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Saturday, October 20, 2012

The Mysteries of Nerthus...

The ritual of the Earth Goddess Nerthus, who may originally have been the consort or twin of Njörðr the Ocean God, and the mother of Frey and Freyja, is of the ancient Vanir tradition. This  fertility festival was celebrated throughout Northern Europe by Nordic and Germanic tribes, and in another form, in ancient Greece, both of which presumably were derived from a ritual of even greater antiquity.

The major source for this festival is Tacitus, who tells an enigmatic tale of how the Goddess’s spirit is embodied within a sacred chariot, covered by a cloth and hidden by it.  Either the Goddess herself, or her image, is placed in a chariot drawn by white heifers, and together they make a ritual procession. When the Goddess retires from the view of the common mortals, she returns to a sacred grove on a remote island in the sea where she resides in a temple. At this place, Nerthus and her chariot and the cloth or veil are bathed by servants, who are then drowned as sacrifices to her so they cannot reveal the awe inspiring secrets of the mysteries that they have witnessed.

As in the Makahiki festival in Hawaii, which may faintly echo ancient European festivals in Asia too, since Europeans were present there in Northern China 1000 years before the ethnic Chinese, no war is permitted during this time. In Northern Europe all weapons were stored away and hospitality embraced, as was also the custom during the ancient Greek Olympics. I suggest that the putting away of the iron weapons  mentioned by Tacitus may be part of  the origin of the later superstition that witches could be warded off with iron.. It may also refer to the magical abilities  of amulets.

During the Dark Ages, our Divine Ones were demonized by christians and their wisdom and power temporarily obscured from view.  They have been presented as caricatures of themselves and objects of evil or fear by fanatics who have bowed down to the oppression of semitic cults. Now as the willful ignorance of christianity and its false gods is ending, the true nature and beauty of our Gods are revealed again. 

Zeus and Hera by Carracci

Nerthus is a fertility Goddess, and more. I believe her ritual is paralleled in the festival of the Greek Goddess Hera, whose cult image was also carried in honor by a chariot decorated with draperies and pulled by white heifers. In Hera’s procession there is also a sacrifice, and also a ritual bath to restore her virginity, which Hera takes before renewing her marriage to Zeus. Bathing in cold scared springs was believed to increase fertility in Nordic lands, and indeed, this is scientifically accurate, since bathing in water in very low temperatures is known to regularize and enhance hormones necessary for conception.

There are also aspects of Persephone and other chthonic deities which may be related to Nerthus.  The Earth Goddess, who is also the Queen of the Underworld, Persephone, joins her husband in the Netherworld in autumn, and renews her marriage as well. The earth lies fallow in her absence, awaiting her return. I think it is appropriate for Odinists to celebrate the Nerthus Festival again, at this time of year especially.

Above: An ancient Greek  relief that is commonly thought to be Aphrodite Anadyomene, who is born of the sea foam, but which I think may actually depict the ritual bath before the sacred marriage. 



Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Hail the Vetrablót!

Close-up of the Three Graces, from "Primavera" by Botticelli
This night, the New Moon and one of the darkest nights of the year, we are celebrating the Vetrablót, in honor of the Dísir, the Valkyries and Freyja, and our female a

As the veil becomes thin and we can better hear the whispering wind and the messages it brings us. Remember that our faith and unity with those who are truly of our tribe, will give us the light we need to see clearly, even in one of the darkest times of history.

May these protective spirits of the Norse clans ensure us a good harvest, fertility and a successful battle against our enemies for victory and freedom!


In addition to outrageously biased, racist admissions percentages (50 % of Harvard's student body is drawn from about 5 % of the U.S. population," i.e., Jews and Asians) and a total lack of scholarships for anyone who is not a "minority" now Harvard has a journal called "Race Traitor" dedicated to the annihilation of the European Race.

This Harvard publication was made by Noel Ignatiev... the son of Russian Jewish immigrants. You know I could have told you that without looking it up! His "academic" journal "Race Traitor", has as its motto, "treason to whiteness is loyalty to humanity."

Noel Ignatiev...... a Marxist activist and a big fan of Lenin (also jewish) too. In 1985 he was accepted to the Harvard Graduate School of "Education" WITHOUT A BACHELORS DEGREE. One wonders if a non- Marxist European, or any non jew, has ever been allowed to go straight to one's Master's degree without any undergraduate work...Amazing...

The journal's stated purpose is "to abolish the white race".
Here is a quote from this Harvard Professor about how great genocide of whites is:

“The goal of abolishing the White race is on its face so desirable that some may find it hard to believe that it could incur any opposition other than from committed White supremacists…Keep bashing the dead White males, and the live ones, and the females, too, until the social construct known as the White race is destroyed. Not deconstructed, but destroyed.”

It's rather funny because Ignatiev was NOT fired for advocating abolishing the white race of course, however, apparently, he did get into trouble eventually and had to leave because he protested the buying of a kosher toaster oven with general funds and also because he gave a definition of Zionism "god's chosen people" did not like.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

The Discoverers...In Honor of Erik the Red and Leif Eriksson!

Today, October 9th, is Leif Eriksson's Day, publically declared a holiday in 1929. Yesterday was our Day of Remembrance for his father, Erik the Red!! (-; , whose fiery hair and spirit of adventure gave him his name. Erik the Red is credited in the sagas with the discovery of Greenland and the making of the first Norse settlement there. His son,  Leif Erikson, discovered Vinland (America) hundreds of years before Colombus was born.
Leif Erikson's Vinland colony site with Viking artifacts, including advanced metalwork (a technology unknown to the local Indians), still can be seen at L'Anse aux Meadows on the northern tip of Newfoundland. It is an interesting story. (see saga link just below)

Let's all say Skål for the Red Beard and his son Leif the Lucky!

More good news...Today our facebook page, Odinia International, reached 500 feel free to celebrate that with us too..!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Freyja Hof's Autumnal Equinox Altar

Archibald MacLeish, from "Ars Poetica" (1926)

A poem should be motionless in time
As the moon climbs,
Leaving, as the moon releases,

Twig by twig the night-entangled trees,

Leaving, as the moon behind the winter leaves,
Memory by memory the mind
A poem should be motionless in time
As the moon climbs.