Sunday, August 23, 2015
Germanic Heathenism-a Living Faith
For many of us our faith in the Northern Gods is a living reality. It is not just a matter of dry book study but a living relationship with our native Germanic Gods and Goddeses. The deities who I am most strongly drawn to are Thunor, Woden and Frea. I turn to Thunor for strength, courage and protection. In the past where I would pray to the xtian god for this, I now turn to the mighty Lord Thunor who does not let His servants down. A quick prayer (this is a Germanic heathen practice despite the xtian connotations) and a grasp of my Hammer and I feel that all is well. As the Icelandic Sagas teach us He did not fail His servants even in the period after conversion.
To Woden I turn to for wisdom and enlightenment. It is He who speaks to us in the Runes and in our dreams. When seaking guidance from Him I will turn first to the holy Runes and I will also seek communication from Him in my dreams, after I have requested it. Not only does Woden communicate to us in dreams but so do the other deities and the shades of the dead (I know this from experience). Woden is the archetype of questing Germanic man as I have discussed before in my article http://aryan-myth-and-metahistory.blogspot.co.uk/2011/11/wotan-archetype-of-awakened-aryan-man.html
To Frea we turn to for reassurance and comfort. It is my opinion that Frea and Frigg are one and the same deity but with different aspects. I have already discussed this in my article http://celto-germanic.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/frigg-and-freyja-originally-same-deity.html.
The fact that we turn to various deities and not just one is an illustration of the natural polytheistic nature of Aryan man. Even xtianity cannot escape this with its concept of the holy trinity or triune god and the deification of the 'mother of god' by Roman Catholics. Indeed this is also a heathen concept.
In addition to the enacting of our Wheel of the Year rites it is important that in some way we acknowledge our deities on a daily basis even if it is just a quick prayer to Thunor at the beginning of the day for protection, a few words to Woden before we drift off into sleep (His domain, being the great Psychopomp and mover between worlds and states of consciousness) or greeting Eostre with the rising of the sun in the east.
Some practitioners of the Germanic heathen tradition also use meditational beads which may or may not contain runic markings and amulets as aids to reflection, meditation and prayer. This has its roots in Indo-European pre-xtian cultures and we should not be afraid to experiment with different tools merely because the xtians have co-opted most of our practices. Likewise images of the deities can assist in focusing our minds, aided perhaps by incense.