Heini is all about gaining the infusion of the power of ginnungagap through our ancient gods and goddesses and our elves (rivers and channels).....

(note: these chatters on this website are _not_  in the book Óðsmál,
 only complementary to the book's contents)

Heiðni (heidni, paganry, heathenry, ásatrú, asatru, Frey-cult, forni siður, sanatana dharma),

vor (our) forni (ancient, olden) siður (sidur; tradition, cult),

life is the expansion of happiness -- Glaheimar of consciousness

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What is heathenry?
We do not understand edda;
Edda is written in symbolic language;   Myths are allegory, tell an inner story, hidden by the visible story.
The symbolic language, not understood by the crude minds, saved the myths and poems in a way.
Truth can never die -- or It would not bear that name.
Edda -- and heathenry -- have been distorted and misinterpreted, debased and misunderstood, deliberately and by ignorant men;




Theocracies are not spirituality; they are warfare only in the garb of "religion";

Heiðni is all about gaining the infusion of the power of ginnungagap through our ancient gods and goddesses and our elves (rivers and channels) but this we do not understand any more. It is about time to rediscover the beauty of shaman.

The word "religion" thus has two opposite (and opposed) meanings, meant to be confusing -- as it has, I am sorry to admit, succeeded to become. The two opposed meanings of the word religion are _spirituality_ and _imperialism_ -- which obviously can never never never be one and the same thing.

Some claim to be heathens but play the "evil-worship" role invented by the church, an invention used to debase heathens that never had even heard of -- sure did not understand -- that newly introduced concept: "devil"; apart from the fact that "worship" in the christian meaning has nothing to do with devotion to inner gods and goddesses. These are entirely different concepts. One is flattering and self-humiliation, the heathen one it the power of inner Self to be cultivated and made active in life.

And:
Why did heathens not understand the term: "religious war" -- killing in the name of a God, a "bellicose God"?
Because heathens embrace spirituality.
Theocracy and warfare (in the name of a God!!) is a package alien to shaman-people. Shaman is making an effort to understand and find peace among us and peace within. It is the complete forbearance of other men's views, but does not allow anyone to push a heathen around.

Because something called theocracy never had occurred in our mind. It was a concept that had no sound meaning. Perhaps even something not worth thinking about.

We did not realise the danger. Those who did were killed.

Easy and unfathomable life.

These next pages contemplate on these confusing questions and the statements that you just read about (above).
The following chatters are more or less retelling us the same thing in different words, as we look at the unfathomable but yet so easy and natural subject, _life_.

The secret language of edda -- of the sacred poems of the North -- has to be rediscovered if we are going to understand the depth and layers of the poems.

The secret language --- a key to the secret we (every human being) own "here inside".

The ancient heathen poems were conveyed orally, chanted, for millennium, --- preserved by an oral tradition for ages, --- and then saved and preserved (i.e. written down) in Iceland by christians under christianity.

note: edda is not classified as literature; heathens do not have a "Book" or "The Books"; neither do we have a written "law", nor "the letter", dogma nor katekism. These are concepts unknown in heathenry. Heathenry is a living tradition, a living search for the Great Unknown, that is our Only Known Existence.
A paradox?
Yes. In this way the edda is told, and the enigmas are there to evoke our interest in the big game of seeking Truth.
This game is the real purpose of life.

We gain the apples of Iðunn by transcending the world of matter, be Óðinn given to Óðinn, I given to my Self.



The profane mind has no access to the abyss of the poems. The secret code in which the wisdom is shared is for the man of finer understanding and higher state of consciousness only to be comprehended and realised in its highest meaning.
But any man enjoys the poems.
Why?
Because they are about him, about us. We know that, only we do not fully realise. Some think, i.e. realise mentally; some have the feeling but are not sure. But sooner or later we shall get interested, stop being "fish in a muddy river" and give in to the curiosity.
Wait and see. Our curiosity, and the reason why we chose to be born once more, is the power that we love, the will, the drive.


I shall here give an insight into the secret code of edda, like:

(Sample:) The sky, and also goddess Sun, Sól (Sol), are symbolic for universal consciousness and for man's consciousness as a part of it or as it.
And gir is the abyss of consciousness too, Rn, perfect orderliness, being his vf.

This is fully and heathenly understood by the non-profane mind only. We can start by understanding intellectually.
The research in consciousness will be there for us when we are ready to enjoy it without worldly thoughts. I.e.: not just intellectually, --
like we stuff our head with info and data --, but as lived wisdom without human thoughts.

When we reache refined stages we shall understand this. Do not worry. Everyone can be on the path. Do not waste a life-span (vi).

The universe and man are of the same structure. Man is a miniature universe but not at all smaller, because smaller than the smallest and the bigger than the biggest are one and the same in the prefect order.

Tony Nader MD PhD
 

The universe is personified in heathenry. And things in it are too. Just like we call our earth Mother Earth, the giving and caring goddess, and as we also let Her symbol our material existence, so we love her as a planet and as a living deity equally.


How do gods and goddesses fit in?


By paying attention to our ancient heathen gods and goddesses we are only getting closer to ourselves, i.e. our origin and essence, so it is the easy road home, through the gods into the holy ginnungagap, from which we (like the gods) are.


note: gods and goddesses are not worshipped in the way the Icelandic verb dýrka (dyrka) means to us now. They are cultured as the skandinaviska verb dyrke indicates.
The gods and goddesses "operate both ways":
(1) We gain through them access to Ásgarður (As-gardur) and
(2) we get infused by the power of ginnungagap through them.


Note: this does not apply for God of Moses and the x-tian church, as he leads minds outwards. Outwards and through a media to a God-concept alien to heathenry.
He (God of Moses and the church) demands obedience, is called the jealous god as he bans all other gods, and he rewards and punishes according to a man-made law (that of the used prophet and its interpreters). He is imperialism, despotism, katekism, theocracy. That kind of God-concept has no place in heathenry.

The heathen gods and goddesses are, as it were, the presidents of the Laws of Nature, and trends and psychology in us. Our boons and punishments are our personal makings and responsibility for our (each individual's and mankind's) örlög (orlog; destiny, fate; see: Urður (Urdur), Verðandi (Verdandi) og (and) Skuld (Debt) in "dictionary Norra, Norruorðabókin (Norru-orda-bokin (word-book)").
And the abyss of the symbolic language of edda; on DVDs, and soon launged here video/audio,
audio-video, the abyss of the symbolic language of edda


Who is "blind" and who "sees"?

What is for us a dark night is for the enlightened einherji as a bright day as he sees,
even what we call a bright day is a dens darkness of night as we are not yet seers.

We get info by our five senses, then our inner eye as intuition takes over. The worldly eyes may not spot the road inwards, being obsessed with all the appealing worldly roads and glamour.

Höður (Hoedur) is our blindness, our fighting blindly in our ignorance and lack of "seeing". Baldur is our illumination and "seeing". The Sun-God in us. They are brothers, blind fighting and light-seeing in us humans. We have to choose whom to enjoy.
Sounds easy?

Hur night, Baldur sunny day, Vli morning, Varr evening.
If Vli is revenging he does so by killing darkness. -How? -By bringing in the light. (symbolically speaking as always)

We are Loki, half divine, half worldly, and Loki is our trial/error way of finding the mystical gap, ginnungagap, the very state we are seeking all our lives. Our perpetual mistakes and successes, the get into trouble and putting things straight, are that game of life. This implies being a human being, a part of the human race.
Sounds fun?
The trouble is that this our generation is deprived of this wisdom. We do not know that the theocracy people have lied to us and killed our ancestors that knew The Truth.

Living is all fun and all a game of living.
Edda and heathenry are full of fun and humour.
But all the fun is meant to teach us a lesson. We should take the fun seriously and we will benefit from understanding it. Enjoy it and take it seriously.
The game is: Finding Truth.
Kids love the hide and seek game. We play it all our lives, perhaps without consciously taking part. Perhaps the "known Semitic God" and His apostles lead us astray from the real game of life: finding Truth within. There is no game if somebody comes to Greece from the desert of Palestine and says: He has already been found, men.

No only that the game of life is spoiled and the fun of living along with that, but also: That God claimed to be "found" is a theocratic tool only.
We seek Truth, but somebody named Paul found theocracy, and we let him stop our seeking Truth.
How come?
Well. To begin with we just added this funny concept "known God". OK so far. But after a while our forbearance proved to be a dangerous lack of understanding the severe underestimation of cunning theocracies, i.e.: We did not see the imperialism in the garb of religion. It tricked us.
(As originally, by Moses, it was meant to do; but then came the "believers" and they are blind and claim to know and see everything.


The game of life is all about finding Truth within.

1st clue: It is within;   We are it.
2nd: gods (gods and goddesses) and elves are channels;
3rd: It can not be seen with eyes (worldly eyes);
4th: thoughts do not reach there;
5th is a note: there is no game-over; a suicide only means a harder next life; Niflhel should not be the goal. Glaheimar only.
6th clue: obstacles and change are chances; as Þór crushes the past and all ignorance to make evolution and new makings possible, so take obstacles and change as they come with an open mind. And always see obstacles as opportunities, and change as a necessity.
Obstacles do not exist.
7th: I always know what I want; I listen to others but I do not obey them.
8th: blind belief is a dangerous pit to fall into. We can only believe that there is something yet unfound in us.
We go on looking for it.  We are it, know yourself (gnoi seauton).

Hnitbjrg, Gunnl, the mead of wisdom.
-where?  -within us!   We are inn and enter into the priceless wisdom.  Sn, Bon, Rati, Suttungur......
(the beautiful symbolic language of myths)


we are consciousness; sn, frn, is:   not being an individual for a while,
but the sacret ginnungagap, consciousness, only.


The mythic language of edda has two functions:

1) It explains profound meanings, using nature's phenomena to explain the unseen, -- as the sun in the sky shed brightness, and goddess Sun is the inner spiritual light, the beginning of enlightenment inside each individual and the sky is our unbounded consciousness.
The common man understands nature's marvels, and there are always some people around on earth that see the unseen under the veil of matter. Using metaphor is our spice in life all the time, and we should see that edda does the same.

2) Secondly the mythic language safeguards the secret from crude men. If the edda had been understood it would have been destroyed when theocracy of the Roman Empire (christian church) burned all cultural omens --- that it could not use for its egoistic empirical domination purposes.


The way in which edda is told then has these two obvious advantages:
(Remember: myths are an allegory, events are symbolic in myths; do not take myths literally)

1) known concepts of nature are used to explain the unseen reality;

2) only the non-profane mind understands, while those of us that live this our present life-on-earth on lower stages of consciousness remain indifferent to the profound meaning -- but we still enjoy the (silly) stories and tell them on and on for kids and coming generations, where they (the stories) wait for a time and place and a man and a generation to sprout in their profound beauty of Truth. They are seeds. They contain seeds.

Some heathen concepts for that kind of seed-memory are: Ber, a nut, apple core, Bergermir, ...(and others).

In still another way put forth: The secret code of edda has two functions:


1) It explains profound meanings in a language that the common man understands, using nature's phenomena to explain the unseen, -- as the sun sheds brightness, and goddess Sun is the inner spiritual light, the beginning of enlightenment inside each individual.
Edda uses metaphor, symbolic language, parables, illustrative or abstract ideas. Edda is a piece of allegory (a story and a hidden story behind and inside it, a veiled saga). We use metaphor all the time in common-day speech, so we have no problems (excuses) with the understanding of metaphors if we really want to understand the profound beauty of edda.

2) The secret code of edda, safeguards the secret. Had the edda been understood it would have been destroyed when theocracy of the Roman Empire, christian church, burned all cultural omens that it could not use for its egoistic papal imperial purposes. But edda survived. It was written from the oral tradition and handed down to us that now live here. It is our task to appreciate the wisdom and tell our kids about our ancient ancestors' science of life. It is our delightful duty to understand and teach the wisdom. It is our allotted duty to see to its survival and understanding.


Questions and the quest for understanding


Is it a mere coincidence that edda did not get lost along with everything else?
Are there coincidences? -- or only fate (destiny, örlög (orlog))?
Why do these poems live?
What saved them?
And:
Why does the eternal story live?

Answers to all this:
Because edda poems are about Truth. Truth in us, Truth for which we are looking all the time. They are a funny key to the riddle of life, and even if is seems to have got lost it never will. We shall for ever hold it in our hands and in our heart.

Every man is enjoying the seek-and-hide game of life, discovering the innermost secret of life.
But:
When the god-concept is exploited by warfare, guðveldi (gud-veldi), theocracy, monotheism, we veil our seeking and leave the blind warriors, Höður (Hodur), in their blindness to finish off their dark age. Dawn of brighter times (Baldur) always comes. That we know. That we heathens -- who know the cycles of life and the cycles ages -- do know.

Now these times of understanding are dawning. The blindness withers away and wanes. The rising sun of understanding expels the darkness of ignorance. At the same time our sky, our intellect (Óðinn (Odinn)) and consciousness (Sól (goddess Sun) and Týr (Tyr the luminous sky-god)), clear up and become heið (heidh), heiður (pron.: haidhur; meaning cloudless, clear, pure, unveiled.
Heiður (heidhur) is close to heiðinn (heidhinn) and also means self-esteem, and fairness. Means: of the pure vastness (the unbounded access to our sky), all self-responsible and self-possessed). Gladness, vastness, heath, sky and space. Unbounded consciousness.

Note: Týr (Tyr) is the luminous sky-god as his name indicates, and also the unselfish righteousness and the valiant action of performing justice.
Do you see the resemblance?
Do you see the layers in the mythic language?
Do you see that heiður (heidur, cloudless, clear, luminous) is also the spotless consciousness that we as heathens strive to enjoy. Not for egoistic and egocentric purposes and not by enjoying rotten gains do we light up our inner man.
And to make a riddle, Tyr also is the bull, the great force of the bull, the animal life force in us. He is The star Mars, and the fighter. It is up to us, each individual, to use his force for the sky god, the fight for righteousness, or the animal force, or all combined. We do not obey him, but we have access to the powers he stands for whenever we want. Our responsibility is to see Truth, not to be a soldier in the army of the power-greedy men.

The name of the bright sky god Tr means also -- in Icelandic "thjor"-- "a bull" and comes directly from tavuri (a horn-less bull) or sfira (an ox, svrasver) in Sanskrit.
A large glacial river in the south of Iceland is Þjórsá (
pronounce: Thiors-au)
Svíri (sviri,
proun.: spheerry) in Icelandic is a sturdy neck.
There have been written books on the striking similarity in the grammatical changes of words between Sanskrit and Old Norse, grammar that Icelandic still enjoys.


So: language of myths...........

1) Everyone can enjoy edda. The enigma fascinates us.
The listener, chanter, (reader), can understand edda in his own way according to his personal state of consciousness; Id est: the refined souls see here pure theosophy, and theurgy, where those on the coarser states find amusing stories, and enjoy them like a kid enjoys them and like kids enjoy Snow White, and Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty, ---- the eternal tale that actually is about the same subject: the evolution of man --- but told in that figurative picturesque, charming, special, secret language, metaphor, that which bears in it the game of changing the meaning, finding the hidden meaning, the code, the allegory, of myths and god-spells (gospel is what is told about our gods and goddesses, gu-spjall, god-talk, magic poem (spjöll=töfraþula(spell)).

2) The survival of edda is _because_of_ the secret language and _because_ the profound meaning is not so obvious at all.
I shall explain:
In crude times in the cycles of mankind, edda has not been destroyed (burned and banned) altogether (even if it was banned and practically everything burned). Edda survived in Iceland. Priests wrote it down.
Edda poems had been preserved by oral tradition for a long logn time but would be lost if it were not for that disobedience of the Icelandic priests to the papal bulls. (--It was hard for the centralised power to reach us here in the far North and we never got properly christianized or subdued.)
And all over Europe (and elsewhere too) we find the core of heathenry. It is hard to spot because it is at times preserved as christian rituals. Those performed christian rituals are a facade only. The christian so-called ethics, polluted by dominance urge, are distorted to a double-faced rules that lack sound moral.
The Old Testament and the New one may be contradicting on most topics, but we can trace everything in them to the source from which everything was taken (stolen, "borrowed") and see what has been added and changed by the theocracies to suit its purposes.

If we really do want to see, -- then we have to take off the black goggles of brainwashing.
Our choice is in which way we live this our present life; choice between blind worship, belief, dogma, imprinting, literalism, -- or as another choice not as easy on us: seeing (searching) the Great Truth within, trying to understand heathenry.

Some of our heathen ancient inheritance was used (abused) by the papal empire, called christian church; some of it they burned; and what they could not deal with (burn or use) was made "devilish" and a sin for which the church killed us (our heathen ancestors).


The profound, real and delicate part of heathenry, Knowledge, ginnungagap, can not be burned, not cleft by weapons, not polluted by ignorance. It is eternal Truth.  It belongs to every man.

But the delicate part of heathenry, which I try to tell you about, is the gap ginnunga and transcendence taught in rúnatal (runatal) of Hávamál (Havamal). We shall regain the knowledge, rediscover the core and the profundity.

Each heathen individual reaches his innermost core, the divine ginnungagap in himself. Each heathen individual is responsible for himself. Heathenry is the ancient faith of Europeans, as adopted to our philosophy of life, by it and from it. The names of our gods and goddesses have profound meanings in our languages. And they contain many layers that are difficult to translate and see at first sight. Even if the similar functions and symbols of gods and goddesses are found all over in ancient cults (and those of to-day not yet polluted by monotheism and theocracies and those imperial missions)

The heathen gods and goddesses of Europe have, if i may express myself so, adapted us to them and themselves to us. See what I am trying to say? They appeal to us. Their nature is our nature as we have explained them in terms that we know from our life.
Even, like Sigmund Freud had it, myths are explaining us.

All the concepts can be understood by us as a part of our culture, our spiritually and life, our customs, folklore, legends, myths. We are breast-fed with it.
But not all care. * Some believe wrong imprinting, * some never think about inner life, * some abuse it for crude purposes.
But we shall get wiser one day.

Gunnl is waiting for us; she loves consciousness (inn).
Gunnl in Hnitbjrg and the mead of wisdom



I insert some explanation on meanings of words and language:

I shall explain: A mere name, a word, just a "label", is not like the Old Norse sees things. The meaning of each concept must not get lost.
I take an example: Eir, the goddess of healing and the best of doctors, does not mean anything profound and really understood if we just write the name we learned: Eir.
For an Icelander her name indicates peace of mind and tranquillity of the soul. Names are not labels. Names are a whole story on their own!!

Now there are some categories of understanding or not understanding or pretending to know or believe that we understand:

1) idolatry without the elves or channels inwards (but that is a facade and Schauspiel only; meaningless; useless; just a self-deceptive show-off);

2) understanding intellectually (info, data, explanations; but all the same the beginning of the will to see, the dawning of Easter, spring in our life);

3) learning concepts and a supposed interpretation of their meaning without feeling or really getting the real core ( -- some people know names of Vedic concepts -- to take an example -- but definitely have no idea about how all-pervasive Brahman is, and not knowing that I am Brahman and you are Brahman, even if those words can be spoken as a parrot in the living-room can learn them).

Some are book-luggers, the preachers, the talking parrots;
Take the name Eir. No explanation replaces peace. A picture is not the subject it portrays. Even a good picture is only a picture.

4) not thinking but having heathen (spotless, pure) feeling for the unseen.
This implies "hearing" the name Eir in the consciousness, "finding" its resonance far deeper than the plane or sphere of thinking. It might be called meditating on her name, but not deliberately, not consciously, not forced, not by thinking first. then feeling, then submerging into it leaving the thoughts behind.

5, and 6, and so on......: Plus a multitude of other views and attitudes.

Once we know Old Norse we hear nafn Eirar (Eir's name) as Eirð (Eirdh), Ró (Ro), Power-Loaded Tranquillity, Dynamic Peace of Mind, the Trust of the Innermost Silent Abyss. First then we "see" with eyes closed (find) effortlessly her healing power.
If we only see a picture or a statute of a woman and the label "Eir", we are deprived of the understanding. We are then just idolatric worshippers. Parrots in a mental cage. We might label ourselves heathens in that case (cage?), but that is about all there is to it. A label.

The innermost understanding can only be found by performing a valkyrja, transcending this world of matter, as taught in Hávamál.


How could edda survive the warfare and theocracy called church?

As everything heathen was said to be of the Devil (a clever southern device meant to exploit fear in the credulous mob), edda poems were actually banned. But they seemed so innocent as never to be able to become a threat to christianity itself. They were just regarded as an amusing inheritance from a tell-tale period, the age of ignorance (as christians call the pre-christian wisdom), the "primitive belief", "primitive religion". Then the church invented a contrasting one-upmanship for itself: "advanced belief", "advanced religion" (for its theocracy, warfare in the garb of "religion"). The priests still chew on this cunning division and distinction between heathenry (that in its essence is pure spirituality) and christianity (that in its essence is theocracy only). This is a part of the misleading interpretation and goes in brief: We (the theocracy and revelation) are the best and truest, the old stuff is rubbish. This has to be imprinted to become believed until good brainwashing is reached. Then perpetual reinforcing by priests on wages has to be carried on with. Tough job to withhold that tool named christianity.

A good part of the tactic is to ridicule the ancient wisdom, distort it and mock it, and have christian explanations of the ancient (originally heathen) holy days and events (that all have been dressed up in the fake interpretation).

We may think that killing and burning men alive at the stake is not applicable now in Europe. But in Greece heathens are threatened by assassination (from the orthodox men) for their revival of and interpretation of the ancient heathen gods and goddesses; --- and the tribal wars in Europe are of the "clash of civilisations", --- "Clash of civilisations" a polite and timid name for "religious wars" and the clash of different theocracies, theocracies that all use the bellicose God that Moses invented for these imperialistic purposes. They bomb and shoot each other in name of the one and the same God under different names, and the purpose is gaining territory for the expansion of their (each one's) empire. Europe is no exception. They are still at it.
We know -- in spite of the timid pseudo-names our press-people use for the religious wars. They dare not tell frankly. So many do not want to hear the real names. The press-people might loose jobs, you understand.


A question that often confronts me when I give lectures:
How come the heathens did not see what was happening until too late?
Someone asked me recently:
How come the heathen men in Europe let this happen? ("this" being the criminal history of the Roman papal empire.)

And I only assume -- as to give a response to this appalling question:

A bellicose God had no existence in the minds of heathens. These new concepts seemed out of context. How could a god (called "God"), that banned all other gods, tell someone called prophet to kill men that were performing rituals because they were performing their rituals?

This seems to be far below the sphere of our concern. Just plain nonsense.

God of the desert and of the church had not, and will never have, anything to do with gods and goddesses of heathens.
The question and then the answer was as irrelevant as asking a crocodile why he does not fly in the air.

New concepts had no place to begin with but were tolerated as somebody's else's hobby. Heathen men did not grasp the concept religious war. It is impossible for a heathen person to grasp how men can kill each other in the name of a god (called God).

The bellicose God of Moses (all-worldly) has nothing whatsoever in common with our gods/goddesses (worldly too).
These are totally contrasting concepts, --- as warfare and spirituality are.
The word "religion" is a trap. An empirical tool. A very very clever strategy.
The attacked people did not see what was happening. They only assumed somebodies philosophy of life. Not the total massacre to come. They could not possibly associate gods with despotic power institutions.

sons of inn (consciousness),
Vli (the hawk of morning) Baldur, Hur, Varr;
How do we revenge? Vli knows:  We kill darkness by bringing in the light


More traps.

Heathen men did not know what that devil was either.
As previously stated: the Devil was a clever southern device meant to exploit fear in the credulous mob. Fear is alien to heathens. There is nothing to fear.
As heathen men did not know what that devil was anyway, they did not bother, and neither rejected or took that concept in. Their gods and goddesses were said to be devilish, whatever that meant. Runes were said to be devilish. Chanting shaman was said to be devilish. That devil was said to have good heating fire -- and fire was something that at least Icelanders (probably all Europeans) loved to have. Fire is one of the best things to have, says in edda. The winters are cold here. At least in Iceland.
Perhaps we liked that new guy Devil as he seemed to possess all the beauty of our gods and goddesses, good fire, and fire is a concept of purified mind and purification in spiritual sayings.

And fire has in myths the meaning of will power to progress in one´s life, anyway.  Ullur is the fire of knowledge, burning up all ignorance.  We find Ullur inside us. Inner than thought about him.

If the christian devil has horns and a tail it could be our heathen fertility tokens. Actually Icelanders now-a-days put his name in every sentence just for embellishment. Seamen and country people are experts in it. Helvíti (helviti), djöfull (djoefull), andskoti (he who shoots against us), fjandi (he who hates), skratti (seiðskrati, he who makes seidr).
And then the verbs blóta (blota) and ragna were invented by the church to indicate the diabolic act of invoking gods and goddesses in us. Those sacred terms were all attributes to that devil, and for us he is a useful word for emphasising a meaning of an everyday sentence:

Example: Helvíti er þetta gott, (hell of a good thing);
djöfull ertu klár, maður, (devil (devilishly) you are smart, man).  
(this is icelandic common language; helvti and djfull do not exist, anyway, as we see it)


Fertility symbols and the vital power symbols were put on that devil (whatever that was).

If that devil has horns on some christian photos of him this most likely is derived from heathen fertility symbol. If he has a hoof or a cloven food, that is most likely to make ancient Greek and Roman myths look devilish. It he has a fork that has three arms on it, it is most likely the sign of Poseidon or the rune, runic symbol, M, for man.
Budding horns, budding beard, adolescence, the delicate power of the cats of Freyja, the coquette Satyr (half man half goat, being lecherous ("horny")), even our ancient heathen yule-boys jolasveinar, -- all of this being the power to withhold worldly life -- all was made evil (devilish) by the oppressors.
I think we never took it seriously. Edda and heathenry are to full of fun and joy to allow some horror-show frighten us. It failed. Where the church was frowning and making horror stories, we just smiled, finding their inventions amusing.
We still use them to our great amusement.

The runes have many levels. They are mere letters used to write, and they are magic symbols, and the holy sacred divine runes are the perfect order of the universe, the Laws of Nature, the divine orderliness, natural power and sheer Nature's beauty in its perfect but ever-changing orderliness.

The bans, and "fear the Devil" slogan, were only an attempt to subdue the mob.
The bans actually did not go for the highest in the rank in the church at all. I don't think they believed in going to hell, -- or at least could not care less. It was OK if the mob did believe it and pay money to the monasteries. But the monks drunk and feasted.
The church's moral was, and still is, rotten. They exploited fear, and of course every king in Europe feared the pope and papal power, as the papal power withheld them --- or exiled and/or killed them, if that served better the papal empire.

The hierarchy's papal bulls were "perfect" orders(!!!) and commands and commandments. (You see the two opposed meanings of the very word "order"?, and of the perfect order of the universe opposed to the strict orders to subjects of an emperor?)


But,
1. this tolerance of others' opinions and
2. the naive lack of understanding, and
3. the gravity of the whole situation,
almost killed our beautiful cult.

Under christianity the people were deprived of their land. The bishops confiscated the farms.
Previously free farmers in Skandinavia became slaves -- on their own land -- slaves for the monks and priests and bishops. The church and the monasteries confiscated the farms. Farmers were deprived of their weapons and should be peaceful as was Jesus, and they laboured and paid with sweat, blood and tears.

Marriages were not allowed in many cases and those who had no heirs were a good source of income for the church.

We could no longer heat our houses, and the houses became worse and worse. We dragged on, starving, in a freezing hell on earth. We lacked fire in our houses and in our life in a metaphor meaning.

But
when the church, on top of everything else, burned people alive at the stake for assumed company with that Devil and for that what the church calls "heathen devilish stuff", the whole thing became dangerous.

Our fire, that in myths means burning up all impurities in our lives and in our behaviour, the fire that in myths signifies self-purification by leading a fair and honest life, was changed into in a most horrible way of murder in the most devilish agony, and the threat of that same or even worse devilish agony for our souls after death.

Fire of knowledge burns up ignorance. Myths convey wisdom by symbols.

X-tians are literalists, -  at least those who believe in the Book that the Roman Empire made up.  belief, as this, is an all-worldly trap.

We knew Hel to be a goddess of waiting between lives on earth, but that imported Hell-idea had never occurred to our spiritual heathen minds. Hel is cold and bright and peaceful, no agony, a wait, a pause only, where the seed for a new life, ber, is safeguards until its due time to be reborn to life on Mother Earth.

Note -- a false concept:
I want to point out (again) in this context: Devil/Satan is and invention, strategically very clever, meant to exploit fear, and used to summon the mob against a common enemy.
This concepts, however -- fearing, being an obedient mob, believing in the existence of devils -- are absolutely alien to heathens. Those people now-a-days that claim to be heathen devil-worshippers are playing the role that the church invented for its opponents.
These devil-people are doing the church a big favour, withholding it's lies and rotten invention that were meant to debase heathenry.
A heathen devil-worshipper is an impossible term. It is false, contradicting itself, and meant to deflate the true meaning of finding gods and goddesses within and in nature.
I want you to know this as the perpetual lies have confused some people's intellect.


A fool-prove reasoning by the inventors of the concept devil:

He who does not believe in (believe there exists) the Devil, is so completely under His control (possessed and blinded by Him, has so totally become His submissive tool) that he not even sees that he is possessed by Him and that his faltering ways and errors and malice are conducted by Him.
Never try to discuss this with a literalist christian. Futile.


Something we must face:

If Jesus had ever lived, he might have been an enlightened Jew, not of course bearing the name Jesus, trying to tell other Jews about the innermost core of man, Brahman, ginnungagap. What he is said to have said is taken from heathenry.
 
That man Jesus would have nothing to do with christianity and the Jesus Christ Superstar "made in Rome", force-exported and threat-imposed upon us.
Jesus would not have been a christian in the sense of the literalists. He would never have approved on anything that the church does, has done, and indoctrinates.

But he never was a man, as he is a mythical diety only.  We, you and me, have to cruxify the bestial nature in us, resurrect us as divine and pure, --  as we essentially are.

When the church refers to Jesus -- literally (as they are literalists) -- it is just for the smart covering up of the real purpose: dominance urge.
I know this is hard to believe and swallow, so I repeat: Jesus (myth) and christianity (literalism) are not only irrelevant of each other but also mere contrasts and contradictions. (Reread this last sentence if necessary.)

(we should never worship another man, but listen to the words of the wise)



for the literalists, that do not see the allegory of myths and symbols of events in myths;
-- assume that Jesus was la living man:
Some say Jesus was in the Himalayas from age of 12 to 30, and that he survived the cruxifiction as he was an enlightened man, and told the 3 women that he was going back to his guru-father in the Himalayas, that they took for the sky.

Do you know:
Church's belief is valid only if Jesus is resurrected, -- if not so the belief is useless and worth no nothing.  They are literalists.
Forgeries in a testament give a good easy job; that must be defended and Truth smartly hidden



How to lead away from the real subject:

You might say to a kid: wash your hands.
The kids says: No.
Then you might start talking abut how angry God becomes if He sees that the kid has these dirty hands.
We either do or we don't see that this does not make sense and serves the dubious purpose to teach the kids to use threats, deceive, and to lie, in its life, and not to deal with sound reasoning, cause-effect, understanding, truth, --- not facing fairness, not having its ways and will supported by sound reason based on sound arguments.

We say: The church's crimes are greater than those of any other monarchy.
The church says: Oh, you sinners ! Forgive and forget as did Jesus.

We say: We do not want cults to be killed in the name of the church.
The church says: Fight, valiant men, as did Jesus -- and fish men instead of fish!!!

Are we really that easily lead on, or do x-tians personally benefit (money, wages, posts, the good feeling of belonging to a powerful institution, world empire), and therefore see only the part of the racket that servers personal contemporary needs?

Jesus in the myth was not a despotic imperialist. He meant to show the Hebrews that their bellicose God is not the innermost divine Being.  The myths of Moeses and Jesus were most likely made by Jews for Jews.
They were most likely not meant literally when they were invented. They are exactly like all other myths.


Distortion of concepts.

Most of the superstition found in Europe can be traced to the effort of the church to abolish the beauty of all heathen concepts. The witch and her cat are an appalling sample.
Cats, being heathen symbols, were tortured and killed in Europe during the dark christian ages; said to be demons incarnated;  then rats and mice multiplied, spread calamities and plagues, that was the church's God's revenge for people's sins(!!!):

Women-priests officially state that woman-disdain comes with Jewishdom and that it is withheld by the christian church -- for whom they (the women-priests) work for money.
Heathens worship, i.e. are devoted to, the Freyja, the Lady, die Frau, the female power in life. And every girl and every woman is worshipped, paid reverence to, as an incarnation of this our all-pervasive life-giver.

The church picked up (the women-priests claim) women-disdain from the Bible of the Jews and withheld it in Europe when it gained its patriarchic domination power. And women-disdain is what the church still does try to withhold!!   It was invented in Rome, and patriarchy still exists!!!

The Romans wrote a Book, and it is full of forgeries and inventions. Why are we so blind as not to skip it?

By the indoctrination: woman is bad, male is superior, Europeans started to believe this. This is alien to our ancient knowledge where perfect harmony of every cycle is considered best, and all men seek their inner superiority in the perfect equality and profound reverence to life. The great goddess is within every man.

How come any woman wants to be a christian. Jesus is never said to have said that women should be servants to men. This is Semitic and is in our christianity (the patriarchy) it is used for mean purposes.


The compromise and the double-faced doctrines.

Well, the patriarchy had to invent Maria in Europe, the male-ruled Our Lady, Vor-Frue, Notre Dame, as a cunning compromise. The suffocation of Freyja never worked. Freyja lived under a new name as a seed that waits for the thaw of spring. Now the women-priests are trying to break free. They end up in heathenry if the do not obey the patriarchy. The only trouble is that they get paid (wages) if they are christian priests, but not if they are heathen. Money-God is their worshipped one. That does not come with heathenry. So they stay christian priests but hate the suffocation and subduing.
OK, they can not help the power of Freyja but are in the fetters of their university degree in christianity.
Double-faced ethics are a part of it anyway. So this is perhaps not so hard for a christian(??). Marketing technique calls for some minor changes, right?


Now for the diffusion that was meant to confuse us (like calling warfare the same as spirituality):

We have already discussed:
1) The symbolic language of edda (myths) tells a more profound truth than we spot on the surface, --  especially when we are nowhere taught anything about it;

2) The obviously silly stories need not be burned and banned, as they look so innocent, and that saved edda.

So the third (3) pit to fall into is that what we find in the church resembles our ancient wisdom, because the concepts were stolen from heathenry and used and abused by the power-greedy imperialists to serve their dominance urge.

The words of Jesus (the new Roman ceasar) are taken from heathenry; the rituals, sacred places, graceful concepts, holidays, were taken over and used (abused) for the purpose of despotism of the Roman empire in the garb of an institution called church. The cunning Roman strategy was to use (exploit, abuse), sneak into, ancient heathen concepts, abase them by using them for its imperialistic plans.

Imperialism is contrary to heathenry.   (Christianism is literalism and imperialism.)

Mass-control the opposite of self-reliance.

Demand of obedience by threat is the opposite to man's free will and his free spirit and his self-purification and evolution.

Three simple steps of strategy that worked:
a) make heathenry devilish;
b) use the concepts that the people love;
c) kill the disobedient;
d) those who kill the most of the disobedient heathen men become (as a price for the killing and gaining of land) saints -- (and gain some booty as well.)

Learned strategy from the Old Testament is used, and the Romans were good at strategy too.
The Bible uses ancient myths from Sumerian, Vedic and other ancient sources of pure wisdom, reuses them as to fit into the strategy of theocracy.   They become literalists, stop understanding the message in myths for the individual and evolution.

Very clever strategy indeed theocracy is. It is the perfect brain-wash.   It rules the living and the dead.
European christianism did the same and adopted heathen concepts and sacred shrines to trick the mob.
Popes wrote bulls on this plot. (some carefully hidden in the Vatican, as their content would shock the world)

The pit number 3 to avoid is then:
* Do we see what is originally heathen?
* Do we see what looks heathen but is the "sheep in wolf-skin".
* Do we play an invented role (f.eks. devil worship) and thereby deprive our own cult of its true beauty? (I.e. do we ignorantly work for the church, as it has fed us on its lies and we "believe" them?)

It is surly not enough to put on a label:  i am a pagan i am a pagan i am a pagan, but know only what Roman caesars invented.

Now a note to explain my lovely new proverb:
--- "The sheep in the wolf-skin"!!!!
This is meant to explain the silly sheepish mob of the church, that uses the ancient heathen rituals and concepts
(here the wolves Geri and Freki).
Explain further?   Yes?   Listen:
To be a sheep is considered, by xtians, being "good" and obedient,
(and the shepherd is going to kill the sheep, eat them or sell them for profit Right?)
The big bad wolf is most likely Geri and Freki of Óðinn, and the big bad wolf in stories is a plot to make heathen concepts "bad".  
Geri and Freki are not bad.  They are a promish of reincarnation. We go to Helia for a while, and jump fully alive out of the wolf's belly later. 
(All wolf-stories end that way, right?)
I reverse the metaphor of a bad wolf in the garb of an innocent lamb, to:
----  the innocent-looking theocracy and its sheep, in the garb of heathen myths, Geri and Freki, reincarnation.
(get it?)

Geri and Freki, -- but -- Fenrislfur is evil doings and another concept altogether.

* Do we realise that some stupid men that see similarities in Jesus/Óðinn, Freyja/Mary, church/shrine, christiancross/þórshamar (Thorshammer), and claim, therefore, all religions to be the same good intentions?!!!

* Do we see that God of monotheism is _not_ ginnungagap, and _not_ our gods and goddesses at all? He is a device for dominance urge.

I shall tell you: Theocracy is a smart invention. The stolen concepts were successful strategy.
If christianity looks like heathenry on the surface, then you should know that what you see is stolen from heathenry.
What you then do not know is that the core and goal of the two are entire opposites.:

Heathenry leads an individual inwards to his divinity;
christian church draws and drives (gathers sheep) outward, to themselves (the institution) and tell them that God is only reachable through that media.

----If someone killed your parents and grandparents, started to wear their clothes, would you then worship the murderer as your father and mother just because he wears their clothes?

----If a man knocks at your door bringing a flower-bouquet to you, --  you see that he picked all the flowers from your garden that now is completely ruined, --  would you then believe that this is the first time you own flowers, accept them, put them in a vase, and say thankyou to the man?


Not ethics at all

Large parts of the so-called christian ethics are stolen (by the church) from heathenry.

But it is immoral how the church applies it, and it becomes doulble-ethics. 
The church uses "ethics" along with the lies that are allowed, and the phrase: The goal sanctifies the means. (Crimes are allowed as making a world empire is what they call: a divine(!!) goal)

As Jesus was a very very heathen concept --  and the European church-writers also took everything they could use from heathenry and added to Jesus, --  the fair heathens trusted it. The real purpose was well hidden for us.

Some saw how they could benefit from belonging to the papal empire and realised that they would simply be killed if they did not.

Then the very clever concept "forgive as would have done Jesus" is much used by the church when the church wants to have its crimes forgotten.


Making oneself ridiculous:
("we should stop banning each other"!!!!)

The remarketing program for AD 2000 is all about forgiving. Even catholics and Lutherans have decided to stop banning !! each other!!!!!! 
But their fight goes on in South-America. They are two empirical sects, you know. Talk about peace and forgiving but fight for the power with all cunning tactics!!! All the theocracies are fighting for power all over the globe.

Jesus would never have tolerated all the crimes that the Roman empire christian church committed in his blessed name.
Jesus-story was teaching heathen ways (from Asia, Veda, Buddha, inn), but that is not what the literal Israelis like.
Do you know that Israelis still offer to (officially announce that they shall) _kill_ other Israelis that try to pull the people of the Book an inch towards democracy away from The Letter.
Freedom of opinions (and democracy) on one hand, and, on the other hand the Bible are extreme opposites, that never can meet each other in a compromise.

And Jewisdom and Jesus are extreme opposites too. The Jesus myth is about evolving, becoming pure.

The Roman strategy, church, uses literalism combined with heathen myths  to confuse us. Doing it fine!!!

Sheep always are a bit sheepish, you know, and easily manipulated until they are slaughtered and eaten with salt and pepper. They "serve" a delightful purpose. Human sheep can mean good money and the sweet taste of fresh meat. But it must be marinated in the soul-salvation recipe to taste.
(Note: Barbecue of purgatory is overdone; too tasty for now-a-days casual, atheistic, fast-food, difficult-to-please, -customers;
Marketing is tough and challenging. Try the fake miscalculated concept 2000. Might work for marketing.)


Back to Roman Empire Europe:
(A sample of heathen symbolic language used (misused) by the church in an egocentric way)

I shall take one example (jl) from stolen concepts, --  stolen in order to utilise people's faith, convert ancient traditional wisdom, by which then to rule them (the credulous) and manipulate:
The ancient feast, yule-tide, was used by the papal theocracy. They could not burn the joy of yule so they used it. It is the birth of light of life, and the christians do not know that they are innocently finding Freyr inside them when they welcome the new-born baby to the world of men (Gerður (Gerdur)) inside us.  Findin inn, Jlnir, and all the gods within

(anyway, the names of days are used every day: Sun Moon Tr inn r Freyja Loki, invoking our dieties!)

Sum up

But explaining any further the clever strategy of theocracy will perhaps be outside the scope of this work, but goes in short:
Theocracy is when the concept god is used by some to rule others.
A clever strategic tool invented for the urge of dominance and used as such under many names of fighting groups and crusaders and missionaries and cunning God-worshippers that use their money-power to get a grip on eminent governments -- or just little local sects.

More summing up:
Religious wars is a concept unimaginable to the heathen man. We probably did not understand theocracy to begin with. Its luring ways really were the strategy that came in through the back door and, being the opposite to heathen fairness and confronting, "got us". Those who rebelled were killed. Then history was written by the victors: the christians in Europe, a Book, called holy, full of forgeries written for the literalists to believe in.

A heathen man is absolutely free. Any kind of musts and bans and missions and sects, have no place within the concept heathenry.   But responsible.  To label oneself a pagan is not the same as being one. Be one and skip the label.
There is total responsibility of the individual, total freedom, total absence of thrusting ideas upon others.
Do not spit mankind up into us and them. Thers is only one mankind.


Back to the amusing silly stories of edda:

The secret language by which edda is narrated takes an obvious risk: Edda is prone to misinterpretations.

We were said to be silly men afraid of nature. Ignorant men as we worshipped these silly gods and goddesses, our profane idols, that obviously are porno and stupidity altogether, -- like the funny stories of edda so unquestionably reveal.
We are said to be stupid seeing Mother Earth as living goddess, call her a She, instead of subduing the earth and exploit "it"; finding man as akin to everything in nature instead of exalting man's superiority in nature and rule and eat all the animals of the prairie;
We are ridiculed as navel-contemplators finding our gods and goddesses inside our belly or as a part of us, instead of worshipping the God up-there and outside of us petty men on earth;
Going to Hell because we are living without confessing belief, as that implies living without salvation as to perish forever.
Without fearing Him and begging to Him, obeying Him, the ruling only true God of the Semites and xtians, we become the flock of the Devil.
We are still told this and still priests teach this to kids in schools, under the heading: "a non-partial education on religions".
Theocracies divide humans into God's party and Satan's party (the war-cry); Whereas, according to heathenry, every human being, and every being, is a spiritual being, a part of The Universal Being, The Great Spirit, and seeking That, -- according to shaman and theurgy. Every living being on his or her way to godhead -- according to pure theosophy.

Every myth in the Semitic Books can be traced back to ancient heathen myths (Sumerian and Vedic and others). The Semitic "revealed" religions use known concepts, but change them to favour their purpose: To shout: I believe! Hallelujah! is called revelation; The term "advanced religion" is used for strategic purposes of the theocracy.
"Revelation" in its real meaning is seeing The Unseen through the worldly stuff; religion in its real meaning is finding the gods as bonds and ties (channels working both ways) to the Great Universal All-pervasive Non-material Spirit.

The ancient heathen poems were conveyed and chanted for millennia, --- preserved by an oral tradition for ages, --- and then saved and preserved (i.e. written) in Iceland by christians under christianity. These men saw something charming in them. They are thought to have sincerely and innocently liked them.
Even to have been enlightened men and having understood them.

The profane mind has no access to the abyss of poem-edda. The secret code in which the wisdom is shared is comprehended and realised by men of finer understanding and higher state of consciousness. But everyone can enjoy them his unique way.

If someone puts disrepute on heathenry of the ancient Norse as if it was silly stuff of superstitious men from the age of ignorance, that someone has listened to dangerous imprinting. That someone has been (deliberately) mislead. These someones sometimes only spread repetition of the old deliberate lies, some have become brainwashing. Imprinting for centuries the wrong understanding has had its effects and distorted the true story. We should avoid institutions. But if the ones that put disrepute on heathenry are asked if they understand, --  they really might want to understand.

"It definitely can not be sacred if it is heathen", an Icelandic woman said to me. When I told her that it definitely is of divine meaning, she came very interested. She only never heard that side of it before. Found out that it was about time to broaden views and mind on the ancient priceless heritage.

Truth can not die, and It will of course live forever. It is inside us. We are here, living on earth, to seek it. Truth is eternal. Or else it could not bear that name: The Truth.




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