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No matter what path I study I always end up on that cultures version of shamanism. The same goes foe heathenism, first the term Vanatru randomly appeared. I immedeatly wondred what it was so I looked it up. In heathenism it turns out, some folk are drawn by the Vanir tribe.

The Vanir are usually discribed as agricultural entities, the most famous being Njord, Freyr, and Freyja, each of whom give us thier own version of prosperty and pleasure. Eventually this led to Seidr, a norse tradition simular to shamanism.
Traditionlly practitioners of seidr craft where women though some are men. Seidr was a gift from Freyja who taught it to Odin.

The strange or maybe not so strange thing is crafts like Seidr frighten me. So do beings like Freyja...Why?

I'm leaning towards the fear of the unknown. In Seidrcraft a seidkhona or seidmandhr deal directly with ancestors, alfar, dis, and many other beings as well as prophecy. I have a hard enough time dealing with my own species! I'm afraid I'll get preyed on again(hence the crappy social life). I just can't seem to let my guard down.

As for Freyja, she's someone I admire but her passion scares me. It's so diffrent them what I grew up with and I'm having trouble getting past what I grew up with in a Catholic/Babtist household. When I hear about some of the myths I get an unpleasent feeling in the pit of my stomach. I know sexuality is natural but at the same time remember staying up all night scrubbing myself down because I felt dirty. I can't seem to rectify the two, even as I type the sexuality is natural thing rings empty in my head.

Here I am though, drawn to Seidr, Vanatru, heathenism probaly for the same reasons they frighten me.

AS usual feel free to correct me if I'm wrong.

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Comment by Maris Hellfaerie (Maire) on November 30, 2009 at 9:18pm
I do not practice seidh for a similar reason, and I can relate to the rest, so no correction from my side. Maybe you could check out Thor, he is a natural male and is worshipped in this manner. And don't forget that it is your own business how much time you need for this and that. :)
Comment by Freyadis Odinsdottir on December 1, 2009 at 10:22am
I am newly drawn to Heathenism, and called by Freyja. I have attempted to walk the pagan path before, but it wasn't right for me then. This time, I know and feel in my heart that this path is true and where I belong. I attended my first seidh less than three weeks ago. This was a difficult experience for me and feel free to message me if you would like more on my personal experience. I do know that the experience differs for all. I can say that since accepting Freyja into my life as my Goddess as well as her Bretheren (tho at the moment, she calls my attention), I do feel myself to be a much stronger person. Everyone has difficulties trials, especially when venturing away from what they were raised to believe, but if you feel this is truly your calling, then walk the path. The gods know you and understand you. I don't feel that sex is required to follow Freyja, she is a Goddess of many wonderful attributes and if you feel that She is where you belong, then you will find something to love of her and you will do it well. Passion is not just a sexual aspect of life, it can be attributed to many wonderful things as well, passion for arts, culinary passion, life, healing and so forth. I wish you luck in this journey of yours and that you TRULY find a way to live and love and believe as you were meant to. May you be blessed...
Comment by David Carron on January 6, 2010 at 9:53pm
Why the need to tie yourself to one in the pantheon? All the Aesir and Vanir have their place and function. Especially if you are just starting. Besides, Odin has as much to do with magic and shamanism as Freyja...

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