Differences Between Christianity and Asatru

At first glance, there would seem to be many differences between Christianity and Asatru, but many of these are superficial. At the heart of the matter are a few core, fundamental differences in how we view people and what makes them special. Fortunately, these differences are easy to explain. Unfortunately, the differences are hard to argue in a religious debate.

Modern Battles

For the last month or a little more, my main work with this site has been cleaning up the damage from an onslaught of attackers from the outside. Sitting in the dim light of my home office and listening to the thunder outside, it occurred to me that this is what a modern battle between sorcerers would look like.

Inauguration 2017

On Friday, January 20, 2017, Donald Trump was sworn in as the forty-fifth president of the United States of America. This has made many people very uncomfortable. I've heard, over time, that some non-Christians have concerns about a Republican government, and Trump in particular. I decided to go to the quiet place to see if there was any advice coming from there.

Yule 2016

As another Winter Solstice rolls by, I want to wish you all a Good Yule and good new year!

If you are new to Yule, or to Asatru, you can read more from my previous Yule posts.

May the Gods guide you to where you need to be.

An Anglo-Saxon Version

A linguist friend of mine pointed out this Anglo-Saxon version of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer". If you've got a few minutes, it is entertaining and worth the read. http://www.tor.com/2016/12/15/this-anglo-saxon-version-of-rudolph-the-red-nosed-reindeer-might-be-more-epic-than-beowulf/

Children of Ratatosk

The Grimnismál tells of a squirrel named Ratatosk living in the World Tree. We know this creature to run between the eagle at the top and the dragon at the bottom, carrying taunts to agitate the two. With each trip, it spreads anger and hatred, causing the recipients to shake the Tree itself. It looks as though we have a similar issue in our world today.

The Hamr or Hama

Surrounding your body is an intelligent, defensive, energy shield. The Norse called it Hamr (pronounced similar to "hammer") and the Saxons called it Hama. This shield protects you from the dangers that lurk at the interfaces between our Middle World and the Worlds around it. It also defends you against the energies of other people.

Toxic People

Last weekend, I attended the Central Iowa Pagan Pride gathering in Des Moines. It was a great gathering ; I met some great people and there were wonderful conversations. One of the topics that came up was that we sometimes encounter people who want to be part of our groups but are just too toxic. I thought this required more thought.

Hate and Isolation

World news has been filled with the so-called Brexit; the United Kingdom vote to leave the European Union. Since the decision to leave, ethnic violence and national identity have popped up as some of the primary motivators for voters who wanted to leave. As Asatru people, we can both understand this, and at the same time must avoid falling into this pattern.

The Listener

Many people struggle to keep their thoughts under control. They worry about the things in their lives, and often worry about imaginary things that will never come to pass. This is why Odin has two Ravens, one that flies straight to its task and another that meanders all over. If you have this, whether occasionally or all the time, you are losing some of your potential, but you can get it back.

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