Religious identity?

I have spent much time of this year to research gods, cultures and their common attributes, because I felt that if I could reconstruct a ‘original vanic’ pantheon it would be easier for me to connect to the gods. It has worked so far that I have found the Balts and built a theory that they are related to the Vanir, or are their predecessors, or are the same god energy with different names.

I kind of always have tried to find this one drawer my religion fits into. This way I have concluded that Germanic Ostara is the same as Baltic Ausrine.

Well… what can I say. I have been wrong.

The gods aren’t that easy to simplify. Everyone who has a name has their own personality, or at least that’s what Ausrine told me when I tried to pretend she was Ostara. It did destroy my world view a little bit – but it’s not the first time I had to learn this lesson. The lesson here is, I think, that I can have different gods from different cultures at the same time since I am, after all, not a product from only one culture and nothing more.

But at the same time I’m kind of unsure about having all those gods – if I’m trying to worship them all, will I ever have time for anything else? And what does it make me? I’m not a Druidess, not a Wiccan, not exclusively Vanatru…. I know labels aren’t everything but I want to have one. Because how could I tell people about it if I don’t know who I am?

So maybe the word ‘Freiatru’ is actually the best description – meaning true to Freia and her kin, which I believe can be found in many other cultures, not only Germanic. 🙂

About Thor’s hammer

That’s right. ‘A female view on Vanatru’ starts with the topic of a male Aesir God – because here’s the thing. I like men, I adore them and feel they have a lot to bring to this world. I want to make clear that I am supporting equal rights for all genders but also want them to live out all the unique details they carry.

That being said, I think Thor is Vanic, anyway. He is riding a wagon, is called a God of fertility and weather and his hammer is a tool for sanctifying marriages. It was laid onto the lap of the woman to guarantuee many offspring, and wearing Mjöllnir as jewelry was popular among women. (And still is – I am wearing it right now. 😉 )

thors-hammer

Also, he is said to be married to the Goddess of corn and harvest, Sif. Sif’s name means ‘bride, family’ so it might be a title. She has long golden hair and can take the form of a swan – all of which links her to the Great Lady Freia. Personally, I think she is Freia.

I have so much to say about Thor, Sif, Freia, Loki (yes, that’s right, him too), Ingvi and all the other Gods! I have this blog now and I just can’t wait to spread my wild theories. 😀

Oh, and happy first Advent – only four weeks and a few days now until the Sun get’s reborn. I am taking up my Yule decorations today. And yes, I stick to the ‘Advent stuff’ because I borrow shamelessly from Christianity (hey, they have it coming) and other religions, whatever floats my boat. I warned you.

Hope to see you soon!