Adorations & Devotionals, History, Culture & Worship, Worship

Adorations for Baldr, the Mortal Whose Sorrow Made Him into a God of Joy

(Note: I base this praise off of Saxo’s writings on Balderus and on my own UPG.)

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Rival Sons – Manifest destiny pt 1, Jasmin Wolff

Baldr, who shines like the sun and even more beautifully, please hear now my adoration for you:

If the mortal whose loss in love and miserable end made him a god most beloved is called Baldr, then the road to Love is called Loneliness, the road to Redemption is called Sacrifice, and the road to Life is called Death.

Baldr of beautiful things, of gentle encouragement, of kindness, of warm and unconditional love: You are an inspiration to me, and more than that, you are the picture of a love that I want to embody and to give and receive. If beauty is Baldr’s domain, then nobody who truly knows him could ever mistake him for being anything less than absolutely selfless, for beauty exists in every corner of the world–in every flower and every weed, in every innocent smile and every set of snarling fangs, in every noisy crowd and every gentle song, and even in every thing that is ever called “ugly,” because most importantly, beauty exists in the eye of the beholder. Beauty is Baldr’s gift to those who know him, but also to those who do not, and so Baldr is kind and giving and a believer in the fundamental goodness of humanity.

To honor you, Baldr, I promise to give often, to love selflessly, and to strive for all that you embody.

Praise be to Baldr, who shines like the sun and even more brilliantly. May his gifts never go unnoticed, may his sacrifices never go unappreciated, and may his kindness inspire the whole world.

© Alixander F. D. Bragiteilen and Bragiteilen.com, 2018. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Alixander F. D. Bragiteilen and Bragiteilen.com with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.
Adorations & Devotionals, History, Culture & Worship, Worship

Adorations for Þórr (Thor) Who Leads the Weak

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Happy Arcadia (Konstantin Makovsky)

Just Þórr, mighty Þórr, quick to dole out justice,
Red-Bearded One, Hammer-Wielder with far-reaching renown,
we know you are near when the thunder comes rumbling through,
when we hear the goats run and the giants fall,
felled by a mighty swing of Mjǫllnir, grasped by strong hands.
Cowering victims do you make into champions by leading the way,
and fearful trembles become boisterous laughter.
May those who wrong you always fall to their knees in defeat,
brought low by the strength of your body and heart,
and as we honor you, may our foes be struck down as well.
Hail the just! Hail the righteous! Hail Þórr!

© Alixander F. D. Bragiteilen and Bragiteilen.com, 2018. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Alixander F. D. Bragiteilen and Bragiteilen.com with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.
Fertility Gods, History, Culture & Worship, Relationships Between the Gods

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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