Blōstmfrēols: A Holiday of the Larhus Fyrnsida

Author’s Note: This article was originally posted to “Of Axe and Plough” on March 17, 2017.  It is posted here with permission. In developing a more comprehensive character to one’s religious identity, inspiration for practice can come readily from scraps of information or otherwise from the barest of inspiration.  As a reconstructionist religion, Fyrnsidu is distinctly benefited from the use of various comparative methodologies in order … Continue reading Blōstmfrēols: A Holiday of the Larhus Fyrnsida

Concerning Hāma

When it comes to reconstructing the Anglo-Saxon pantheon , I’m ever wary of merely copying and pasting from the Norse sources. It’s not that I don’t think there was overlap, it’s just that I think cultural differences as well as the differences in time period should be carefully considered. The simple fact that Frīge was split into two distinct goddesses during the Viking Age is … Continue reading Concerning Hāma

Watering The Roots: Ancestral Reverence In A Fyrnsidu Context

Continuing with the theme of hearth cult, I want to touch base with all of you on one of its central pieces. Essential to Fyrnsidu, and just about any other Heathen or Pagan custom. Ancestors and ancestral reverence. To look at this integral part of practice in both the ancient sense, and see how it applies to those who practice Fyrnsidu today. It takes little … Continue reading Watering The Roots: Ancestral Reverence In A Fyrnsidu Context

Bīnaman: A Distinctly Fyrnsidere Approach to Divinity

Author’s Note: This piece partially builds off of “Prayer in a Heathen Context” and “Prayer in a Fyrnsidu Context”, as a natural continuation of those practices within Fyrnsidu. For practitioners of Fyrnsidu, or other Anglo-Saxon Heathen traditions, there exists a fundamental impasse in the understanding of divinity within strictly “Anglo-Saxon” religious perspectives. The problem is quite simple: the identifiable “pantheon” of Anglo-Saxon deities is beyond … Continue reading Bīnaman: A Distinctly Fyrnsidere Approach to Divinity

“Prayer” in a Fyrnsidu Context

The following article is intended as a follow up to Prayer in a Heathen Context, which demonstrated Austfeld’s three step prayer format (as demonstrated by H.S. Versnel) used broadly by pre-Christian Indo-European peoples. The aforementioned approach will be taken a step further and utilized for practical application in a Fyrnsidu context. The objective of this article is to produce a basic template, employing Old English … Continue reading “Prayer” in a Fyrnsidu Context

“Prayer” in a Heathen Context

  Author’s note: This was originally posted on 9.19.2016 on “Of Axe And Plough”, and is used with permission. For all its claim to empiricism, popular opinions remain barriers to reconstructionist Heathen practice. Whether through misunderstanding, poor scholarship, or emotive clinging to attitudes from previous religious engagements (example: Christian-themed cultural baggage), these opinions tend to shape the growth of Heathen religious traditions for years. In some … Continue reading “Prayer” in a Heathen Context

Reconstructing Frīge: Foreknowledge and the Spinning of Fate

Throughout Germanic folklore, Frīge and her epithets are connected to spinning and foreknowledge. These two attributes seem to be interwoven (pun intended), her spinning or weaving acting as a metaphor for her both knowing and thus being able to alter the fate of all beings, as alluded to in Norse sources. “Mad art thou, Loki, | that known thou makest The wrong and shame thou … Continue reading Reconstructing Frīge: Foreknowledge and the Spinning of Fate