Hail Odin! And Thor. And Freya. And Tyr. And Balder. And Heimdall. And Frigga. And Idunna. But not Loki. There are more that I am missing, but we are of course talking about the pantheon in Asatru (Heathenry, Odinism, Norse Paganism). I was, up until recently, unfamiliar with this path in paganism and it has become a topic of interest in the past seven months.
Mjolnir, the Hammer of Thor.
Upon moving to Lexington, Kentucky to serve the Unitarian Universalist Church as their minister, I began to learn more about the sizable Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPS) group that was affiliated with the church. This is nothing new to me. I know CUUPS. I’ve been a part of CUUPS.
The church I grew up in had a lovely mix of humanism and paganism that informed and inspired all areas of church life. My own mother has a connection to paganism on some level. But what was new to me was just how many followers of Asatru and Heathenism were present in the group. In the Bluegrass.
I like to imagine that wherever people gather, the stars align and the spirit moves them to shared traditions and beliefs. We see this with ancient paganism and the sharing of similar gods and goddesses across cultures. So, too, it appears to be true today as well. Odin (and friends) have found a home in Kentucky. Read the rest of this entry »