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What is Heathenism?
The Pagan Revival began in the 1960s. It saw the resurgence of the pre-Christian religions of Europe and the Middle East. Modern Paganism includes the revived Mystery Schools of the Hellenic world, the Celtic religions of ancient Europe, Ireland and Scotland, and the European religion known as Wicca.
On the edges of Paganism came the recovery of Norse, German and Anglo-Saxon beliefs. Modern Pagans tried to fit them within their own format. Others decided to take the Germanic beliefs on their own merits, exclusive of precedents set by modern Pagans. The result is a distinct religion which is very different in purpose, flavour and structure from the ways of the modern Pagan community. To distinguish itself from conventional Paganism, the term A Heathenism was adopted. Though Heathenism is indeed a Pagan religion, it is distinct as a unique entity under the larger Pagan umbrella.
There have been several names coined for various Heathen groups: Hedenskap, Asatru, Odinism, Thorism, Theod, Troth, Der Urglaawe, etc. Most of these terms relate to specific branches of Heathenism. The term that covers all of them is Heathenism. Though each branch is itself distinct, all have much in common.
When discussing religion, most folks anticipate questions such as what do you believe?” People are ill-prepared for the question: What will your belief do for me? Seeing a bunch of people worshipping old Norse Gods might look more like a medieval re-enactment or an occult ceremony to others. It is more important that people know what Heathenism does for us. In actual practice, the rites and ceremonies are a minor thing compared to living our beliefs every day.
Keep in mind that Heathenism is indeed a powerful way of life. The ancient Saxons and Norsemen would rather be executed than convert! Obviously Heathenism offered them something for
which it was worth living and dying.
The basic premise of the Heathen is that everything spiritual is also practical. The goal of life is progress of the individual, the family and mankind. In this quest, there can be no cross purposes pitting spiritual requirements against real world necessity. Both work together for the betterment of all.
Those familiar with the other religions of these times will find Heathenism very different. Concepts common to conventional religions find no counterpart in Heathen belief. We are unbound by many of the strictures which are part and parcel of the major religions of this time.
We are bound by principles which guide us. These include honest, responsibility, fairness and generosity. Our principles encourage us to deal fairly with all, to do our best and to live a life that makes a difference. There are no rules behind which to hide, so as to excuse doing the minimum. We are urged to do our best and be our best.
There is a perception in the pagan community
More specifically in the witchcraft community, that in order to perform (magic) a certain alignment must occur. All of the correspondences need to be correct, colours, herbs, days, clock hours, and astrological read-outs. Not always all of them, but some of them need to be lined up and done right.
We do our research and make sure our intent is pure and as long as the personal gain is for a good reason…. Or at least not bad enough that we don’t mind paying for it… well, we do what we will and try our best to not garner TOO much bad karma.
Sound about right?
But somewhere along the way the creativity or to someone like ME the very essence of what the craft was has been, is lost. The craft of the wise, the craft of the knowing, has dissipated into the craft of the (need to know). The books that are on the shelves teach only the view of the author, and always the regurgitated spewing of the teacher before. They teach us how to get for ourselves but not how to BE ourselves.
The creativity in the craft is to know when it is time to step away from the ugity bugity, and when to step into the knowing. Step one on the path is to know yourself. Experience… yourself.
You don’t need anything special to start this creative journey. There are no books to buy, no tools to make or garments to sew. You simply need to sit with yourself in the quiet. Pay attention to yourself. Listen to your thoughts. Speak when you need to speak. Eat when you need to eat. Ask for what you need to ask for.
Work, sleep and go to the bathroom when you need to. But start really paying attention to who YOU are. And when you find that (need) to cast a spell, don’t run to your witchy cupboard or to the internet or your BOS… instead, sit in the quiet with yourself first, and see if you can’t bring the creativity back to the craft by listening for the solution to what vexes you…. WITHIN you….first.
Below is a little spell that may help you in your studies:
The first weeks of school are always the best to start working on a long-term study spell that can help you throughout the semester as well as for your finals and papers. You may not want to think about studying, with the sun shining through bright autumnal leaves, but it’s best to begin focusing on a long-term project like this one now, rather than panicking a day before your final exam! Make the following potion:
1 part Bay oil (for wisdom)
1 part Lily of the Valley oil (to reduce anxiety)
1 part Spearmint oil (for memory)
3 drops Cinnamon (for success)
You have a choice: if you use fragrance or perfume oils, blend them as is. If you use essential oils, blend them in base oil such as grapeseed or almond oil, and make a ten percent solution (i.e., for every drop of Bay, use ten drops of base oil, etc.)
Blend it in a bottle large enough to contain a small Citrine stone (for creativity and mental work). Hold the stone in one hand, the oil bottle in the other, and chant:
Sarasvati, goddess of learning,
Bless these with your power.
Grant me the stamina to devote myself
To take in this knowledge and apply it
Intelligently, and with wisdom.
As I say, so it is done!
Empower the stone and the oil by pouring your feelings of confidence and academic success into them. Stop when you feel that you have filled them as much as possible; they might tingle, or feel warm to you. Open the oil bottle and slip the citrine chip inside.
Now that you’ve got it, what do you do with it?
Carry it with you to class, and keep it by you while you study. Before class starts, or as you sit down to read or work, open the bottle and breathe in the scent of the oils. Feel yourself relax and fill with confidence; know that your mind is alert and ready to receive the information about to be passed to you.
For papers, rub a tiny drop of the oil on your hands, then handle the paper and give it to your teacher. For exams, rub a drop of the oil into your pen or pencil (better do two, in case the first breaks or runs out!), and put a tiny drop in the centre of your forehead (your third eye, seat of wisdom).
If you tense up or feel yourself start to panic, lift your pen to your nose and breathe in. Relax, and finish your exam with confidence!
Please note: No magic can ever substitute for work in the mundane world. This potion is designed to aid you in study, not to replace it entirely!
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