Global Warming and Asatru

This is drawing of the head and upper torso of a fire giant with a flaming sword.  His expression suggests that he is disgusted by you and he wants to hurt you.

In the Asatru religion, we often focus on personal issues rather than worldly ones, but the Eddas tell us that the World will suffer greatly in the Final Battle. They talk of how Surt the Fire Giant will cause the World to burn. The fires only end when the rising seas quench them and those who sheltered underground emerge to rebuild. What if this is a longer game and not the flash fire typically assumed?

Vernal Equinox 2015

Today, March 20, 2015 is the Vernal Equinox; that day in Spring when the daylight hours and the night-time hours are equal. In the United States, and other places, this is the official start of Spring. What does it mean to an Asatru person? That varies.

Rituals and Affirmations

The resent poll about Daily Rituals and Affirmations prompted a question from reader Astrid. The request was that I elaborate on these topics as they relate to Asatru. That sounded like a good idea, so here we go.

Do you perform a daily ritual or affirmation related to Asatru?

Veterans and Asatru: Thor's Hammer

One source of stress for new Heathens is that the Christians will belittle your religion. They will tell you that you are just connected to some fringe group and that you will eventually need to grow up. That's just a tool they use to make themselves seem normal. The U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs would disagree with them.

How to be a Gothi or Gythia

Drawing of a hand holding a card that says Official Gothi, with a Thor's Hammer in the center.

The most common search phrase for this site is "How to be a Gothi/Gothia" (with its various spellings). It is also a fairly common contact question. Since it seems to be such a popular thing to ask, a more formal answer is in order. Though most don't like my usual answer.

A New Asatru Temple

There is good news in the Heathen world. The Heathens in Iceland (Ásatrúarfélagið) are building a Heathen Temple. Construction begins in March on the building near Reykjavik. This is an excellent thing for Heathens everywhere and the worship of the true Gods grows.

Heathen Concept of the Soul

One concept that often comes up when discussing Heathenry is that of the soul. The curious will ask, "What happens to your soul when you die?" Non-Heathens often just ask, "Don't you care about your immortal soul?" These questions bring up a better question for those who don't know: What is the Heathen concept of the soul?

End of Yule 2014

You've made it to the last night of Yule for this year. By now, you have spent evenings praising the Gods, your ancestors, your spouse/partner/lover, your offspring (real or hoped for), the Elves, and all the things you've eaten or plan to eat. So, what's next?

Second Night of Yule 2014

You have made it to the second night of Yule. It seems like Mother Night gets all the attention, but what about these other nights? Well, they are part of the holiday as well. Here is a suggestion if you don't have other plans.

Different groups have different ways to celebrate the various nights of Yule, so if you have an alternative practice don't be offended. The second night is a good night to think about Those Who Have Gone Before. That's a fancy way of saying ancestors.

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