History

Celtic Symbols: The Green Man

2017-03-04T12:54:26+00:00

Ever seen this face before? Perhaps on a tree in the woods somewhere, or in a painting? The Green Man This is the Green Man (also called Jack in the Green and many, many other names) and he's a feature of much of the pastoral lore in the Celtic countries, including Great Britain

Cauldrons and Horns: Brân’s Celtic Drinking Vessels

2017-02-27T18:25:57+00:00

A burial in France from the Iron-Age housing a Celtic Princes belongings including an ornate cauldron. For many, especially in America, St. Paddy's Day is a day to let lose, get drunk, and get crazy. There's something of a negative stereotype to the Irish and drinking, but the tradition goes back way before

Book Review: Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

2017-02-24T20:45:28+00:00

Having listened to many of Neil Gaiman's books on audio and seen him perform live a great number of times, I can tell you for certain: there's no other way to read Gaiman than by hearing Gaiman.  If you don't know what I mean, then let me introduce you to his honeyed tones the same

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Valisblot: Norse Valentine’s Day

2017-02-11T11:23:43+00:00

Norse Valentine's Day? If it sounds too good to be true, that's because it kind of is. Vali The truth is, the Norse didn't really have what you and I might consider a Valentine's Day. They had a patron goddess of love, but she's also the patron goddess of war. So, take that with

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The 3 Most HBIC Ladies in Norse Mythology

2017-02-02T15:40:55+00:00

Know what an HBIC is? Head Bitch in Charge. And lucky for us ladies out there, Norse mythology is chock full of them. You see, of all the cultures in the world who thought their women were subservient, the Norse would come in nearly dead last. They valued their women as scholars, heads of households--

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Viking Symbolism: Fenrir

2017-01-28T14:30:57+00:00

Anywhere you look in Norse mythology, you're bound to find wolves. After all, for the old Norse, they were a very important part of life. They were exceedingly dangerous, but they were also clever, powerful, and family-oriented. The original "big bad wolf" is destined to kill Odin. Perhaps the most famous wolf in

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Viking Symbolism: Jörmungandr

2017-01-09T20:14:03+00:00

A three-headed snake with a destiny to die at the end of the world. You have probably heard of or even seen this symbol before. Jörmungandr, or the Midgard Serpent, is the great serpent who will rise from the oceans during Ragnarok, or the end of days, spew forth toxins and poisons into the air, and then

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Fimbulwinter and The End of the World

2017-01-03T19:27:02+00:00

Feel like this winter is lasting forever? Do recent events have you feeling like this cold, awful world is ending? It just might be. Fimbulwinter and the Coming of Ragnarok Fimbulwinter is the period of time preceding Ragnarok. If you don’t know what Ragnarok is, well, it’s the end of all things. That’s

  • Toast like a Viking

How to Toast Like a Viking

2016-12-29T19:07:11+00:00

We already know that you can drink like a viking, but can you offer up a toast worthy of such a great warrior? For the Norse, toasts were pretty damn important. They were a way of celebrating your fellow warriors, your gods, your hearth, and your kin, so you better get it right. Here's how:

Norse Mythology: The Wild Hunt

2016-12-20T19:22:17+00:00

The Wild Hunt Picture this: you are walking home late at night from some Yule activities, full of booze and happiness. It’s dark out. You’ve seen all your friends home and your house is just through the woods. All of the sudden, you hear the horns and become aware of the fact that

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