Showing posts with label Paganism. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Paganism. Show all posts

Thursday, 11 February 2021

Reconnecting with nature

I want to go more into the the practical parts of being a pagan, rather than just the lore and knowledge of the gods and their adventures.

I was listening to a podcast by Oaks and Oaths a couple of days ago, in this podcast he mentioned that having knowing all the lore and things about the gods is one thing, but putting this knowledge into practice in your day to day life is another thing entirely.

Have to admit I do agree with this.

With that in mind I want to answer a couple of questions some people new to paganism regularly ask.

First I want to throw some numbers out there

In the 2001 a faith census held in the UK, reported that around 2,000 people in the UK identified as either Norse pagan, Asatru, heathen or Norse reconstructionist.

This is just one of the pagan paths, there are many more paths that do not follow the Norse God's..

The thing is over the last few years it is estimated that around 18,000 - 24, 000 have either turned to paganism as their faith, or have came out as Pagans.

This is an estimate

Last year 2020 saw a huge spike in people returning to the old ways, wanting to know more about their ancestors and reconnect with nature.

Whether it was the pandemic or being in lockdown, I don't know but something clicked inside of a lot of people, making them want and in some cases need to step away from the daily grind and return to nature.

In the pagan communities I haunt, we have had an influx of new members join us. Most of our new members say that they have converted to paganism recently from another faith or even from atheism.

That being said one of the most common questions asked is

"How do I connect with the gods, my ancestors and nature?"

Luckily I love the outdoors and being in the wilds, I could talk about this for hours but, I'm not going to, not today anyway.

Ok, let's cut out the crap and get straight to the point.

We as humans are meant to be hunter gatherers, it is in our evolutionary biology and hard coded into our DNA, we are supposed to be out there in the wilds, in nature foraging, not sat Infront of the TV watching Reality TV while munching on crisps or that take away that was just delivered while drinking soda.

We are not built to be sat Infront of a computer 12 hours a day, whether it is work or playing games or stuck in a cubicle with artificial light for 8 or more hours a day, hating our jobs and wondering how many hours it will be until we can pop our next dose of anti depressants.

We are built to be out in the rain and wind and sun

Nature is a great healer and we all, each and everyone of us, pagan or not need to spend at least a few hours a week at the very least out there, surrounded by nature, if for nothing else, for the sake of our mental health.

Leaving all our social media accounts and the internet behind and getting out there with only the essential things we need.

Nothing more, nothing less and no distractions.

I should say that wanting to reconnect with nature is all well and good and everything, but to really connect to nature we must learn how to live with nature and within nature.
I'm not a reconstructionist pagan, but I do believe that one of the best ways to reconnect with nature is to get into the mindset of our ancestors, realising that nature is a living, breathing being, not just a bunch of trees, bushes and a few wild animals

We are part of nature and nature is a part of you and me.

To connect with nature is to connect with our selves.

Nature and the spirits of the land will be only too happy to accept you but there are conditions attached.

Respect for nature and everything that is in it is an absolute, a must. You need to understand the nature lives by a different set of rules, once you understand these rules and can live within them.

Only then will we start to connect.

Until next time.
Stay safe

Wednesday, 16 December 2020

Magick has not disappeared

Magick didn't disappear from the earth

Somewhere down the line, somewhere in our history we became disconnected, we lost our way

At some point in our past we forgot that everything is connected

We startes to think that we were the masters.
everything was ours for the taking,

Everything on and in the Earth was ours
the world was ours to conquer.

At some point in our past we stopped taking only what we needed
And started taking what we wanted
And we took, and we took it all
we wanted it and want it all.

Now we live in a disconnected, disjointed and broken world as a consequence for our actions

Honour has disappeared
Along with our connection to the planet, it's Gods, Goddesses our ancestors, the spirits of the land and our values.

We are becoming more and more distant, not only from the planet but from eachother.

We work, go home and switch on our TVs, computers and gaming consoles

We plug ourselves into the grid.
and we sit and watch and disconnect even more from a world we have created.

Seeking escape in media and multi media.

Trapped in a mindset that things matter.
I need that... Thing

Health related issues are rising just as fast as mental health issues.

It's 2020
The year the Earth hit back
And we felt it.
Boy did it hit us hard

Now We live in a disjointed and shattered world.

Yet.. Somewhere, deep inside of each of us, a switch is being flicked.

That part of our DNA which was once our ancestors,

That part, which is in each of us has been turned on

More and more people are once again turning to the old ways, the forgotten ways.

Seeking to reconnect with the old gods, with nature, the spirits and our ancestors.

The entire earth is filled with magick.
If we just took the time to relearn the ways of our ancestors we would know that we are one and the same.

But, it is not enough to connect with nature and her spirits, we must learn to live with and within her.
Outside of the social confines of need and wanting

my name is Jim, welcome to my world.

I am documenting my journey as I reconnect with nature and relearn the ways of my ancestors

I would love it if you would join me.

Friday, 27 November 2020

The Norse Pagan Awakening

Every journey starts with the first step and my journey along the path of the Norse Pagan is no different. Yes, at the time of writing this I am not ashamed to admit, I am relatively new to the Norse Pagan faith, though I am lucky in the respect that I have walked the pagan path for upwards of 30 years (saying that, I am by no means an expert in any of this).

How did I end up on the path I am on now?

Well, every year for the past 15 years or so, around the middle of September I feel a pull back to the old ways, it's like the Gods, the ancestors and the spirits of the lands become that bit more active, I like to call it "The Awakening".

This year (2020) was no different, well except for one thing, this year the pull I was feeling was coming from a different direction. Try as I might I could not figure out what was going on.
I could feel the old ones but I didn't recognise those who were reaching out to me, they just felt different.

Then, one day after a particularly hard night shift, I came home and went to bed as usual. I don't think I slept for any more to an an hour when I woke and sat, bolt upright in my bed.

The pull, I knew where it was coming from. It was Odin who was calling me and I could hear and feel the call.

After a couple of days of reading up on the Norse path I went outside and asked Odin to show me some kind of sign so that I knew I was right in my thinking. A couple of days later while sitting in the shed in my back garden I noticed a rune on the roof of a house a few doors away from me. (Pictured below).

I Quickly looked up the rune to find out that but was Ansuz, Odin's rune.

Honestly I could not believe it. I had the sign I asked for. 

This was not the only sign I have had, a few days earlier I, without reason became filled with joy while walking into town, I could feel the gods around me as I walked passed a lone of trees.

The last sign I had was at about 5 in the afternoon, sometime in October 2020, I was just going out side on my break while at work and a raven flew down and landed in the back of a large pick-up truck, not 10 feet away from me, it just stood there, eyeing me, then flew away to be joined by a second raven.

I haven't had any signs since then but I'm good with that, in my opinion I was given more than my fair share of signs.

Today, well now I am reading as much as I can about Norse Paganism, no books, not yet. I am getting my information from the Poetic Edda, the Havamal and from the mouths of other Norse pagans as well as the experiences I am having.

To end, this is a whole new journey for me and for the first time in years, I am excited. 

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