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Hi Again! [Jul. 7th, 2012|07:24 pm]
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Look, fellows, while I did just approve a new member, it's now been many years since this community had a substantive post.

Come Winternights or, um, the next time I'm reminded this exists, and then I take it out back with a spear anna noose.

-- Lorrie
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Of the many Names.... [Nov. 14th, 2011|03:12 pm]
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So, I've been thinking a bit lately about how I relate to the Aesir at this stage of my life (largely how I relate to the goddesses, since I guess I am not your typical female heathen--if there is such a thing!). One thing that has not changed--and I find this very comforting--is how I relate to Odhinn. To me He is still the father I never had, the wisest of teachers, and the Giver of Clue-by-Four Smackings. :) He is also Grimnir, and my work with Him and Hel has cured me of my death-phobia. As an artist and mystic, I can't forget those aspects; as a librarian, I honor Him as a seeker and keeper of knowledge...I guess I see Him best as Svipal. As I find myself changing a lot in the search for authenticity, I have taken the name Svipalsdottir to reflect this.

So, anyway, the point to my rambling is this: what aspects of Him do you relate to best? Do you find that this changes, the longer you follow Him?
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In need of some ideas. [Apr. 27th, 2009|05:04 pm]
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I've recently taken up brewing my own alcohol as a hobby, and I'm trying to come up with a "house name" for my home-brewed stuff...everything from cordials to meads and wines, maybe even beer or ale down the road if I get really good at it.

The name of my stuff need not neccessarily make refference to Odin but it'd be nice if it did...god of mead/wine and all.

I'm just kindof on the lookout for any and all ideas. If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know. ;)
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Prayer [Feb. 13th, 2009|12:11 am]
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I'm having a little trouble in regards to prayer. Briefly a little background, I was born and raised Catholic. I've been pagan for almost a decade now, give or take. I came to the Norse early on, had a really bad experience (taking someone's word for granted who was full of shit and made me question myself) and lost faith in just about everything for awhile, experimented with different pagan cultures (Celtic mostly) and then came back to Asatru (and ADF).

However, in all this time I can't say I've really prayed for anything important to me. I pray for guidance, and strength and other daily things...but nothing I've put all my hope into.

Now I'm stumped. I'm not sure how I feel about praying for something like this. I know the Catholic view, you pray for what you want and it does or doesn't happen and that's God's way of answering your prayer. In theory, I guess it would work the same with Odin (my Patron, and the reason this question is going here).

So I guess my whole point is: What's your experience praying in the Heathen religion? How do you see it?

I'll state that I don't just expect Odin to grant my prayer, I know there will be work involved. I'm just really unsure and was hoping to get some ideas from around the community.

Thanks in advance.
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Just a short intro [Dec. 15th, 2008|10:37 am]
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Hello, new here and wanting to say “hi”.

Right now, I am going through a learning phase and am delighted to have found a community where I believe I will be able to learn what I need to know about Odin. I must let it be known that I am not traditional in the least, but am undergoing several changes right now.

Odin only came into my life within the last few weeks. I find him highly interesting. His aspect as a patron of poets especially strikes me, and I find something new to admire about him every time I research.

He has a very strong personality when he communicates, and that is something that I admire greatly. He certainly is sure of himself. It is almost overwhelming, but makes it so worth it to feel him smiling at me.

I feel a kinship with someone who would go through so much to learn things, to find inspiration, and to make certain that others can learn and be inspired.

This is not to neglect his stance as a warrior's patron. It is a strong feeling, and I think that it is what draws me to him the most. Even there is inspiration, and it feels just... right.

I would write more, but I am a very shy person by nature. If anyone wants to know more of my thoughts or anything like that, please ask me, and I will be perfectly willing to answer.
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Question about terminology. [Nov. 22nd, 2008|09:45 am]
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I'm just curious here. What do y'all call yourselves? Ourselves? Someone at work asked me yesterday and I kindof had to rattle off a few things to get the point across. I tend to like the term "Odinist" but I find it almost sounds exclusionary to other patron deities I hold dear...yet I hesitate to call myself "Asatru" for multiple reasons. I'm also very, very reluctant to call myself a "Heathen" or a "Pagan," neither seems remotely appropriate and might give people the wrong idea.

I personally don't care what to call you/us/myself...I just find it a little awkward when we all debate religion at work and figured it never hurts to ask, so...yeah.

EDIT: I think it needs mentioning that everyone at my workplace is pretty open and tolerant towards each other. We are literally ALL from differing beliefs, from Lutherans to Jehovah's Witnesses (I'm sure I misspelled that, sorry) to an atheist or two. When religion comes up, it is often in the context of "hey, how do you celebrate (x) holiday" or "what is your stance on this issue, based on your beliefs" and all-such. We all strive to learn about and from one another, and I think it'd be foolish to pass up on the opportunity to educate people who want that information. Likewise, I enjoy learning about beliefs other than my own...the recent election, for example, led to some really interesting discussions concerning the really devout Jehovah's Witness and her refusal to vote for religious reasons.

In short, I'm not asking wether or not I should be discussing religion at work, I'm simply asking for possible advice or tips on how to "label" myself and others in a way that is both accurate and understandable. :)
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tracking down a quote [Oct. 2nd, 2008|01:01 am]
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[mood |AQ]

disclaimer : this is not an attempt at starting a thread about or against christianity. This is merely trying to track down a quote that I've seen around and can't recall who and where exactly.

have seen this on several heathen pages, seems to be in the rotating quote section of a few, and several scholastic sites if I remember correctly.

A quote about Europe throwing off christianity and the thunder of when the last cross falls in europe and the returning of the old gods.... That's about as detailed as I can get. Was thinking it was Tolkein but pretty certain it isn't. I'm sure someone on one of the communities I'm x-posting this to has seen it, just hoping what I remember will trigger what they remember.

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Odin Perfume: BPAL Is Doing It Wrong [Sep. 12th, 2008|12:01 am]
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[mood |curiouscurious]

[x-post: personal]

Recently, someone gave me, or let me smell (I forget) a bottle of an Odin perfume from BPAL, and I smelled it.

The description of the scent is thus:
His scent is dry elm bark, amaranth, warrior’s musk, and Odin’s Nine Herbs of Power.

It didn't do it for me, although if it works for one of y'all, let me know in comments.

A Gentleman recently asked what ought to go in Odin incense--if I were doing it, it'd go like this:

If you could put the wind in a bottle--or the night sky, carelessly scattered with stars...

If you could get a blustery midnight storm from some time between Winternights and half-past Yule in a bottle, after the frost has come, once the last sheaf has been left out--and then give it a faint undertone of Eau de Draugr...

If you could somehow bottle the heady brew that, simultaneously, fuels the berserk, empassions the poet, and spurs the magician, inspires the scientist...

That is what should go in!

What smell(s) would do it for you, Gentle Reader?

-- Lorrie
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I thought the group might enjoy this [Sep. 2nd, 2008|08:40 am]
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Or how I spent my Labor Day weekend...

I went by the local discount store where I found a small stretched canvas for pretty cheap, and decided to do an experiment. Now, admittedly, I'm not much of an artist, but this is what I came up with.



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Fun with Accents! [Sep. 2nd, 2008|02:03 am]
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[mood |curiouscurious]

[x-post: personal journal]

Among my several hats, I'm the Assistant Editor of the Troth's quarterly magazine, Idunna. As part of this job, I'm going through our back issues and converting them to PDF's that can be sold for print and/or download at lulu. Most are already done, but some need extra attention.

One of the issues that's needed extra attention is issue 41, whose theme is Odin, so of course it's got to be difficult. In one of the articles, the author begins by listing Odin's primary name in several Germanic languages. This is great--and with all the circumflexes, macrons, and other diacriticals in place--this is wonderful.

He did it in a non-standard font which he didn't share, meaning this was mangled in transit and was mangled in print. It might have been the Old English Font Pack, which was relatively new back then, but I would rather not have to download them to find out (old fonts can wreak havoc in new machines). In the intervening decade, technology has caught up and surpassed the need to make up a special font just so you can have your o-macron (ō) and your u-circumflex (û)--now is the time to fix this for real. This art, as a whole, isn't new to me (I will spare you the rant), but this is a new wrinkle, so I'm a bit at sea.

While I know how to spell Odin in Modern English, Old Norse, Modern German, usw, and I can make a reasonable guess at Old High German, I've got nuthin' on Gothic and Frisian.

Here's what I have--what's the "right" way, given that the usual caveats about standardized spellings apply?

Woden (NE) (New English?)
WÛden (Anglo-Saxon) (I know this is wrong from the case of the first vowel; should it be Wōden? A-S has a love of macrons.) -- [Edit: solved by dr_beowulf, it is, in fact, Wōden (missing vowel: o-macron) ]
Óðinn (Old Norse) (fixed that myself)
Wuodan (Old High German)--should this be Wûodan? Ûuodan? OHG is fond of circumflexes.
*VÙdans (Gothic)--not only wrong, but reconstructed, fun!
WÍda (Frisian)--again, at least the case is wrong, likely the vowel also

Oh, and, lastly, a completely missing mystery vowel. Its context:
The word oski and its Anglo-Saxon cognate w˙sc are related to words dealing with desire and the will.

Oski in ON is "The Wished-For", "The Desired One", usw--the A-S cognate would probably fall somewhere near this (duh?).
[Edit: Solved courtesy of dr_beowulf, it's wūsc. Missing vowel: u-macron]

It might be safest to write answers like this:

Oh, that OHG one is Wûodan--right letters, but that first "u" has a circumflex. You know, that pointy-hat-thing.

Thanks in advance for any stabs in the dark more educated than mine, although if you're gonna stab in the dark, watch where you're pointing that spear...

-- Lorrie

PS: If you, Gentle Reader, have purchased one of the PDF's of some other issue and find it has damned annoying layout problems, kindly inform me--I will fix, re-release, and yes, give you a fresh, less-broken PDF once that's done.
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