It is time for the feast of Ullr, our Odinist hunting festival, a celebration Thanksgiving and other harvest festivals, such as those continuously practiced from ancient times in Germanic countries, are based upon. Ullr and Skaði, the God of hunting and archery and the Goddess of skiing, are both traditionally honored on the Feast of Ullr. This is a time when one’s weapons are blessed, and the last big hunt, before the darkest, coldest part of winter comes, has customarily been celebrated with a hunting feast..
I am thankful indeed to live at a time when, despite all the terrible challenges we face, ones that threaten our very survival as a people, we can at least say that our real religion is being reborn, and that many of our people now know the truth, and who our enemies are. This means we have a real chance to fight for and win our freedom.
At this time of year at our temple or other beautiful natural areas, we sometimes have coming of age ceremonies and an occasional oath is made in the name of Ullr, with oath rings which a local artisan lovingly crafts for us, trying to put strength and spirit into his creation. Our folk have a belief that rings and swords can be forged in such a way that they have power. This can, for example be seen in the tradition of the ring Andvaranaut, which is said to have had the ability to lead its bearer to gold. For more about this belief, you may wish to look at one of our videos that touches upon this subject, particularly around minute 25.
Sometimes our rituals involve oaths between family or friends, such as two friends forming an alliance to start a successful business together, or the community at large, and at other times they are more individual, such as a challenge one sets for oneself to climb a mountain. In every case they are about achieving a great and positive aim, and like an arrow that reaches its target, thus far all have aimed true and achieved their goal.
The original Thanksgiving of early America would have been more like the feast of Ullr than the average somewhat isolated and despiritualized Thanksgiving observances common today. The pilgrims would have hunted and enjoyed the gathering in of autumnal harvests, and rejoiced with large families, and like their Pagan ancestors, they would have said prayers, either for a mild winter, or to survive the winter, depending upon their level of adventurousness.
Hunting was not just a hobby once as it is now, but part of an epic battle for survival. Our God of hunting has inspired us to fight for the nourishment of our folk, and we honor our hunters, of past and present, who have preserved those skills which are so essential to our survival and may, some day soon, be much needed again. Once our folk hunted dangerous animals such as saber toothed tigers, and brought down mammoths, risking death for our tribe to live, and we need predators to make us strong. This interplay between us and the natural world once caused us to commune with and understand its greatness and made us part of it, increasing our independence and virility, and it can do so again.
The Holmegaard bows found in the bogs of Denmark, are the oldest specimens of bows discovered anywhere in the world. They appear to date to the Mesolithic period. They are made of maple, ash, oak, and elm, and shoot an arrow faster and farther because they possess long, and lightweight outer limbs that function as levers when propelling the arrow. Thus the principle behind this technology is similar in its action to that of a spear thrower. A dart can be propelled faster from an Atlatl than from throwing alone. So high functioning is this bow that reconstruction Holmegaard style bows are commonly used at flight archery competitions today.
Lars Andersen has done some amazing experimental archaeology which shows us how to bring back the skills our people once excelled in. It is now apparent that ancient European archers could have hunted on skis and brought down their prey with great accuracy. This video is well worth watching.
Like so much of our religion, the name of our archer God, Ullr, survived within Christianity. There are Christian lyrics that ask “who is the king of glory?” The answer is that the king of glory is in fact, Ullr.. Wuldor, the old English cognate of Ullr, means “glory”. It later was appropriated by Jew worshipers and used as a somewhat misapplied kenning for the false Christian god, such as wuldres cyning “king of glory”, wuldorfæder “glory-father” or wuldor alwealda “glorious all-ruler.
However, despite all attempts to eclipse the real Gods, Ullr, our God of hunting, archery, skiing, and oaths, has not gone quietly into the night. Instead, he has survived and flourished, even in the form of a festival in modern day Breckenridge, Colorado, where we can see his statue below, and in fact, we are learning increasingly more about him and his importance as new archaeological discoveries are made.
— Breckenridge Resort (@breckenridgemtn) November 20, 2015
In 2007, Lilla Ullevi, a temple of Ullr in the north of Stockholm, was excavated. The name means “place that is sacred to Ullr”, but until the uncovering of the temple, it was not known just how important this area was for the worship of our God. It is a very large and significant temple, which was in use from approximately 500 to 800 AD, and doubtless this place was sacred to Ullr in far earlier times as well.
The site is exceptionally well preserved, and thought originally to have had a large wooden platform, with two giant walls of rock around it, and four columns near the front of the structure. In the eddic poem Atlakviða, the rings of Ullr are mentioned, and this site offers uniquely tangible evidence that there were indeed rings of Ullr. 65 amulet oath rings have been discovered so far at the site.
On this holiday of the Winter Hunt, in which we consider the past, and what our strategy must be to improve the future, I am grateful also that, despite all the degradation, dishonor, demonization, and dehumanization we have faced, we yet have heroes and heroines who dare to stand up for the truth, such as Ursula Haverbeck, an 88 year old woman who has been sentenced to a total of 29 months in jail for telling the truth about World War 2.
It is good to know just how despicable our enemy is, and how much of a challenge we face in a world where an elderly woman has more courage than the average hearty young man, and where, instead of fighting for our freedom, many of our brave warriors are fooled into fighting for the cause of our enemy instead.
Ironically, in this very same week in which a human being was sentenced to be imprisoned for the crime of not bowing down to Jewish lies, but questioning them instead, a treasonous troll named Jonathan Pollard, an American Jew whose spying on the United States caused the deaths of our operatives, the loss of our military secrets and technology, and great danger to our national security, was released instead of being hanged for treason. The list of politicians, and even clergymen, who obsequiously licked the boots of the Jews, and publicly supported the release of this fiend is sickening almost beyond belief. How I would like to see this outrage reversed, and the perpetrators of these atrocities given exactly what they deserve in time for next year’s feast.
This is my oath. Until the sentences against Frau Ursula are reversed, I shall light a candle for her every Sunna’s day in our sanctuary and pray for justice and freedom for her and our folk. May we remember who we really are, and act upon it… and may we soon have much to be thankful for!
2016 UPDATE on Frau Ursula Haverbeck
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