Archive | September 11, 2018

Why Ancestor Worship is Important in Heathenism

“Hail to my ancestors, both known and unknown. Those of my line going all the way back to the beginning, on up to most recent of times. Both men and women, alfar and disir, whom previously had a human form. Those whom I know, as well as those I do not. Those also whom are the ancestors of all humans living now. All humans that have made the journey of life before my time, and now reside in the realm beyond the living. Hail to the ancestors of all! Hail also to the ancestors of my family line! Hail to the ones that guide me. Hail also to the ones that protect me.”

Heathenism is a religion that venerates the ancestors. But what most people don’t seem to consider regarding this is that:

“When we speak of ancestors most people automatically think of their blood ancestors. But an ancestor can be any predecessor or forerunner. Here we are using the word to mean any person whose existence or actions were responsible for bringing you to where you are today. At one time those people would almost always have been blood ancestors, but this is not necessarily true in our contemporary, mobile society. Hence there is many kinds of ancestors, many whom are not genetically related to you (at least not in any measurable way). In the greater scheme of things, since we all affect each other indirectly to some extent or another, “ancestors” can be said to include the entirety of the human race.” – Travels Through the Middle Earth the Path of the Saxon Pagan by Alaric Albertsson

Also an ancestor can be considered all life from the past since humans had to evolve from many forms of more simple life to get to the point we are at presently. Without all the ancestors, including the ones we are related to, as well as the ones we are not related to, and both the human and non-human ancestors, we would not exist or be where we are now. Ancestor worship means to give thanks to all of life that has allowed us to be here now, to know what we currently know, and to have the language, culture, and technology that we currently do. All this is thanks to the ancestors.

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Heathenism is the Spiritual Heritage of All Germanic Based Languages Speakers

I have been interested in all aspects of Heathenism, metaphysics, and spiritual growth for a long time. Always trying to learn more and grow. Was always interested in Vikings since childhood too. Sadly much knowledge is lost about ancient Heathenism, what at that time was known only as the old ways (Forn Sed). But we can learn what traditional knowledge is known, and then also study many traditions since they provide keys to the puzzle too, and then through personal insight realize many more things. All of the Germanic Heathen traditions are part of the cultural spiritual heritage of anyone that speaks a Germanic language, namely English, German, Dutch, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Icelandic, and others. Culture is always transmitted by the ideas that get encoded into the language itself. So the spiritual heritage of anyone born into a culture that speaks one of those languages is Germanic Heathenism. Sadly we lost our spiritual heritage when the foreign religion known today as Christainity forced the people of Europe to convert or die. So now we are tasked with the challenging task of relearning our true spiritual cultural heritage. This is a process of learning the knowledge which did survive, and then learning through the process of practicing this knowledge, how to really make it work for us as a living breathing and relevant spiritual path, that is meaningful for us in the modern times, and provides us with the needed spiritual tools to find meaning and purpose in life. To find inner spiritual freedom and growth in awareness.

Norse God and Goddess Mantras

Norse God and Goddess Mantras


Freyr

Lord Freyr king of ancestors I hail you

Freyja

Divine fire of Freyja I hail you

Odin

Divine Odin seeker and wanderer I hail you

Frigga

Divine compassion and motherly love of Frigga I hail you

Thor

Divine thunder of Thor I hail you

Sif

Divine flaxen waves of Sif I hail you

Eir

Divine healing touch of Eir I hail you

Njord

Divine boats and nets of Njord I hail you

Norns

Mysterious web of the Wyrd sisters I hail you

Idunn

Divine apples of Idunn I hail you

Saga

Divine quill and scroll of Saga I hail you

Bragi

Divine silver tongue of Bragi I hail you

Balder

Divine fallen one of Asgard I hail you

Nanna

Divine beloved of the fallen one of Asgard I hail you

Tyr

Divine justice and honor of Tyr I hail you

Heimdall

Divine rooster and horn of Heimdall I hail you

Loki

Divine primal chaos of Loki I hail you