Nature of the Gods
good thoughts to all,
People often ask questions about the nature of the
Gods... how often and in what manner we ought to honor
or "worship" them.. and what the fundamental
principles of a heathen life are...
And I would be interested in what thoughts you may have
on this... here are a few thoughts I had today.
I have read that the honoring of Odhinn or Woden is at
least 8000 years old from the archeological records, and
that the roots coming in from Shamanism and the Sanscrit
culture go back from 10,000 to 100,000 years. Back to
the dreamtime of our people in other words. No doubt we
first knew the Shining Ones as the powers of nature and
the vital forces of life itself.. and as the "source"
of all the aspects of our very humanity and sentience
which we have inherited from them..
Later, perhaps, we began to know their names....
One way of understanding it is that we are the material
expression of their "true nature".. just as
the Northern Way or Asatru is an expression of
"our" true nature...
By understanding our higher nature, then, one can get a
glimpse of some aspects of the Shining Ones.
Stefn Ullarson wrote"... My life is a blot".
meaning that is ones life is an expression of honor to
everything that we hold high
And so the act of blot, or prayer, or honor.. is but the
final focus of a true life of blot, prayer, or honor..
expressed through everything one thinks... says and
especially their acts in the world.
How one goes about this "Life" of honor an
respect....... Aye, that's the crux of the entire
thing... and I think it has a lot to do with living in
harmony with the knowledge and the principles of our
Folk Tradition or "Way".
Of course, this is extraordinarily hard to do, because
the society's that we live in are following a different
belief system altogether. Some things come to mind on
living the true life.... first and foremost,. the
Havamal is the council of the Valfather on this.
Consider your words and actions then as a
"sending"... and the consequences as a
"return". I have found that every small thing
that a person does "right" that is, according
to the Folkway.. gives a positive return that you can
actually feel.. its good, and it makes you stronger. That's
the best resonance and verification and goes a lot
further than anything a person can say about it.
"word from word," says the lore... "gave
words"... "deed from deed.. gave deeds".
In this way, we forge a new reality.
The old traditions rose up with us "out of the
ground".. and it is the state of harmony that we
see in unfettered nature...
which is a very good metaphor for the living of a
"true life". All things then, according to
their nature, in a state of balance and harmony with
everything else. That's why we honor the spirits of the
Land, Sea and Sky... because we first show by how we
live...respect and honor to the land, sea and sky. The
same is true of the Ancestral spirits and the Gods...
our elder kin...
We respect and honor them first by our acts of living..
and then after by our acts of "religious
expression" on special days.
After a while... a few years, usually...., a person
begins to, as Valgard Murray says... " truly think
like a heathen".. and that is the beginnings of
the..."true and authentic state of being".. or
" condition of natural wisdom" that our
They were wiser, I often say, in many ways than we, but
not knowing this was so.... therefore lost the luck of