Are We Our Own Worst Enemy?

Are We our Own Worst Enemy?

By Rev. Dr. D.A. Kjono

June 2011

 Notwithstanding the huge problems our economy faces from external threats to our National Security, it seems our own political processes and over sight, for supposedly “Free People” may be part of the problem rather than solution. How can the once, and still could be, greatest nation on the planet have relinquished such a lofty formal role to a ‘fraidy cat’ and ‘big chicken’?

I stand with millions of veterans who still believe in America. I am also among the many who remember fallen comrades that died for your right to be free and Constitutionally oppose the sometime ridiculous nature of a political process that is exactly that; Political in its Process. From the halls of elementary schools to the front lines of over-seas wars being politically correct was thought to be a dying battle cry, yet is still heard loud and clear at home and abroad.

While we face seemingly insurmountable inflation, devaluation of the dollar, soaring National Debt and an upcoming presidential election that should rival the like of P.T. Barnum in its offering of candidates nearly ¾ of our fellow Americans think it’s only going to get worse before it gets better. That is if we pass by October 21, 2011 and December 21, 2012 without universal consequences. We have economists, inventors, educators and home-schooled teenagers all offering their personal solutions to our collective plight yet we still seem to be stymied by a singular, overriding factor; The United States Government.

Instead of everyone doing their part to bring us out of this slump we instead have a big “but” that is gumming up the works. Everyone but the government is doing their part to help us climb out of this financial hole being dug deeper by our own politicians. Was Bin Laden correct? Are we indeed our own worst enemy? The learned and astute on these issues seem to have an answer, at least in part to our collective dilemma.

The good news, he says, is that the problem is still fixable, and has some inexpensive solutions. … The Travel Association has also proposed a simple, four-point plan for “common sense entry reforms” that Dow says would create an estimated 1.3 million new jobs and bring in $858 billion into the U.S. economy by 2020. …”If you treat every traveler as a terrorist, [security work] becomes very difficult.”

Indeed, despite U.S. visa policies that treat all Latinos as immigrants vying for American jobs …it might just be Uncle Sam who is denying more Americans a better shot at living the dream themselves.(1)

I like this approach which appears to have the opposite meaning of the statement of “keeping our friends close and enemies closer”. In essence it really means keeping our allies as close to us as possible while making our enemies step back. We’re so close to having a one world government, we already have doctors without borders and the pro socio-politico stance of “no man is an island unto himself” that I believe this might just work.

As the ULC membership grows it shows us there is at least a common goal, if not solidarity, in the idealism of each and every one of us doing our part to bring America back to the united front it once was. To stand together with our many individual flags raised under a singular idea of freedom, to understand what liberty is all about instead of allowing our enemies to lock us up tight in our social processes.

What is worse, while our enemies run free about the world, we sit as a huddle mass locked into our homes letting fear dictate our actions, ignorance perpetuate the problem and our political process knowingly and deliberately exasperate the situation instead of solving our collective problem. So, in this light, are we our own worst enemy?

I love this country and what it has stood for over 225 years. And, while all great empires rise and eventually fall, I’d hate to see ours get kicked back to its knees before we’ve truly had a chance to not only talk the talk, but walk the walk. It’s humiliating, not humbling, to be in such a position when could be running, jumping and kicking our heels up in our pursuit of Life, Liberty and Happiness.

Blessings of Peace,

(1) By TIM ROGERS –Time Magazine – Friday, June 3, 2011 (click here for Full Article)

Becoming

by Felbain

June 1996/Updated February 2014

 Becoming in the runic theosophy is something quite different than what you may perceive its meaning to be in a traditional sense. To Become in runic realms is a process of evolution development and is dynamic in every manner. In this definition, knowledge, observation and critical thinking make a person become. It is one thing to simply read and study manuscripts, texts and other resources to gain new knowledge, but Becoming involves not only these academic traits, but experiential ones as well.

Having a well versed background in Nordic history, its associations to Teutonic/Germanic culture and historical references and how the Nordics interacted with the rest of the world is all part of the dynamic evolution of one’s Becoming within any Ásatrú organization. Naturally, nearly all of this educational enhancement comes from static studying of written material as unfortunately we have no way, yet, in which to go back in time and experience things first hand. Of course, visiting places of historical significance, libraries and museums are all ways in which to get a hands on look at our Nordic past.

Personal experiences, and mindful evaluations of events that have happened to our ancestors as well, is of course the most dynamic manner for which we can gain insights into our Self. Nothing supersedes personal, first hand experiences when it comes to our Becoming anything. The criteria for each aspect or level of awareness we seek is naturally a personal choice, but the Erulian should be well verse in all areas of knowledge concerning our Nordic/Germanic (or Teutonic) culture.

The historical background of your blood lineage should be of the utmost importance to you as well as the contemporary view and how that culture fits into the world today, regardless of what it may have been in the past.

The academic contributions to societies around the globe should be of significance in all areas of mathematics, geography and literature. This does not mean you must become a professor of any particular study, but you should have at minimum a rudimentary understanding of higher learning and how it influences your everyday life.

Naturally an in-depth knowledge of the rune-staves is the primary function of the Vitki, Erulian or even simple Runester. “Reyn til Runa!” or to “seek the mystery of the runes” is above all else the most focused area of Becoming for the Erulian. For the historian, geologist, archaeologist, chemist, engineer, doctor, lawyer, mathematician or whatever other profession one should choose, it goes without saying that a focused education in those areas will be your criteria for Becoming.

No matter what particular area you wish to incorporate your expertise, as all are fundamentally important, Becoming in the Odhinnist Tradition is far more than simply taking and passing examinations. Becoming is based mostly on physical interactions and personal observations then processing those experiences into a cohesive format and expressing them in such a manner as to be able to adequately pass your understandings on to others.

Becoming is experiencing things first hand, evaluation of those experiences and advancing your theories and summaries of your evaluations into a intelligible series of physical examples for others. When you have sufficiently experienced a great number of circumstances, events and ordeals, first hand, you are well on your way to Becoming whatever it is you wish to be. This manner of directing one’s Self is dynamically different from many of other traditional forms of higher education.

There are many occupations thriving today that are merely the result of a vicarious series of checks and balances, tests and dissertations that require little more than books and the Internet in order to be given a degree and held in esteem by one’s peers. There is certainly nothing wrong with that approach to life for the uninitiated and unassuming types of people who expect little out of Living. The Gilder, EAUQian, Modern Age Viking, Quester, Erulian or any number of associated types of individuals would rather be given the Blood-Eagle or Raven’s Wings execution than to be so well separated from the world at large.

In the case of the Erulian or Runic Vitki, it is not enough to simply understand the runes and all the traditions and history that go along with them, it is being the mystery behind the rune-staves. It is to hang with Odhinn upon Yggdrasil for all of nights nine and fall back roaring with the bloody, sweaty, grueling knowledge dripping from one’s brow.

Becoming is a hands on, first accounting and personal experience Goal in the Asatru Life. In the Nordic/Germanic/Teutonic manner of “Old Ways” thinking, anything less is merely existing and struggling for survival each and every dismal day the sun comes up! Becoming is more than having knowledge, is it being knowledge.

Wassail!

Felbain

What is REALLY Going On in Syria?

What is REALLY Going On in Syria?

by Viking Reverend

September 6, 2013

I’d like to start by saying I am not the only person around the blogs sites that is a bit fed up with the public mass for buying into the hype coming out of Washington, D.C. over this recent issue in Syria. “80% of those polled support President Obama’s call to action”….are you kidding me???

Sadly it is just the latest round of mule fritters being served steamy hot with copious amounts of self serving “Illumi-berger” gravy. If you aren’t aware by now that the “D.C.” after Washington is an acronym for “Deceit Central”, please, I implore you to wake up to this fact.

Recently I discussed at length my horror and dismay over our continued involvement over the bogus “War on Terror” with a colleague in the battle against the War Mongers of Earth. While it’s no surprise we both agree on the heinous acts carried out by what Syrian President Bashar al-Assad claimed was a “rebel attack” and Rebels claim was an “atrocity by Assad’s henchmen”, the bottom line is hundreds of Syrian civilians are dead by a most terrifying means.

In one of my colleague’s and my latest e-mail exchanges we agreed on the bobble minded talking heads of Media simply ‘doing their job’ by taking the “official” stance. This is something we’ve both been aware of for many years and yet this past few years it has gotten to the point of shear lunacy thinking even the Sleepy Mass can swallow their tripe. Rather than extrapolate a few “buzz words” I’d rather present the majority of his response to me so that context is also present.

You said — I want to help get this message out as to how bogus the media is in reporting truth about important issues such as this one that could potentially escalate things in the Middle East.

My view about that is — if someone doesn’t know by now that they are being inundated with a continual load of the foulest (bovine excrement) — they will NEVER know because they are squeezing their eyes shut — have both fore-fingers inserted into each ear — and are vigorously shaking their head while loudly shouting NO NO NO NO trying to drown out the blatant obvious truth.
In that case — you might as well bag it.
And — here is the fact about all the whaddabout thises and the whaddabout thatses including the present “crises” — which is scaring the crap out of all sane people with even a tiny shred of conscience.
Through the carefully engineered media blitz of go-get-em war mongering — there is so much secret hidden subterfuge — purposefully created mythos — highly complicated maneuverings — chaotic misinformation — purposeful disinformation — total manipulation of public opinion on every side — so many complex hidden overtones — hidden sneakiness — bribery — secret contracts — wanton greed and avarice — and — of course their Almighty God of $$$ $$$– that all we can really say is that — well — its just
business as usual — except — this time round it is being done out of complete frustration and suicidal despair.
You see — these tyrants and their minions actually
WANT THE TOTAL FIERY ARMAGEDDON OF WORLD WAR THREE which they have long panted after while deceiving themselves that they are lending a “helping hand” to their insane “God”of Forces and Chaos.
But — this is NOT allowed because such blind and ignorant foolishness contains dire Cosmic consequences which are completely unforeseen by the perpetrators.
However — this situation may be the pivotal point for the visible emergence (at last) of the New Paradigm.
How much blood will be spilled?
Any more death and violence is already too much — but . . .
This is where WE come in. This is all we can really do — in my opinion.
The time for attempting to “inform” people and wake them up has now come and gone.
Meditate and Pray — and try to do it with others if you are able — we are far more powerful than any of us has ever imagined.
Keep your eye and intention upon the Victory of the Light and do your very best to not succumb to the ever increasing fear — panic — and frantic madness now going on around you — which is being fed and exacerbated by the media agent provocateurs of chaos — fear — confusion — violence and butchery. If it bleeds — it leads.

We really cannot know what is really taking place because it is far far far more complex and complicated than we could ever imagine. There are literally millions of factors effecting this situation and its final outcome.
The whole “reality” grid we have been living for our entire lives is now completely shattering.
Nothing is as it seems to our very very limited sphere of information — which is partial — incomplete — and for that reason — far less than accurate. But what IS absolutely sure and accurate is that within the innermost core of their beings — the people of this world WANT an end to war — violence — slavery — and the ridiculous sectarian hatred — but — they are very frightened at the moment and will react out of fear and panic because many of them know that their very survival is on the line.
Without Divine Intervention all hope would be lost in this most pivotal situ
ation.

I have to repeat my colleague’s wonderful advise to any person who is tired of being lied to by media, government and asleep friends: Meditate and Pray — and try to do it with others if you are able — we are far more powerful than any of us has ever imagined.

While many of us who are a bit more Aware than the bovine mass know, there can be a peaceful solution to just about any chaotic incident in the world. Meditation on specific subjects can and will bring about positive change. Now, whether you subscribe to the fact that we have off world allies helping us bring about this end to World Suffering, or you believe that we are in control of our own destiny….it doesn’t matter how you have come to realize there is something terribly wrong going on in this world, just that you truly wish to do something, anything, to help create change.

Whether you prefer to “pray”, “focus energies”, “meditate” or any number of means by which folks can focus on a single thought, let’s do it together. Whether you believe in an alien presence here on Earth or not, whether you subscribe to the Old Ways or not, whether you are Religious or not, regardless of your personal belief system, Change is something any rational person sees as necessary on this planet at this time.

Join me every Sunday evening 7-9pm PDT (-8hrs of Greenwich Mean Time – GMT) in a focused meditation on bringing about change to this current struggle between the Elite and the rest of us.

E-mail me at reverend_al@hotmail.com  for further information by putting “Meditate for Change” in the subject line. We can create change if we but believe we can.

Blessings of Peace,

Update Sept. 9, 2013:

I hope as many of you as possible made it to the meditation hours yesterday. While I would like to believe it was this multi-national meditation, I am thankful for todays headlines! A new survey posted revealed only 1 in 5 support any military action against Syria. Read it here.

Other Sites/Blogs of interest:

http://thetruthyoualwaysknew.com/

http://www.ulctribal.com/forum/forum.php

http://ourmagnusopus.wordpress.com/

References on the Syrian Crisis:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/05/us-syria-crisis-usa-dvd-idUSBRE98414Z20130905

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20130905/us-syria-national-security/

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/08/world/europe/european-union-wants-un-report-before-any-military-action-in-syria.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-23852069

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zpGv9Tx5yk

http://news.yahoo.com/us-chemical-attacks-syria-top-security-risk-190444746–politics.html

So you want a Tattoo?

I’m certain many folks out there are watching any one or all of the many shows dealing with Tattooing and Piercing that are on TV now days. Having been in the industry since my Tattooing Apprenticeship in 1973-75 under Al Orsini at Golden State Tattoo in San Diego, CA I’ve seen a number of changes in this realm….some good, some bad….but the basics haven’t changed much.

20 years ago I created a tri-fold information sheet that answered many of the questions asked then which should still be asked today. Be alert and observant when you go into any tattoo and piercing studio. Besides the fact that even the friendliest, nicest of people can be abhorrent in their sanitation practices, their smiling face can also cover the fact they don’t have a clue what they are doing. Seen it, hate it, been there, done that, got the t-shirt.

Competent artwork and piercing is something that is not “luck” if you get it, it should be the Industry Standard in our contemporary world. There is no excuse for re-used, non-sterile, semi-functioning equipment or poor quality piercing lances and jewelry.

If you are new to this world of Body Modifications or an old hat, at minimum ask the following questions of any studio before getting any work.

Excerpts from my old Tattooing tri-fold:

  1. How many years have you been tattooing?

  2. Where did you complete your Tattoo Apprenticeship and may I call them for a reference?

  3. Is the portfolio you are showing me yours?

  4. Do you use sterile, single use tubes, needles?

  5. What is the proper steam sterilization cycle for your equipment? (350º at 20psi for 20 minutes)

  6. If your equipment is unused, how often do you recycle the sterilization procedure? (Six months or less if kept in a sanitary enclosure)

  7. Do you construct your own tattooing needles or buy pre-made? (If “construct”, see that there is no pockets or gaps in soldering, this can collect bacteria that may not be killed in steri-cycle)

  8. How long does it take for a tattoo to heal? (7-10 days)(If they say more than 2 weeks, run!)

  9. What are your printed aftercare instructions?

  10. What type of ink do you use? (Have artist show you labeled bottle or demonstrate procedure if they mix powdered inks and should be a Cosmetic Dye safe for human use)

Additional and/or replacement questions for Piercing:

  1. How many years have you pierced?

  2. Where did you complete your Piercing Training and may I call them for a reference?

  3. Is the portfolio you are showing me yours?

  4. Do you use sterile, single use lances?

  5. What is the proper steam sterilization cycle for your equipment and jewelry? (350º at 20psi for 20 minutes)

  6. If your equipment and jewelry is unused, how often do you recycle the sterilization procedure? (Six months or less if kept in a sanitary enclosure)

  7. How long does it take for a piercing to heal? (7-30 days depending on type of piercing. Have them give you detailed information)

  8. What are your printed aftercare instructions?

I sincerely hope this helps you get quality workmanship from a sanitary and quality artist.

Blessings of Peace,

Where Do We Draw the Line Between OurSelf and the Universe?

We think of ourselves as being the physical matter contained within the skin that encompasses our body. A Human Being. From the hair atop our heads to the callouses on the bottom of our feet and from finger nails on the right hand to those on the left, freckles on our backs to the conspicuous navel on our front…that is “Us”!

In contrast to the physical nature of Self, theologians have tried for years to explain the Spiritual Self and just how it exists within this body of ours. Where is the soul? What differentiates our being from “God”? What distinction does our spiritual heart have compared to our physical brain? Do our morals and ethics create our Will, or is it the other way around? Did “God” create us, or did we create “God”?

Just where do we draw the line between our physical and Spiritual Self?

 In the Bible, the Koran, Bhagavad Gita and the Tipitaka, which are the Sacred Texts ascribed to four of the major religions of our world, all describe the Omniscient Being (“God”) as being within us. Does the Supreme reside within us physically or is “He” purely confined to synapses of the brain? I’m certain I need not go into the “God” quandary as most of us are very aware of the usual list of questions people have asked for millennium.

 Let’s say for the sake of this article, it doesn’t matter where the Ultimate or Omniscient is contained “within”. “He” is there, somewhere.

 In late 2012 and early 2013 Scientists at the CERN Accelerator finally discovered the Higgs-Boson particle which imparts mass to matter. It is also commonly called the “God Particle”. This was the missing link in particle analysis that holds everything in the Universe together. Since its discovery the Higgs-Boson has allowed numerous theories in physics to be demonstrated and proven. Therefore Science, as a whole, has taken a huge leap forward in all areas of research.

 But has this discovery proven the existence of “God”? Well….no!

 We are one step closer to His discovery, but in the meantime we’ll have to settle for the Belief for many individuals that “He” does in fact exist.

 But what separates us from “God”, “God” from the Universe and the Universe from us? Physics and especially particle sciences have shown us there are over 500 phases of matter and that matter consists of both visible and invisible types. Atoms get mass from the protons and neurons that make them up and those parts consists of things called “quarks” and “gluons”. It would take several pages of text to list all 500 phases of matter and a few dozen more pages to describe how these work and interface.

Again, for the sake of this article, let’s just say these things exist and do interact/interface with each other. But as we travel through the infinitely small world of fermions and things get smaller and smaller, we realize there is very little, if any, separation between one thing and another.

If we think of ourselves as being contained within our own skin, which is in contact with the atmosphere, which in turn is in contact with all things internal and external to Earth, then it is not much of a step to consider ourselves “in touch” with the Universe at large.

 Just where do we draw the line between our physical self, the physical Universe and our Spiritual Self?

 The many stories we read in Bible, Koran, Bhagavad Gita and Tipitaka all try and explain our Spiritual connection to “God”. Is Spirituality physical? No, most of us would consider it belonging in the ethereal realms, which is invisible and non-physical.

 The visible Universe is only 5% of the totality of Everything. Mass, space, time and energy (E=mc2) are the things we commonly refer to as the physical Universe. However, if we look at physical science being limited to just 5% of the visible Universe, what do we call or how do we describe the other 95%?

 Is 95% of the Universe Spiritual? Well there’s an exciting thought, but no, science is in the process proving this greater share of the Universe is made up of “dark matter” and “dark energy”….things we can’t see.

 So then, if we can’t see the barriers between one physical item and another, is there actually a barrier there? Where does our skin end and the atmosphere begin? What constitutes the barrier or separation between the Earth’s atmosphere and solar space? Can things even be defined in such a manner or separation?

 What if…..(there is the billion-trillion dollar question, eh?)…there is no separation or defined end to one thing and beginning to the next? What if, like teeth on a comb, things are a series of open and closed areas that mesh into each other (like placing two combs together) and once this is done there is no defined separation between any one thing and the next?

 I can’t prove it, at least not yet, but maybe that is just what the likes of Jesus the Christ, Mohamed, Buddha, the Bible, Koran, Tipitaka and Bhagavad Gita were all attempting to describe in a time long before we even knew the Earth was not flat? Perhaps these gifted prophets and other writers somehow Spiritually knew what science is now beginning to prove?

 “God”, “The One”, “The Source”, “The All”, “Collective Consciousness”, (and/or whatever “label” you desire) is indeed within us as much as we are within “Him” as much as everything is connected, yet separated throughout the whole of not only the Universe or universes and the many other possible dimensions.

 Do the graphic images provided to lure our sense in such classic movies as The Matrix(a) or Avatar(b) have a bit of truth in them in that all things are in fact One? Nothing separates us from each other any more than we (humans) are merely defined as something greater than a gas particle of Saturn or Jupiter.

 If, as science is beginning to prove, there is little if any difference between one thing and the next, then our Spiritual Quest may be simplified. We may be able to stop seeking and begin to simply be what we are….God. Too lofty a thought for you? Fine, have it your way and I’ll have it mine as I in no way shape or form think it is blasphemous or derogatory towards the Omniscient to acknowledge Self for what it is. That is what separates religious dogma from Universal Truth in the first place…..why wouldn’t “God’s” desire be for us to acknowledge exactly what we are?

 Blessings of Peace,

Rev. Dr. D.A. Kjono

Refs:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/2012/12/121221233120.htm -standard model

http://www.sciencedaily.com/articles/l/list_of_phases_of_matter.htm – phases of matter

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/08/120814121444.htm – quark/matter connect.

 (a) ©Warner Bros. Pictures

(b) ©20th Century Fox

A Victory for Those Who Paid the Ultimate Price

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Finally the Veteran’s Administration has come to their senses – even though it may cost them a few cents to implement the new ruling for marking KIA’s grave-site at Arlington or any other VA approved burial plot.

Our beloved Thor’s Hammer – the identifying symbol of most Ásatrú Folk – was approved as one of the now 56 symbols the VA will allow to mark a soldier’s grave.

The story on National Public Radio’s interview with John Brownlee can be heard HERE

The story that broke this news can be found HERE

Fortunately for many active soldiers and veterans who already are familiar with Nordic Mythology and Odhinnism in general, the VA actually acknowledged that Thor’s Hammer is not linked to other form of paganism, such as Wicca, Satanism or Hedonism, and following Teutonic/Germanic Beliefs, stand for the Nine Noble Virtues which is in large part embraced by the majority…

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Nine Noble Virtues and a Six Fold Goal

One of the most important aspects of being Ásatrú Folk (regardless of which particular group a person subscribes to) is the Ancient or “Old Ways” attributed to the mighty Norse Vikings. This was following a strict code, what has been termed our Nine Noble Virtues. These were the attributes all that were faithful to Odhinn sought out in their every day lives.

The Nine Noble Virtues

Courage – being brave enough to do what is right in all circumstances.

Truth — to always speak what is true to one’s heart and mind.

Honor — one’s inner value towards their endeavors, knowing they are of a good and true nature.

Fidelity — being true to one’s Self and loyal to one’s Folk and mate.

Discipline- the ability to be hard with one’s Self first, and then others. The heartiness to carry out goals and endeavors.

Hospitality- sharing what one has with all Folk, when there is a feast to be had, feast. When there is but bread, break it gladly.

Work Ethic- to joyfully carrying out the tasks of life that support home, family. To be glad and respectful of one’s abilities.

Self-Reliance – to know with heart and mind that one’s Spirit is independent and free among all men.

Perseverance- is the Spirit of success. The ability for one to follow one’s path regardless of failure or success. To learn from mistakes and recognize the progress of a situation.

In addition, this sort of virtuous living also accompanied a desire, or more correctly a set of Goals each Norseman chose to do their best to obtain. These Goals are;

Six Fold Goal

Wisdom is associated with the god Woden. Wisdom administers to us the secrets of our souls and it has the ability to withstand all manners of forces against it.

Right is associated with the god Tiw. It is the justice of our laws, ethics, and canons. It is rational above all else.

Harvest is a product of the Wanes. Harvest is our benefit of the Cycle of Things, the cycles of seasons, stars and knowledge.

Might is associated with Thor/Thunnar. It is the embodiment of Right and Wisdom in physical expression and must serve the Harvest and Frith.

Frith is associated with the god Frey and goddess Freyja. Frith is a true state of inward peace. A knowing of Self and the ability to represent one’s true Self to others at all times.

Love is the goal of living. Love is the act of the lust for life. Love is the combination of all the other truths and is the bond between them.

If you are not already doing so, learn and live these Truths and see what Life brings you. You will be amazed each day you do!

Blessings of Peace,

A Victory for Those Who Paid the Ultimate Price

Finally the Veteran’s Administration has come to their senses – even though it may cost them a few cents to implement the new ruling for marking KIA’s grave-site at Arlington or any other VA approved burial plot.

Our beloved Thor’s Hammer – the identifying symbol of most Ásatrú Folk – was approved as one of the now 56 symbols the VA will allow to mark a soldier’s grave.

The story on National Public Radio’s interview with John Brownlee can be heard HERE

The story that broke this news can be found HERE

Fortunately for many active soldiers and veterans who already are familiar with Nordic Mythology and Odhinnism in general, the VA actually acknowledged that Thor’s Hammer is not linked to other form of paganism, such as Wicca, Satanism or Hedonism, and following Teutonic/Germanic Beliefs, stand for the Nine Noble Virtues which is in large part embraced by the majority of Ásatrú Folk.

For those of you not familiar with the Nine Noble Virtues or the Six Fold Goal of Ásatrú Folk:

The Nine Noble Virtues

Courage – being brave enough to do what is right in all circumstances.

Truth — to always speak what is true to one’s heart and mind.

Honor — one’s inner value towards their endeavors, knowing they are of a good and true nature.

Fidelity — being true to one’s Self and loyal to one’s Folk and mate.

Discipline- the ability to be hard with one’s Self first, and then others. The heartiness to carry out goals and endeavors.

Hospitality- sharing what one has with all Folk, when there is a feast to be had, feast. When there is but bread, break it gladly.

Work Ethic- to joyfully carrying out the tasks of life that support home, family. To be glad and respectful of one’s abilities.

Self-Reliance – to know with heart and mind that one’s Spirit is independent and free among all men.

Perseverance- is the Spirit of success. The ability for one to follow one’s path regardless of failure or success. To learn from mistakes and recognize the progress of a situation.

For once (is there a blue moon out tonight?) the VA has made a proper decision that will greatly effect many of our Army. Air Force, Navy, Marine, Coast Guard and National Guardsmen who have paid the ultimate price in Service to their, and our, Country.

Blessings of Peace,

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