ÓÐSMÁL (ODSMAL)
Book about the profound wisdom of the pagans;
rúnatal (runatal) and ljóðin/galdrar góðir of Hávamál (Havamal), understood again now;
the heathen gods and goddesses are within us;
they lead to the sacred ginnungagap

We gain support of Nature,
we contact profound gods, and the Laws of Nature

by Guðrún Kristín Magnúsdóttir


Shallow gods and profound gods.


ÓÐSMÁL (ODSMAL) book cover

(Note: this chatter is not in the book Óðsmál, only complementary to the book's contents.)

A shallow God is a superficial fancy, but He can be terribly strong in a sense, as He is used (by men) as a grip on (other) men (monotheism is used as theocracy). That kind of a God is worshipped and obeyed. It thrives on fear and flattery.

Profound gods are a part of each man's individuality. Obedience and threat do not belong to profound gods. Promise of some heaven after death if.... does not either.

Using a god as a threat, and promise alms and boons for belief and obedience, is humiliation for man's free spirit. A man who chooses that illusion is blind, silly, lazy, brain-washed, narrow-minded or fanatic.

Never should any man let others choose a god for him. Each man himself, and he alone, should feel for himself which gods and goddesses he is going to make most prominent trends and traits in his lifespan.
Actually it can be stated as a fact that only one god does not suit all men. The concept The Only True God is meant to subdue man's free spirit.

Some try to add mystic ("something supernatural") to a shallow, superficial only god to serve man's need for profound gods. Watch out: A compulsory god (God) with glued on characteristics of our private and personal innermost gods or goddesses is a mended attempt to justify dogmas.

Gods now-a-days are not profound, -- they are shallow and superficial. We must admit this to be a factum. And that is what we have to remedy.
Some gods have been used by tyrants and prophets as a  device to threaten to obedience (theocracy).
Some religions are used to get a hold on the mob or masses (theocracy). Their prophets claim mankind to be (1) "inside-sheep" that obey, and (2) "stray sheep", that have to be gotten inside as they are condemned to darkness if they do not obey "the rules". If they resist and can not be converted, they must be prayed for, killed and their possessions confiscated.

This use (abuse, misuse) of religions as theocracy has spoiled the word GOD.
Some men have never heard of the gods within us. Some men do not understand that the gods are a part of nature as Natural Laws. The gods are our allies, not dictators. Just the creative powers in nature and within ourselves. "Some guys have all the luck" because they find the flow of these positive powers. Life goes our way if we live in accordance with our own true gods.

We should stay away from shallow gods that are used as device of dominance-urge. They are most stern, and they love and hate, and they thrive on double standard ethics as, love some hate others. They revenge the smallest deviation from the orthodox (right dogmas), according to the man that invents and/or rules the god at that certain time.

Ethics are a part of most religions. Ethic is a worldly phenomenon. In heathenry we find beautiful ethical advice. Each individual is responsible, and his behavior is in accordance with evolution and promotes cosmic evolution.

Moses wrote: do not kill (his God said so), and Moses killed his men by the tenths of thousands (his God told him to). This is "using" the god-concept to commit crimes in order to rule other men. This is not sound ethics.

There do exist "made up" religions that "use" (borrow, steal) from all kinds of sources: They borrow mysticism, contemporary "hits" (psychology, social aid). They borrow and misuse concepts from many thousands of years old religions. These "founded" religions usually have the only true god, doomsday, hell, reward after death for obedience, and an only true prophet. They are used in many versions under the name: "charity, love, brotherhood", to gather in sheep. Foreseeing hell and death and darkness for others. They tend to have keen missionaries. Some still use killing, other deal with charity money and goods. Some get confiscated possessions, children and wives of killed men as a booty.

Profound gods are to be found inside. They are a part of us. Not "out there" or "up there" as unreachable by all men. We can consider the profound gods as constructive and creative powers, as Natural Laws, as layers of man's psyche, our positive ambitions in life, but they are a part of us, _not_ thoughts on the level of ideology and contemplation, but dwell in the true essence of our very existence.

Invented and imported southern gods that thrive on fear and promises, and that demand to be worshipped and obeyed, have coloured the ancient heathen concepts to the worse. Therefore I shall explain our lost profound gods:
We heathens do not worship gods. We find them as a part of our existence within ourselves and all around in nature.
We do not obey gods, but we are true to our chosen purpose in life - each individual's dharma. We change it as we get wiser. We should not be stubborn as not to revise old oaths with common sense and changed views and circumstances. We choose our life ourselves, each man for himself. Not once for all, but create it every minute.
Gods do not forgive or revenge. Each man takes the responsibility of his acts and deeds.
Gods do not deem nor do they judge, not do they claim obedience to commandments (-commandments are man-made-), not do they threaten, and they can not be used (misused) to found a theocracy. Real gods are a part of us, - a part of each one of us as individuals. We are divine beings (ginnungagap inside us), and the gods are our worldly higher layers, easily reached by any man that has a human nervous system.

I shall take examples of profound gods:
Should we choose Þór (Thor, the Norse god loved by laboring men and farmers and vigorous, energetic men) we imply might and main inside every man. This gives us access to the endless power and endurance that is to be found in abundance within us.

Should we choose Freyja (the norse goddess of love, goddess of universal love) we focus on an all-pervading, unselfish, attentive love.
Falling in love is not necessarily that kind of unselfish love, as falling in love might be to fulfill selfish feelings. Falling in love can have another side: jealousy and broken hearts. Universal love knows no duality of opposites. It knows pure love only.

Should we like to have Óðinn (Odinn) as our lucky star (Mercur, Buddh) we have chosen the development of the free human spirit. -- _Free_ human spirit, as that is a prerequisite for development. A man that is stuck in dogmas and rules is not free.
Dogmas spoil. Rules, other that you yourself make for yourself and for yourself alone, are of no use - and are actually dangerous. You can talk about your rules to your friends, but never thrust them upon others. Each individual's motto should be: Lead I myself. Give I good advice, listen I to advice, but may I never dominate another person, and may I never lap up ideas without discrimination.
I must point out in this context that bringing up a child is teaching it to be a responsible individual. It is not like dressing a puppy. It is not teaching obedience, nor is it threatening. Parent-child relationship is founded on love and attentive care. Do not use the I win, you loose method. Consideration comes naturally. Be your children's' friend from the moment of conception(!). Help them find their individual, unique purpose in life and ambitions. What we are teaching is that any circumstances can be beneficial. (Everything is a part of our evolution.) Errors are to be learnt from, victories are to make everyone benefit from them (unselfishly) - and they give courage and self-confidence. Sound self-esteem is the aim.
What does Óðinn (Odin) and free human spirit mean in heathenry? It means: Each individual's freedom gives access to our innermost essence: Truth Itself.
What does freedom mean? Freedom for every individual.

Should we like to meditate on Týr (Tyr), we should know his deeds (for that read Óðsmál (Odsmal) Chatter (Chapter) 24), and we should understand what being valiant means. We should know what righteousness means. We should see all wrong-doing towards others and all injustice, where-ever we come across it, to be our personal enemy. This is what Hávamál (Havamal), the sacred texts of the Edda of the North, teach as the ethical part of heathenry.

Try to come in contact with the essence of gods by reflecting on the names of the days. To begin with on the level of thoughts, i.e. intellectually, gradually leaving out all thoughts and feel, deeper and deeper. Each day when you take the shower, or when you look out of the window and yawn and stretch happily, remember for a while the name of the day and find inside you the god or goddess whose name it bears.

Sunday is the day of goddess Sun the life-giver. Find all her names and reflect on their meaning.
Monday is the day of Moon, the soothing and mystic.
Tuesday is the day of Týr (Tyr) the concept of righteousness - being truly valiant for the sake of others.
Wednesday is the day of Óðinn (Odinn) the free human spirit. Try to get rid of binding ideas that have been put in your head, the brainwashing and indoctrination. Find the freedom of the human spirit inside you, freedom from nonsense and grips on you meant for dominance of you (a grip perhaps under a false name of liberation!!!).
Thursday is the day of Þór (Thor) the might and main, all power, within us. We have access to it abundantly.
Friday is the day of Freyja, the all-pervasive universal love. Not selfish love, but the true benevolence to all things, animate and inanimate, and love of mankind and its strive -- the life-game by the trial-error-method -- to find Reality.
Saturday is the day of tricky Loki. He is double natured, you know. Try to be on the safe side of happenings, i.e. the right and honest side.

Shallow, dominating gods are put somewhere "out there" or "up there", talked to on the level of thoughts, thrive on ideology and contemplation and discussion and dispute between men, and the making of standardized dogma. This kind of a god can not be contacted without a contact-person, and that kind of a god should not be made angry (mad) by not obeying the rules that the contact-person (or the prophet) has made, however merciful and forgiving that whimsical god is said to be occasionally on his (or the prophet's) conditions.
Some people seem to like this stuff, others dare not oppose, some are brain-washed through indoctrination, others have never heard of anything else and have only heard of monotheism and atheism as the only options. Some refrain from all kinds of god-talk and find it terribly silly and illusive.

Some religions, or sects of a religion, tend to take in whatever is contemporary and in fashion in times and places "to meet the needs of the people". They do not loose their aim: to unite all men under their flag.
Nota bene: This kind of versatility is _not_ the same as every single individuals revision of his state of consciousness and self-adaption to each day's needs.
Some religions (or sects) try very hard to be popular. Even pop music, that is sometimes condemned as of a devil, is sometimes used to get in teenagers. Such religions act like clowns to get attention, or they threaten hells or they promise heavens for the obedient. Be very careful if you are offered to be liberated by these institutions. Most of this stuff is worldly only. It is not divinity. You might cling to a worldly patent-solution. You might stop searching and thus loose one little lifetime on your path towards divine perfection.
Know that your Divinity is far inner than these worldly institutions and worldly thoughts and worldly words, however divine they are claimed to be, and however expensive and rich they are.

Asatruar-men have lost the depth of their gods. Depth of gods is a delicate thing and can easily get lost. We must have access to advice from our mother and father. But where are the parents that could tell us? Parents that tried to tell their bairns (children) about the beauty of gods inside us were killed - burned alive.

Everything that was sacred to heathen men was - during the dark middle ages (by the Christian church) - made evil and said to be of a so-called devil, in order to make people refrain from it, and in order to suffocate it. Gods inside were banned as being false.
To find gods within was, by the church, called: contemplating one's navel, very funny.

Nature worship was banned as being hieracy. The nature-and-man relationship, or feeling, is not esteemed now-a-days in the way it should. Its reputation was spoiled. It is worthy of more understanding again. (man and nature)




Heathen gods used to be as profound as the human psyche and even deeper as they originate from the very core of all life as does our soul. This very core is the all-pervasive ginnungagap (norse mythology), the Unified Field (modern science), Brahman (The Vedas (and Hinduism)), Buddha's gain nirvana. The gods abide in Ásgarður (Asgardur).
Óðsmál (Odsmal) explains this to you.

The profound gods shall be rediscovered. It is our task to do so.

A handy invention of oppression was that devil or satan, invented in some southern region and imported from there to Europe. It is, like everything else in the monotheistic religions, made up from age old concepts of age old mythology. Only it was changed to suit the new purpose: dominance!!
That devil does not exist. He is made from an ancient concept of good and bad, but was changed to that devilish thing to exploit man's fear. He (it) is used as if you threaten a little child saying: -There is an ugly, evil man under your bed! If you do not obey and fall asleep at once he will burn you to death - or eat you! - or whatever. He who says it (he who threatens) knows that it is only a threat, but the innocent kid does not know. It is scared, and the only option it sees is to obey the liar.
The threatener (a prophet) usually is the "good guy" who "loves" the obedient believer even more than himself(!!! ). (He most likely claims not to love himself at all. He even claims to do all for others only. Claims to have no lust for power, being only a tool of a powerful god that he "uses" as a threat.)

Shallow gods are normally introduced on a silver plate, and if someone does not accept Them, the sword, the fire stake, something called hell or devil, is used on him as a next step and said to be after his death even worse.

In heathenry fire is Ullur, the purifying divinity, found by performing a valkyrja, a transcendence, fórn of the individual for a while to be ginnungagap only.

To be heathen is not just to state so - not to proclaim: -I am heathen!
It need not be stated as it is a personal and private matter. Those who proclaim so are not necessarily sincere. There is no apparatus to belong to. No institution. That is the weakness of paganism as a religion, but its strength as true spirituality.

Heathenry, or paganism, is to be found all over, but no-where to be pinned down. Heathen men realize their responsibility as individuals.
Concern for the whole of humanity, all righteousness (god Týr (Tyr)), the concern towards all life, love towards Mother Earth, and man's evolution, is what unites pagans all over the world. The new age is showing it now.
All this is ancient and has belonged to the best of men for thousands and thousands of years.

Newer religions (some 2000 or 3000 years old religions) have adopted all kinds of things from ancient mythology into their pompy proclamations. It is not to expose the beauty of man's free will and free spirit. No. Quite the contrary: the purpose is to serve the dominance-lust, using double-sided ethics and exploiting narrow-minded people's fear to subdue and to claim obedience.

Actually every single bit of what is to be found in the monotheistic religions can be traced back to ancient myths and such older sources. Some of it has been drastically misinterpreted  -- deliberately given a different meaning !!!  Old myths appeal to people. Therefore they are re-used. They are torn out of context and applied in the revealed religion to serve the purpose of getting obedience for the leader.

People perhaps do not realize that heathenry is many, many thousands of years old. Much, much older than the Anno Domini (that never was and actually is known to be both invented and miscalculated). It is know to be clever strategy only.
But we do know that later invented religions such as Christianity from Rome "borrowed" a lot from heathenry (as well as from many other sources) in its mission to suffocate and destroy heathenry.
For example: yule (Christmas; solstice holiday) and Easter (the goddess of spring) are heathen feasts. (
see: man and nature)  and Skirnismal)
We have a hard time to find out which influenced which during these dark middle ages when the pompy popes were the Roman Empire and ruled Europe. All seems to have gotten mixed up under diffused headings. The purpose of the church was, and still is, to destroy our ancient culture in order to be able to rule by theocracy. To sneak into the prevailing culture and adopt ideas was used along with burning and killing. They say: OH! It is all to be found in Christianity. But they do not know where it comes from.

We know about yule and Easter, and we assume that the beautiful rúnatal (runatal) of ancient Hávamál (Havamal) - (read Chapter 29 in Óðsmál (Odsmal) to understand) - and the profound Truth of Óðinn (Odinn) on vingameiður (vingameidur; true yoga) is the model of the misleading concept of a savior hanging on a tree-cross to carry away sins. Terribly abused and drastically misleading - on purpose.

Ethics and moral in pure and unpolluted heathenry is sound: Fight unrighteousness were-ever you come across it. Do not be aggressive or possessive. Even we find the advice: you should not overeat; and you should not take more from nature than you need. Even: Only a silly man talks more than he thinks. (!!)
Books have been written on the double-sided ethics of the monotheistic religions: Holy purpose, victory at any cost, holy means to reach the holy purpose, holy-what-ever (no matter how sinful) that brings victory. Holy murders to secure power and expansion.
Religious wars were and still are monotheistic hobbies. Look at the conflicts in the world in the name of theocracy. Take Ireland or Jerusalem or whatever and see for yourself.

There are prominent differences of fundamental concepts between monotheistic religions (on one hand) and paganism (on the other hand) that will never be agreed on nor a compromise made on. In Europe we have had that conflict between heathenry and Christianity since the day that Christianity was invented. (First The Roman Empire fought it, then the Roman Empire used it (Jesus the new Cesar)). The core and essence of theocracies (on one hand) and heatheny and like cults (on the other) is as black and white, as out and in, as 180 degree shift of understanding.
The heathen way of living is on the very sound basis of individuality, responsibility, each man's free will, and gods within, being ginnungagap. These are heathenry's cornerstones.

Do you know that a wrong history has been written in order to justify crimes? A wide-spread propaganda goes: Pagans are savage and aggressive, Christians are good and peaceful. Actually it is the other way round, as the true history so horribly states. Another propaganda goes: the ancient cultures are primitive and out-dated, the new, revealed religions are leading humanity the right way. This is a lie. The ancient religions are profound and based on Reality and Truth, but the monotheistic religions are a drastic step backwards in the history of mankind.

Heathenry is non-aggressive by nature (ahimsa), but a heathen man is not passive when he comes across injustice.

Christians should go back to heathenry, our ancestors' profond wisdom. Many christians are already culturing in themselves the profundity of heathenry, being one with nature, one of a whole, finding gods and goddesses within.

The profound beauty of ásatrú (asatru) shall be rediscovered in spite of deliberate lies.

The very word GOD* is most confusing, as some use it in several contexts.
We here in the North are lucky that ginnungagap, the all-pervasive void that was before this our beautiful world came into being, is an IT, not a he or a she. This gives it a clear distinction from the gods and goddesses. All these gods and goddesses, the monotheistic ones too, are worldly. It, the ginnungagap, is not. It does not take part in the on-goings in the world - even though It pertains the universe. It just is.
Read Óðsmál (Odsmal) to understand ginnungagap.
Óðsmál (Odsmal) explains the pure theosophy of profound polytheism.

*)The word guð (gud) used to be neutre plural (they, gods and goddesses), but under patriarchy it became maskuline singular (he or He).

Óðsmál (Odsmal) deals a bit with ethnology, and inspires scholars to do more research in that field. It has all to do with profound gods and shallow gods in fact.
Therefore it is suggested that Gerður (Gerdur) of Skírnismál (Skirnismal) who is - at yule-tide - admired as a partner to the profound divinity of love (Freyr) was deliberately changed (by the Christian church in Europe) into a horror figure, or a threat, called Grýla (Gryla). This Christian Grýla (Gryla) eats naughty kids (according to the church's and Christian parent's needs), whereas heathen Gerður (Gerdur) symbolizes the promise of vegetation to come next spring, food for animals and bairns (children) and grown-ups. (see:
man and nature and Skirnismal)

More research in ethnology and theosophy is needed:
The author of Óðsmál (Odsmal) wants to find out if trolls and trollesses in mountains in Iceland are perhaps Mother Earth or Freyja, the great goddesses of the North, in disguise, made evil by the church in order to get people to refrain from them. Heathen concepts were banned and said to be of the devil or evil powers. Heathen concepts were either (1) made evil or (2) adopted in a Christian context, as concepts can not be burned and killed but can be misinterpreted.
Trollesses or giantesses were (under Christianity) said to eat humans, said to lure men to their caves in the mountains. Some humans were spellbound and went to live with the trollesses in their caves in the mountains. Other men saved themselves from the trollesses heathen goddesses?) by calling Jesus Christ and saying prayers to the church's Semitic Hebrew god.

For the meaning of the proud female deity Freyja and the importance of the female power in norse mythology and theosophy, you can read the kvæði (kvaedi, poem) Þrymskviða (Thrymskvida) , Þrymskviða(symbolic language)from Edda. It reveals the free will of all feminine powers in our northern cultural inheritance. You should try to look at the Brísingamen (the gem / jewel of Brisingar) as mankind that Freyja loves and protects.
The theosophical aspect of Þrymskviða (Thryms-kvida, the poem about the thurs Þrymur (Thrymur)), is not explained here, but you should try to do that for yourself when you read it. Try not only to read it as an amusing silly old myth. Try to see the importance of Þór (Thor) for us men in Miðgarður (Midgardur, the world of men), and the danger of negative powers (thurses, eotens) in the world of men if we are passive and do not do our allotted duty.
(Eotens are explained in Chatter 7 (Chapter 7) in Óðsmál (Odsmal)).
Always keep in mind, when reading norse mythology, that there does not exist anything called devil. Negative powers and deterioration are a part of the perpetual cycles of life (thurses, jötnar (jeotnar, eotens)).

I repeat: Now-a-days we are told by some men (not the least by scholars - and of course by missionaries) that heathenry or paganism is inferior to the imposed religions everywhere on our planet. This statement is not true. The imposed religions, widely spread by expensive propaganda, are designed to make a mass or herd of obedient sheep. They use a shallow god that can be reached through a media or an institution only.

I repeat: We should bear in mind, what very few people actually know, that whatever we find in the imposed "revelation" religions is all good old myths and ancient concepts, changed to suit the new purpose: power over people. Everything in The Books is recycled and reused in the new context. The so-called revelation is a cover-up for the real purpose: dominance and claim of obedience. These religions thrive on man's fear to make man dependent on them. And they claim to be the only help man can get. They adopt contemporary needs of man (sickness, hunger, alcoholism, lack of education) to suit the purpose of the whole enterprise: a grip on people. This is theocracy in the disguise of philanthropy.

Heathenry, if understood correctly, meets the needs of each individual as he himself makes them for himself. He, and he alone, is responsible. He, and he alone, knows what suits him on his state of consciousness. Help and advice is given, but no commandments exist.

Help on no conditions is called help in the Eddas' sacred texts. The only reward the helper gets is good thoughts from the one that receives the help. And that is a precious thing. (Northern ethics.)

On commandments and obedience:
You can see how much easier it is to have no responsibility and shout: as Thou wilt. A believer does not even need a will. Sins will be forgiven if the believer just says that he repents.
No wonder that some people call this a sleeping pill and drugs for the sheep.

Monotheistic religions cling to worldly thoughts and are a step backwards in history of humanity. They are a dark part of the cycle. When we (mankind) get more mature we shall rediscover our profound gods, and each man chooses the one fit for his personal evolution. We shall realize that some worldly institutions have used the god-concept to promote their egoistic goals.

Heathens have no rules that tyrants can use on them. That is why dominating men want to get rid of heathenry and the freedom of the human spirit (Óðinn (Odin)). Bans, musts, rules, threats (hells), awards for obedience (heavens), manipulated spiritual life, are used to uproot freedom of the individual. All this is a necessity for the power-greedy prophets and belief-users. - And it is a profitable business too - at the same time as it feeds the lust for power.
Of course, if people want to be obedient believers, why blame only the clever ones that mock these credulous men using on them indoctrination and brainwashing? We should rather point out to the hooked believer that he is stuck in a worldly trap. Real Truth is within himself.
The invention of a good-and-angry and frightening-and-forgiving god is a smart move to serve the lust of dominance that some men possess. But if these men find no credulous men to turn into frightened, obedient believers, that whimsical god can not be used any more.

This dominance stuff thrives on fear and it needs enemies that are a devil and other men (of other sects or other nations). They also need a god to be responsible for "the law ".
Why do some people always want to get bossed? Is it the easy way out of responsibility to sell the soul for a fool-proof belief?

Free will is the greatest possession of man and should not be suffocated in an institution or a revelation-religion of any kind. True spirituality does not need an apparatus.

I repeat: Heathenry is not usable as a tool of dominance, as every individual is free to choose his god or gods or goddess or goddesses he feels are most appropriate to his psyche and to his aims and purpose in life. Only by that way of living is the evolution for the individual at its best. Only in that way can each individual probe deeper and deeper into his real essence, all-responsible for his actions and deeds in life. No two men are alike anyway. Each one should find his special purpose in life.

Do not let others choose a god for you.
The well-advertised and terribly expensive god (gods) from the monotheistic religions was (were) invented by Moses. Moses was brought up in the Farao-style. The only trouble: He had no nation to rule. He made one. Then he used theocracy. All "other gods" have to be banned to operate theocracy. All the men that did not obey Moses, the only true prophet, were killed because of the anger of that only true god of his. No heathens were allowed to live.

History tells us also that sometimes heathens were baptized by force by the thousands and then killed.
The very word god has been severely abused. I am not surprised that some refrain from it altogether and prefer atheism.

We have to get this concept "god" right again.
In the very depth of the soul the pure and profound gods abide. They come from Ásgarður (Asgardur).
And Óðsmál (Odsmal) tells you where Ásgarður (Asgardur) is: Inside you, inside me. Not only out there.

During Neo-Classicism men tried to find gods within themselves. That attempt to revive the pagan world view failed for that time.  Organized religions (the Christian church, religions used for the purpose of gaining power over nations) spotted the heathen tendency that was becoming popular by the Neo-Classical Movement. The revival of the profound gods was the primary purpose of the Neo-Classicists. The church put great effort in uprooting that "New-Age-Movement of those times", Neo-Classicism.
Men that found god or gods within, were mocked, said to be contemplating their own navel, said to worship pseudo-gods, false gods in their bellies.
Some of the movement's followers did not think deep enough then, only trying to copy Greek clothes and visual "Greekness". For some it was just a fashion statement. Neo-Classicism failed in its noble mission because of these two reasons (stated above). Platon should be read on a deeper level than as worldly philosophy.

Óðsmál (Odsmal) warns of a danger:
Believing and worshipping some man (alive or dead) is not advisable - even is a dangerous thing on one's path towards perfection - as it misleads and retards the individual's evolution. Some prophets are worshipped as the god they use.

Óðsmál (Odsmal) warns us:
The devil is a useful  invention. Do know that the invention "devil" is a strategic tool, a device to summon credulous mobs against a common enemy, a trick well known by good generals and bad tyrants.

Unwanted men and women were said to serve a devil, and their fellow men got an award (from their beloved and terrible shallow god) for killing them.

Heathenry has always been here. Now people are no longer burnt alive for admitting the beauty of the precious inheritance of our ancestors. Now it can bloom again in all its diversity. But the real meaning of gods has to be revived. Each individual has to find the depth within himself. Each individual has to find his personal gods and goddesses. Nobody can choose a god for another man.

We must find our profound gods again. Otherwise heathenry is just another form of shallow, worldly thinking and intellectual dispute. That is not what gods should be all about. If we do not find the profoundness again mankind will wither away.

Try to find gods within as your divine power, and cultivate your purposes of life as a great individual, a great, free human being.


Gunnlöð in Hnitbjörg is within us, possessing the mead of wisdom; we only have to probe into ourselves, be Óðinn.


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