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Alternative Northern Paths

Welcome, this is a place to discuss all aspects of Norse, Germanic, Slavic or other northern faiths and practices, including Seid, Shamanism, or any other practice.

Members: 213
Latest Activity: Jan 30's premier Northern Tradition Pagan / Shaman / Mystic / Occult group is dedicated to any who wish to learn about more than the common Norse / Germanic / Saxon Heathen information. We accept all who come with open minds and curiosity.

We wish to embody the essence of Hospitality and welcome those from all ways.

Wesaþ Ge Hale,
Your Humble Hosts: Kane (American/ Iron Woods Wizard) and Lykathea (Eclectic Odian Occultist)

What is the Northern Tradition?

I like to think that it is not a reconstruction, but a continuance of the practices of the Nordic, Celtic, Pictish, Scottish, Germanic, Slavic, Ainu and other Northern Arctic and sub arctic faiths and practices. Reconstruction is a part, but only so that we may know where to continue and forge ahead with the development of our religions. We choose to listen to the gods more and listen less from what books and history say. We do not hold biases from the literature of the past as it is nearly impossible to know if there was historical tampering or trespasses made by christian colonization of those lands. First hand knowledge is trusted more, and what is spoken by those who never stopped is always worth more than the second hand accounts.

Some Links of Interest: (Note: we do not agree with everything presented on these sites. They are merely a resource.)

Northvegr Foundation
Geferræden Fyrnsidu
Hex Magazine - For the Heathen Household
Elhaz Ablaze
Rune Web Vitki
Northern Shamanism with Raven Kaldera
Oracular Seidh
Daven's Journal (Seax Wica)
Heathen Harvest - Neofolk Music

(list edited 12/17/2011 to clean up dead links and some that are no longer agreed with at all)

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Comment by Moonwaters on March 10, 2010 at 8:02am
I bought two books, "Essential Asatru" by Diana L. Paxson & "Exploring the Northern Tradition" by Galina Krasskova, to help me in my learning more of Norse Paganism. Last night I was sitting quietly reading and I came across the explanation of the beginning of time. I read about two states of matter, Muspelheim & Niflheim, which were separated by Ginnungagap. When these two states of matter 'met' a form of a man came into being, called Ymir.Then the cow Audhumla came into being. Her teats brought forth four rivers of milk. She fed Ymir and brought forth a second being, Buri, who became the father of Bor, who was the father of Odin, Vili, and Ve. The giant race came from a man & a woman who came into being in the pooling sweat in Ymir's armpits as he slept and a son came from his legs. There of course is more detail, as all of you certainly know.

I had never read this account of the beginning. I was very surprised and also a bit taken back. Does everyone who believes and practices Asatru/ Heathenism believe this account of the start of all life? How does one wrap their mind around this explanation? It is a bit unusual for someone who is reading this for the first time. Then again, if someone was reading the christian version of the beginning for the first time or the Native American version, I'm sure that those also seem very odd also. I just wanted to get some opinions from those of you that have been on this path for some time. As I said, I am learning & the best way to do so is to ask those with knowledge. I thank you for any aopinions and/or views on this subject.

(I am going to post this in more than one group, so some of you will come across it more than once.)
Comment by Vincent Enlund on March 9, 2010 at 4:37pm
March (Lenting) the 9th
Day of Remembrance for Oliver the Martyr

He was an adherent of the old ways who persisted in organizing underground sacrifices to the Gods and Goddesses despite decrees by St Olaf the Lawbreaker forbidding such activities. Betrayed by an informer, he was killed by Olaf’s men while preparing for the Spring sacrifice in the village of Maerin Norway. Many other men whose names are lost to us were also killed, mutilated, or exiled for taking part in such sacrifices.

On this day of remembrance I will try to remind myself to slow down and look at the world around me. I will remember the importance of the spring festivals and the joy that I am sure it brought to our ancestors and family of the day. Today I will remind others of the importance of not loosing our traditions and remembering the past so that we can share it with our friends and family of the now, and strengthen it for the future.

On this day drink a horn in memory of Oliver the Martyr.

Hail to the Folk,
Comment by Vincent Enlund on February 2, 2010 at 11:44am
February (Horning) the New Moon or the 2nd
Barri / Disting / Charming of the Plow

Disting is sacred to the female ancestors, to Freya, to Frigga and to rebirth. The earth was traditionally prepared for planting at this time, and local assemblies, or "Things," met to discuss legal matters and to give the people a chance to get together and socialize.

Charming of the Plow is the date of an agricultural ritual performed in Northern Europe from ancient times. Grains and cakes were offered for the soil’s fertility, and the Sky Father and Earth Mother were invoked to that end. Meditate upon your dependence on the soil, and crumble upon the earth a piece of bread as you call upon Odin, Frigga and the Land Spirits to heal the Earth and keep it from harm.

Barri is also the day we celebrate the wooing by Ingvi Freyr of the maiden Gerd, a symbolic marriage of the Vanir God of Fertility with the Mother Earth. It is a festival of fertility, the planted seed and the plowed furrow.

This is a good time to recall outstanding women in one's family line. For those of you who garden, this is the time to plant seed indoors to later be transplanted into the spring garden.

Hail to the Folk,
Comment by Vincent Enlund on January 19, 2010 at 11:59am
January (Snowmoon) 14th
Thorrablot (Thor's Feast)

This holiday began the Old Norse month of Snorri. Today this festival starts on the Friday of January between the 19th and 25th (the 13th week of winter in Iceland). Thorrablot (or Thor's Feast) is still observed in Iceland with parties and a mid-winter feast. It is, of course, sacred to Thor and the ancient Icelandic Winter spirit, Thorri. On this day a blot is dedicated to Thor; he who protects us from the Rime-Thurses (the Frost Giants). It is a time to get to know the other Gods as it is winter's coldest month and a time to be by a warm fire. Thorrablot (Icelandic: "Þorrablót") takes place in the coldest dark days of the year, and many of the foods served are the smoked/pickled produce of the previous year. It is a Scandinavian tradition with lots of viking history. After the Thorrablot dinner, get ready for group games, old songs and stories, accompanied by drinking (another famous Viking past-time). Later in the evening, dances start and often continue until the early morning when the Thorrablot celebrations draw to an end.

On this day, raise a horn, and gather family and friends together for a great feast, music and celebration. Share some stories and maybe do a little drinking. Now don't forget to thank Thor for all of this, after all this is his feast.

Hail the Folk,
Comment by Vincent Enlund on January 8, 2010 at 12:31pm
January (Snoowmoon) 9th
Day of Remembrance for Raud the Strong

Raud was a landowner in Norway who was put to death by (St.) Olaf Tryggvason for his loyalty to Asatru by having a snake forced down his throat. Rauds lands were then confiscated in the name of the king and his monks. Raise a horn in honor of Raud and all of his kinsmen who gave their lives, rather then submit to the forced love of a medieval Christian empire.

On this day of remembrance I try to keep in my mind the memory of my ancestors strong, stubborn and true to the old traditions and Gods. Raud the Strong is a prime example of the personal principal of, that just because I'm different does not mean that I am wrong.

On this day I raise a horn, I shake the hand of other free Heathens, I read some of the old stories and talk to my children of the importance of the Viking Longships and how they helped change the face of sea travels and the world. I do all of this in memory of Raud the Strong on this day.

Hail the Folk,

I am trying to keep these group posts a little shorter so you can read more on this day of remembrance on my blog post if you like.
Comment by Maris Hellfaerie (Maire) on November 30, 2009 at 11:31pm
Hello there...
any of the noble hosts willing to help me out with pestering ing rune since a while? If it doesn't get better the set must go...
Comment by Liath Cogar on November 10, 2009 at 10:24pm
Maybe people are just busy. I know I certainly am, but 1 more month and I regain my life back!
Comment by Newcastle Fox on August 15, 2009 at 4:46pm

I am very pleased to find this group that allows for a wider variety of Heathen expression. I fit under the reconstructionist inspired umbrella in my spiritual practise. There are hardly any Heathens were I live so I appreciate being able to connect online.

I have worked primarily with Frigg and the Vanir in the past (but not exclusively). Over the last few months Tyr has taken an interest in me. I am surpirsed, and uncertain how to work with him. Frankly, I am a little scared too! I am also really drawn to working with Hela. But any suggestions would be helpful.
Comment by Sylla on May 21, 2009 at 11:05pm
Thank you Knevolyn very much. :) and also Smiley I agree this is a great place.
Comment by Sylla on May 17, 2009 at 12:27pm

Does anyone know anything about this Icelandic stave? The image file name was veidistafur2.jpg but having trouble translating that or reading the text in pic.

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