This is a work in progress, I will return to finish it soon but it has taken far too long already and it is good enough for the moment. Name, Pronunciation, & Meaning: Tiw, pronounced /tiːw/ (IPA), carries a meaning of “god”. Tiw comes to Old English by way of the Proto-Germanic *Tīwaz which comes … Continue reading Tiw
Name, Pronunciation, & Meaning: Æled, pronounced /ˈæː.led/ (IPA), means fire. But it isn’t a familiar word for us because our modern English word for fire descends from a completely different root. You know that old adage about how the inuit people have so many terms for snow? Well, there are a whole lot of words … Continue reading Æled – An Anglo-Saxon Fire God
Name, Pronunciation, & Meaning: Mōna, pronounced /ˈmoː.nɑ/ (IPA), means moon and indeed is the root of our modern-English word moon.[i] The origins of the word moon and in turn Mōna come from the Proto-Germanic word *mēnô, a word rooted in moon and measurement, and further still from Proto-Indo-European *mḗh₁n̥s, itself likely a derivation of *meh₁- … Continue reading Mōna
There are three Wyrde, three Wyrd Sisters. These take the form of spinners, spinning out the fate of men and measuring them out. If Wyrd is strung together like a great tapestry, each individual life is a thread being woven together to make that tapestry and affect the threads around it. But for all that … Continue reading The Wyrde (The Fates)
So the other day I was thinking about the colors of the rainbow when something I had read in the Prose Edda came back into the back of my mind and began to nag and eat at me. The Prose Edda says that the Bifröst has three colors. Three colors. Three. That just did not … Continue reading The Bifröst – Rainbow Bridge of the Gods… or is it?
So here is the deal, we need to talk about Eostre. Every single year it would seem we run the gamut of people not only being woefully ill-informed and spreading misinformation but also people debunking misinformation. But the problem with this is that you also have overzealous debunkers who throw the good out with the … Continue reading Eostre & Ostara, We Need to Have a Talk
There is an interesting story in the Gylfaginning (LXII) in the Prose Edda, you may know the one about how the walls of Asgard were built. Yet this story shows something else of interest – the gods are not omnipotent, nor omniscient, nor omnipresent, nor omnibenevolent. If the gods were omnipotent then they could have … Continue reading Neither Omnipotent, nor Omniscient, nor Omnipresent, nor Omnibenevolent
Midsummer, the summer solstice, the longest day and the shortest night of the whole year. For heathens, Midsummer is one of the most auspicious tides we can celebrate throughout the year. We follow a natural religion in many ways, one that concerns itself with the turning of the seasons and the flow of the year. … Continue reading Midsummer – Liþa