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ORBriefing: A Lifeline for Lone Members

ORBriefing: A Lifeline for Lone Members

Look what the OR can do for me! Look what it offers! These comments I thought to myself many times, then it dawned on me, if nobody submitted articles to ORBriefing, if nobody took time to organize and work on things, then there would be nothing for the rest of us to enjoy and look forward to! Continue reading

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By Laurel Owen-Scutari

I had a stranger email me, wondering whether I was Odinic or Pagan. This person did not even bother to introduce themselves. Are people becoming more rude, or are those of us in the public eye subject to personal questions out of the blue from strangers? I’m not sure. It made me cranky, and not just because of the intrusion and lack of manners. It made me cranky because last year some guy in the Texas prison system who has been writing me for years suddenly decided I was no longer Odinic. He cited the fact I don’t follow the Odinic Rite calendar to the letter, and that I celebrate May Eve, which proves out I’m a pagan, and worthy of sudden distrust. Wow. Continue reading

December 26, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Wyrd

Wyrd

By Dominic H AOR

Of Words and deeds like pebbles thrown
Into the deep clear lake of time
Their ripples touch our thoughts and hopes
And weave their subtle rhyme Continue reading

December 20, 2012 | 0 Comments More
The Nuclear Family in the Modern Age - A 21st century folkish perspective

The Nuclear Family in the Modern Age – A 21st century folkish perspective

By Eowyn OR

One of the most important things many folk will do in their lives is to raise a family; so naturally, it calls for some of the most serious planning one will ever do in life. Hence, it is not unusual for folk to raise questions on the forum relative to family roles. And as a group united by shared visions and yet from diverse backgrounds, the replies often reflect this fact, which is only right and natural. However, there is one ingredient of consideration that is rarely mentioned and which I believe needs more regard when the questions are being considered and that is of the role of “the family” within the wider framework of society. Continue reading

November 11, 2012 | 0 Comments More
A Brother Bold

A Brother Bold

by Thorrin Jónsson AOR

There downing a tall pint of ale stood Thórric; and all there present arose to their feet and drank with him. So moving was that moment, that many who were there afterwards believed strongly that the Einherjar of lofty Valhalla had hearkened unto Thórric’s poem, and drank with them. Continue reading

November 2, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Comparison between the Sleeping Beauty tale and some Norse myths

Comparison between the Sleeping Beauty tale and some Norse myths

By Hariulf OR

As many of you know, there is much wisdom in fairy tales. We find preserved in children’s literature traces of old Indo-European myths. This is particularly true in The Brothers Grimm’s fairy tales. Wilhelm Grimm said himself: “the elements found in all fairy-tales are like fragments of a broken stone that we have scattered on the floor, amid the grass and flowers: only the most piercing eyes can discover them. Their meaning is long lost, but we feel it again and this is what gives the tale its value. ” Continue reading

October 8, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Runic Name Analysis: Living up to your name

Runic Name Analysis: Living up to your name

by Shawn E AOR

I have found that using the runes to analyze and interpret various aspect of people’s names is an interesting exercise in growing in personal runic understanding. It has also been rather fruitful in helping others see themselves in a new light. Continue reading

October 4, 2012 | 0 Comments More
John Barleycorn Must Die

John Barleycorn Must Die

By Reginhard OR

John Barleycorn is a character in English folksong and is a personification of barley and more importantly of the beer made from it. In the song he is subjected to a number of assaults which correspond to the harvest milling and brewing of beer. John Barleycorn encounters great suffering and death so that others may benefit. Continue reading

September 28, 2012 | 0 Comments More
The Great Theft - Part 2

The Great Theft – Part 2

By Wayne W AOR

The sky outside the window hard darkened, and the snow was falling quickly now. The Old Man stood again and looked out the window. He could see no sign of his family, and the tree line just a few hundred feet away was barely visible through the falling snow. Far off he thought he heard the sound of thunder. Thunder! Continue reading

September 26, 2012 | 0 Comments More
The Great Theft - Part 1

The Great Theft – Part 1

By Wayne W AOR

The Old Man sat by the fire, the warmth easing the pains of aching bones. In the other room the voices were hushed, trying not to disturb him. He was old and deep down he knew his time was near, a year or so was perhaps all he had left. It was not something he feared, or dreaded; he had lived a good life, lived to see his children grow true and strong, lived to see them have fine children of their own. Continue reading

September 1, 2012 | 0 Comments More