View Poll Results: Do you practise Heathendom?

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  • Yes, I do, and I attend all important celebrations and pray to the Gods

    72 45.28%
  • Yes, I do, but I don't take it so serious, I don't attend any celebrations and stuff.

    45 28.30%
  • I'm just interested in Norse mythology and history, not in the belief of my ancestors.

    24 15.09%
  • No, I'm not really into Heathendom.

    10 6.29%
  • other please explain

    8 5.03%
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gagnraad
    Why? It's like me: I do not worship any Gods, more so I give them my respects every now and then, as I hope they exist. So you could say that when it comes to worshippings gods, we are alike.

    But the possible exception may be that the one and only thing I worship, as said before, is Nature itself.
    Different when you are a folkish heathen, but thanks for the regards

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    I'm still pretty new to Heathenism myself about a year now.

    I have held a couple of blots...mainly my big one this year was Yule

    I'm still learning allot so for right now I do not practice per say every day, though I commit myself to knowledge and I try to blot on the monthly celebrations.

    I do believe in heathenism and the Gods in this way I believe them archetypes, physical, and metaphysical, more so as primordial nature itself as well as described during the fall of Ymir and creation as well as I view them as ancestors that I have yet to know very well. I believe in them with in and without.

    I also believe in the Alfar, Disir, land wights and Tomte and or House Ghost as well as fletches.

    I've never seen them.... but you know I do feel them...it feels right not like when I was trying to be a Christian for 10 years...

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    I really do believe in the Norse gods and practice the old ways. I have never been a member of a Christian church, and I've only been once when I was younger because I had to stay at a friends house over the weekend while my parents were away and they dragged me to church. I never believed any of it, and I never understood why Christians have to read a storybook about a Hebrew zombie in order to be "enlightened". I've also never understood how people could so easily convert from their many ancestral gods to one singular God.

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    But do you really believe in the religion of the Norse?
    I can't really justify my beliefs in it without a written thesis, but I'll simply say yes I do.
    Do you really practise it?
    I've attended a few blots and conducted one of my own recently. I do my best to uphold the Nine Noble Virtues, study the texts as best as my time allows, honour my ancestry, simply to live honourably.
    Are you still a member of the christian church?
    Ye Gods no. I turned my back on mainstream religion when I was a teenager.
    Just intrested in what's Heathendom all about?[/I][/B]
    I'm more than just interested in it. It's my way of life.

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    Gods and Nature

    It's been interesting to see the many discussions in this thread about gods and nature. I don't worry whether the gods are beings separate (somehow?) from nature, or what some people call Jungian archetypes, or whether they are somehow superhuman. I'm heathen because to be so is, for me, coextensive with living.

    In my experiences (and I have had direct, empirical, experiences with the gods--I don't say this because I think I'm special, I'm not), I don't feel a separation between gods and nature. In fact, I've experienced the gods AS nature, and. natures (I use the plural deliberately: tree-nature, still water-nature, moving water-nature, raven-nature, etc.) as gods.

    This is VERY hard to place into words because the words are failing to describe exactly my experiences. But Odin-in-the-trees and Odin-as-the-wisdom-of-the-trees, Thor-in-the-sky and Thor-as-the-power-in-the-sky are in the right direction. And, of course Frigga-as-nurturing-impulse and Frigga-as-love-expression and Frigga-as-delighted-field-of-wild-flowers...

    And it looks idiotic, of course, with all those hyphens.

    So the question "do you practice it?" is a little odd to me; akin to "do you practice living, breathing, do you practice the joy of watching bees work or practice the thrill of the strange silence of turkeys walking across your back yard?" I guess I don't practice it, it's more like "I'm immersed in it."

    But, with deepest respect to Egil (as always), I don't feel that I'm personifying non-person experiences in nature. Odin is VERY much Odin, and Thor is different from him, and Frigga intensely different from the two of them.

    Maybe 'lifeliving' is better than 'practice.'

    Words.

    I can add this: once I awoke to my own blood (an experience that began as I carried my Grandfather's body to his grave), I saw christianity for the strange, unbefitting, and foreign faith that it is for me. This is NOT a snipe against christianity, but an acknowledgement that it's NOT an authentic faith for my blood.

    Prior to Odin, I had never had an authentic spiritual experience.

    Finally, with respect to others, I'm at a loss to understand how christianity and heathenism are co-compatible. Tried to understand this with Koos on another thread w/out success. I sure don't get it though.

    Hail the gods of the North! And hail too to the people here.

    :ansuz::tree5:

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    Does anyone else see 2 ravens whenever you're in a secluded natural setting like a forest or a riverbed? I always seem to have 2 ravens watching over me whenever I go to places like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Veratýr
    Does anyone else see 2 ravens whenever you're in a secluded natural setting like a forest or a riverbed? I always seem to have 2 ravens watching over me whenever I go to places like that.
    On the contrary, I see them everywhere.

    One of the nice little "cues" we get from the High Ones....

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    Absolutely I believe in the gods, wights, idisi, and other creatures/spirits, though like others, I would say that my belief is foremost in Nature and its potency and power. In a way I guess I am a pantheist, in that I see the gods as extensions of the powers of nature (albeit separate extensions), among other things (such as archetypes of the human psyche).

    Yes, I do practice - I hold blots and celebrations with my family at the appropriate times and turnings of the seasons. I don't "pray" in the Christian sense of the word, though, nor do I meditate. I consider those to be more Eastern practices, specifically the latter.

    For me, Heathenism is about living a life of honor and truth, serving one's family and community, and the seeking of knowledge and wisdom through lore, learning, and Nature.

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    But do you really believe in the religion of the Norse?

    I certainly do.

    Do you really practice it?

    Yes, and I facilitate it's practice with other people.

    Are you still a member of the christian church?

    Not for a long time.

    I have a very close connection to the lesser known deity Thorri. The best mention of him is in the Flately Book here: http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/ice/is3/is316.htm He is also the founder of the January feast Thorrablot.

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    I follow a kind of blend between Norse and Celtic Paganism. I consider it to be more of a way of life rather than just the rituals or festivals. It is how you conduct yourself.

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