HOLY SYMBOLS OF GERMANIC HEATHENRY:
ODIN'S VOLK is an ethnic, spiritual and cultural organization that is
commited to remaining free of all political manifestations, therefore we refuse
to ban any of our ancient spiritual symbols simply because some of them have
been used by political groups, both past and present, as to do so would in
itself be a political act. We will not ever use them in any offensive way, but
neither will we be ashamed to use the sacred symbols of our people. Much to the
dismay of our detractors, we who are revitalizing our folk ways after such a
maligned period of historical miseducation, we have continued to struggle to
"rehabilitate" and maintain the true, honest use of our ancestral symbology.
Some symbols have only been misconstrued over the last sixty years when they were used with the most vigor. It is a disgrace that some modern day individuals and groups continue the misinformation campaign against our symbolism and equating it with maliscious purposes. It is a matter of time, until those folk will wake up to its much more encompassing passions and how it should affect internal change and external pride rather than external change and internal pride.
Our symbols have existed for many millenia free from any conatations of fear
and racial hatred. Unfortunately, there presently exists multiple groups of people and government sponsored organizations who believe it is their job to save the world from racists. For these groups to survive they must continually find more racists to justify their own existence. In the past few years these groups have focused on our ancient ancestral religion; Asatru.
Some of these groups have
gone out of their way to bring dishonor to our people and our religion. To
further their goals these organizations lie to law enforcement officials, they
lie to the media, and they lie to many of the people that they represent. These
lies have been proven to be false time and time again. The Anti-Defamation
League’s decision to list
the Thors Hammer, Valknot, and certain runic symbols as Neo-Nazi or generic racist symbols is an
insult to our people. It offends everyone who is Asatru. Our sacred symbols
represent that which is best in each and every one of us and what our people
are, they are our strength, and our protection which empowers our us as a people
to have the willingness to stand, no matter what the odds are because in the end
we will overcome ALL detriments placed before us. Listing any of our sacred
symbols in this manner is absolutely unacceptable, trying to list it, as heathen
symbols co-opted by racists is an attempt by The Anti-Defamation League to
discriminate against Heathens since Christian, Moslem, and Jewish holy symbols
are all used by their own racists ( such as the Christian KKK, the Jewish Kach Movement, and the Muslim Nation of Islam, among many other groups) but are not included on their lists.
Asatru is not a religion based upon fear or hate, and we have an in-defiable right to
use ALL of our ancient sacred symbols without being associated with fear and racial prejudice.
These are OUR symbols, and only we will dictate how they will
be displayed and how they are going to be used. We will also live with those
consequences and take that responsibility. We are a diverse people; we exist in all walks of life. We honour the laws in
the lands where we exist and we honour a person right to believe in whatever
religion they choose. We honour our the Germanic Gods and Goddesses as our
ancient kin, (the gods of the various Germanic Tribes) and live our lives by the
Nine Noble Virtues. We look to peacefully live our lives by our own morals and
build our religion for our future generations.
SACRED SYMBOLS OF ASATRU:
The objects the Germanic peoples used in their religious ceremonies and in everyday life are usually very rich in spiritual symbolism, often incorperating motifs of celestial importance. Throughout the many millenia of their existance, our holy symbols have manifested and appeared in a great many variations, often appearing very stylized and at times somewhat cryprtic.
The ancient Germanic tribes lived in harmony with nature, and as their spiritual beliefs are based very much on the natural world, both wild and domestic beasts are highly revered. It was sensed that certain animals have special unique energies and elements of their
nature and being that brought them into association with that of the various
Gods and Goddesses whom they came to represent. These totem animals are
often seen in dreams and visions as symbolic bearers of wisdom and might.
|BEAR:The Bear is considered the greatest of all beasts, and are held sacred to Thor.
Bears are considered to be similar in personality and temprement to humans as
they are intelligent, curious, highly adaptable, brazen and persistant
creatures, with an inate awareness of fairness and honour. A common favorite of
berserkers and shape shifters, the Bear is often the totem spirit of those who
are extraordinarily strong of body, mind, and soul.
|BOAR:Linked to both Freyr and Frejya, the boar is
traditionally associated with protection from harm. As an warriors' symbol, its
body often formed the crest on helmets representing a potent sign of protection
and ferocity in battle. The Wild Boar is the mightiest of the totem amimals of
the Vanir. The Boar first taught mankind the arts of agriculture by showing us
how to plough the Earth before "sowing" seeds by rooting up the ground with his
|BOVINE:Agression and strength werehighly valued vitues to to Warrior Germanic tribes, Qualities assosiated with their most potent animal totem symbols. The untamed bull was venterated in all parts of Europe settled by the Germanic peoples, although its warlike connotations were tempered by its symbolic link to fertility and agricultural plenty that was assosiated with its counterpart the Ox.
|DRAGON:The mighty Dragon is the dweller of the
burial mound, and the physical and psychic embodiment the Earths natural powers
of fertility. Representative of natural electromagnetic Earth energy, pictured
as slithering across the skin of the earth, As the great serpent guardian of
gold, the Dragon has been closely assosiated with unseen power, fertility,
protection and esoteric wisdom.
|EAGLE:The Eagle is considered the greatest of all
birds, and is held sacred to Odin. Ancient tradition denotes that the Eagle's
scream portends the birth of a heroic soul, while the mightiest of eagles sits
atop the World Tree - Yggdrasil and represents the uppermost aspects of the
conscious mind and is the ultimate in spiritual attainment, embodied in the
|HORSE:The Sacred Horse is a
potent symbol of intelligence, speed, grace, strength, virality, and fertillity. Its flowing
mane representing the brilliant rays of the sun as the Horse is the beast which
carries the wagons of the Sun and the Moon across the sky. Images of Horses
appear on many early Bronze Age rock carvings depicting ancient scences of
fertillity rights. The Stallion is held especially sacred to Freyr and Wotan,
who would sometimes take residence in the body of a one of the Horses kept at
their temples. These Horses contained cosmic wisdom and were consulted by
priests who would decypher their neighs and snorts in divinity rites.
|RABBIT:The motif of the rabbit is held sacred to Idunna in her contenental aspect of Eostara / Ostara, Goddess of the spring and renewer of life. As her totem animal the rabbit became a potent fertillity symbol in ancient times due to the rabbits well known ability to multiply rapidly.
|RAVEN:The Raven is most closely associated with Odin, and as such, are birds of cunning, swift
moving intelligence, esoteric wisdom, victory, war and death. Odin's two ravens,
named Huginn and Muninn (translated as "thought" and "memory" respectively) sit
at each of his shoulders and whisper in his ears all they see and hear.
Shamanically, they represent the mind of the seer, flying silently through the 9
worlds of the universe, gathering hidden knowledge, gaining in wisdom, insight
and inspiration. As birds of omens, the flight of ravens were used in predicting
the future, while their harsh cries foretold the outcome of battles. Carrion
birds associated with death, ravens will accompany the souls of the dead to the
various afterworlds, and as such are blessed with the clear vision of the
mysteries of life, death and rebirth.
Under the raven banners, the Viking
invaders were said to be invincible against the English armies.
|STAG:the Stag is a beast of noblility and Freyrs symbolic totem animal.
The symbol of the Stag went beyond its obvious Maleness and agressive qualities; the splayed antlers associated with the king of the forest because of the similaritiy to branch growth. And, like the decidious species of trees, the annual shedding of antlers in spring and autum made the Stag the embodiment of the cylical growth-decay-growth of nature. Along with the Wild Boar, the Stag was the most prized quarry of hunters.
|WOLF:The Wolf is the traditional totem spirit and symbol of
the hunter,warrior and magician. As such, the Wolf presents to us its dual
nature of nurturing and destruction. On one side, the Wolf is the living
embodyment of fury, chaos, and brute wildness. In contrast, the symbol of the
wolf also represents one of the most intelligent, loyal, and sociable of
animals, living and hunting in a co-operative family based pack. While the
wildness of the wolf is its greatest strength, it is its' intelligence that is
the wolfs' best asset which will temper, balance, and direct its feirce nature
into positive action
TRADITIONAL SACRED SYMBOLS:
|APPLE:Idunna is the Goddess of eternal spring, immortal youth and vitality, and the gaurdian
of the Golden Apples of Imortality, she alone is allowed to pick these sacred
apples which represent fertillity, youthful vigour and vibrant life force.
Idunna shares her magical apples with the Gods and Goddesses everyday to bestow
immortal youth and beauty upon all ate them. Idunna carefully gaurds her golden
apples in her magic basket as they are considered the most prized treasures of
Asgard, and no matter how many she withdraws from her basket, the same number
always remains for distribution at the feasts of the Gods.
|EGGS:a potent symbol of the forces of fertillity, life and rebirth.
found in many anient graves sites as a symbol of eternal life. held sacred to Ostara and her rabbit (Easter Bunny)
|FOOTPRINT:Found on very early bronze age rock carvings, the symbol of the bare footprint in is associated most often with the cult of the
Vanir, and it is a mighty symbolof the pressence of the Gods, bringing
fruitfullness to the land and people.
The Fylfot (meaning "four footed") is Mankinds oldest and mightiest power symbol, appears nearly world wide in some form. There are thousands of variants of this mighty symbol in the Germanic Heathen tradition and is commonly swirling in both clockwise and counterclockwise forms without any change in meaning.
Associated with fire and lightning, the Fylfot is particularly holy to Thor, and is a potent symbol of dynamic cosmic power, and unstoppable swirling strength of the will, invoking his might & protection. This motif occurs frequently throughout the lands of the wide ranging Teutons since the early Bronze Age and are prominent on cremation urns and carved memorial grave stones with early Runic inscriptions, seeking Thor's protection in the afterlife.
Originally a stylized representation of the female genitallia, this ancient symbol of the
heart is the sign of the blessings of love life, fertillity, and spiritually
creative energies from the mighty Earth Goddess Freyja. its symbolic use in
sacred erotic love and fertillity magic is well documented from the Early Bronze
Age to our present time.
|ODROERIR - Horn triskelion:
A variation of the valknut, many believe this to represent the three cauldrons in
which the sacred mead Odroerir is kept. An ancient Teutonic symbol with shamanic
roots, which shows the 3 cauldrons in which is brewed the mead of poetry called
Odroerir (meaning "frenzy stirrer") made from the fermented blood of the wisest
of the ancient Gods, KVASIR. Holy to both the Asir and the Vanir, whomever drank
of this magical mead received the gift of divine inspiration, great wisdom,
esoteric knowledge and poetic eloquence of speech.
|RING:The unbroken hoop is an ancient and potent symbol of the eternal nature of the Earth Goddess and the fertility and fruitfullness she embodies. In ancient art she is often depicted as wearing a neckring. As such the ring has been known to be used to swear sacred oaths upon in Germanic heathen religious rites. This tradition is still widely continued today with the tradition of the Wedding ring, and the sacred Oath Ring.
Runes are the symbolic expressions of the cosmic
mysteries of the universe, discovered by Odin during his shamanic initiation.
Rune magic developed and evolved, naturally, and
uniquely among the various Teutonic tribes since the late Bronze Age. Runes
were widely used in divination and have been inscribed on amulets, such
talismans were primarily concerned with healing, protection, victory, fertility
ship is commonly seen in rock carvings as far back as 5000 BCE. It is later seen
on funeral stones, in graves, and is held to be one of the vehicles to reach the
afterlife. The ship is also a symbol of fertility and is associated with the
Vanic deities, particularly Njord, god of commerce, and Nerthus who's image was
carried around in a ship. To the Teutonic peoples, the ship was not just a means
of transport, but played an overwhelming part of their spiritual and cultural
developement. Its' use in fertillity and funeral rites Bringing the fruitful
blessings of life to the realm of mankind and return to their heavenly halls
bearing with them the souls of the Noble Dead. The symbolic use of the Ship as
the means of otherworldly travel is defined by its association with life, death,
rebirth, and fertility.
The Sheildknot and its variants are a powerfull symbol of protection. This symbol is still in use today in Scandinavian countries to mark off protected sites of archeological importance and ancient cultural heritage.
|SUNWHEEL:This cross within a circle
is one of the many symbols of the sun, and one of the oldest spiritual symbols
of the Germanic peoples.It is representative of the seasonal cycles of the year,
the cycles of agricultural success in the field, and the cycles of human events
within the year. It invoks the vital cosmic powers of life, fertility, peace and
plenty from the fire of the heavens. The Earth is represented to this day by the
sunwheel in scientific communities. It is the symbol of Terra Firma, our planet
- the very center of all magical and other worldly culminations from all nine
worlds. In ancient times small sunwheels made of wheat were set on fire and
rolled down the fjords into the bay in Scandinavian rituals at Midsummer.
|THORS' HAMMER:The Hammer is primarily a symbol and an
instrument of hallowing or "making sacred." Thor is one of the most loved and
honoured of the ancient Germanic Gods, due to his controll over the seasons. The
hammer of Thor mighty hammer, Mjolnir ("the crusher") is one of the God's most
precious treasures, and represents the life bringing fertility powers of the
great cosmic phallus, and is the weapon with which Thor defends the Gods,
Goddesses, mankind and their allies from the bringers of chaos and destruction,
the Giants. The hammer of Thor has come to represent the whole of the Asatru
|TRISKEL:The ancient symbol of the triskel shows the
swirling might eminating from the three great levels of being: the Overworld,
the Middleworld and the Underworld. This represents the unification of balanced
opposites to create directional force attuned to ones will, setting goals into
motion, bringing them into being and empowering them in all realms.
|WAGON:The wagon is often found linked to the god Freyr, His image was carried around in a wagon in
Sweden until late in the Heathen Era. The wagon like the ship, is associated
with the mysteries of fertility, life, death, and rebirth. and is seen as a
vehicle to the other worlds.
|VALKNOT:Appearing in ancient sacred images associated with Odin. The "knot of the slain" is the symbolic sign of the coming together of the
powers from the 9 worlds of the universe. This is the symbol of Odin, showing
his power to bind or loosen the minds and souls of man, subtly affecting the
knotted web of fate as he lays bonds upon them, so that they become helpless in
battle, or he could loosen the grip of fear by his gifts of intoxicating
battle-madness and divine inspiration.
|YGGDRASIL / IRMINSUL:
Yggdrasil is the "World tree", a gigantic tree and central pillar that binds connects binds the 9 worlds of the Universe together. Also know as
The name Yggdrasil translates as: Ygg "terrible" + drasil "steed". Yggr is another name of Odin, giving a meaning of "Odin's steed"
Yggdrasil was known as the Irminsul to the contenental Germanic tribes, and historically, was an oak or wooden pillar venerated by the Saxons which was said to connect heaven and earth. The name Irminsul is translated as "mighty Pillar"and is derived from "IRMIN" the ancient contenental Saxon name for Odin (Old Norse: Jörmunr). Thus it represents a cosmic balance, order, personal power, spiritual creativity, growth, and hidden knowlage.
The ancient symbol of the cosmic tree Irminsul / Yggdrasil still continues to be widely
honoured up to modern times at Yuletide in the disguised and Christianized form
of the Christmas Tree