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The Soul in Heathen Belief

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8/10/2018 9:44:08 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
In Heathenry, there are multiple aspects to one's "soul".

Old Norse:

Hugr and Munr: Often taken as "thought and memory," it is also interpreted as one's instinct and desire, or the Left Brain (hugr) and Right Brain (munr). If one has a particularly strong hugr, it might even act out that person's unconscious desires. Two peoples' hugr might also be turned towards or away from each other, leading to attraction and disgust. Hugr is also that which passes knowledge from the ages (instinct) to the individual consciousness (munr). Hugr is what informs us to fear the dark (for example,) munr is what drives us to investigate why.

Aldr: This is one's "life-age", or the number of years that are given to us by the norns. This can be shortened or taken away by dishonorable deeds, or even through the actions of others (being murdered).

Fjor: Our life itself, encompassing both unconscious and conscious aspects.

Ond: Our "life-breath"; the general word meaning "soul". This is our individuality and awareness - what makes us us - and is what was given to us by Odin at creation. This aspect of our being can be reborn, and carries elements of our personal being (a close parallel to reincarnation).

Modr: A state of intensity in which one brings forth all of one's innate power; when we become the "Most Us" possible, rather than hiding or diminishing elements of our being for a given situation.

Hamingja: One's store of "luck", which can be lent to us from other people, and is made greater by deeds of honor (and lessened by dishonor). A person with a great store of hamingja would be quite charismatic, for example, and have many things in their life go right for them. (In modern terms, it's what Western people refer to as "Karma" in that good deeds beget good results.)

Mattr (might) and Meginn (main): This is a state of blending one's "soul-strength" with one's "physical-strength". While encountered together, mattr is one's physical prowess, while one's meginn is their spiritual strength.

Orlog: This is the "ur-law", and the root of all being. To be without orlog is to not exist in any meaningful way. This is what makes us - at our core - human, rather than, say, a wolf; our orlog is different from that of canines.

Hamr: This is our spiritual body, or the "us" that exists below our physical skin. Not necessarily the form of a human, this is how we view ourselves when we dream; the more clearly one can view themselves in such a state, the more aware of one's hamr they are.

Warding Wights: These are spiritual guardians and guides (also known as fylgja) that defend us from ill-fate, spiritual attack, and other unforseen dangers.

Kin-Fetch: An ancestral guardian, typically a female spirit. These are akin to bean sidhe, and are tied to a family line, rather than a particular person.

Anglo-Saxon:

Mynd: Our memory, intellect, and emotions. This includes the mynd (mind), hyge (high) and mod (mood), which can be broken down into further aspects. For the mynd, there is further the min and the orthanc. Min is personal memories of deeds done in one's current lifetime, as well as knowledge and wisdom learned. The orthanc is inborn thought, ancestral memory, and instinct.

Hyge: The hyge is made of the angit, sefa, and wit. Angit is the five senses, which collect information from the world around us. It is our "intelligence agency". Our sefa uses this knowledge, and is our reasoning and thought process. Wit is our ability to recall and properly use the correct data for the correct time.

Mod and Wode: The mod is our seat of emotions, and one of the more secret or private parts of the AS Heathen soul. Mod is structured emotion, whereas wode governs more wild emotions like ecstasy and inspiration.

Spaed: This is one's store of spiritual luck, and is tied with one's deeds and honor

Faecce (Fetch): Analogous to the fylgia , the faecce also takes note of ones deeds (recorded in one's fate,) and passes what has been done along one's family line. One doesn't see their faecce unless in dreams, or right before death when the being guides them over into the next life.

Hame: This is the spiritual self that underlies our physical bodies. This contains the mynd, hyge, and spaed, summarized as ferth - which is taken to be "us" beyond our physical appearance.

Athem: This is the link between our body and our "soul", and is our "life-force" that keeps us sustained when our hame isn't inhabiting our body (such as world-travelling or dreaming). Without the athem, our soul would depart our body; it is the chains which bind the two together, strengthened by what we eat, drink , and breathe. Upon death, the athem fades.

Lich: Our physical body.

(sourced from Our Troth: Volume II - Living the Troth)
"Me er eit gamalt tre med nysprungene knoppar; ot sola me strekk oss fram for a vekse. Langt need i rot, og i ringar av ar, kved dei gamle..."
(We are an old tree with freshly sprung buds; towards the sun we reach to grow forward. Far below in the roots, and in the growth-rings, the old ones are chanting...)

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8/10/2018 8:40:07 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
Bumping to cut the spam.
"Me er eit gamalt tre med nysprungene knoppar; ot sola me strekk oss fram for a vekse. Langt need i rot, og i ringar av ar, kved dei gamle..."
(We are an old tree with freshly sprung buds; towards the sun we reach to grow forward. Far below in the roots, and in the growth-rings, the old ones are chanting...)

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