BBC News – Pillaton Church hit by lightning suffers ‘huge hole’

BBC News – Pillaton Church hit by lightning suffers ‘huge hole’.

 

Check out this story…they must have upset Thor! I wonder how often this has actually happened in the last 1400 years?

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Learning the Elder Futhark

Someone asked me for advice on learning the Elder Futhark. That’s perhaps too big of a topic for this blog, but in terms of learning the order and structure of the aetts along with a basic interpretation of meaning- I devised the following to assist me:

The Futhark gifts glory,

Like hail needs an ice harvest, transcend the secret of the protective sun,

Justice shall be reborn, as the horse leads man to water, with fathers begin our ancestors.

It’s not perfect but the core meanings, order and aett structure is all there. I know there is debate over which comes first with dagaz and othala, but I keep the same order as Thorsson in his works. Some people dislike his work, but we must all seek that which works for us.

I hope that little stanza works for you.

The Asatru Community

A fellow blogger, decent person and true Heathen determined to promote us as a community has an invaluable blog:

 

http://theasatrucommunity.wordpress.com/

 

The blog is a wealthy resource, especially for those new to the path or who have trouble accessing some of the more academic books. There is also a facebook group and community where people seem to maintain a civil environment when discussing topics.

Now Seth has a lofty goal- to create a formal, real community/organisation to help promote Heathenry worldwide and even provide a platform for Heathens to gather. Whilst I think there are some floors in the plan at this stage, I’m sure he will form the organisation- I only hope that as can happen with these groups, he maintains leadership of the group as we have seen elected councils of leadership oust the original founder previously and change the course of a group. Of course, being the figurehead of a group can also be tough and at just 18 years of age, Seth needs to maintain his mature and level head for all he’s worth. I think he can do it. I hope he can.

Some of the issues I think the group face are that I don’t see how they will differ from other organisations like the Troth. The Asatru Community (TAC) does not want to formally mandate rules and forms of worship etc, provide educational materials to assist community members and aim at the platform of a Heathen gathering(s) for people to meet. All of that is done by other groups- especially in the US where the AFA and Troth do a lot of work. The Troth also hold east and west coast Trothmoot gatherings as well as doing a lot of international work.

The International Asatru Summer Camp (IASC) has already began the global gathering every 3 years to allow time for attendees to plan and save. With 2015’s in Sweden and 2018 planned for Iceland and the opening of the Asatru temple there- TAC needs to look further ahead if it is to evolve beyond the confines of a very good, no- make that outstanding, internet group. I’d help Seth in anyway I can, but there is already a core of people who assist him and I’m not one for popularity contests, or votes etc., as I generally don’t believe in democracy (another post maybe later).

I know Seth reads my blog- I wish you all the best my friend. Your spirit is on fire with determination and we need more like you.

To all others- check out TAC on the link above or check out the community on Facebook. Maybe you can help Seth with the plans for the group. Maybe Seth can help you. Either way the clue is in the name of the group- Community. We don’t have to like everyone in our community, but sometimes we have to put aside minor differences to work towards a bigger goal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shaking the Tree…

Yesterday I attended a combined Heathen conference in London- Shaking the Tree, Stirring the Well.

 

With presentations from Kveldulfr and Melodi Gundarsson on Spae work and healing, Vincent Ongkowidjojo and Freya Aswynn on Runes and Odin- the event was very, very interesting.

Generally I don’t fully align with the view of Freya and Vincent on the Runes, but of course respect them as heathens all the same. My views on runology are more in line with Stephen Flowers/Edred Thorsson but that’s a different topic I will cover at a later date.

Kveldulfr is as entertaining and knowledgeable in person as he seems in books or interviews. The mans knowledge of all things norse and heathen is astounding. When it comes to magical practice, I put a little less reverence on his work- but that’s a personal thing and I do believe magic is a personal energy that has a unique form for each individual. What works for Kveldulfr doesn’t necessarily work for me as such.

Andre Henriques gave an interesting presentation theorising that it is possible to align various beings in the 9 worlds with the 4 cardinal directions, the 3 layers in which the worlds are commonly arranged etc. which has given me a lot of thought. I have asked him for more information as it seems to be an interesting field.