Category: Lore & Ritual

The Treasures of the Gods

The Treasures of the Gods

By Einar Randall AOR

In this myth we are given a folkloric version regarding crop harvesting, the importance of cutting down the old stocks which is necessary to make way for the next planting. The connection to this idea stems form the fact that Sif, Thor’s wife is the goddess of vegetation, farming, harvest and ripened grains- her long golden silk hair was sheered off completely (the symbolic harvesting of the crops) by the malignant Loki.
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January 28, 2016 More
Conception, Perception and Introspection: Perspectives of Blotar

Conception, Perception and Introspection: Perspectives of Blotar

By Vidar / Gungnir Hama AOR The experiences of ritual, and Blotar especially are delegated to the three qualities of epistemology, the philosophy of knowledge; conception (reason), perception (observation or empiricism) and introspection (faith, intuition and visualisation). Each adherent is … Continue reading

January 7, 2016 More
The Trefot  and Trifunctionality

The Trefot and Trifunctionality

by Vidar / Gungnir Hama AOR

The number three takes a prominent numerical place in our faith, evidenced in our mythology, all Indo-European myths, symbols, theology and culture. The simple and organic numerology symbolised in the trefot symbol of the Odinic Rite serves to illustrate a basic theme of our troth and culture, that of functionalism, namely trifunctionality. Continue reading

September 26, 2015 More
Vedic - Eddic - Avesta : Part 1

Vedic – Eddic – Avesta : Part 1

By Egil Bamberger AOR & Hodr Fabian AOR Upon opening ORBriefing, issue 219 Autumn 2261 pg.3 we read “The ancient Vedic texts written by our ancestors contain much of this wisdom …” The key word being “Vedic”, which may be … Continue reading

September 23, 2015 More
White - Red - Black

White – Red – Black

By Hariulf OR

The white, the red and the black (sometimes black is replaced by dark blue or green) seem to be symbolic colours of great importance into the different Aryan mythologies. We find them both in the Veda and in the Edda but also in the Iranian Bundahism. Incidentally, the OR for its logo also chose those three colours. I don’t think it’s a coincidence. Continue reading

April 29, 2015 More
The Burning of Gullveig

The Burning of Gullveig

By Reginhard OR

In Sturlson’s Poetic Edda, Gullveig is characterised as a wicked money grabbing sorceress who when visiting Asgard talks of nothing other than the love of gold. “They listened with loathing and eventually thought the world would be better off without her so they hurled her into the fire”
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March 6, 2015 More
Myth Analysis: The Poetic Mead

Myth Analysis: The Poetic Mead

By Hariulf OR For this article I will try to analyse the Myth of Odin and the Poetic Mead. I will focus particularly on the part where Odin goes in search of the Mead. I’m far from being a specialist … Continue reading

October 15, 2014 More
ELHAZ – ALGIZ: THE SACRED VE

ELHAZ – ALGIZ: THE SACRED VE

By Ulfhethnar Odinsen AOR

The Elhaz – Algiz rune is one with many layers, complexities and associations. The relationship between two of these I’d like to consider and discuss on a more personal level as I believe this rune is symbolic of the sanctuary where one seeks to transcend the bindings of Midgarth yet we aren’t told exactly where that sacred Ve is to be found.
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September 17, 2014 More
Hyndluljoth (The Poem of Hyndla)

Hyndluljoth (The Poem of Hyndla)

By Einar Randall AOR

This is a myth I have never before really contemplated on. I will begin with a summary of the myth and then discuss my own views and interpretation. Continue reading

July 13, 2014 More
Odinic Vision

Odinic Vision

By Shawn E AOR – ORBriefing 221 – Spring 2261

It has been accepted by many practitioners of Asatru, Heathenism, and Odinism that Odin, All Father of the Folk sacrificed his eye at some point in Mimir’s well. However, personally I have yet to find any evidence of this sacrifice for myself in the lore we generally accept as the Prose and Poetic Eddas… or logic. It is the intention of this article to explore what I have been able to find and share it. Continue reading

May 25, 2014 More