Verjaseiðr: To Protect Oneself Against Evil And Denouncing Chaos

December 23, 2020 — Deer. Serpent. Wolf. Eagle. The kindred-animals of the Æsir can still be ridden by skilled truth-seekers in command of the spiritual. Especially during Yuletide, when the veil decorating the entrance to the otherworld is at its thinnest… READ MORE »

Yuletide: Jólnir, Jólfaðr, and Oskoreia: The Wild Hunt of the Ásgardians

December 21, 2020 — The winter solstice is upon us, and in this year of 2020 it occurred today — on the 21st of December at 11:02 CET. In ancient times, the day of the Winter Solstice kicked off the 12-day long Yuletide festivities of Norse, Anglo-Saxon, Gothic, Slavic, and Germanic Europe. The English term Yuletide is more commonly known as jól or jul in the Old Norse literature and Scandinavia. Jól signifies the end of the old and the beginning of the new, which is why it was the most important of all rituals and festivities in Fennoscandia in ages past… READ MORE »

Álfablót — The Forgotten Rite of Ancestor Worship

October 30, 2020 — We have been asleep. That is how it happened. When they slaughtered our neighbours, we did not wake up. When they pulled down our holy sites and built foreign temples in their place, and banned our rituals — we did not wake up then either. But we are awake now — knowing even sleeping atheists get superstitious when darkness descends after dusk. Which begs the question; from where comes the nightly force that thins the veil between the material plane and the otherworld? READ MORE »

Remembering the Raven

October 18, 2020 — “Hey,” I said. “Huginn or Muninn, or whoever you are.” The birds turned, suspiciously, and stared at me with bright eyes.

But the silence was unbroken,
and their stillness gave no token;
Suddenly, my mind grew stronger
hesitating then no longer;
Opened wide, my soul was sure
darkness there, and so much more.


Jǫtunn hunter circa 12,500 BCE.

Jǫtnar and Other Large Beings of Norse Mythology

August 28, 2020 — The Jǫtnar of Norse myth are often described as exceedingly beautiful, not necessarily as large giants. Several deities, including Skaði and Hyrrokkin, are described as Jǫtnar, and even Óðinn is said to be descended from them since Óðinn’s mother Bestla was a Jǫtunn. In the sagas, many Norse gods are described as taking Jǫtunn females as brides and had normal children.


Mounted Viking warrior re-enactment.

From Iceland to Mongolia: The Wild Horse Traits of a Viking Age Horse Breed

August 22, 2020 — The Icelandic horse is a small and sturdy horse breed that primarily hails from Norway, but was first developed in Iceland during the Viking Age. Icelandic horses are small but have big personalities; they are curious, well-rounded, versatile, enthusiastic, and endowed with tremendous stamina. Icelandics are also known to be very friendly. But how did these horses end up on Iceland in the first place? READ MORE »

Óðinn is one of few Norse gods who appears not to be connected with the Vedic cosmology.

Norse Gods and Vedic Deities

July 6, 2020 — Intriguingly, there are more than a few connections between the Norse and Indo-Vedic pantheons. What follows below is a short article presenting connections between the Norse god of thunder Thor (Þórr in Old Norse) and Indra, the Vedic cognate of lighting and storm… READ MORE »

Shamans, The Gotho-Hunnic War, and Proto-Norse Magic

June 21, 2020 — Most have read or heard of the all-powerful Gods that once watched over their worshippers or the Greek Titans that protected the Earth. But, often overlooked are the mythical shamans that predate known organized religions. Evidence of their existence was unearthed in the 1920s, when the burial site of a shamaness, believed to be in her 40s, was discovered in the Czech Republic’s Dolní Věstonice archeological site. Researchers dated the site back to 26,000 BCE, making it the earliest-known, undisputed burial of a shamaness. This helps explain why sagas, myth, and legends always seem to include notions of magic, shamanic practices, and spirit worlds… READ MORE »

Historians agree the Battle of Brávellir cannot be confirmed — or that it can be denied.

The Battle of Brávellir

June 20, 2020 — The legendary Battle of Brávellir took place somewhere in the southeast of Sweden in the 600s or 700s CE. Remarkably, the battle was one of honor and wasn’t based on aggression. For what reason then? READ MORE »

Midsummer, Kupala Night, and the Summer Solstice

June 17, 2020 — The European summer solstice is soon upon us, and in particular, the “Swedish Midsommar” — which neither Amajarl nor Seidrsunna can stop talking about right now — is a festivity that has been celebrated in northwestern Europe since time immemorial… READ MORE »

Hermóðr and Sleipnir boldly deliver news from the far reaches of Ásaland.