Author: Freya

Fruits of Yggdrasil

   FRUITS OF YGGDRASIL   This is the recording I am most proud off still, although it was recorded 20 years ago when I still looked good:-) ah well we all get older.  This was at the time I was living and running ‘the Enclave’ my London urban community, of all sorts thrown together!  Fruits has been rereleased and the cover of it is the dogs bollock, it’s even better than the first one, the silver embossed Runes on the black background looks excellent. there are also T shirts with this design on it, I am wearing one right now and I was wearing one yesterday when I did a reading which should be on Youtube soon.  The first  track: ‘Havamal’ I took from the Edda and altered it so rather than Odin being the narrator, it’s me, it was and still is an expression of my personal devotion to Odin, listening to it now, I can’t believe it was me! The next track ‘Voluspa’ was also taken from the Edda’s as is ‘Sigdrifumal’. ‘Invocation of the Gods’, ‘North Star’ , Ragnarok and Nithing were written by me. The track ‘Wotan’ I took from: ‘Also sprach Zarathustra’ by Friedrich Nietzsche and tampered with it a bit. The track I called Nietzche also is also taken from ‘Zarasthustra.  I read it about 40 years ago time for a re read,...

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Discovering Runes by Bob Oswald

Discovering Runes By Bob Oswald Discovering Runes: By Bob Oswald I have been working on a new book about runes over the last couple of years. I wanted to publish something that would be useful to both experienced runesters and to novices in a down to earth and friendly style and without getting too technical. All the books for novices that I have read are written like school text books – dry and boring. And all of those for experienced users seem to make wide assumptions about what the reader already knows. I mean, it is possible to be an experienced diviner without having read all the associated runelore, or without learning all the verses of the Edda. But every book I pick up seems to assume I know what they are talking about whatever the subject. So now I have written Discovering Runes which I hope will be an entertaining read as well as being a vital reference book for everyone. It is published by Regency House in UK and Chartwell Books in the USA. It is available in book stores and online with Amazon and several other websites. If sales go well there are plans to translate and distribute in several other languages including German, Swedish, Norwegian and Danish. The book is 8×8 inches (200x200mm) and 1 inch (25mm) thick, bound with a vinyl coated flexi cover...

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Troth to the Aesir

I Am True to the Aesir! My Oath is sealed with blood! The underneath has been written in answer to the various comments through the years that I, Freya Aswynn am not Asatru but Wiccan. I was Wiccan from 1980 to 1983. I was Rosicrucian from 1972 till 1979. no-one accuses me of being Not Asatru but Rosicrucian. Why??? What is it about ‘Wiccans’ which invoked the red rag in some Americans who adopted a Native European Religion as their own? Traditionally the religion of the Aesir was very tolerant and we still see this expressed in the Nordic countries, but more on a social and cultural level. It’s part of the Northern European Folk Soul. Hence we have a caring welfare state. And why this hatred towards a ‘sister’ pagan religion? It’s almost like a Southern Baptist raging against Catholics, both being Christian of course. Perhaps they themselves did not divest themselves of the baggage of their earlier religion, something I have been accused of (wiccatru). In ’83 I dissolved my coven in order to devote full time to my Native gods: the Aesir and by inference the Vanir and other wights of Light. I am therefore Asatru i.e My Troth is to the Aesir; and yes I was ‘professed’ in June 1984,in my turn I professed people as well, Heimguest for one. Apart from the Gods themselves,...

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Yggdrasil Reading

For the purposes of this spread, I have correlated the nine worlds of Northern Mythology to the nine-fold division of the psycho/somatic complex as stated by Carl Gustav Jung, probably the most spiritual advanced psychiatrist of this century. This system is more complicated and requires some study of the Norse Myths as well getting familiar with the theories of Jung. However, doing a reading in this format can deliver a wealth of useful data, on all levels of being. Indeed, a whole reading can be devoted to a particular level. For instance, the level of the soul, or the level of the personality, or spiritual levels of a higher order; thus, a very thorough consultation might involve three readings of nine runes each. All of these will overlap at some point, but the approach is generally useful. One can narrow things down and fine tune a reading by means of follow-up readings – looking at the previous reading information from a different perspective. For example, if a psychological reading gives certain data which suggest a need for further enquiry one can then use the same nine-fold cloth but this time from the perspective of the soul. The third type of reading is purely for those people who accept the reality of gods and goddesses, never mind in what form; so a consultation with the god or goddess directly can...

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Festivals

Heathen Festivals and ideas for rituals.   Much of our information about festivals observed in Northern tradition is derived from Icelandic sources.           Of these, there were three main festivals: Thorriblot at Yuletide, Siggiblot in spring, before they went “a-viking,” and a harvest festival in which any surplus animals were sacrificed. Festivals were more or less in accordance with the English calendar, in which the solstices and equinoxes are celebrated. For this reason I have chosen to adhere to this tradition and have constructed a system of festivals in keeping with the well-known eight pagan festivals, which are combined with appropriate runes in futhark order and related to the Northern myths. This is then superimposed on the yearly calendar. In the Modern Heathen Calender the festivals in Western Europe are synchronised with the well known  Pagan dates. Disting Festival of the Idises, when the effects of Winter are beginning to lessen and the world prepares itself for Spring. Corresponds to the pagan holiday of Imbolc.  At Disting the appropriate runes are Pertho, Algiz and Sowulo. Pertho is the rune of the goddess Frigga, as well as of the Norns. Frigga is the life-giving mother who gives birth to Baldur, thus initiating the yearly cycle again. Algiz is the rune sacred to the Valkyries. Sowulo represents the Sun gaining its strength, and the return of all life in Nature, to...

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