>So here I am without a religion. I have investigated many of
the neo-pagan religions but they all seem to.....contrived and structured to
fit an indvidual 'cause s/he doesn't like Christians.
...one could write a book dealing with the problems and shortcomings of
pseudo-religions like neo-Heathenry/paganism, and certainly a driving force
behind many such folks seems to be founded in expressing what the individual
isn't more-so than what he/she is...a rather poor and flimsy foundation
>So what is this question I have you might be asking, well here it
is. A person stated that murderers and adulterers went to the bad part
of Hel after they died. I'm curious whether in Heathenry there is room
for a 'repentance' of sorts. See, I am an adulterer, well I was, I've
confessed to my wife and we've been able to move on a create a very strong
bond and family. My question is this, "Am I screwed?"
in the eyes of the Aesir am I already condemned? How do you correct
these mistakes in the eyes of the Heathen religion?
....as the lore suggests, there's a dark corner set aside for the
in your deeds in life, at least from a Heathen perspective, you can't look
at matters in a minor sin/ mortal sin type of capacity....such absolutes
don't exist in our reckoning..with that, we are responsible for our own
actions and deeds, and so our own worth in all 'conditions of Being' be they
life or death. To say the least, we don't live perfect lives...all of men
make mistakes along the long road (or, short depending if you're a
half-empty glass kinda person) of life, and often some of them are quite
'big' mistakes...in the end, it is much more a matter of how we dealt with
the situations that come up in life, rather than they occurred...that is, in
our 'right(s)' and 'wrong(s)' that we make along the way... each situation
does present its own unique responses and all, but generally speaking- the
manner in which our wrongs will/do affect us depends on how we've acted
following the misdeed....'wrongful' actions rob us of luck/goodly magan
(energy/power)....and develop an 'obligation of debt' or shild...
in building shild upon shild, we lessen our 'Being', and in a manner of
speaking, 'de-volve' ourselves, and left unchecked, loose our Luck
altogether, becoming something completely wretched and unworthy for anything
except the dimmest or darkest of corners...not something common amongst true
Heathen, as you could imagine... for Heathen, in recognizing this shild, we
would then strive to 'correct' the wrong (so-to-speak), or tend to the
obligation itself...pay the debt, if you will (or, if you prefer to look at
it this way: make amends)...in doing this, we make a settlement of
obligation that repairs that measure of damage, or brings the individual
back into a holistic, luck-filled sphere of Being...in Christianity, it is
God/Jesus who absolves us of 'sin'...for Heathen, we must take the
initiative ourselves, for it is our burden to bear, our debt to pay...
are you screwed? Sounds to me you already made the necessary repairs, took
the necessary steps to correct the misdeed...(so, no)...
>Well that was pretty long winded for a relatively short
question....oh yeah one more question, "Is Valhalla the Heathen version
of Heaven? Or is there another place the dead go, like the good side
...No, Walhalla isn't the Heathen answer to Heaven :) ..but I suppose it
could be seen as such for those destined to it ;)
the Natural, Organic 'destination' for the dead is in fact Hellaheim-
as excerpted from my forthcoming work:
Hellaheim is the realm of the dead, the vast Germanic Underworld that lies
below Mittigart and Suarzalpâheim. Those who are 'unworthy' of the higher
abodes of the Gods will tred upon Hellaweg (Hell-way: the road to Hell-Home)
and pass through Hellaturi (Hell-Gate), into the quiet realm to await
rebirth (within one's own Sippa) upon Middle-Earth.
Considering the mass of folk who have lived/ will live throughout the ages,
it is relatively 'few' who will find their places among the Gods- that the
lot of us will walk upon the silent road shouldn't be seen as something
'negative' or demeaning, but rather, simply the natural course -as
part of the natural cycle of Life and Death (Life-Death-Rebirth), of Being,
of the All. Fewer still are doomed to fare upon a darker way, that
which leads to the Noturi ('Corpse' Gate) in the Northern expanses.
This is the path for those who will die a second death (oath breakers,
purgerers, murderers, and other wretches), and face the torment that awaits
in Nessonhof - 'The Court of Serpents'.