Nisse, Folklore’s Hidden Guardian of the Homestead

A nisse is a spiritual creature from Ancient Scandinavian folklore that in modern times is usually associated with the Winter Solstice and Christmas season. It is believed that nisse originate before the Asa belief, which predates Christianity. Nisse are one of the most familiar creatures in Scandinavian folklore and have appeared in many works of Scandinavian literature. They are both solitary and mischievous domestic sprites responsible for the protection and welfare of the farm and homestead. It is generally described as being no taller than 90 cm (3 ft), having a long white beard, and wearing a…

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Vörðr, the Norse Warden Spirit

The Old Norse believed that the Vörðr was a warden spirit that followed them everywhere from their birth to their death. Vörðr, or in Old Norse vǫrðr (pl. varðir or verðir), means: “warden,” “watcher,” or “caretaker.” In Old Swedish, the word is varþer and in modern Swedish it is vård. The English word ‘”wraith” derived from the Norse word vǫrðr, while “ward” and “warden” are cognates. The belief in them remained strong in Scandinavian folklore up until the last centuries. The vörðr is also believed to be the soul (hugr) of every person. <read: Hugr – The Nordic Concept of the…

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Hörgr – Altars of Stone

The Norse built many altars of stone called, Hörgr (plural hörgar). A hörgr is a type of cairn, which is an altar or shrine made of stones that are either piled, heaped, or stacked. They are used in Norse religion, as opposed to a roofed hall used as a hof (temple). These stone altars called hörgr are attested in the Poetic Edda and the Prose Edda, in the sagas of Icelanders, skaldic poetry, and its Old English cognate in Beowulf. The term hörgr is used three times in poems collected in the Poetic Edda. In a stanza early in the…

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Hugr – The Nordic Concept of the Spirit or Soul

The Hugr is part of the Norse concept of the self. Most people, regardless of their religious beliefs, have a concept of the self in terms of it having three components: The Body, The Mind, and The Soul or Spirit. The Old Norse and Germanic folk had a similar concept of the self: the Body or the Líkami, the Mind or Will  or the Munr and what can be best described as their very being called the Hugr. (often called memory), which is much like a Soul or Spirit,   Hugr is an Old…

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Reaching out through your Spirit Animal

Have you ever reached out in the World through your Spirit Animal? For most of us, the answer is a simple no.  Many of us have. but only by seeing the World through our spirit animal’s eyes.  That is, our spirit animal took us somewhere to see something they believed we needed to see.  Many try seeing through their spirit animal to spy on someone,  But this is not always successful.  More often than not, when someone is trying to spy on someone, it is because they either have a crush on…

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Meet Your Spirit Guide(s), they have always been with you.

Let’s go right to the generic definition: A “spirit guide” is a term used by the Western tradition of spiritualism, churches, mediums, and psychics to describe an entity that remains a disincarnate spirit in order to act as a guide or protector to a living incarnated human being.  Often, we like to call them Guardian Angels, which is fine.  But Angels and Spirit guides are different beings. Okay, let’s cover some facts about Spirit guides / Guardian / Spirit Animals: The belief in angels and guardians predates all and any religion. You…

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