Wyrd Designs – An Ostara Prayer

The time of Ostara will soon be upon us, and fellow Pantheon writer Galina Krasskova's latest article, and a recent shopping expedition at both World Market and Etsy... and well I suppose its understandable that I now have Ostara firmly on my brain. I've purchased this year's pysanky eggs used to decorate my altar, and then at the conclusion of my Ostara observances, I'll burn the eggs in offering. I'm hoping my kindred gets together to make some as well, but mine never come out nearly as good … [Read more...]

Wyrd Designs – a Prayer for Twelfth Night

Hail Mundilfari the time-turner for another year's ending, and another's beginning has come upon us again. In the spirit of the season we have braved the dark nights and cold, traversed snow and ice, to visit and make merry with our family and friends, our neighbors and community. When we have seen those in need we gave generously of ourselves to brighten and warm their days, for the health and well-being of all. Mundilfari we hail your Children, through whom we measure the passage of … [Read more...]

Wyrd Designs – Veterans & Einherjar

Within the Northern Tradition there is a deep respect to those who serve in the military. While Veteran’s Day is intended to first and foremost honor those living Veterans from past military service, it is also used to honor those currently serving, and to a lesser degree those soldiers now dead. Some Heathens will be observing rituals to honor the Einherjar: the battle-slain warriors who are taken to Valhalla. Of course, not all of the battle-slain go to Valhalla some also go to Freya’s … [Read more...]

The Strangest Dreams

I dreamed a really wonderful dream last night. I went to a Hindu store that had a public shrine. I dropped a couple of dollars in the plate and dropped pinches of incense on the smoldering coals. It felt so wonderful and natural that I should happen on a public shrine like that. Later, in a completely unrelated dream segment, I dreamed a friend of mine was an Elvis-esque rock star. (Now thanks to reading Christopher Knowles' new book I'm trying to decide if my friend is Apollo-like.) Having a … [Read more...]

A Challenge For October

In a few days, September will be over and we will have entered the month of Samhain, the month in which some of us celebrate Winter Nights, the month immediately preceding the Day of the Dead, the month which is, in so much of Paganism given over to honoring the ancestors. I think this is good. Granted, I think it is even better to honor the ancestors consistently throughout the year but I am glad we have a holy tide centering around celebrating those who came before us. It’s all too easy to … [Read more...]

Wyrd Designs – The Holy Tides – Hlæfmæsse /Freyfaxi

When it comes to religious, pagan celebrations most people are familiar with the eight holy days or sabbats that comprise the Wheel of the Year. In the Northern Tradition, we do not call these celebrations sabbats. Instead, based on words (like the Old Norse hátíðir) used to describe the most holy of these celebrations (like Yule) as high tides, we tend to call the various religious celebrations we recognize today as holy tides (since not all of the holy tides are considered high … [Read more...]

Wyrd Designs – Free bookmarks to Heathens serving in the U.S. military

Sigdrifa's Prayer is a rare remnant in our lore, as it's the only non-Christianized, complete prayer that we have from the historical sources. In it's short simplicity, it is a microcosm of the vast macrocosm of Northern Tradition cosmology. It holds a very special place in my heart, which a few of you might remember from my previous blog entry: http://www.patheos.com/community/paganportal/2010/06/07/wyrd-designs-sigdrifas-a-prayer-and-a-song/ I have created bookmarks featuring this prayer, and … [Read more...]

Wyrd Designs: Litha – Sunwheels Alight

Midsummer (or Litha, Sonnenwende, Sankthansaften, Midsommardagen, etc.), is without a doubt, a day with heavy connections to the sun. For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, Midsummer is the longest ‘day’ of the year, as the sun appears in the sky for far longer than any other day of the year. In certain places of the Northern hemisphere including parts of Scandinavia, the sun may never fully set, giving locals an eye-witness view to what’s colloquially known as a ‘midnight … [Read more...]

Wyrd Designs – Sigdrifa’s ~ a Prayer and a Song

Sigdrifa's Prayer is the only surviving, complete,  non-Christianized prayer that exists in the lore. As such it is a precious remnant, but unfortunately a little known gem. It's nestled in the midst of the Sigdrifumal, one of the heroic lays found in the Poetic Edda. "Hail, day! | Hail, sons of day! And night and her daughter now! Look on us here | with loving eyes, That waiting we victory win. "Hail to the gods! | Ye goddesses, hail, And all the generous earth! Give to us wisdom | and … [Read more...]

Wyrd Designs – Loki: At the Hearth Fire

Fire, is in and of itself an embodiment of polarity: creation and destruction, chaos and order. Fire can burn snuffing out life, destroying both homes and crops. Fire can be used to cook and prepare food, warm one against the cold of winter, used to craft the finest and delicate objects from handspun and blown glass, and used at the blacksmith’s forge in the creation of farming implements, cooking instruments, and weapons for the luck, well-being and good-fortune of the community. In the … [Read more...]


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