Mist witches – live between here and hereafter

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When you see moonlit floating mist witches,
so go your way pure of heart,
let their floated dancing, weaving, undisturbed,
to find unharmed your way out of the mist

Probably you may have experienced it too, looking to the drifting clouds up in the sky and suddenly recognizing a face or figure there, sometimes even instinctively associated with emotions, i.e. delightful or threatening.

 

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The Munic Night Blessing

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Presumably from the 14th Century a Middle High German incantation has been handed down, which clearly shows the superstition of that time which existed within the Christian dominated folk religion. The spell probably was named after its place of discovery, …

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Blame it on Mani

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Mani (Máni) is an Oldnorse word for ‘moon’ and the personality Mani is often interpreted as the ‘moongod’, some call him a demigod, so a personified moon. However, that view is controversial. His father was the giant Mundilfari, his sister is called ‘Sol’ or Sunna, who is as a personality often seen as a sungoddess.
Mani drives his horse drawn carriage through the skies air and is accompanied by …

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Proof of the gods?

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Since proving the existence of one or more Gods is often attempted there are many books on the topic. Some of those books are so theoretically advanced they are incomprehensible to the average reader. In this paper I, as an average reader, am going to attempt to write for average readers.

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Nine Herbs Charm

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Gemyne ðu, mucgwyrt,    hwæt þu ameldodest,
Remember, mugwort, what you made known,

hwæt þu renadest    æt Regenmelde
what you arranged at Reginmelde. (the great proclamation)

Una þu hattest,    yldost wyrta.
You were called Una, the oldest of herbs.

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Goddess Barbet?

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 Quite awhile ago someone called me in a chat at Facebook with a request for some information about a specific goddess…..
The written conversation went about like this:

SHE:
Yesterday I was reading in a book about goddesses and there is a name in there…. just that name without further explanation…. Barbet…. who is she?

 

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Dutch/Flemish

‘Germanic’ maps

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This is not really an article, it only offers three maps with some spare additional information.
Three maps, made by GardenStone,  all contain a little bit of historical Germanic information.

Map 1 offers an overview of names of Germanic deities in the region

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Sketchy notes on

the roots of Asatru

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The date of origin of a Proto-Indo-European people is estimated to be the epoch between 4500 and 2500 before the common era. The area of origin cannot clearly be named but there appears to be a connection with the Kurgan culture, whose representatives are also known under the name of the Corded Ware People.  They are said to have settled circa 5000 BCE North of the Caspian Sea. The Pre- and Indo-European people are assumed ….

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The Twelve Nights

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This piece of text concerns a remnant of which it often is assumed, that it stems from the time of the ancient Germanics and would have been maintained itself through the ages in several regions of Europe until the current time. Meant are the ‘Twelve Nights’, also known as ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’ and ‘Twelfth Night’. Other names are ‘Rough Nights’, ‘Smoke Nights’ and a widespread name is the German term ‘Rauhnächte’.

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Natural religions today

– emphasized to Asatru –

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When speaking of religions, most people still think first of the so-called world religions Christianity, Islam and Buddhism, which for centuries have dominated the cultures of many countries. Yet they represent only one group, the so-called revealed religions.
Asatru and many other ‘neo-heathen’ religions belong to the group of natural religions, whose roots are much older than the revelation ones when viewed from the history of humanity.  A sketchy comparison should point the characteristics of both groups.

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Gunnar’s Melody

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The poem deals with a topic from the Norse Nibelungen Saga which can be recognized in several poems of the Poetic Edda. In this poem, Attila, King of the Huns, orders to bring King Gunnar in a garden full of snakes with the intention that he should be killed by poisonous snakebites. But except for one snake, …

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Eostre – Ostara

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The name of this goddess was recorded for the first time by the English monk, historian and author Bede (Beda Venerabilis, the Venerable Bede, Saint Bede,) who in the 8th Century wrote his Latin work “De temporum ratione” (The Reckoning of Time). In chapter 15 of that work it reads among other things about this goddess: …

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Loki’s Tale

(Lokka táttur)

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I have fulfilled my [end of the] bargain,
Now I will have your son.
I will have the son of yours
You’ll not conceal him from me.

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Dutch monolithic graves

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Devils, ghosts, giants, Germanics, Celts, Normans and funnel cup farmers – these were some of the explanations that popped up during the three centuries of assertions, theories and fantasies about the true meaning of these graves.

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Reconsidering Loki

 – A provocative lecture

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Well, let me start with a Loki tale from the best known book of Norse mythology of the Viking era, called Edda. For this tale, it is not obligatory to know by now, …

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