Amalasuntha

I’m learning to work more effectively with the Norse pantheon at present.  The Norse way of looking at life is something I’ve been drawn to for a long time, but haven’t really known exactly how to go about the practicalities of bringing the gods into my life on a more regular basis.    For me the Norse way of looking at things is no nonsense, destiny focussed and eminently practical.  I try and live my life through the nine virtues of courage, truth, honour, fidelity, hospitality, discipline, industriousness, self reliance and perseverance.  It’s tricky sometimes, so I have the list pinned to places that I’ll notice (such as my computer monitor at work) to help remind me of my obligation.

I honour the land I’ve been given stewardship of in the form of my garden and will go and talk to the land spirits there, and give them offerings so that we can create the garden together.  I  wear a small Mjöllnir, or Thor’s hammer, during rituals and when I meet other pagans at the moots.  To me putting it on signifies that I’m entering a more spiritual place in which the gods can see me and my actions clearer for a time.  I don’t do personal rituals to honour the passing of the seasons, but will mark their turning.  I have used a ritual setting to make oaths in front of the gods and witnesses, for things I want to achieve, and to give thanks to the gods and my ancestors for bringing me to a particular time and place.  Sometimes the gods bring choices, and sometimes destiny is set, it’s a hard thing for me at accept that there are some points in my life to come that are fixed and cannot be changed no matter which way I arrive at them.  Although it seems reassuring to know that there are also points in my past that I could not have avoided.

I cast runes quite a lot in my personal practices, I use them for personal divinations, to give me a focus or new point of view to look at a certain problem, or just as a focus for a day.  I have a goodly collection of Norse legends inhabiting my head,  and have a healthy fascination with amber.  I go to the York Viking Festival every year, it’s about as close as I’m going to get to the real thing (for now!), although I have distant plans to go to Scandinavia and see the rune stones there for real.

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9 thoughts on “Amalasuntha

  1. Hi im Aaron Snow and im new to paganism, im following the Norse pantheon and i was wandering where Chesterfield pagans meet so i can finally get to know people of paganism and truly learn my following from someone with experiance.
    hope to hear from you soon
    A.Snow

    • Hail and Welcome Aaron,

      We’ve sent you an e-mail with some details on, it should get to you soon!

      In Frith,

      Suzanne and Cat,
      Chesterfield Pagans webmasters

      • Hail Amalasuntha,

        i must ask, am i allowed to bring my wooden staff along to the meeting ?.
        Its just i dont get to use it that often and our meet up will be the perfect place to let it charge and collect positive energy.

        Hope to hear from you soon

        A.Snow

      • Hail Aaron,

        It’s a lovely idea, but I might hold off for the first moot you come to. Come and meet us all first! We’re all respectful of personal beliefs, but you might decide that you prefer another nearby group, and want to imbue with them instead. We are inside a large pub, so bear in mind that there may be others present that do not actively share a pagan belief and you’d have to carry it through the length of the pub to get to the function room at the end. If it’s a full-sized staff, most of us know the practicalities of getting one into and out of a car too! (Even worse on public transport or on a motorbike!) We wouldn’t want something precious to you to get accidentally damaged on your first visit either. There are rituals and festival gatherings through the year that might be more appropriate to bring it to, not least of which is our Lammas Camp at the end of July. (Around 250-300 attendees and plenty of energy to go around!) The moots are more of a regular informal social gathering, which occasionally has families with (very) young children attending. If you’d still like to bring it to a moot, you could respectfully ask everyone when you come for your first one and bring it next time?

        In Frith,

        Suzanne and Cat,
        Chesterfield Pagans Webmasters

  2. Hail Amalasuntha,

    I thank you for this information and i will follow your advice and leave it for now, I must say i find it very calming to speak with you, its just great to have a conversation with a fellow heathen ( even though its through the internet 🙂 . I await to see you and the rest of Chesterfield Pagans as i am sure we will get along well .

    Hope to hear from you soon

    A.Snow

    • Hail Aaron,

      Looking forward to meeting you at the next moot 🙂 Cat and I will watch out for you,

      In Frith,

      Suzanne and Cat,
      Cheterfield Pagans Webmasters

  3. Hail Amalasuntha

    How will i know who everyone is when i arrive at Telemere lodge ?, i am quite prone to getting lost and im worried i might not find you.

    Hope to hear from you soon

    A.Snow

    • Hail Aaron,
      I’m the short-ish one with the blonde white streak at the front of my hair, I also wear a small silver hammer on a necklace which is a dead giveaway 🙂 Cat’s taller than me, with dark wavy hair and wears glasses. We’ll be there around 6.15pm (just as soon as I can get there from work) to sample the delights of pie night if you’d like to join us. The moot is held in the function room at the far end of the bar from the entrance, people are usually in there from 7-7.15pm ish if you can’t get until later!
      In Frith,

      Suzanne and Cat
      Chesterfield Pagans Webmasters

      • Hail Amalasuntha

        thank you and i cant wait to meet you all tomorrow

        see you then

        A.Snow

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