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It is one of the great majesties of Odinism that our mythology is multi-layered and is therefore accessible to the Odinist at all levels of personal development. While this may at times be confusing to those studying the faith from a non-experiential point of view, to those actually and truly practicing it, it is a way of learning and growing.
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MOST of us are familiar with the Saxon Oath of Renunciation which Charlemagne, Kaiser Karl, forced upon our Folk with the blessing of the Roman church. Among his many atrocities he destroyed our great religious centre, the Irminsul, in the year 772 and conducted mass baptism of POWs by force, even clubbing unconscious those who rightly objected. Those who continued to resist his Oath and still served the ancient gods of their fathers, lost their homes, their property and often their lives. Here now is my ritual response to all of this outrageous mummery, in which I have tried to use an entirely Germanic vocabulary, with no Mediterranean words (apart from 'prophet' and 'saint'):
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# The Oxford English dictionary says the word 'commitment' means: 1. Dedication to a cause or policy. # 2. A pledge or undertaking. # 3. An engagement or obligation that restricts freedom of action. So there is a question which we should ask ourselves. As Odinists, just how committed are we to Odinism and its advancement?
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We all agree that oaths and vows are to be kept at all costs, that courage is preferred to cowardice, that honor is better than disgrace. I wonder then, how it came to be that one of the greatest virtues known to man, kindness, seems to be overlooked in most Odinist circles. That is not to say that Odinists are not kind, or that we look down on kindness, certainly not! What I am talking about is the actual promotion of kindness as a virtue within the community.
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At a difficult junction in my life I was searching for something with more meaning, more depth than the conventional Christian church seemed to provide. I had never been comfortable as an Christian and the religion never seemed to be quite right. Like others of our folk who had been torn from their roots, I looked at many different ways, many different cultures and religions. But none of them gave me a sense of belonging.
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The Hama unit of the Odinic Rite was introduced to give lone members the opportunity to function as a kind of "hearth of one" and encourage personal development. Here Eowyn OR explains the benefits to both the individual and the Rite.
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In the recent past, several discussions have arisen about the term Folkish. In its simplest terms, Folkish means one thing: an unbending will and dedication to one's Folk. An unbending will and dedication means that the Folk come first, above all else.
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The major monthly Blotar are fully explained in our Book of Blotar which is recommended reading and available from the Rite. Of course Hearths and individuals should not restrict themselves to only one Blot a month. Daily rituals are also given in the Book of Blotar and a few 'secondary' dates/festivals are given here.
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The purposes of blotar or ritual are many. They are times when we very consciously hail the Gods and ancestors. Times when we consciously know of our link, biological and spiritual, with them. Time when we can realise our belonging and contact the Gods, Ancestors and folk soul. We realise and feel the forces of the universe, of Creation and while we are individuals, know we are linked to our Gods and folk and to all creation. They also remind us of our duties and responsibilities to our Gods, folk and land.
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Taken from the OR Book of Blotar, this article gives a guide and rationale for the major monthly Blotar of the Odinic Rite.
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In creation there is diversity and in that wondrous and sacred diversity each folk family of the human race, in symbiosis with the ~ Divine creative powers ~ developed and evolved their own unique organic or natural religions. The natural religion for the Indo European peoples (often called Northern European) is what today is called Odinism.
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By Heimgest DGC Currently, most people (especially in the 'Western World') think of 'time' as being linear. As a natural consequence of this thinking, the commonly held view of mankind's evolution is also linear. Thus it is held that human evolution has been an uninterrupted advance from ape to modem man.