ÓÐSMÁL (ODSMAL)
Book about profound theosophy of heathenry and asatru by Guðrún (Gudrun)Kristín Magnúsdóttir (Magnús+dóttir, i.e. daughter of Magnús).


Information on Yule


ÓÐSMÁL (ODSMAL) book cover

A script of Skírnismál (Skirnis-mal) is awailable from Freyjukettir
freyjukettir@mmedia.is or odsmal@mmedia.is
including English version of Skírnismál (Skirnismál) along with the original Icelandic text of the ancient poem and illustrated "info on yule"

Info on yule

Skírnismál the kvæði of Edda, the sacred poems of the North, is the poem on
natural, or Nature's, yule-tide.
Jól are, yule is, a cycle, a "wheel", wheels that carry us onwards on the
path of evolution. Life should flow along with the wheels, cycles, thus set
turning. Any downwards turn is a need for further creation. Without this
perpetual change in the material world there would be no progress, no
renewal, no creation, no "experiments", but stagnation only.

The main characters of Skírnismál are: Freyr, Skírnir and Gerður;
The deepest meaning of the poem is: combination of the worldly, material
side of life, here Gerður, and the divine part of life, our innermost core,
here Freyr.

Skírnir is the rising sun at winter solstice in the North. He signifies that
now the days are growing longer. Birth of the light of life.
Skírnir is a ray of divinity, an avatar, geisli, that makes the
materially-oriented man realise how he shall wither away if he does not find
his innermost divinity, his real core and essence, his nourishment.

We might need some notes on symbols and metaphores for the non-profane
minds, and the enlightened man, and the common blind man:

The horse is a brilliant horse. It is the great, dynamic force of life,
vital energy. Horse is a vehicle. Takes us to Ásgarður. The horse indicates
the will to reach our divine innermost core, and the will to help mankind to
do so when dark ages and bad times are prevailing. The horse Sleipnir is our
vehicle, our human nervous system, means to reach the divine, ourselves,
real selves, our innermost core and essence: ginnungagap.

For the man that understands the term enlightenment, Skírnismál should be
taken as the dawn of a new cycle in life, the beginning on the path leading
inwards towards the true, infinite consciousness in man, ginnungagap. And
the result, that for sure will show up, -- will sooner or later be ours --,
is sæla of goddess Sun, bliss, ananda, imbibed into our very living body.
Into every cell. Hamingja.

The common, blind man takes here his first step to understand pure and
profound heathenry and he should learn about what beauty awaits him in life
when he sees Truth.

Skírnir, the shining one, the clear one, the illuminated one, the bright
one, is our inner force coming into our life for real, a divine life force.
We might need some knowledge in order to understand. Giving knowledge is the
task performed by Skírnir. He descends from divinity to put things right so
that we shall remember the purpose of life, which is not the material
well-being only, -- the gold in Gymisgarðar, even if material bounty, peace
and prosperity, is a prerequisite for life. Freyr also stands for that. We
wish, according to the Frey-cult: happy yule-tide, peace (frith) and
prosperity for the whole year (ár, ársæld).

The word gísl in Icelandic means a hostage or as gísli a ray, geisli. Where
vanir are sent to æsir as gíslar, I prefer the meaning rays, avatar, rays of
inner most subtle divinity, the spiritual Sun, the goddess. Vísu vanir are
ved vani.
Here Skírnir is the divine ray from the vanur Freyr to human Gerður. The
race of þurses needs the wisdom that still is veiled for us, or the þurs in
us.

The spiritual Sun (a goddess), was hidden or covered for us, but is now
rediscovered -- by our own effort. Our acceptance.

The golden apples are means for immortality, they are ambrosia, amritanam.
Iðunn, ever-renewing, always-loving, keeps the gods and goddesses, the Laws
of Nature, the perpetually-creating powers and evolutionary positive trends,
ever-young. The apples (mead of immortality) are for our body-cells too. The
apples, that are actually gotten from the performing of the valkyrja "Óðinn
given to Óðinn" (Hávamál), are means for man to accomplish, -- or do lead
man to --, immortality, pace by pace. This is his evolution. Purpose of his
very lives, each ævi, life-spans.

Snowy mountains and the flame vafurlogi are our creation as obstacles
between our world of thoughts and pure consciousness within, Actually there
is no obstacle on the way between Ásgarður and Miðgarður, from man to his
innermost essence, ginnungagap, our innermost ourselves.

The path is natural, and is a pathless path (as it is here and now, within
us).

Man is the only enemy to himself, and the lovely mind is a silly distraction
from the marvellous track! We seek out there, but should search in here.

But we know that we will succeed in our task with the divine sword (i.e.
being determined) and the horse (our vehicle and worldly will power and
means, --something like Þór in us). "Otherwise Gymir will take us both"
(stagnation).

Skaði (in us) is our will to ascend to the tallest peaks. She, as you see,
gets Skírnir to move. Note that Skaði is a þurs-maiden in us, but a sheer
bride of gods.

The shortest day of the year is, in the North that is, on the 22nd, or 21st
or 20th of December. Yule-tide has been in the North for thousands and
thousands of years. Christian Christmas is a recent invention on our light
of life being born. Going south of equator we would have Easter in spring
and yule at winter-solstice (20th-23rd June). This means: the longest day is
in December (summer solstice), and the shortest day, yule, in June. Easter,
of course, always spring, but not celebrated in autumn as is Sif the
harvest.

The Frey-cult, a-satru, paganry, heathenry, is here in discussion. It is
ancient, It suffers from our neglect at times, like the Sleeping Beauty, but
always wakes up again. The joy of yule is always there. That is why yule is
always celebrated.

The yule tree that usually is any evergreen or one made of wood and painted
green, the gifts, the decoration on the tree, the apples, the cleaning of
the house, the yule-cake, presents, giving food to ancestors and elves, and
so on, are age old symbols for what yule means to us.
When we hang the candy on the tree we say food, when we hang up the fancy
balls we mean 11 golden apples, when we light the candles we help Skírnir,
i.e. the light of life to be born, the sunlight to come, illumination,
enlightenment.
(Sun is a goddess within us, you know, becoming hamingja when imbibed into
our body-cells.)

At yule-tide mother Earth is rocking us, her bairns (children), towards
renewal of growth, the light is defeating darkness, the light is being born,
natalia, life is outsmarting death, victory of life.
We find these seasonal cycles in Greek mythology as Kore, Hades, Demeter.
Yule is the renewal of the cycle.

Jesus has been given a heathen role in the yule context, i.e. the heathen
concept: the new born light baby, noël, birth of a feeble light of life. But
yule has nothing to do with belief or þeocracies. Yule is (1) Nature's
feast. Nature is a veil, -- hides from our worldly sight, the mystical and
all pervasive spirit, Reality, ginnungagap. Just as we do, when we see our
body, but see not that we are ginnungagap.
Yule is (2) to reach ginnungagap, the Reality of life, we probe within to
find what we are looking for.

Symbolic language and personification are misleading, and idols seem to have
lost the original meaning: Idols are only cues and lead us inwards. They can
never be worthshipped. They are our indications only. Our pathfinders.

Personifications, symbols, idols, can mislead the ignorant, the common blind
man. Idols are not worshipped, but “worth-shipped” as cues into Reality witin us.

Nature's concepts (that we know and see) are used to explain the phenomena
that we do not see with our worldly eyes. Some men, of course, are close to
the animal stage, i.e. still live a life-span on coarse stages on the ladder
of human evolution, and they take no interest in the profound meaning. Still
they like yule and celebrate something joyful.
At all times there are more refined souls living on this our beloved mother
Earth, in Miðgarður, world of Loki, and they see -- through the cues and
code language --the real meaning. So there is allegory all the way through
the mystics of myths for those who care to see. Endless levels of
understanding.

Jesus was not born the Anno Domini, anno zero, invented by the þeocracy
Roman Empire. And Jesus did not have his birthday on the 25th of December
nor on the 6th of January. His name never was Jesus, and he warned against
þeocracies, and he did not know that christianiy would be invented -- truly
against his ideas and opposite to them. Whatever we label it, yule is joy in
us.

Yule-tide implies the days or weeks before the shortest day of the year, the
winter solstice, and days or weeks after winter solstice belong to it as
well. All of Christmass, darkness mass, saturnalia, is heathen myths and
symbols, like Lucia the 4 lit points (spokes) of the wheel.

Freyr is the god of fertility, love, peace, prosperity, progeny, food for
animals and men. Freyr abides within every man, and within everything in
nature.
He is a phallic symbol for some, as progeny and life is a precious thing for
every human being, and the succession of life on earth is man's means to
evolve and reach the highest form or perfection. Síðhöttur (siddhi:
perfection, artha: aim).

Gerður is a þurs-maiden. Her father is Gymir the þurs. That implies: Gerður
Gymisdóttir is worldly, and her father is ancient, and perhaps a previous
state of evolution. She symbolises growth, garden, vegetation. She is a
prerequisite for renewal of, and continuation of, life on earth.

Gerður also means our doings, acts, actions, performances, in material life.
Them we should put right. Right? Connect us to our nourishing source and
essence. That is what union, marriage in myths, stands for.

This is why we so desperately need her to play her vital role in the game of
life. If there is no Gerður then there is no possibility for our further
evolution.
If there is no material life, only inertness of the coffie-brake at Helia
(Hel), or if there are only materially-oriented actions in life- on the
visible surface of life, we wither away (goat's urine, Hrímþurs).

Gullinbursti, Frey's hog, is a fertility symbol.
Frey's sword is his weapon to fight the all-devastating Surtur at ragnarök,
But Freyr gives his sword away to Skírnir in order to have him well equipped
on his task to safe us (humanity and life on earth). Freyr misses his sword
badly at ragnarök when he has to fight Surtur.

The cycle of Surtur and Freyr was when a papal bull ordered the burning of
all sacred fanes, hofs, shrines, and groves and trees, and people alive at
the stake, in Europe. The Frey-cult has no weapon to fight invading armies,
as it is peace and prosperity only. Our only barátta (battle of life) is /
should be, to fight for the continuation of humanity on the evolutionary
path on which the human race is (-- should be).

-What is Skírni's task?
-His task is to persuade Gerður to love Freyr.
-What for?
-Without our divine part we dry up.
This, too, is the only way to secure food and prosperity for mankind.
Myths contain countless levels of understanding.

The divine Freyr and the worldly Gerður, one without the other, can not
count as a perfect life. Our divine innermost core -- here Freyr and love
of life within us -- combined with Gerður's love -- the worldly side of our
human existence -- is a must for us if we are to live, survive, prosper,
evolve to a higher state of consciousness.

Skírnir woos to Gerður for Freyr, i.e. on his beahalf. Freyr as a god does
not go himself to Gerður. His servant and friend, the warmth and divine
light of life, takes on this task to make Freyr happy, and to give us the
promise for continuity of life.

Njörður is Frey's father. Perhaps Njörður is our origin of life in the sea.
Njörður is the sea-god, and might be past phases of our evolution, passed
life-spans and past experience.
Njörður, Freyr and Freyja are vanir. (Not the same as æsir).

Skaði, our will to seek hights in human existence, has the spirit of
mountains. She skies and hunts. Note that she is a þurs-maiden in us.
When her father Þjazi, (past stage of evolution), was gotten rid of, she, as
a proud northern female character in a heathen myth, gets angry, and demands
from æsir a compensation for the great father-loss. That is granted to her.
And she can choose for herself a husband from æsir. She is trying to get
Baldur the beautiful sun-god, but is stuck with Njörður, i.e. we are linked
to past evolution and experiences. Njörður can not stand the mountain tops,
Skaði is bored to sickness by the sea. See this as inner conflict of every
man. Experience-evolution pulling in one direction each.

As we are in the realm of Northern myths, male and female powers make a
compromise: nine nights (no actual time) by the sea, nine (no actual time)
in the mountains.
The eyes of Þjazi (past stage) were thrown up onto the sky (found in Orion).

Hliðskjálf is a most elevated place (-shelf; polar star, mons coelius). From
there Heimdallur, the bright one, (Sefeus) sees over all worlds.

We are men in Miðgarður, we are Loki in the world of men. That is the part
that
the kids and grown-ups play in this script of Skírnismál. It is not taking
place outside of us at all.
For us it is a matter of life or death whether Gerður promises to love Freyr
or refuses to do so. We do take part in the play, as it is vital for us to
take part in the real play of life.
We are not passive spectators.
Skírnir in us has to do something. We have to act too. Life does not go on
without action. Even breathing and heartbeat are actions, however subtle and
natural they may be. We are always compelled to perform an action in order
to live. Right action it should be of course. Only by following the wheel
(yule) set turning can we find out right and wrong. No dogmas or creeds can
ever tell us.

Righteousness?

We shall consider - I here include another example of the need for action in
life - what the myth about Týr... (the god of justice, righteousness, good
valid deeds and who is truly valiant, týr being the sacrifice of
individuality into cosmic consciousness on a deeper level of understanding)
....is telling us when Fenrisúlfur (Fenrir the wolf, deterioration and bad
deeds) is bound:
Drómi and Læðingur are sloth and inertness and laziness, and these do not
hold as fetters on evil and negativity.
Gleipnir is the magical means of genius, magic and knowledge. It holds the
evil until raganrök, so that creative powers may bloom and prosper.
Týr is the valiant one to get Fenrir to put Gleipnir on. Only by performing
a valkyrja (transcending the world of matter) can this be acomplished.
We should study this myth. It teaches us a lot.
The sacrifice of Týr is in core and essence nirvana. That is how we gain
wisdom.

The big brain-washing:
Jólasveinar, yule boys, are around a lot during yule. In the Scandinavian
languages a jólasveinn is a julenisse. Nisse could be a nick name for Saint
Nicholas - usually called Santa Claus. We do not know for sure. Nisser are
much older than Santa. Nisser are good creatures at yule-tide, and the
oppressors (Roman Empire) could not control them. Did they put Santa in the
place of nisser, and why?

Our jólasveinar might be ancestors or gods.
The church tried to create fear during yule-tide, and said jólasveinar
(singular form: jólasveinn) in Iceland to be wicked and evil and ugly
man-creatures coming from the mountains. They were said to steal food, said
to frighten sheep, to frighten kids and grown-ups, to snatch candles, -- and
people should hate them. At the best they were said to be stupid and they
were ridiculed, and even said not to exist at all. (Santa gets that comment
sometimes too, from "big" kids.)

The real story might go like this:
Ancestors are held in great esteem in paganry. They symbolise continuity of
our human race and we pay due reverence to the wisdom of gone generations.
Food was put out for elves and food was given to rever ancestors. Under
Christianity this was banned. The church taught that these yule-creatures
were evil (meaning: ancestor-reverence is banned; but still we gave
food-sacrifices to our ancestors - only under disguise, i.e. gave them food,
and said: -Oh! They stole it!).

Jólasveinar might just as well be our gods, as Óðinn is Jólnir at yule-tide.

um jólasveina

about jólasveinar and Grýla (Gerður)

Stekkjastaur (pronounced: Staick-ya-steurr; the accent always on the first
syllable in Icelandic), is a jólasveinn. He is said to frighten sheep, but
the thing is that sheep is fertilised during this period of the year, so
that lambs shall be borne in spring. Stekkjastaur is a phallic symbol in the
way that he looks into the sheep-sheds to make sure that all is in order. He
is an ancestor who cares. Phallic?

Elves and leprechauns and the like, might have the same story to tell:
Something sacred to heathen men, put in disguise, as it was banned by
penalty of a horrible death.

álfar/elves

The mother of the jólasveinar is called Grýla.
She is said to be a terrible female that takes naughty kids and cooks them
and eats them. Christian parents used her to frighten kids to obey. Grýla is
around during yule.
The real story might go:
Gerður was held in great esteem during yule. This annoyed the new, ruling,
functionaries (þeocracy) terribly, and they could not kill Gerður and the
joy of heathen yule, could not burn her at the stake, so they made her evil,
changed her into a threat to get obedience. Just like they use hells to get
obedience to their rules.

We know that Hel (Helia) is only a soothing coffee-brake between lives. and
the þeocracy only abuses the peaceful beautiful ice-cold name.
The Semitic Hell is a tool for obedience.

Santa is a tool for dominance urge too: if you obey you get......, if you
disobey Santa punishes.......

Grýla sometimes has horns on her head. These might be the horns of the goat
Heiðrún (Capella). Horns are fertility (-of the earth-) symbols. Gerður
might have worn horns at yule-feasts, as a symbol of fertility. Golden horns
mean food, and also spiritual values to gain. The proverb "gull og grænir
skógar" (gold and green woods) means abundance of earthly blessings, bounty,
and spiritual values.

For comparison of symbols: Sif, Þór's wife has golden hair. Her golden hair
is the yellow grains on the ripe field, crop, food, prosperity, means of
living. --- And divine gold as a reward that we gain for our each step on
the ladder of evolution.
The gold of Ægir (spiritual treasures, valuables) in the abyss of the
infathomable ocean.

Most of these above mentioned personifications are said to live in caves and
cliffs. This says: something is hidden in here. (The cliff Hnitbjörg is
within every man.)

Tröllskessur (troll maidens) and þurses are heathen creatures. They are said
to lure men to their mountain-caves, and the only salvation from them is to
go to church and drink Christ's blood and eat Christ's flesh. I wonder if
tröllskessur are beloved Mother Earth the great goddess of care, Mother
Nature, or treasured Freyja the great goddess of unbounded love for humanity
(Brísingamen), that were banned under the church's God-monopoly and
þeocracy. Or Gunnlöð that holds the mead of wisdom in her cliff (in us),
Hnitbjörg.

Some skessur are really good once a man got to know them. Why is that?
One troll-maiden even said: "We, the skessur, would not forget the birthday
of Jesus if he had done as much for us as you men claim he has done for
you." And she gave men a rectified calender so that they would not forget
the correct date for yule!!! (Folk-lore.)
Some humans fell in love with skessur in the mountains. Those men had to
choose from two alternatives: stay with the her in her mountain-cave and
never to return to the church's community, or leave her and belong to the
church.

The same goes for elves. Two options: be outlawed from the x-tian community
and live with the elves in their cliffs full of treasures, or leave the
elves and come to church.

The Semitic invention called Devil sometimes has horns. This implies that
everything pagan and sacred to heathens was put on that new concept: devil.
A lot of brainwashing is still going strong among us.
-Why do we not see it?
-Because of the brainwashing, of course?

The sacred cats had to be killed. What did they do to that pagan concept?
Jólakötturinn (the yule cat) eats those who do not get any new garment for
yule. A new garment means a new spring to come. The poorest and least loved
got no present at yule, and people in Iceland were starving under Lutherism
as the church confiscated their farms, one after the other..
-Why was the cat turned into a man-eating monster at yule-tide?
-That is because it is sacred to heathens.

The real story about the cat might be: We know that Freyja's means for
transport are her cats. They (the cats of Freyja) are the vehicle for the
power of universal and unconditioned love (i.e. goddess Freyja), and
Freyja's concern is all for the human race. Her precious Brísingamen (the
talisman, or gem, or necklace of Brísingar) is the human race. And we know
that cats are sacred animals. Even their noble eyes symbolise the soothing
mystery of our moon on the night-sky.
The papal empire realised that the praise of cats had to be killed by all
means (the so-called holy means: real cats were tortured and killed, said to
be incarnated evil spirits), as sacred cats (symbolically that is) are a
part of the heathen Frey-cult. Cats (vehicle of love) form a part of Freyja,
the great goddess of the North. Freyja is unconditioned love, that knows no
double sided ethics of "I love you if you obey my rules --- if you do not
obey I have a terrible revenge in store for you", which some religions
(warfare in disguise) use on their credulous members. (Þeocratic claim for
despotic obedience for egoistic purposes).

Freyja, the heathen female divinity, is the eternal continuum of infinite
dynamism. Knowing this makes a ruling institution (Christ's bride)
completely unnecessary and can altogether be dismissed. What kind of people
wants rules from outside instead of inner creative dynamism? Some people
surely did not, so the Roman (papal) empire (threat-imposing itself as an
intermediary to divinity) had to fight Freyja (found within every man) with
bloody swords and devastating fire.

Freyja's cats could not be killed, but they were made wicked and
frightening. So they live as the yule-cat. The bad witch and her bad cat,
and all the bad superstition about the bad cats could be (is) the invention
of the culture-killing bad God-monopoly institution.

Of course the goddesses can not be killed. They are aspects of the divine
mother within every being. But some institutions tried hard to distort and
pollute and abuse the mystic code or symbols.

Frey-cult can not be used to subdue the free human spirit.
It is an individual and personal affair to be a heathen. And so we are born.
No institutions are needed, but being together is great fun. So by all means
mix and mingle with your fellow men. Good human societies are a good part of
life. But avoid the company of mean and malicious men. Seek the company of
the wise and the unselfish.

Poor Santa Claus is used as a threat like Grýla-Gerður. First he is said to
be all love, and the kids look forward to waking up every morning in
December to receive his token of love, some little gift in the shoe in the
windowsill. But what happens? Disgusting parents put a raw potato in the
shoe in the windowsill, and claim the symbol of love (Santa, jólasveinn,
julenisse) to be revenging the kid for some meant disobedience towards some
invented rules, that obviously have not
been discussed with the kid, not agreed on by the kid, whose purpose has not
been understood by the kid.
An intelligent parent would talk to the kid about the necessity and purpose
of a good action or behaviour. An intelligent parent would explain the
purpose of life, the necessity of a right action. A wise parent would never
use the double sided ethics of claiming love, penalty, obedience, threat, to
be one and the same thing or feelings.
By some newer religions the "normal" thing is hell or heaven.
This has no place in edda. Every human being is on his path towards
perfection. And there exists (in Hávamál) a shortcut to Valhöll in one of
our life-spans.
Great wisdom about existence these our ancestors possessed, man.

A good and wise parent teaches kids to perform the valkyrja, Týr on meiður,
TM®, in order to gain the purest wisdom of ginnungagap. (Hávamál)

Paganry, heathenry, is many, many thousands of years old. Who knows how
ancient. And it is the most beautiful wisdom of life, and understanding of
purpose of life.

Heathenry is absolutely unfit for use as a device for dominance-urge.

Heathenry is the peaceful Frey-cult, a-satru, paganry, which conways the
know-how on how the free human spirit, Óðinn (I) transcends this material
world to gain the great wisdom, manvit mikið. It is all love. No threat. All
responsibility of each man. All about the right action of an individual, -
not for egoistic goals, but for each individual, for his individual
evolution, creation as our means for experiments and search for Truth,
evolution of us all and the universe, that is the purpose.

We should never use the double-sided ethics where you can talk about your
love and use threats and violence at the same time. An individual should be
whole. He can not attack in the name of peace, not kill in name of love, not
beat in name of care and love.
Missionary, threat, crusade, and violence is alien to paganry. Action is
meant for betterment, not used to gain other men's possessions or to deprive
another man of his free will. Freedom involves the respect for other men's
freedom.

Merry yule-tide, prosperous new year.
The year is beginning at yule-tide. In Iceland we wish "happy yule, year,
and peace", Við óskum gleðilegra jóla, árs (a prosperous year) og friðar.
And year means the whole year, not just the first few days of January, but
the year from winter solstice and on and on. Peace is the only way to live
prosperity. Crops bloom when there is peace among men. And a valkyrja, TM,
should be performed by all men and bairns.

Gleði (gledi) is gladness, and that also means the vastness, greatest width
as has the sky. What vastness? The heath, the moor, the mountains? No only:
it is the unbounded ginnungagap within everything and everyone, the field of
all possibilities. (The scientific term: The Unified Field.) The only way to
find real peace, permanent peace. The abode of Óðinn (consciousness) is
Glaðheimar.

The goddess abides in us. Her power lies in her greatness. A divine mother.

Gerður of Skrínismál, of course, belongs to the category of proud and
powerful Norse females, just like every other northern being that is truly
pagan. This way of behaving penetrates the whole lot of Icelanders, apart
from the true obedient Christians (dominus-obedience system, the good sheep
of the good shepherd).
About one half of us Icelanders are said to have their own private opinions
(each individual for himself) and their individual way of thinking, when it
comes to the spiritual part of life. It has most likely always been so in the North.
Perhaps this is the reason for edda to be saved and preserved in Iceland.
Scholars claim South-Europeans to have been more obedient to the dogmas.
Individuality was killed by the Empire.

This brilliant individuality is the reason for kings having a hard time in
Iceland to get sovereignty. Kings tried to chop their way with swords, but
never had but a contemporary success. But a threat-imposed encroachment or
breach exists under another name: The papal functionaries used the sword,
threatened with hell, confiscated possessions, stole yule (and turned it
into Christmas), stole Easter (the spring goddess; Easter was turned into a
horror story about Jews killing Jesus).
The Icelandic constitution still allows a state in the state. The very
constitution of that so-called individuality-oriented nation, contains one
paragraph on that people can have views, meanings, opinions, sex, color of
skin, as they choose, still being equals, and another paragraph,
contradicting it, opposed to it, that says that all and every one shall
showel a huge budget of money (taxes) into a state-run sect of restricted
creeds, support it and hold it in esteem at all cost -- (a huge cost!!!).

Heathen hofs, fanes, shrines, vé, trees, groves, and men and women and cats
were burned, but pagans only got on with spirituality "a la my personal,
own, individual way".
"Oh! wicked jólasveinar!! They stole some food from me!!"

Always have there been men around who find the great power within, their
might and main, Þór, and the free human spirit, Óðinn.

Life is the expansion of happiness, anyway.


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This script of Skírnismál:

This script is meant for kids of every age to take part in the beautiful
game of life. Each individual acts according to his joy, in order to get the
most beautiful life. And I beg you to consider sincerely one thing: Do not
thrust kids to take part. Do not trick them or lure them into anything or
say: -Look, all the other kids are taking part, so you should.
Kids should be taught to act on their own initiative. A good teacher
inspires and explains the real meaning, but does not thrust, not push, does
not cunningly lure a little soul to do as the teachers wants.

Please do not say: -look, all the others are....... therefore (so) you
should....

And parents should be trustworthy friends. They explain, but do not demand
obedience. Why do kids love their parents and love to help them and run
errands for them? Not because of fear, not because of threat, not for a gain
of favour. No. Just because they love to love and help. Cut out the stick
and the carrot. Give love, affection, understanding and explanation. An
actions that comes from within is the only true one. If your child performs
straight from his of her heart, then the deed is real.
Give love and trust and it will reflect on the surroundings.
By Urður Verðandi and Skuld you shall always get it back sooner of later, in
this life-span (ævi) or next ones.

Allow your kids to learn the TM® technique, and they shall know what is
right action.
Such kids score as super-kids in schools, universities, in life itself.

In order to be a man in Miðgarður every individual should be all-responsible
for his actions. Therefore he, as an individual, acts on his conditions. No
brain-washing, not threats, no "candy for a good doggie" or heaven after
death. No devil, only the cycles of life, that are the waves on which
evolution surfs (Þund). And above all: each individual shall find his and
her unique role in it.

Winter solstice:
Skírnismál start with Freyr in the darkness of the North during winter.
He sees Gerður far away. He falls in love, but is unhappy because his
beloved is far away. She does not know him. Does not care.
Skaði, Frey's stepmother, and Njörður, his father, are worried because of
his depression. They wake up Skírnir, Frey's servant and friend since long,
so that he may find out the cause of Frey's grief or discontent.
At last Skírnir gets Freyr to speak: The reason for his grief is the love
for Gerður that is not here with him.

Skírnir rides over snowy mountains on Frey's pony, having Frey's sword that
fights on its own if a wise one holds it. He also takes along eleven golden
apples as a gift from Freyr to Gerður. He takes Draupnir (pronounced:
Dreupn-irr (accent always on the first syllable in Icelandic)), the golden
ring that Óðinn burned on the cremation fire of his beloved son Baldur (--
but this counts as a cycle too).
Draupnir breeds ("drops", or from it "drip") another eight golden rings
every now and then (aeons, ages, circles and cycles in evolution).
And Skírnir takes along with him the young tree gambanteinn, the magic wand,
--just in case

The journey is a challenging undertaking, and no-one can get into Gerður's
abode, they say. That we claim to be true. But Skírnir knows that a long
life is meant for him, and he shows no wavering of the mind, no hesitation
whatsoever.
Oh, he, the ray from divinity, has the inevitable power of Nature behind
him, of course. And so do we if we want to.

Skírnir speaks to the horse.
Note that we are listening to a northern myth and a horse is not a dead
vehicle but a living creature, a living power, our very nervous system, in
the state of restful alertness.
Skírnir says to the horse: -Either Gymir takes us both or we both survive.
This is to ensure the steadfast co-operation of man and horse: Skírnir and
his means to pass the great flame vafurlogi, -- for the best for mankind and
all living creatures in nature, for whom man is responsible.

Note: In the great book Óðsmál, ISBN 9979 60 165 5, Sleipnir, Óðin's horse,
is explained as the nervous system, means to get from Miðgarður to Ásgarður
to gain manvit mikið, the great profound knowledge. Animals are used as
symbols in heathen myths. Cats, f.eks, are symbolic for getting into the
sphere of pure love, unconditioned love, the spiritual part of oneself --
inwards.

But difficulties first begin when Skírnir meets Gerður!!! She is not to be
demanded to do anything that she herself has not the intention to do. We are
in the middle of a pagan myth, you know. She, a female power on a
þurs-stage, plainly, says:
-No. I do not want Freyr!
Flatly, just so, refuses.

The female power, as divine goddesses or as humans, always is revered.
The female will is held as the most prominent of worldly powers.

Skírnir brings presents. Gerður does not accept them. Her father (Gymir) is
rich
in material goods (in Gymisgarðar), and she has everything that anyone (a
person of a crude worldly status) can wish for.

Skírnir threatens with the sword that has carved magic runes on it. But
Gerður is not afraid. She is almost arrogant, and for sure can not be
threatened by a sword. She just suggests, perhaps haughtily or nonchalantly,
that maybe Skírnir would like to play a fighting game with her father Gymir.

Skírnir then uses gambanteinn, the magic wand, to persuade her to love
Freyr. He tells her what will happen to a person that lives on the worldly
level of life only, when the divine is not lived, when the divine part of
life is rejected as if it were of no importance, we gradually perish, i.e.
get off-track on our path of evolution. That counts as sin, getting off the
path of evolution, and leads to suffering only.

We should know that the divine is our innermost core. We are divine beings
that dwell on earth for our purpose: to gain perfection. That is being
Síðhöttur. Perfection is the goal of the universe. Life is an interesting
game to play to achieve that goal.

This is meant for us men in Miðgarður to understand, as well as for Gerður.
Without getting nourished from our divine part, from ginnungagap, we shall
dry out and wither away.

Skírnismál encourages us to perform actions in life. Valkyrja is the best
and most powerful action of all. The teaching of Hávamál: Týr á vingameiði,
Óðinn given to Óðinn, I given to myself, We can easily learn TM®. This is
in essence what edda is telling us all about. This is how we can know what
is right action.
Right action is powerful and all joy. Expansion of happiness is the purpose
of life.

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