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Son of ODIN and JORD, he’s the famous Scandinavian God with Hammer, the burly red-bearded Lord of Thunderstorms. He rides through the storm clouds in a chariot pulled by goats and throws his hammerMJOLLNIR all over the place to create lightning. Thud Thud Clang.
As perhaps you might expect, he’s not terribly bright andLOKI was always leading him astray. But they were firm friends and THOR was always ready to bash his enemies with the business end of his hammer.
Married to SIF, he’s also been known to have a fling with the GiantessJARNSAXA, with whom he produced the equally fearsome MAGNI and MODI. His daughter isTHRUD. And that’s not an insult, it’s her name.Share on Facebook
1. Honour the Family, the Tribe (Woden’s Folk), the Folk-Nation of England, and the Folk. Self-interest and self-preservation must give way to self-sacrifice for the greater whole, and for the future of the children of our Folk.
2. Honour the Tribal Flag or Tribal Banner which symbolizes the totality of our Movement and our Ideals; to dishonor the Tribal Flag or Banner is to dishonour Woden’s Folk and the Folk-Nation of the English. The Tribal Flag or Blood Flag must be protected at all times.
3. Keep the troth and be truthful amongst the Kinfolk; honesty amongst ourselves leads to trust and respect. Any act of falsehood amongst ourselves leads to distrust and harms the bond of brotherhood. The simple lie leads to another greater lie, and then to further dishonesty. With those who seek the destruction of our Folk do to them as they do to us – we have no honour, nor loyalty to an enemy of the Gods and Folk.
4. Strive always for self-reliance and self-sufficiency, and try to avoid too much reliance upon others. Give help to fellow kinsmen when needed, and share the tasks of the Tribe in the best way one can.
5. Deny not the Faith, for this is the Faith of the Folk-Nation of the English, so with pride stand tall and with pride wear the regalia of our Folk-Religion. Protect and uphold the Woden Folk-Religion at all times, and give no heed to stranger faiths.
6. The ethos of Wodenism is the way of the Warrior-Mystic, the Spiritual Warrior who takes up the Sacred Blood Struggle and the struggle for the freedom of the English Folk. The Spiritual Warrior shuns the materialism of today’s society, takes no part in the corruption, degeneration, and perversion of this falling world, and stands above the ruins of a dying era. The road to the Wera – the Solar Warrior – is the path taken by the Folk of Woden.
7. It is the duty of any kinsman to help his own when necessary; give aid to kinsmen when they are in trouble or have problems. Help our own in this falling world. Defend our own Folk-Community should the need arise – Self-Defence is No Offence! Revenge wrongs done to a kinsman or the Folk-Community. Give aid and defence to to the vulnerable in the English Community, the young and the very old; protect the young, the womenfolk, and the old from the violent, depraved and perverted who thrive within the Old Order.
8. Harken and respond to the call of the War-Arrow, that summons the host to defend the Kinfolk, or to avenge wrongs done to the Kinfolk. A warrior’s death in the struggle for the freedom and survival of the Folk secures a place with the Gods in Walhalla. Woden awaits the brave in the Halls of Valhalla.Share on Facebook
Although some Wiccans focus on particular gods from particular world mythologies, Wiccans may worship many god(goddesses)s by many different names. Most worship some form of the Great Goddess and Her consort, The Horned God. Such duo-theistic forces are often conceived as embodying complementary polarities, not in opposition. In some traditions worship of the Goddess is emphasized, although in others the Goddess and God are seen as complementary co-equals.
The Goddess and God may be seen as associated with certain things (such as the Goddess with the earth or moon, God with sun and wildlife, etc), but there are no hard and fast rules. Some traditions worship the Goddess alone while others see Divinity as essentially beyond human understanding, with “Goddess” and “God” simply a convenient shorthand.
Some ritual items are common to almost every Wiccan tradition, such as the athame (ritual knife) and chalice (ritual cup). Others may be used by some traditions but not others: bells, brooms, candles, cauldrons, cords, drums, incense, jewelry, special plates, pentacles, scourges, statues, swords, staves and wands.
The meaning of these items, their use and manufacture will differ among traditions and individuals. Usually a Wiccan ritual will involve some sort of creation of sacred space (casting a circle), invocation of divine power, sharing of dance/song/food or wine and a thankful farewell and ceremonial closing. Rituals may be held at Wiccan “sabbats” or “esbats” or to mark life transitions such as births, coming-of-age, marriages/handfastings, housewarmings, healings, deaths or other rites of passage.
Most Wiccans mark eight holiday “sabbats” in the “wheel of the year,” falling on the solstices, equinoxes and the four “cross-quarter days” on or about the first of February, May, August and November. The names of the sabbats may differ between traditions, and many Wiccans also mark “esbats,” rituals for worship in accordance with a given moon phase (such as the night of the full moon).
Although there is no one source for all Wiccan liturgy, many liturgical items such as the methods for casting the circle, the “Charge of the Goddess,” certain myths and expressions are common to many traditions.
Some common expressions include “hail and welcome/farewell,” “blessed be and the closing “Merry meet and merry part, and merry meet again.”
There is no one bible or book of common prayer for all Wiccans, however, and great value is placed on creativity, poetry and the artful integration of different myths and ritual elements.
Some myths and associations are common to many Wiccan traditions, such as the Goddess’ giving birth to the Horned God, the theme of their courtship and His death, the descent of the Goddess into the realm of death and others.
Another theological point held in common by many Wiccans is the immanence of deity/divinity within the natural world, self and cycle of the seasons. This places value on the earth and this world, as distinguished from views of transcendent divinity and creation.
Wiccans as a whole are very much “into” cycles: of life, of the moon and seasons. Cyclical change as an erotic dance of life, death and rebirth is a popular theme in Wiccan imagery, ritual and liturgy.
Although it may be foolhardy to compare things as complex as religions, people do. Many Wiccans distinguish themselves from Satanists, for example, in preferring complementary views of divinity to adversarial ones. Others may note their own comfort and embrace of ambiguity and polytheism (many gods).
Unlike the Jewish, Christian or Islamic traditions, there is little emphasis on interpretation of “scripture” or a revealed text. Although many Wiccans may believe in some sort of reincarnation, they may distinguish themselves from Buddhists in seeing life as a journey or adventure without any desire to “leave the wheel” of return.
Like Hindus, Wiccans may pride themselves on their tolerance for other paths, like Buddhists they may value personal insight and like Taoists they may seek to align themselves more perfectly with nature. Some Wiccans may separate themselves from the “New Age” in their value for both “light” and “dark” aspects of existence, a do-it-yourself attitude and a distrust of money or hierarchies of enlightenment.
Can I be a Christian/ Jew/ Muslim/ Buddhist/ Taoist/ Astrologer/ Druid/ Shaman/ omnivore/ whatever and a Wiccan? Since much of Wicca is more world view and ceremonial practice than anything else, there is no Wiccan proscription of such things. Most traditions have no requirement to denounce any other faith and, indeed, Wiccans often look askance at “one true wayism” which claim to have a monopoly on truth, divine revelation or enlightenment. “Christian Wiccans” probably face the largest skepticism, however, given the history and ongoing reality of allegedly “Christian” persecution.
Prejudice (fear of job-loss, child-custody challenges, ridicule, vandalism and even violence) may still keep many Wiccans “in the broom closet,” with concealment and dual observances a traditional Wiccan defense against persecution. This may make contact with Wiccans difficult in some areas. Since Wiccan worship is fairly active by its nature, non-participating observers are rarely invited to Wiccan rituals.
Usually “dedication” ceremonially marks the beginning of Wiccan study, while “initiation” may mark full membership in a coven/tradition (such as after “a year and a day”) or may indicate elevation in skill or to special clergy status. Some traditions look on all initiates as co-equal clergy, while others have grades or “degrees” of initiation, which may be marked by distinct sacramental ceremonies, duties or expectations within the tradition.
Almost all Wiccans, however, have some sort of ceremony or psychological practice to better attune themselves with divinity, encouraging insight and a sense of efficacy. Others may cast love spells or other curses.
Some Wiccans call themselves “Witches,” capitalizing it as a gesture of solidarity with the victims of the Burning Times, but this is a personal decision. Although many Wiccans today may cast spells and practice magick, these are not considered an integral part of Wicca by all Wiccans. Wicca is not traditional folk magic and all magic is not necessarily Wiccan, anymore than all people who pray belong to any particular religion.
“The Burning Times” is the term used by many modern Neo-Pagans and feminists to refer to the great European witch-hunts of the early modern period, coincident with the time of the reformation and seen by many as a crucial step in Christianity’s crushing of the Pagan religions, driving these underground. Some authors claim as many as ten million people were killed in these hunts, while more recent scholars put the number of documented deaths at 20-100 thousands, 80-90% of these women. Sometimes these numbers are doubled to account for non-judicial killings and deaths from torture, suicide, etc. Whatever the numbers, however, victims of these hunts are perceived as martyrs by Wiccans today, with the lessons of intolerance, misogyny and religious terror clearly noted.Share on Facebook
Bide within the Law you must, in perfect Love and perfect Trust.
Live you must and let to live, fairly take and fairly give.
For tread the Circle thrice about to keep unwelcome spirits out.
To bind the spell well every time, let the spell be said in rhyme.
Light of eye and soft of touch, speak you little, listen much.
Honor the Old Ones in deed and name,
let love and light be our guides again.
Deosil go by the waxing moon, chanting out the joyful tune.
Widdershins go when the moon doth wane,
and the werewolf howls by the dread wolfsbane.
When the Lady’s moon is new, kiss the hand to Her times two.
When the moon rides at Her peak then your heart’s desire seek.
Heed the North winds mighty gale, lock the door and trim the sail.
When the Wind blows from the East, expect the new and set the feast.
When the wind comes from the South, love will kiss you on the mouth.
When the wind whispers from the West, all hearts will find peace and rest.
Nine woods in the Cauldron go, burn them fast and burn them slow.
Birch in the fire goes to represent what the Lady knows.
Oak in the forest towers with might, in the fire it brings the God‘s
insight. Rowan is a tree of power causing life and magick to flower.
Willows at the waterside stand ready to help us to the Summerland.
Hawthorn is burned to purify and to draw faerie to your eye.
Hazel-the tree of wisdom and learning adds its strength to the bright fire burning.
White are the flowers of Apple tree that brings us fruits of fertility.
Grapes grow upon the vine giving us both joy and wine.
Fir does mark the evergreen to represent immortality seen.
Elder is the Lady’s tree burn it not or cursed you’ll be.
Four times the Major Sabbats mark in the light and in the dark.
As the old year starts to wane the new begins, it’s now Samhain.
When the time for Imbolc shows watch for flowers through the snows.
When the wheel begins to turn soon the Beltane fires will burn.
As the wheel turns to Lamas night power is brought to magick rite.
In the spring, when night equals day time for Ostara to come our way.
When the Sun has reached it’s height time for Oak and Holly to fight.
Harvesting comes to one and all when the Autumn Equinox does fall.
Heed the flower, bush, and tree by the Lady blessed you’ll be.
Where the rippling waters go cast a stone, the truth you’ll know.
When you have and hold a need, harken not to others greed.
With a fool no season spend or be counted as his friend.
Merry Meet and Merry Part bright the cheeks and warm the heart.
Mind the Three-fold Laws you should three times bad and three times good.
When misfortune is enow wear the star upon your brow.
Be true in love this you must do unless your love is false to you.
These Eight words the Rede fulfill:
“An Ye Harm None, Do What Ye Will”Share on Facebook
The prevailing respect for power was most clearly revealed in theoretical
justifications for absolute monarchy. In the past, defenders of royal
authority had employed the idea of “divine right” in claiming that kings were
agents of God‘s will. This religious argument for absolutism was still quite
common during the period, but it was supplemented by new secular appeals to
Bishop Jacques Bossuet (1627-1704), a prominent French churchman and the
In Politics Drawn from Scriptures, Bossuet declared:
the person of the king is sacred, and to attack him in
any way is sacrilege … the royal throne is not the throne
of a man, but the throne of God himself …. Kings should be
guarded as holy things, and whosoever neglects to protect
them is worthy of death …. the royal power is absolute …
the prince need render accounts of his acts to no one …
Where the word of a king is, there is power … Without this
absolute authority the king could neither do good or repress
[Footnote 1: Quoted in James Harvey Robinson, Readings in European History, 2
vols. (Boston: Ginn and Co., 1906), vol. 1, pp. 273-275.]
The most penetrating and influential secular justification for absolutism
came from the English philosopher, Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679), whose famous
political treatise, Leviathan, appeared in 1651. The French religious wars,
the Thirty Years’ War, and the English civil war of the 1640s inclined Hobbes
to view order as the primary social good and anarchy as the greatest social
disaster. Unlike Bossuet, he did not see God as the source of political
authority. According to Hobbes, people created governments as protection
against themselves, because they were naturally “brutish,” “nasty,” “selfish,”
and as cruel as wolves. Having been forced by human nature to surrender their
freedoms to the state, people had no rights under government except obedience.
The resulting sovereign state could take any form, but according to Hobbes,
monarchy was the most effective in maintaining order and security. Any ruler,
no matter how bad, was preferable to anarchy. Monarchs were therefore
legitimately entitled to absolute authority, limited only by their own
deficiencies and by the power of other states. ^2
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So here we are… in the land of the marvels, the land of those mystical megaliths: the temples. As soon as you start reading about these temples and see pictures of them it is clear that the earliest temples, like those at Ggantija, were built by stacking huge rocks on top of one other.
The temples of later date, such as Hagar Qim, were constructed by fitting huge stones closely together. Unlike the earlier bare structures, these later temples were decorated with pigment The cool, dark interiors, which once were smooth and painted in ochre, provided a refuge from the fierce Mediterranean sun. Believe me, Malta gets hot in the summer! Linda Eneix of the OTS Foundation once put it like this: “At night, the glow of oil lamps and torches flickering inside the depths of the temples would have looked almost magical”. Can you picture it?
And on top of all that mystique is the presence of large “oracle holes” carved into the stone walls of the ancient temples. It is believed that priests, or oracles, sat in a tiny room on one side of the hole, where their echoing voices would communicate between the worlds of the living and the dead.
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