Gladsheim

Year of Creation: 2014

Dedicated Clergy:

Adonai Dagaz Greywolf, High Priest of Mystery and Transformation - dedicated to Odin
Captain Jack of Bears, High Priest of the Break of Play - dedicated to Frigg and Heimdall
Wishbringer Molly Blue Dawn, High Priestess of Serendipity - dedicated to Freyr
Sunsmith, High Priest of Starfire - dedicated to Thor
Halowen, Priest of Enfolding Humanity - dedicated to Odin

Gladsheim is the collection of CAYA clergy who are publicly dedicated and devoted to deities in the Norse pantheon, including Odin, Frigg, Thor, Freyr, and Heimdall. Fondly known as the Norse Horde, the members of Gladsheim work toward the common goal of honoring the Norse gods and heritage within the framework of CAYA's larger circle.
 

Thor

I have been playing with Thor since I was 16 (1956) and did my “dedication” be carving THOR into a desk in high school; I was thinking of serious things like Thor and what I could find about being strong, defending people and absolutely fascinated with the Hammer. I did not manage much more than what I could find and read for many years. In the mid 1980’s I met Kari and Valla at University of Chicago – he was then visiting Professor of Neurosurgery, she is now the “official” collector of New Edda in Iceland. They taught me Old Norse! They had The Books! I rapidly read as much as I could about Thor, learned to compose Edda and Saga. Thor and The Hammer are neat current in style “things”; what I need to patiently and consistently do is use strength in all of its forms to “fight” the Giants; i.e., the systemic discrimination against any “minority” and especially the ladders of patriarchy.
Since I am an “older” white male who has the privilege of education, I can make some relatively hard pushes in changing the systems as they are. I can play with the Hammer….and keep the muscles sharp to be able to lift it from the end of the handle. That impresses some, if not most men. The Strength of Thor is also in the wits. An Old Man showing off some physical strength opens discussions in a non threatening way, so I can talk about changing policies, processes, and I do.
Almost 30 years ago, I helped end racial discrimination in some school systems with the strength of data analysis, last year and early this year  I had “quiet” discussions with state and local officials to NOT approve crude oil ship transfers in the Bay at Pittsburg. That job is not yet complete, but it is at least not likely to be done. I can still lift the Hammer. (Sunsmith)

 

Odin

The All-Father has been with me, even when I didn’t know it, for all of my life. He watches over me, guides me in subtle ways, tells me the things I need to know - especially in the times of personal darkness. It was only after I was doing some deity research as part of my training in the CAYA Coven Wildflower Tradition that I started truly seeing Him. Correspondences kept showing up, some of my habits are His habits, my favorite things also His, much of how I look at the world, and the way I take things on match up to the stories of Him doing things much the same. When I did the deeper work to approach Him and form a relationship, I felt a loving father’s embrace and a few simple words whispered in my ear: “I have been here all along.” (Adonai Dagaz Greywolf)

Freyr

I am dedicated to Freyr.  Freyr is a god of many aspects - one of the Vanir who becomes Aesir, Lord of this World and Lord of the Otherworld, Lord of Life and also, sometimes, a mortal king who is dead and buried.  He reminds me of the true nature of sacrifice, which is about life, not death.  He tells me “I live my Life in Giving, I Give my Life in Living.”  He calls me to live boldly and joyously, to celebrate every moment of the cycle of my life, including that moment when I will decompose and be food for the cycle of Life itself.  In his honour, I Feast gratefully on the Banquet of Life and share my Feast generously with All that Lives. (Wishbringer Molly Blue Dawn)

Frigga

Frigga is the wife of Odin and Queen of the Gods. It is Frigga who holds the center while Odin wanders. It is Frigga who rules over the hearth, and guides the realm. It is Frigga who weaves our fates. She is Lady, Queen, and Mother, leading by wisdom and virtue of her example. I look to Frigga for help in weaving our community together, in beauty and strength. (Captain Jack of Bears)

Heimdall

Heimdall is the Great Guardian. The ever-vigilant. He has ears keen enough to hear grass grow and he can see for 100 leagues in any direction. Heimdall wards the way between worlds. He is the defender at the bridge and the watcher at the tree. I follow Heimdall because mine is the way of the Warder. By my will I create safe space in which people may undergo magical transitions and grow. (Captain Jack of Bears)


Public and Private Works 2014

In addition to presenting the Solsitce of Eternal Renewal for CAYA's Sabbats for All in 2014, Gladsheim has hosted three blots in the 2014 year, to Heimdall, Freyr, and Thor, and plans to host blots for Odin and Frigg before year's end. This practice is planned to continue for the foreseeable future, as it is quite enjoyable for all mortals and gods concerned.

Resources

Recommended books:
Northern Mysteries and Magick: Runes & Feminine Powers by Freya Aswynn
Leaves of Yggdrasil: Runes, Gods, Magic, Feminine Mysteries, and Folklore by Freya Aswynn
Taking Up The Runes: A Complete Guide To Using Runes In Spells, Rituals, Divination, And Magic by Diana L Paxson
Northern Tradition for the Solitary Practitioner by Galina Krasskova
The Whisperings of Woden by Galina Krasskova
Gods of Asgard graphic novel

Links of interest:
Frey, Golden God of the North