Northern Lore is a Field Guide to the Northern Mind-Body-Spirit, and will help you re-discover the Folk-Lore & Traditions of North Western Europe, and acquaint you with modern practices inspired by that lore.
In today's exciting cosmopolitan society, we tend to discard the old in favor of the new; and while discovering new traditions is a wonderful experience, it's important to also reflect on the traditions that have shaped our culture, and see where they’ve taken us.
In Northern Lore you will:
- Practice “Runic Yoga” for Health and Well Being
- Learn Ancient Herblore for Holistic Healing
- Meet your Animal Spirit Guide, or Fylgia
- Discover Lost Meaning in the Days of the Week
- Explore Modern Holidays & connections to Ancestral Festivals
- Unlock the Mysteries of the Runes
- Sample Viking and Anglo-Saxon cuisine
Together we’ll take an incredible journey back in time, and forward, embracing a synthesis of ancestral riches, and modern sensibilities. My hope is that after reading this, you’ll go and dig deeper into your history – read the Eddas, harvest some herbs, practice runic yoga and cook a viking feast!
Live the Lore!
Eoghan Odinsson, Editor
Chapter 1 - Legacy of the Northmen
From the cold and frozen fjords of Scandinavia, to heavily forested Germania, and west to the fertile, temperate British Isles, came the men and women of the North. Forged into hardy and resourceful tribes by necessity; they wandered far in search of riches, fame, and new places to call home.
It is from this most noble and courageous stock, many of us claim descent.
Just Another Day?
One of the most overlooked legacies of our Northern Ancestors is codified in the Days of the Week in the English Language; all but Saturday, are named for one of our old Germanic gods and goddesses.
When I first discovered this, I was perplexed that such an obvious piece of our culture was never taught in school to my generation, or that of my children. We learn about Roman and Greek Mythology in most North American schools (which I thoroughly enjoyed as a child), but not about Germanic/Norse mythology, when approximately 65% of the population of America is of North Western European descent.
In the Preface of his 1897 version of the “Younger Edda”, Rasmus B. Anderson, LL. D. has the following to say:
“ The records of our Teutonic past have hitherto received but slight attention from the English-speaking branch of the great world-ash Yggdrasil. This indifference is the more deplorable, since a knowledge of our heroic forefathers would naturally operate as a most powerful means of keeping alive among us, and our posterity, that spirit of courage, enterprise and independence for which the old Teutons were so distinguished.”
Lets walk through some of the fascinating lore behind our “everyday” lives.