Author: Freya

Sveinbjörn Beinteinsson

With fond memories of Sveinbjörn Beinteinsson 4th April 1924 – 24 December 1993 Sveinbjörn Beinteinsson, the son of the farmer Beinteinn Einarsson from Litlabotni-on-Hvaljardsbeach and Helga Pétursdóttir from Drághals in Svindal, was born on Apr 4th 1924. He died on the December 24th 1993 from heart failure. In 1972 he founded the Ásatrúarfélag , the Icelandic heathen organization, of which he was the chief góði until his death. From 1991 until his death Sveinbjörn lived on his land in Drághals in Bergmassiv Skardheiði (approx. 60 miles from Reykjavik), where the 6½ foot statue of Thor can be found. It’s now more than 20 years since I met Sveinbjörn at his farm  in Iceland. At the time this was 1985 or 1986 In June. I will never forget it.  particularly because when I walked through the door at Iceland Air in Grosvenor Street, all the computers went  down immediately and I could not buy the ticket which would have  enabled me to attend the Althing. So I ended up staying in Iceland  for some  weeks after that. My host was Eyolfur Haldarsson a close friend of Hilmar Orn  Hilmarsson who was the first one to suggest for me to go to  Iceland. I think Hilmar was either living in my basement or was  staying there with the musician David Tibet who was renting my basement. Oh  boy, that basement has...

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Making a Personal Connection with Divinity

An article by Freya Aswynn This subject is something I know about mainly from a Norse perspective, through my personal experience in the field. However before I get into depth, it may be helpful to clarify a few things.   What is the Divine and how do you connect with it? The Divine can be best understood as the All That Is, Was, and Shall Be: a universal source of creative intelligence expressed in different facets for different peoples and different times.  There are three different ways in which the seeker can connect and interact with this source:  Magick, Mysticism and Occultism; Art, Religion, and Science, respectively. Over the last ten years, I have observed a curious phenomenon.  Everyone is ‘Horsing’ their god/dess. (I hate that term.  It smacks of submissiveness rather than sharing consciousness and cooperating, I prefer the term ‘Hosting) The result of this is that the boundaries between Objective and Subjective have, in some cases, totally broken down, leading to psychosis and uncontrolled possession or obsession by a self created thought form mistakenly identified as Deity. Deity manifestation Now, there are only a few ways in which Deity can manifest on this plane. This manifestation occurs through mental telepathy, which is sometimes perceived as audio but is mostly just abstract ideas and thoughts, and through thought forms, in which the devotee builds up an image or thought...

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The Runes Course

  Course Description Hidden within the runes lies the path which leads to initiation into the Northern Mysteries. Freya Aswynn, dedicated priestess of Odin, author of “The Leaves of Yggdrasil“, “Northern Mysteries and Magick“, and “The Principles of the Runes“, has developed her long-awaited correspondence course designed to train the student in the Northern Mysteries. The course description as found in Lesson One states: “This course begins from the ground up, starting the student at the most basic level of learning about the runes and magic. Although you may be familiar with some of the early material already, the initiatory process outlined here demands that you begin at the beginning, so that not only your conscious awareness, but every level of your being – from your earthly body through which your chanting resonates – to the highest aspects of your soul, will become deeply steeped in the magical patterns of the runes and accustomed to their energies. Only such a thorough process makes it possible to use the runes to their fullest – as the holy keys to the magical realms of the North, through which the Nine Worlds may be perceived and their might drawn upon and shaped by the runester.“ The course will be presented in 8 Lessons each taking approximately one to two months to work through if done so in a consistent daily pattern. I...

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The Runes

Rune descriptions adapted from ‘Northern Mysteries & Magick’ ,?Germanic name: FEHU, (Anglo-Saxon: FEOH, Old Norse: FE, Phonetic value: F) Traditional meaning: cattle, wealth This is the first rune of the first aett. The runes are divided into groups of eight (called aettir), which reflect the ancient mystical numerological tradition of Northern Europe. The classical meaning of Fehu as handed down through various sources is cattle or wealth, in particular, movable wealth. In a so-called primitive society such as existed in Northern Europe when the runes were first developed, cattle represented wealth. The status of the chieftain was usually measured by the number of cattle which he or she owned. In those days, cattle provided both a livelihood and a barter medium used in much the same way as money is used nowadays. Hence the present-day association with the modern English word “fee,” by which name this rune is also known. Fehu is  therefore currency in all its forms. It is mobile wealth and is meant to circulate through the system, much like a blood circulation or the food chain. The ultimate meaning of Fehu is food.   Germanic name: URUZ (Anglo-Saxon: UR, Old Norse: UR, Phonetic value: U) Traditional meaning: aurochs The aurochs was a ferocious native species of wild ox which is now extinct. The energy behind this rune is the life force of the masculine polarity, the unconscious...

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Interview for Black Magazine

Interview for Black Magazine. Most of our readers will know your name from your several books, magic(k)al and musical workings. Would you describe in some short words what happened in your life concerning these workings in the last few years and actually? I know your biography has got very many different points to tell about, but what is your actual living like (for example: in what country do you live right now); what is your every day work; does the fire still burn in you after such a long eventful time concerning magick, the northern mythology, living paganism and so on? You traveled a lot in your life till now (both physically and concerning spiritual travelings) – have you found a resting point?   Yes my resting point is my community of Gladsheim, in Scotland with good and reliable people at last and lots of lovely animals, a gorgeous dog, 6 beautiful cats and a large assortment of chickens, geese ducks. There is always lots of work to be done to improve the place and visitors are welcome to stay, learn and help out. My first book was a privately printed and published work “Leaves of Yggdrasil“ in 1988. In 1990 Llewellyn published it properly and somehow it opened a path for women into the Northern Mysteries. No one had to put up with the shit I had to...

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