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Tree Planting - OR Guardians in Action

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By Rory OR Last November I took part in a tree planting organised between my kids school and The Woodland Trust, in our local park. The trees planted were Ash, Rowan, Hawthorn, Hazel, Beech and a single Oak that had been grown from an Acorn…

The Heron

By Hodekin AOR

An iron grey sky drizzled cold grey rain, Whilst in the lake below, With the rain drip dripping from its long yellow beak, A grey Heron stood statue like by the water’s edge.

The Elder Tree

The ELDER is a tree whose reputation has been aspersed by Christians, no doubt because of the reverence and affection with which it was regarded in pagan times.

Trees and Men

by Seb AOR At all times, the peoples of Northern Europe have had a special relationship with trees. We find this relationship in our mythology and in our folklore. But we also find it in the everyday life, a symbiosis between men and trees. Indeed, without trees, there certainly never would have been life on earth. This article aims to put forward this symbiotic relationship between trees and men.

Heimdall, Mother Jorth, and Unlikely Suburban Foods.

By Jim AOR Because edible plants were important to our ancestors, and will again become important to us, I seek to learn about the edible plants of my own Odal lands here in North Carolina. Getting to know particular plants, watching them grow, learning their uses at different times of the year, and allowing Mother Jorth to bear them in Her time while being conscious of that life process, can lead to sensitivity and patience lost for many caught up in the age of convenience and consumerism that surrounds us.

Odinism & The Environment - Plant Life

Penda Wulfr OR One of the most familiar symbols of the natural world is that of a tree. Think of a place outside of our concrete cities and the first image to enter your mind will more than likely be trees. One of the most important and…

Water - Nature's Sensationally Reflective Medium

By Eowyn OR "No problem can be solved from the same consciousness that created it" -ALBERT EINSTEIN As great seafarers, water was a major aspect of our ancestor's lives and, as for us today, an essential element of physical survival. Water…

A Time of Creation

CONTRARY to what one might expect the most creative period of the year is winter rather than spring or summer. Ostara is a period of manifestation, of the coming into form of various things. Winter Finding is the entrance to creativity…

Amber - Gold of Our Folk

Our Northern ancestors were wearing Baltic/ North Sea amber jewellery as long as 10,000 years ago, it is the oldest gemstone to be worn on the body, it was worn by both men and women and it was given to warriors as a good luck charm.  Baltic/North…

The Birch Tree

The BIRCH TREE is a perfect example of a Runic power in dynamic action in the World of Form. The Rune is the sign of Berkano, the Birch Tree Goddess and is the symbol of the divine potency of the Earth as a wishing and caring Mother, the…

Harvest

For the dweller in the 'Great City' the idea of HARVEST is abstract and devoid of any connection with reality as he knows it. He reads of 'good' or 'bad' harvests in newspapers, or perhaps sees pictures of drought-stricken fields, or waving…

The Nettle

Today the nettle bears a bad reputation - it is considered to be a noxious weed and an evil, stinging plant, to be eradicated from our gardens. However, this reputation is very far from being deserved. Our ancestors regarded the nettle…