always be the document in my google drive linked to on my Resources page. Please also note that you should not accept any of this at face value and always research any of the information I make available yourself. This is intended to be a simple reference and jumping-off point.

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The Alcis: A Reference on the Germanic Gods of (Possibly) Elks, Brotherhood, and Male Youth

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Second Discovered Gallehus Horn The Alcis
The Alcis (the two human figures on the far left) as depicted in a drawing of the second Gallehus Horn, which was discovered in 1734, and stolen and destroyed in 1802, etching by J. R. Paulli

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Some Thoughts on The Alcis

Tonight, my unsated curiosity about the Alcis, the pair of divine brothers worshiped by the Naharvali tribe according to Tacitus, got the better of me as it tends to do quite often. Once again, I found myself looking for more sources, and things I may have missed in the sources I already know, to aid my understanding of the brothers. Though I had some trouble even keeping up with my own thoughts, I tried to make what follows as coherent as possible:

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Sibling-Consort Relationships Among the Vanir and the Real Life History Behind the Myths

(At the bottom of this post, you can find a list of definitions of the terms used in this post.)

Before anything else, I want to make it clear that I am not going to even attempt to take any moral stance on what is written here, as that is quite beyond the scope of this blog post, and furthermore it would ultimately be pointless and do nothing but hinder my and your arrival at the best possible understanding of the actual content. My goal in posting this is simply the provision of knowledge and the facilitation of discussion in the name of common understanding.

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Gullveig (Lorenz Frølich)

Most people who are aware that Freyr and Freyja were at one point worshiped as gods are also aware that they are siblings. They probably also know that the pair were primarily fertility deities, and then following that, a person might know that this is because they are Vanir gods, and the Vanir are chiefly concerned with fertility.

Less commonly known, however, is that the Vanir were at one point a separate pantheon from the Æsir and other gods that now collectively make up the “Norse pantheon.” If you could travel back far enough in time, you could eventually arrive at a time and place where the Vanir had nothing at all to do with any other Norse deities. This time and place would come across as being strange to the average person–not just because of the difference in time period or location, but also because during this time, the people who worshiped the Vanir were part of a matricentric society that existed in Neolithic Old Europe (approximately 4500-1700 BCE in North-West Europe; the general time period is pushed back by a few millennia as one ventures further south).

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Musings on Óðinn/Odin

Since I went back to adhering to Germanic Heathenry in 2017, I’ve maintained a distrust of Óðinn because of the many historical instances of his own worshipers calling him “treacherous” or “deceitful,” or otherwise untrustworthy. I’ve kept my distance out of fear until today, but now, I’m thinking that I may have been too quick to judge him. Upon reading these parts of the Havamal, it seems like Óðinn regrets his cruelty towards Gunnlöð:

Stanza 104:

From her golden throne, Gunnlod gave to me
A drink of the glorious mead;
But a poor reward I gave her in return
For her true heart and troubled spirit.

Stanza 108:

I doubt that I would have come home
From the realms of the Giants,
Had I not been helped by Gunnlod,
Whose arms had been around me.

Stanza 110:

Odin swore and oath on a ring;
Who can trust his troth now?
He took drink at Suttung’s table, and betrayed him:
He left Gunnlod in grief.

Before and after these passages, he expresses scorn for women’s deceit, but never for women who are faithful to their word.

So, this is my apology to Óðinn.

Wise god, I was wrong to judge you so quickly when I’ve never known you myself and the bulk of what I’ve heard about your was what others long before my time had to say, and I also recognize that their opinions may have been tainted by the bitterness of admitting defeat after fighting long and hard. I don’t think it’s likely that you’ve done a complete one-eighty since then, but out of respect for you as a god and as a person, I won’t allow other people’s words to color the lens through which I view you anymore.