Wow! Check out the crap sites above. They have nothing to do with heathenry but should be good for a laugh! But, if 'fantasy-religion' is your penchant, "Go for it!"
Note: this garbage wasn't enlisted by me!
July 12, 2008 New Update!!!
See the new article below---downloadable PDF file
See "To the 'Ritual Collectors'" below.
The following license applies to all the works on this site:
New Tool for Baking/ Cooking! Conversion Table for Exchanging between European and American
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5 License.
It was a bummer for me to convert European simple weight measurements to our beloved albeit clumsy American measurements. At 56 this yr., I can certainly understand the need to move over to metric, but I find I cannot do it easily. I doubt in my lifetime that I'll be able to ever 'feel' myself as a metric kind of guy. I'm 5'10" and 182 lbs., live 2 1/2 mi. from town and own 1 2/3 acres and live in a house with 13' ceilings. I drink 2 cps. of coffee in the morning and know that Hollendaise needs 2 T. butter, 2 T. water, 2 egg yolks, and 2 T. lemon juice (salt, cayenne, and white pepper to taste).
At this phase of my life, I'll stick with our own clumsy measurements -- I like my comfort food dished out as . . well . . out-of-date measurements. I like my collection of measuring cps., measuring spoons, handfuls, 3 fingers, pounds and ounces. But sometimes . . . .
I like to whip up recipes ausme alde Lann unn drinn iss en Broblem bekaas die Leit datt messe so fannich, mit Gremms un Kiehlos unn was de Deihenker iss ne Briseh? Ennihau, doh iss en Ding wummer Ressipiess ausme alde Land bis zer Amerigaanische Ressibiess mache kenne! Schbiel dermit, saagich! Unser deitsche Brieder kenne koche!
I'm just trying to make it easier on us to translate the simple weight system to our more familiar volume system. Hope it helps. (It did for me.)
Uploaded on 04.03.12.
New Article! --Reconstructionism's Role in Modern Heathenry
Short article that I presented in heathen conferences in Denmark and in Denver. The point was to define reconstructionism, define strengths and weaknesses, and clarify the importance of its role in modern heathenry. It was written in response to the large amount of misinformation and confusion out there particularly by those newly introduced to heathenry. Uploaded on 07.12.08.
Reincarnation Among the Norse: Sifting through the Evidence
Short article regarding the concept of reincarnation. 17 pages. One thing yet to be done is that I didn't define reincarnation as completely as I should have, I suppose. Maybe I'll get to it in a few days. Uploaded on 02.12.06.
Investigating the Afterlife Concepts of the Norse Heathen: A Reconstructionist's Approach: revised
Revised version(0.85) uploaded 12.26.05.
Note: the article has resulted in varied and sometimes rather strong reactions in the heathen community especially regarding the section on 'reincarnation.' A translation error along with a faulty argument was removed and supplementary arguments based on new observations were added. A complete rewrite of the section will be done following my finishing up on my current articla.--b.l.
(version 0.8--10.19.05, 76 pp. Final editing not yet done.)
The article is not quite finished, but I went ahead and uploaded it so that it would be available. I'll probably have version 1.0 in a month or so (but then I've been saying that for months, now). Spelling checked and bibliography added on 10.19.05
Morality of the Seiðman
Article -- Germanic Spirituality (modified Sept 14, 2003)
Article - Uncovering the Effects of Cultural Background on the Reconstruction of Ancient Worldviews (Uploaded 03.09.04)
The article is as of 03.09.04 essentially finished (version1.0). Another Seiðman freebie. Download away! (Try holding down the Shift button while left clicking or right click on the link and choose "Copy Link As . . ." I checked it using WinBlows98 using Acroread4.0 and it looks fine.
Drinking From the Well of Mímir; An Ásatrú Man's Musings on the Millennium
"I started this book about 10 yrs. ago. I was influenced by Metzner's The Well of Remembrance and Goþrún Dimmblá's Óðsmál not so much for their literary or scientific value but because they expressed in words the innerworkings of the mind.
My book is just that: an expression of the inner-workings of the mind of an Ásatrú man of the last 30 yrs."
"I realize that there are many who like to argue fine points of research and historical accuracy. Me? All I've ever cared about is seeing through
the same eyes (as much as possible) as did my ancestors one millennium ago. I enjoy the thought that I am somehow participating in my own ancestral lineage
rather than being a follower of some misplaced middle-eastern religion or of a fantasy religion created sometime during the middle of this past century."
Added another article called Germanic Spirituality on July 11, 03. Updated the article to version1.0 on 08.03.03. See links below. As 445K *.pdf file, I didn't bother with zipping it. Article is 52 pages of text. You should be able to right click on the link and choose "Save Link as . . ." from the menu OR Hold down the shift button, then left click with the mouse; a box should appear and ask where you want to save the file." (The seiðman doesn't do windows, so . . .)
(Aug. 03, 2003) This is a revised version as of Aug. 2003. I fixed the endnotes changing them over to footnotes, added a bibliography. I was able to cut down on the number of pages (182 pages), but the download size remains the same. The file is either *.pdf or *.pdf.gz. Winzip32 will handle the gzipped file though.
(Jan. 19, 2003) I added the final chapter (another 32 pages). I still need to do some fine-tuning (I know there are a number of typos, the footnotes are still messed up, etc., but the book is basically finished. I am still projecting April for the final version. Note that the sizes of the files have changed somewhat.
The book is free for the downloding. Just hit Shift and left click on the link.
Feel free to comment: I apreciate the good comments and will probably ignore the bad ones. Enjoy!
Here's a revised optimized version, unzipped at 1.47MOptimized Version (should work with IE5.0)
Article in an unzipped *.pdf version (445K) Article -- Germanic Spirituality *.pdf --- works with Acrobat Reader/ or xpdf
Here's the unzipped *pdf version (1.47M) Book.pdf (works with Acroread 4.0 and double-checked on 09.13.03)
Note: I've tried downloading the zipped version both with Winbloze and Unix and it works under everything with good font as of 09.13.03. Two choices here: 1) Download the 1.47 Mg. file (click on the "title/ link" above) 2) Follow the instructions and, in the meanwhile, 3) Get a real operating system!
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If you are writing about linking to this site, feel free to do so. In fact, anything on this site is pretty much fair game including the textual material. If you use the textual material, at least give credit where credit is due. Thanks.
the Myths of Amanita Muscaria: August 15, 1998
The Little Red Man and the Blond-Haired
Welcome to The Seiðman Rants. It is truly a rant
page which was created in direct opposition to some of the New Age sites
drifting about in cyberspace so that many of the essays, rants, and notes
here may seem somewhat jaded when it comes to the "fluff and light" thing.
Nov. 4, 2004
For the 'Ritual-Collectors':
(Some have complained that the
Seiðman doesn't rant like he used to. Here's letters sent out in
the past 2 days, ca. Nov. 4th, 2004. I grew up a hunter, and even
though I don't go after large game much, fluff-bunnies
are still great target
"The group sets itself apart from all others as the 'the new
heathenry.' They are celebrating their Winter-solstice ceremony. The
fire is a light-symbol for the sun which will soon bless the earth with
longer and longer days and in this time of the Yule-nights, so say the
old myths, which wakens the seeds deeply buried in the earth. At
the same time, the flickering fire magically draws the sun ever closer
to the world of man. The group leader offers [sacrifices] some
sage, St. John's wort, and bread [to the fire]. The gifts
expresses 'thanks' to the spirit of nature to which the group feels
closely bound. Like thousands of other new-heathen groups around the
world, this group attempts to revive the ancient ritual of the
winter-solstice ritual indigenous [to Europe]. (from Haack, ca. 1991)
"(Simek's response.) As this example shows, the most religious of the
new-heathens have expressed very little which has anything to do with
actual ancient Germanic religion--and this knowledge is more than
simple opinion. A blossoming of the Viking Age religion of Thor, Odin
and Freyr and with it, a revitalization of Germanic mythology is to be
found nowhere among the new-heathens." (Simek _Die Religion und
Mythologie der Germanen_, p. 17.)
I think Simek's point is well made although this particular paragraph
has raised more than a few eyebrows among members of the Eldaring in
Germany. He further clarifies his stance that so long as the
'new-heathens' continue to treat the mythology of the ancient Germanic
peoples as symbols and psychological constructs and that so long as
'new-heathens' insist on interpreting the older lore through the
filters of the modern worldview, a revitalization of ancient Germanic
heathenry is not possible.
I also think that using the approach of experiential anthropology has
the potential of offering the best results. Results from the
phase of 'borrowing from Wicca, native Americans, and shamanistic
cultures' has yielded a new-heathenry which is not easily
distinguishable from the many other New Age alternative religions on
the one hand, and has led adherants further and further from what is
actually known about the ancient religion/ way of life on the other
Some observations from over the years:
These are just some things I have observed from the late 1960s up to
now. I'm certainly not directing any of these observations at any one
in particular since they are all from my personal experience, from my
There was a period of time, which seems to have extended up to the
present, when those adhering to not only heathenry but also to other
New Age alternative religions were obsessed with collecting rituals.
Now, I'm not speaking in the true anthropological sense, but in the
sense of "whoever owns the script for the ritual has also acquired a
'block of greatness'." (Among Wiccans, for a while this was the "I own xxx-xxxx's personal Book of Shadows
which was bequeathed to me by his High Priestess after his death").
Collecting rituals was a New Age pastime through the 1970s--thereafter,
attention began to focus on 'creating ritual' with proper poetry,
songs, movements (including choreography). This was especially
noticeable with groups of Anglos attending workshops and attempting to
learn and properly produce native American songs, ayahuasca songs,
Tuvan throat-singing, songs of Yoruba/ Santeria/ Condomble/ Voudoun all
of which (that I've heard, at any rate) sounded as poor and inauthentic
as Segovia reproduced on a
$10 Sears & Roebuck Roy Rogers guitar played by a well-meaning 8
yr. old the day after his birthday. The bottom line was "whoever ever
owned the script. . . ."
Looking through actual historical material, oddly enough, ritual
activity (in the sense of 'standardized, ritualized pageantry') appears
to have been minimal. Some examples I can think of was the localized,
annual moving of the image of Frey in Sweden, the ritual with the
Volsi, the Eiriksgata, etc. The descriptions of blots, for example,
always seem to be in general, skeletal outline form and did not appear
to have any real 'ritual history' (in contrast to Easter Mass, the
Lakota Sundance, and the annual blessings which take place
in Hindu, Buddhist and Tibetan temples).
On the other hand, I know we've discussed this briefly about a year
ago, I know that any blot, any official meeting, and any meeting
between families were punctuated by formalities, particularly the
listing of geneological histories and lists of accomplishments, often
embedded in formulaic questioning such as can be seen in the Icelandic
'viki-vaki' (a formulaic, highly poetic form of 'roast-and-toast'), the
British Houses of Lords and Commons, the American House of
Representatives and Senate, and in the formulae of the courts
throughout Europe and the US.
My point is that I see the insistance on 'collecting ritual scripts' as
another example of a spiritually-needy Industrial Age people who in
imitation of their Christian forebearers see the world as "needing" the
pageantry of the Catholic Mass to fill a blank spot in their lives.
After 30 years as a modern heathen, I have come to see that there is a
sense of spiritual fulfillment, spiritual satisfaction and a sense of
belonging to a community when one is able to adopt a heathen worldview
on the one hand and is able to participate in local formalities on the
other. Having knowledge of the history of an object or a person places
one in a position of certain power which can be expressed by passing on
the histories, i.e. rising up to one's responsibility as a family or
community elder. The holders of 'ritual scripts' have absolutely no
power in this community beyond often being viewed as somewhat mentally
unstable or perhaps a bit obsessive-compulsive.
From what little I have been able to glean from the sagaic literature,
elders were honored for their wisdom and knowledge of histories so that
these could become the basis of good decisions regarding the present
and near future and *not* for their huge collections of 'ritual
scripts.' From my (aging) perspective, a Jul-blot is good when all sit
at the meal with smiles on their faces and demonstrate respect, not
necessarily for the person of the elder, but for the respectful wisdom
handed over during repast.
Bottomline: I'm inclined these days to believe wit and wisdom well
presented is far more spiritual than someone reading from a vast
collection of rituals.
Jan, 14, 2003
Ein fröhliches Neujahr an Allen!
A lot has happened since my last rant:
The western US has suffered a great loss of trees since I last wrote a
rant. A friend of mine, a spákona from Arizona, recently
ran a session filled with the fluff bunny crowd. Arizona was on
fire at the time and the pixie-fairies were wondering what they had
overlooked to deserve such a fate. The spákona's response
was that Jörd is renewing herself, scraping off some old dead skin
(including a few fluff-bunny neighborhoods), but they could not hear.
In response, and rightfully, they brought out their sacred
pink-feathered wands and rattles carefully crafted by the hongkongian
tribe and began a chant begging Jörd to forget her bath and to pay
attention to Her self-appointed guardians of
Jörd, please knock off Thy
cleansing thing and give us rain to put out these fires. Our
businesses are failing and our clothes smell of foul smoke. Our
internet service is interupted, and our Beamers are becoming dusty.
Renewal is for the weak, and we know that Thou art strong!
Please, Jörd, grant us our
wishes because we know what is right. Already one ISP is down and
two Wal-Marts have closed their doors. Our sushi is beginning to
absorb the foul stench of Thy cleansing.
Because of Thy cleansing we are
unable to fulfill our daily indoctrination by the media. Papa Doc
Bush is concerned because we cannot hear His important messages
regarding the selfishness of personal rights and of evils of all that
Jörd, please knock of Thy
cleansing thing . . . .
Wal-mart is now the greatest business force in the free world.
They have been setting cultural trends for the past decade for
just about anyone who previously wore the stupid trappings of
their ancestors. What a pleasure to see Native Americans,
hispanics, Amish, and Asians finally dumping their silly traditional
dress and finally joining the global brotherhood of people who wear
'American-made' T-shirts and jeans designed and sewn by the same
hongkongian tribe who makes the sacred implements of the
crystal-toting, fairy pixies who pray that Jörd will stop
picking lice and leeches. Wal-mart is there to serve all your
shopping needs. By eliminating costly quality from their
merchandise, by removing expensive flavor from food, and by squashing
out up to 50% of wasteful local mom-and-pop businesses, virtually
everyone can now join the corps of people feeding Walton's bank in the
fair state of Arkansas. Every small town in the world should have
Wal-Mart mentality eliminates the need to think for ourselves.
Microsoft, for example, (the Wal-Mart of the software world)
eliminates the need to have to learn about computors. With
Microsoft everyone can pretend that they know something about computors
without actually having to learn anything at all! No thinking
involved! The World Wide Web is a better place with the
advent of Microsoft who has made it much easier for me to shop by
making pop-up advertisements and email spam accessible to every small
business. A revolutionary concept based on the idea that real
information generates an unnecessary need to think. It's so
simple that even 15 yr. olds can participate by sending spam to all
their friends. I am especially impressed by the ads which send
themselves out to everyone found in the address book, or the ones which
open themselves up automatically for my viewing pleasure. As a
race, humans are evolving to the point where thinking is
completely unnecessary except for those unfortunate few, like Papa Doc
I was pleased pleased when Papa Doc Bush came out with his new
infomercial about how ¨We need to participate in our
communities.¨ This was an important move on his part because
while we are evolving into an unthinking mass of well dressed Wal-Mart
clones, participating in community activities such as pretending to
teach our children will be necessary so that we can keep up the image
of being good citizens. When I first saw the infomercial, Papa
reminded me how important it is to turn on the television for my
children so that they can get an education in how to dress and 'think'
properly. If I neglect this important activity, my children might
have to think on their own. They might start to believe in silly
things like personal rights to privacy and free-speech (which we have already sacrificed for their sake).
Turn on your TVs, Ásatrú folk, educate your
children properly! Be sure to celebrate their successes in
education by treating them to McDonald's or buying them a new outfit at
Wal-Mart! Or, perhaps, a new war-on-drugs/America-is-great/
kill-the Arab game for Windows.
Thank You, Papa Bush! In
my striving to evolve, sometimes I forget to do something like
participate in my own Life---the one which Thou hast bestowed upon me!
We believe in Thee!
Finally, the USA is upgrading it's Constitution by eliminating the
superfluous right to privacy and the right to freedom from unreasonable
search and seizure. We are only 20 yrs. behind the original
prediction for the upgrade in 1984 (originally proposed by a Mr.
O. Welles) but better late than never, I always say.
Private email had gotten way out of hand; thank the gods and the
FBI for Carnivoire and all the new regulations/ pay-offs for ISPs
logging private citizens' activities. Fortunately, the entire
Wal-Mart clad clan can get in on the fun with TAPS, a revamping of an
old nazi standard called ¨spy on your neighbor.¨ (I
haven't had so much much fun since Sen. J. McCarthy's cool TV show was
cancelled back in the 1950s.)
I note that the federal government is now protecting us from ayahuasca, a particularly nasty
vision enhancing plant from South America which can lead one to
personal insight. Now that we are getting rid of the whole stupid
right to privacy, and thinking, in general, the last thing
we need is someone mucking the whole thing up with 'personal
insight.' The federal agent, Mike McCracken (DEA) was acting
appropriately when he said ¨I know they're legal (the plants), but
I don't care. I think ayahuasca
should be illegal and I seized the plants. It will cost 50 grand
for a lawyer to fight the seizure and that's more than anyone
will make selling them. So either way I win.¨ It is
comforting to know that our federal government is willing to bypass the
normal route for generating a new law, therefore bypassing the need for
the rest of us to engage in wearisome thinking, and can and will
create a new one on the spur of the moment, when necessary, to better
protect us from ourselves. Like peyote
this nasty visionary plant not only leads to personal insight
(especially after a long period of fasting and strict dietary
restrictions) but the insight is preceded by diarrhea and severe
vomiting---it could easily have become the next recreational drug!
Guidelines for living in the New America
1) Drop in, Turn On and Tune In--Get those TVs on!
Corporate America in conjunction with the federal government is
working tirelessly to assure that its citizens has direct and immediate
access to the most important information regarding how unAmerican
foreigners tend to act, what new upgrades to the antiquated US
Constitution are in the works, and what the newest styles are on
2) Trust corporate America. It and the federal government
have only the interest of their supporters in mind. Neither of
them will steer you wrong. Money is no object. Like China,
maintaining the health and placation/ platitude of the American
serf is of primary concern in policy-making.
3) Try to emulate Papa Doc Bush in attitude and dress---even the
nuances in his quaint use of the American language. Remember
thinking is for a class lower than us like dirty doctors of philosophy
and historians. Papa Doc is the only Doc for us!
4) Support corporate America: Wal-Mart, McDonald's,
Time-Warner, Microsoft--they are the true representatives of the
5) Participate in your communities by supporting real education/
indoctination of your children (see #1 above); support your local TAPS
and Search-and-Seizure chapters; above all, give generously to the IRS
(the Federal Reserve is still one cut above Wal-Mart as a fine,
privately owned, international business).
6) Display national pride by dressing in the finest uniforms that
our Wal-Marts have to offer.
7) Support the New America by starting up your ¨Hearings of
the Committee of UnAmerican Activities¨ in your
community---remember ¨All foreigners are unAmerican!¨
8) Vote, vote, vote! The USA still has the finest single
party system in the entire world. Don't worry about voting
on laws and bills, though. Those will be handled by those
who make them up and do not necessarily need our interference.
9) If you are Ásatrú, tell the spákona off.
. . .she's probably taking should-be-illegal drugs like ayahuasca
or Amanita muscaria
This next piece is a freebie. Feel free to copy
it, steal it, adhere to it, whatever. This seiðman is personally
tired of all the organizations, the petty bickering, and the constant flaming
that one gets to see between members of the Ásatrú community.
The upshot is the same as what my dad always said, "If you really wanna
see how important you are, just go to someone else's house and try ordering
HIS dog around."
The Ásatrú Folk Manifesto
can be found at this link. I did it up as a *.pdf.
There has been an interesting reaction to the Manifesto; folks still seem to want reincarnation, magic circles, the 8-fold wiccan year. The Seiðman doesn't really care. It's just not Ásatrú, that's all. It's nordic wicca.
Wicca is interesting in that it is a philosophy that can be overlaid with a 'culture' to produce a tradition. If that is what one wants, fine. Just not Ásatrú, that's all.
The Ásatrú Folk want cleaned up Ásatrú in their households. Get it together, folks. Leave the Dungeons and Dragons fantasy Volkswagen behind!
Here we are once again at Yule Tide!
This is by far one of the most confusing times of year
for those of us who are Ásatrú especially if we have come
to this northern religion by other routes such as New Age, Wicca or Christianity!
We are inundated by "Put the Christ back in Christmas!" on every street
corner while the New Age booksection at every 3rd grocery store is having
a hay-day with the solstice. What a confusing thingand to put the
icing on the cake many of us poor Ásatrú folk are lead away
from the meaning of Yule by well-meaning Ása-newbies.
Seiðfolk find this time of year particularly exciting
because the month of Yule was obviously designed around our particular
talents: it is the feast of the dead and ghosts are everywhere!
The idea of the solstice doesn't occur in any of our Lore
(unless one wishes to consider Llewellyn Booksdial 1-800-THE-MOON
the current holder of northern Germanic wisdom). Sure, one can bring
up the old thing about New Grange or some of the other sun-circles, but
always keep in mind that we didn't build them, the pre-Celtics (whoever
they were) did.
We have customs, but they don't usually involve outdoor
night activities because that time was reserved for the dead. The eve of
modern Christmas is still considered to be the "most dangerous night of
the year" for many Germanic people and culturally related groups. It is
generally considered unhealthy to travel alone on the Yule nights because,
again, the nights belong to the dead. Turning one's coat wrong side out,
traveling in groups, or wearing some other form of protection is apropos.
Bonfires should be reserved until the conclusion of the Yule season. Better
it is to have the fires in the houses (in fireplaces) preferably with friends
and family gathered. Feasts are very good for accomplishing this.
Remembering the dead by leaving offerings is appropriate
especially if the offerings are left during the shrunken day-light hours.
Seiðmen (and seiðwomen) are aware of the need to include the dead
into our daily lives for it is through the dead that we have received and
will continue to receive our luck.
Another custom which we have lost is the procession of
the Yule Mothers which is a form of "trick-or-treating." The procession
varied somewhat from place to place but usually involved a group of youths
or young women dressed up and disguised with masks. Blessings were trades
for offerings made by the local farmers in the form of drink and food.
Caroling, masking, trick-or-treating, and visits from St. Nick und der
Krampus or Sinter Klaas en Svarte Piet are all variations on the same theme.
Yule could be considered a "fire-festival" as some have
speculated, I suppose. The real reason for the fire, though, was that it
was a gathering point for the family or community and it is fire that protects
our community from the evils that the forgotten dead can lay upon us such
as plagues of pneumonias, flus, viral infections and other plagues/ epidemics
which are not easily forgotten: Black Plague, blights on crops, droughts,
floods, perhaps even Mad-Cow Disease. In some places bonfires were lit
with oakum to drive away the malicious ghosts that would do harm. In other
places, wood is soaked with tar for the same purpose.
Yule is a season during which we as community-members
must figure out some way of bringing honor to the dead and leave them offerings
in remembrance: the luck of our communities depend on it. It is a holiday
of lights and fires in the night, of families gathered together remembering
the old times of Yule times past and the looking forward to the next Season.
Oh, it's OK to toss the solstice thing in there, too.
A quaint coincidence, I suppose, that it occurs at the same time but fairly
meaningless when one considers that there are 4 more months of hard snows
and in some places the winter is just beginning to build up a head of steam.
I prefer to think of it as the most special nights of the year when the
dead annually return to their homes for their gifts of remembrance. That's
about the only thing that Christians finally got right:
"Oh, Holy Night!"
Seiðfolk are, in one sense, what the noaide is
to the Sami or what the szaman is to the Tungus, but, in another sense,
they are their own. Seiðfolk have their own cosmology and customs for
navigating the realms of their ecstasy.
I am a seiðman.
We, the seiðfolk, belong to the culture of the
northern Germanic peoples. Our role is different than the noaide's, the
szaman's, and the New Age shamanic practitioner's. We follow the code of
ethics suggested by the Hávamál which does not necessarily
match neatly with the 20th century neo-shaman's sense of rightness. Our
heritage is of the northern Germanic peoples.
If you do "totem-animals" or visualize fylgja
as a Heathen guardian angel, if you believe that your chosen patron God
or Goddess is going to carry you "home" after you kick off just because
you've been a good little Heathen, or if you're fond of Norse astrology,
Norse Wicca, or Norse tarot, this may not really be your chosen site. We
seiðfolk do what we do because we have no choice! It is what we have
been dealt by the Nornir. We don't "seethe" because it might be "fun,"
we "seethe" because we must!
What Makes a Seiðman "Seethe"
Moderns have interesting conceptions
of what constitutes a seiðman or seiðkona. Some
think that anyone who dreams is seething; some think that since they've
been to a weekend workshop, or have read a book on shamanism, they are
seething. There is always the ubiquitous seer of the "cute" elves
or the jötnar at the local blót. Just what is it that
constitutes a seiðman and differentiates him or her from the
rest of the folk?
Now understand, I am much biased here.
I remain a practical seiðman and dislike silliness and pretense.
I am coming fast into ½ century on this Midgard and a full ¼
century as Ásatrú (beginning several years before there was
such an official term). I've seen Wicca grow out of cocoon in the
1960's. I've watched folks go through Castaneda, LSD, Native American
Church, phony white Native American, Tibetan, Hare Krishna, UFO, and Angel
phases, and, indeed, I've done a share of it myself. I am well aware
of what new fads are out there. I know, for example, how many people
join up with "the local Kindred" and know exactly "why." There is
a place for everybody in our Northern Way of Life and that includes the
Ring of Trothers and the Ásatrú Folk Assembly (respectively,
the left and right wings of our way of life). We are even able to
handle those who profess atheism to a good degree (mainly because we don't
have so much a religion but a way of life and a fellowship). But
just who is a seiðman? And why?
Part of the fascinating thing about
adopting the Northern Way of Life is that for each kind of person there
is a specific way to relate to the rest of the world---each has a specific role. The seiðmen, however, are those who have squandered their personal luck to a great degree but who are now supported by the ghosts who surround them--sort of like the living dead on welfare. We are of that group who have exhausted our
possibilities as human beings and now live with one foot in either world-the
World of the Living and the World of the Dead. Many of us lived our
lives in fear. Too scared to live and too scared to 'off' ourselves.
The spirits (as opposed to Gods) came to us to cut a deal: we do pretty
much what they tell us and they allow us to continue half-living on Midgard.
Schizophrenics, bag-ladies, and autistic people are also offered pretty
much the same deal with the exception that we are able to interact
freely in both worlds while they have a difficult time with Midgard.
People think that we have power or wisdom or secret knowledge. We
don't. We are like custodians in a library; we know where to look
for answers but only after we have been given directions on where to find
them. We get to participate but have lost all chance at becoming
Somewhere along the line, we seiðfolk have all screwed up our
lives to the point where we can no longer function under our own power.
We function only as a part of a team made up of people and ghosts.
This is why we don't really "lead" the seiðr session because
We are just the earthly representative of a team
of players. This is the very thing which differentiates us
from the wannabes.
A wannabe voluntarily does a "guided visualization,"
I get yanked out of space and time by a gang of ghosts who are not always
A wannabe can pay for a weekend workshop to learn
how to "journey," I get "taken" (whether I feel like it or not).
But seiðr does sound like a "cool" thing
to do; I'm not surprised it's a fad.
Oðin is a great mentor for us.
He hanged himself dead, and then was given a gift by the spirits to take
back. Think about it, O ye Wannabes! Oðin offed himself,
committed suicide, not to get the runes, you silly geese, to die!
He gave it ALL up! This is not what a wannabe does.
A wannabe only takes himself out of commission only until he snags
up a piece of information and then runs in with it, waving, "See? I can
do seiðr, too!" No, my friend, the seiðman
is a dead man who walks on Midgard among men, the one who gave it
ALL up. (In my own personal case, it was squandered rather
than given, however.) That is the reason we are called "disgusting"
or "perverted." Some of us even had to sacrifice dignity to do what
we do. This is our luck.
How do we know that our luck is as
a Seiðman? The question never comes up. We have
no other luck. There are great people who follow the Nordische Überlieferung:
there are scientists, artists, teachers, entertainers, poets, thinkers,
and doers. They have things that they can offer their community.
We do not. We have exhausted our futures. We are the seiðfolk.
A wannabe can "journey" for a specific reason, I only
know where I'm going after I'm informed by the rest of the team.
LINKS TO OTHER SITES:
If you are interested in Ásatrú as a religion,
here are some sites which are good and have a large number of links to
(For the most part these sites are fairly "no fluff"
Here's a seiðr site:
The Irminsul Page
This has some info about seiðr (and also my wedding announcement).
Virtually Virtual Iceland
Well, Old Norsenet can no longer be found. Here's a pleasant site though.
Just kind of scoot around in it and enjoy!
James Arthur has certainly done some interesting research. I've been following his site for a couple of years now. This guy knows the Red Man, I suppose, as well as I do. If you like the site, read the book--definitely worth owning!
Tired of reading 'crap'
about Ásatrú? This is a great book, especially after
the 3rd time through!
The Ásatrúlore BulletinBoard
Good heathenry, good conversation instead of the tired, old BS common to email-lists. Good chance to try real heathenry!
Folk Tradition from the
Orkneys. Ásatrú, though not the "official state religion,"
is still a viable philosophy of life in the Orkneys. A wonderful site but
it requires Java to navigate. Hang out here a while!
If you wish to correspond with me, please feel free to place a private entry into the guestbook with your email address. I'll handle it from there.
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