The Gjallgard Kindred

Asatru/Northern Tradition Paganism

Blog posts May 2017

Learning to be Still

One of the methods that I found that seems to help encourage the bonds between understanding and learning is through teaching ourselves how to be still. There is an awareness brought on through silence that truly helps us to find ourselves, our balance, and our Gods. Being still lifts us beyond th…

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What Does It Mean To Be A Pagan/Heathen

If anyone had told me 10/15 years ago that I was going to become a Heathen I would have laughed in their faces. I have come a long way since then. In 2010, the same year I joined this Kindred and read my first books, my life changed. I changed. Not always for the better, but looking back now I belie…

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Basic Mead Recipe

I've been asked a few times recently about making mead.  To make things easier on myself, this is basically how I put it together:

I use liquid honey, because its easier, but it doesn't really matter.  1 litre/1.4 kilo honey for 4 litres finished mead is a good minimum.  I usually use 6 litres o…

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On Vikings

Víkingr is an old Norse word for a seafarer, whether engaged in trade, exploration, war, or simply travel, one who went to sea was víkingr. The term has no meaning beyond that of the terms, “woodcutter”, or “farmer”, or “herdsman”. Viking is an anglicized form of that word, created and used by the C…

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The Secrets of Trees

Study the Science of trees. Study the history of trees. Know what trees grew 2000 years ago. Know how far the trees bend when the wind blows. Know what creatures live in trees. Know what creatures find food from trees. Know what creatures have use of the wood of trees and what uses they put it t…

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