Ásatrú is a modern form of Germanic neopaganism reconstructed from Scandinavian sources, often classified as Heathenism. Practitioners seek to revive traditional pre-Christian belief traditions using Old Norse texts, folklore, and archaeological material. Different groups profess varying beliefs, but there is general commonality in connecting with old Norse deities, frequently through public rituals and the use of altars within the home.
Modraniht, Mutternacht (Mother’s Night or Night of the Mother’s) was part of Germanic/Norse Winter solstice tradition. During this feast day, the ancestral founding women, grandmothers, mothers and caretaking women of the clan were honored, along with Frigg and local/geographical female deities.
Our understanding of the Vikings’ cultural values comes not from any creed or explicit instructions handed down to us from this time period, but by inference from the values, norms, and oaths upheld and broken in the Norse myths and sagas. But, are those the correct representation?
According to Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson, the High Priest of Ásatrúarfélagið, the primary reason for the growing popularity of Óðinn and the old gods is the emphasis in Ásatrú on harmony and humility, especially in face of the things we cannot, and should not attempt to subvert and change, most...
Everything You Need to Know to Begin Working With Runes The enigmatic nature of the runes is undeniable. In fact, the English word “rune” comes to us from the Norse word runa, which means “a secret,” or “to whisper.