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The Horned Viking Helmet Myth

The Horned Viking Helmet Myth

 To those unfamiliar with our culture, when the word 'Viking' is thrown around, a warrior with a horned helmet is likely pictured similar to that in the logo from the American Football team Minnesota Vikings. Whilst this image is thrown around a lot, it creates such a controversy amongst those of Norse culture & faith. There is much discussion around the practicality of the helmet when worn in battle, and therefore how historically likely it was that it existed to begin with. Some would argue that whilst the Vikings wore helmets at times in battle, they were rarely more complicated...

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Huginn and Muninn

Huginn and Muninn

Odin's quest for knowledge includes Huginn and Muninn (pronounced as HOO-gin and MOO-nin, where sometimes it is anglicized into Hugin and Munin), his pair of ravens. The pair scout Midgard in search of information to bring back to Odin himself to help keep as him omnipotent as possible. Specifically, the ravens would return at dinner time allowing Odin to remain up to date on a day to day basis. Huginn and Muninn were documented in the Poetic Edda in the 13th century (an unnamed collection of Norse poems). Photo taken from: "The Slayer Rune" Odin is sometimes referred to as the...

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Rune Stone Divination

Rune Stone Divination

Runes can be used for guidance by specific ways of presenting and reading these symbols. If you'd like to read into the origin and other purposes of the eldest known runes, the Elder Futhark, you may read our earlier blog post here.  Rune stone divination should not be used to predict the future. This is not its function. Look at it as a tool for guidance. It allows you to work with the subconscious and focus on the questions that have been bothering you and those which you just need the answers to.  One common way to use the runes...

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Mjölnir

Mjölnir

Mjölnir (pronounced MIOL-neer) is well known as the hammer of Thor (Norse god of thunder) - but there is so much more history & mythology behind it. Let's unpack it below. Mjölnir is written different ways depending on which culture or set of languages you are referring to. Other common variations are Mjølner (Danish) & Mjölner (Swedish). For the purpose of this article, we will be using the modern Icelandic variant of Mjölnir. The precise etymology is unknown, however, many scholars agree it stems from an Indo-European root meaning lightning/thunder. Many other meanings have been discussed such as snow or white linking to the...

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Ostara

Ostara

Ostara is the celebration of life, fertility & harvest. It is a celebration of the spring equinox held on March 21st (may also be held 9th - 22nd of March). It is recognizing that from here the weather & environment is to become less hostile & more forgiving. Whilst this applies specifically to regions where March is in winter, more specifically the north, Ostara is a celebration globally. Today, whilst still celebrated by many cultures, many religions and cultures have their own versions of this celebration, adapting and changing it to fit their own beliefs. Popular examples are Easter, Passover, Purim,...

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