I offer this prayer to Thor and to the Goddess Sif.
Hail to You, Holy Ones.
Hail to You, Protectors of Midgard,
Hail to You, Son of Odin and Hail to You,
His gleaming Bride.
You hallow and drive out all pollution.
You are mighty. There is no malignant force
that You cannot banish. There is no threat,
You cannot overcome.
You are magnificent and Your grace
protects me in the face of evil.
Mighty Thor, wise, compassionate Friend of humanity,
look upon us and wield Your hammer for our protection.
Gracious Sif, You Whose gentle touch causes the grain to grow,
please nourish us, restore us, and grant us the fortitude
to walk in alignment with the Holy Powers always.
Through Your blessings, may we grow strong in faith.
through Your blessings may we grow strong in devotion.
Through Your blessings, may we always resist impiety,
may we be nourished as the grain is nourished
under Your caring hands.
In times of peril, come to our aid, I pray.
In times of desperation, I place myself under Your care.
Hail Thor, Son of Odin.
Hail Sif, His Gracious Bride.
This is the hammer of Thor, Mjolnir. It is a sacred symbol across all denominations of Heathenry. It represents this God’s love and care for humankind, His willingness to protect us against chaos and evil, His ability to gird the world against dissolution and destruction. It means one venerates Gods Whose cultic practices predate Christianity by thousands of years.
Wearing this hammer is a sign that the wearer has aligned him or herself with the holy order of the Gods, that we live our lives in a way that cultivates reverence and piety, respect, and veneration. We honor the Gods Who made our world, we honor our ancestors – all of our ancestors regardless of ethnicity or race—because we are, quite literally, our ancestral lines walking. We are here because of them. We honor the land, because it is alive with spirits, because it nourishes us, because it is right and good to do so. We honor our families, striving to live ethically, sustainably, and in a way that pours riches and wisdom into the hands of the next generation and beyond. We work hard to build community and to contribute to the communities in which we live, cultivating civic awareness, engagement, and patriotism because that it what it means to be a pious, right-living adult.
Thor is a God Who protects the world. He is the God of everyman, everywoman. He hallows. That is His blessing: He hallows all He touches driving out that which is evil, wicked, or polluted. He is a God that nourishes and with the Goddess Sif, brings abundance to our world. How could we not praise Him? It is an honor, no, a privilege to wear His hammer. It is an honor to root oneself in reverence for this Holy Power and all His kin.
Yule is over and the chilly expanse of January spreads before us with nary a holy day in sight. Well, there may be a very minor feast day here and there depending upon one’s denomination, but there’s nothing approaching the festivity of Yule. Everything feels different now that we’ve exited the ember time into a new (though sadly, equally tumultuous) year. At first I was melancholy as usual at the inevitable shift in seasonal energy but then, given how full the Yule time is, part me went “thank the Gods. We can rest and recoup!” That has its benefits too.
We were discussing it the other day in my home and my housemate was asking me what the next big holiday was and I had to think for a moment, because it’s not one that I’ve ever really kept with any commitment. Our next serious holy tide occurs sometime in February: charming of the Plough. This confused her because in no way, shape, or form, is the land ready to be worked in February. We *might* be getting seed starters ready in the greenhouse but there isn’t any ploughing going on, nor working the soil or anything else. (Hell, Acerbot doesn’t even happen until the spring equinox!) I started to respond, “Yeah, I know…” when the whole purpose of the ritual opened up in my mind, a moment of divinely inspired insight.
Charming of the Plough is a ritual wherein our tools are blessed and readied for the work that awaits them in the spring. Usually that is the plough, the outdoor, gardening or farming tools, etc. We often expand that today to include laptops, pens, writing tools, sewing tools, our sacred tools and divination tools, hell, I might even bless the kitchen and its tools. It could easily turn into or at least encompass an entire house blessing. When I thought about including sacred and divinatory tools, well, that’s when the light really went on. I realized there’s a real beauty to the ritual cycle. Yule is terrifying and beautiful and powerful and often toward its end, frenetic. January is calm, then there is a moment’s breath, a moment of preparation for the spring madness (trust me, planting and gardening, farming, and tending the land alone turns spring into a terribly busy time), a time where we make sure all our tools are in good working order, wherein we consecrate those tools to the Gods so that all the work done with them is likewise rendered holy. It’s a gentle way of turning our mind to the Gods and spirits, cycles and seasonal shifts, and requirements of the spring liturgical season. It’s a rite and ritual of transition. I think that’s just lovely.
For our Charming of the Plough, we usually aim for mid-February. There’s no real set date. For Celtic polytheists, there’s a festival of Brigid on the 2nd. In my tradition, there’s the feast day of a sancta on the 3rd, and Sigyn has a feast day mid-month too. We always offer to Mani on the full moon. So, I usually aim for about the 20th for Charming of the Plough. This is a holy tide wherein we usually honor Thor and Sif and ask the Friend of Midgard and His wife to bless our work. This year, we may also be honoring Andvari and other duergar, since They’ve been showing up in dreams.
This has never been a holy tide with which I’ve particularly connected, but after a springtime and summer of working the land, that has completely changed.
I created the Yuletide Shopping Guide in part because Yule is one of my favorite times of year. The guide features items polytheists would enjoy seeing in their homes or under their tree this yuletide. All with the hope of spreading some holiday cheer in a difficult year by finding items that can help feed our devotions within our polytheistic traditions, but also to hopefully along the way lift up some of the artisans in our midst too.
So far I’ve included resources for crafters, makers, and DIYers: cookie cutters, crafting molds, fabric (Mesoamerican, Egyptian, Greek, Northern Europe), machine embroidery designs, cross-stitch and embroidery patterns, as well as knitting and crochet patterns. I’ve also highlighted some items on a Krampus theme. I’ve spotlighted items you can use to deck the halls and trim the tree.
Check out the Greco-Roman themed products relevant to devotees of Cultus Deorum and Hellenismos, the Egyptian themed products ( Part 1 & Part 2 ) relevant to devotees of Kemetism, and Northern Europe themed products ( Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 ) relevant to Northern Tradition polytheists. Primarily these items are Norse-centric, but there’s a small scattering of Celtic and Slavic goods too in the mix.
There were some artists and artisans who offered a range of product across pantheons, or whose work focuses on a tradition that I didn’t have enough items to spotlight on its own. So I highly recommend that you carefully peruse the spotlighted artists and artisans in my miscellaneous ( Part 1 & Part 2 ). You will find offerings encompassing a vast array of traditions: Norse, Slavic, Celtic, Roman, Greek, Egyptian, Hindu, Polynesian, Mesoamerican, Minoan, Assyrian, Sumerian, Welsh, Asian, Native American/Inuit, and more!
Today is the fifth installment of Northern Europe themed products relevant for fellow Northern Tradition polytheists.
PantheonSkulptur based in Sweden, features the artistic gold or silver gilded statues of Norse or Celtic Gods and Goddesses by Stina Jarenskog. Since ever piece is handmade, sometimes there’s nothing in the shop as she’s sold out. Just be sure to bookmark the shop and revisit.
FatefulSigns is the online storefront for illustrator Sam Flegal, who has done work for gaming companies and concept art for movies. He has some truly stunning images of our Gods and Goddesses, and offers the original for sale, as well as prints. He’s also decided to do his own illustrations for sections of the lore, which you can find in his two books: the Illustrated Havamal, and the Illustrated Voluspa.
Grimfrost is a Swedish based company that specializes in items inspired by and related to Viking Age culture. They have some replica statuary and jewelry, but also some truly unique things based on the familiar. Some highlighted items are the Sleipnir Post Earrings, a Freya Drum, a replica of a ritual procession, and replicas from the archaeological record of our Gods.
SummitCollection’s Norsies features painted cold cast resin figures of Norse Gods & Goddesses.
- Poster of Travis Bowman’s prayer to Odin
- Norhalla’s Sleipnir Plush Toy
- ArcanicaArt painted Frigg
- MailoniKat’s Fox Cloth
- DeBaunFineCeramics Valknut Pendant
- HeathenTreeCreations – Vanic Deities Statues
- Dharmalus – Valknut wall shelves
- SevenOaksGrove Rune Cloth
- ShirePost Ullr and vegvisir zipper pull
- The National Museum of Denmark’s Gift Shop has a wide range of products too!