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    germanic heathenry was the result of a several millenia ongoing culture-evolutionary process, which was led by the subconscious mind of our forefathers. We contain the same subconscious mind as our forefather, only disturbed heavily by commercial media and so on.

    I believe everyone has a "heathen heart". If he can see it or not, or if he is part of another religious society, doesnt matter.

    And germanic heathenry seen as a result of an evolutionary process, we are able to rebuild the whole content of values and religious meanings of our forefathers culture again. If we are careful enough.

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    I don't know about others but, even though I was raised in an atheist leaning agnostic house, I've always felt drawn to our gods, and even thought of them in that just way when I was a little boy reading illustrated mythology books from the local library. I remember when I first realized that these beings were not just worshiped by the vikings, but by my own ancestors as well. Needless to say this gave me, a child already predisposed to disliking Christianity, an even stronger dislike for my southern baptist neighbors.

    Don't get me wrong, I wasn't going around carving valknuts into my school desk or trying to whittle my own Thor's hammer, but I always felt like a part of myself and my family had been stolen by the Christians.

    Ultimately, after years of reluctant agnosticism this culminated in my decision to become an openly practicing heathen. I say practicing because as other posters have stated, I feel that whether or not I really knew it the entire time, I've been heathen my entire life.

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    For years I've felt a strong attraction toward Germanic heathenism, even when my knowledge of it was next to nothing and my understanding of it was totally confused. I found that my heart pulled me toward heathenism while my head pulled me toward atheism.

    For one thing, I was attracted to the basic idea of multiple gods. I loved the idea of the divine having multiple personalities animating the universe, rather than a purely material world or one supreme power. I also loved the idea of animism.

    I was also drawn to what I knew of the myths and the pantheon. The image of Heimdall in front of Bifrost, or of the Valkyries riding their horses, or of Odin himself on his throne with his ravens, wolves and weapons, appealed to me on a spiritual level like nothing else.

    I also love the idea of 3 and 9 as special numbers. I mean I really love the idea, though I don't know why. Maybe it relates to how we live in a 3 dimensional world and perceive time as past, present and future.

    Recently I decided to learn about the Elder Futhark, because they seem to be important for many heathens and because of the beauty of the staves. I've learned the names and meanings of the runes, and was surprised by their ability as a complete system to symbolize the essence of the world and felt evermore drawn to heathenism because of it. I want to learn everything about them and how to use them.

    In the meantime, I've also been trying to learn more about other aspects of the Germanic heathen belief system. That's why I decided to come back to Skadi. I'll see what I actually end up believing in as time goes by, but I've decided once and for all to call myself heathen, and not atheist, and follow my ancestral religion.

    P.S. I've also had a few odd experiences I won't get into here that may have been paranormal and have led me to wonder about such things and caused me to doubt materialism.

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    I might consider myself to be a heathen in an intellectual sense, having renewed my effort as of late to at least become more familiar with the old and new lore. Odin is an especially intriguing figure.

    Christianity doesn't do anything for me even though I've spent quite a bit of time and effort in learning about it. As familiar as I am with it, and even comfortable (that is I'm no longer actively hostile to it like I once was), it still repulses me on a deep level because it seems to unnatural.

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    Quote Originally Posted by North Vinlander View Post
    For years I've felt a strong attraction toward Germanic heathenism, even when my knowledge of it was next to nothing and my understanding of it was totally confused. I found that I my heart pulled me toward heathenism while my head pulled me toward atheism.

    For one thing, I was attracted to the basic idea of multiple gods. I loved the idea of the divine having multiple personalities animating the universe, rather than a purely material world or one supreme power. I also loved the idea of animism.

    I was also drawn to what I knew of the myths and the pantheon. The image of Heimdall in front of Bifrost, or of the Valkyries riding their horses, or of Odin himself on his throne with his ravens, wolves and weapons, appealed to me on a spiritual level like nothing else.

    I also love the idea of 3 and 9 as special numbers. I mean I really love the idea, though I don't know why. Maybe it relates to how we live in a 3 dimensional world and perceive time as past, present and future.

    Recently I decided to learn about the Elder Futhark, because they seem to be important for many heathens and because of the beauty of the staves. I've learned the names and meanings of the runes, and was surprised by their power as a complete system to symbolize the essence of the world and felt evermore drawn to heathenism because of it. I want to learn everything about them and how to use them.

    In the meantime, I've also been trying to learn more about other aspects of the Germanic heathen belief system. That's why I decided to come back to Skadi. I'll see what I actually end up believing in as time goes by, but I've decided once and for all to call myself heathen, and not an atheist, and follow my ancestral religion.

    P.S. I've also had a few odd experiences I won't get into here that may have been paranormal and have led me to wonder about such things in the past and caused me to doubt materialism.

    I have made similar experiences, for example sometimes i read something and have the very strong sensation i know that already. I have tested myself on several occasions and first thought about what was to come and was right every single time. But there is simply no way i could have known that before from any normal sources, like when they made new discoveries and analyzed them. It is like i can tap into a kind of knowledge pool from my ancestors, or perhaps it is from my dreams (i sometimes meet THOR in my dreams, and very seldom also other entities, once i met and elf for example, or other gods, but also very seldom, "usually" is is THOR my patron god).

    Does that happen to others as well ? When it happens it is really a feeling like dipping into an enormous pool, but only able to take a tiny drop from it, that is as good as i can explain it. I simply don´t have the words to better explain it, neither in english nor in german
    There won't be humans in 500 years. Enough people choke themselves when they jerk off we gave it a name. We ain't a species made to last.

    Judging by it´s name common sense must once have been a pretty common thing. When and why did that change, so it became the rare treasure it is today???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haduloha View Post
    germanic heathenry was the result of a several millenia ongoing culture-evolutionary process, which was led by the subconscious mind of our forefathers. We contain the same subconscious mind as our forefather, only disturbed heavily by commercial media and so on.

    I believe everyone has a "heathen heart". If he can see it or not, or if he is part of another religious society, doesnt matter.

    And germanic heathenry seen as a result of an evolutionary process, we are able to rebuild the whole content of values and religious meanings of our forefathers culture again. If we are careful enough.
    I totally agree!

    No matter what, we Teutons can not completely block out this "heathen heart".

    Heathenism, also, makes me feel more patriotic. It may not be native to my nation, but it is native to my people, ultimately.
    While I have no hatred towards my Christian kinsmen, it is hard for me to feel patriotic when the chief religion is both universal and multiracial.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheStormer View Post
    I totally agree!

    No matter what, we Teutons can not completely block out this "heathen heart".

    Heathenism, also, makes me feel more patriotic. It may not be native to my nation, but it is native to my people, ultimately.
    While I have no hatred towards my Christian kinsmen, it is hard for me to feel patriotic when the chief religion is both universal and multiracial.
    It might very well be argued, and the heathens proper would agree, that heathenry represents the natural religion of Germanicdom. I extend this to both halves of my ancestral makeup, Celtic and Germanic, and I liken Odin in my mind to being something of a divine arch-druid (which is more or less what Dagda is in Celtic heathenry; I don't syncretize Odin and Dagda however). I don't think my interest in the old religion(s) is random (particularly Germanic); it strikes and intellectual and spiritual note within me on a level that's hard to describe.

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    I was brought up in a Christian home. My Father would beat me and Mother all week long and then would goto church on Wednsday/Sunday like nothing happened. This went on for years. I was taught to turn the other cheek, this didnt work growing up in a neighborhood and school system of "Minorities". I was an automatic target for being White. Christianity is very very weak and is a failing system/religion. It is full of frauds and hypocrits. I could list for days examples. I am against ALL of the abrahamic religions. I profoundly feel that the abrahamic religions have been a downfall of the Germanic people. I became an Odinist, I feel it is true to who I am and my Ancestry. Odinism/Asatru doesnt make you ashamed of who you are or of your Germanic Ancestry unlike the jewish run media or SJW/Liberials would have you believe, example "White Privelage".

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    It's funny how an insular mindset plagues Germanic folks with a victimhood complex. How bent out of shape do Greco-Romans get? You know that Indians don't play the victim. What has preserved paganism in Hindu and Buddhist society, unlike ours? Could it be that our ancestors had a personal stake in Christianity?

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