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Europe was the birthplace of mankind, not Africa, scientists find

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 05:54
> The history of human evolution has been rewritten after scientists discovered that Europe was the birthplace of mankind, not Africa. 

Currently, most experts believe that our human lineage split from apes around seven million years ago in central Africa, where hominids remained for the next five million years before venturing further afield.

Nature, named Graecopithecus freybergi, and nicknameded ‘El Graeco' by scientists, proves our ancestors were already starting to evolve in Europe 200,000 years before the earliest African hominid.

An international team of researchers say the findings entirely change the beginning of human history and place the last common ancestor of both chimpanzees and humans - the so-called Missing Link - in the Mediterranean region.

To some extent this is a newly discovered missing linkProfessor Nikolai Spassov, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

At that time climate change had turned Eastern Europe into an open savannah which forced apes to find new food sources, sparking a shift towards bipedalism, the researchers believe.

“This study changes the ideas related to the knowledge about the time and the place of the first steps of the humankind,” said Professor Nikolai Spassov from the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.

“Graecopithecus is not an ape. He is a member of the tribe of hominins and the direct ancestor of homo.

“The food of the Graecopithecus was related to the rather dry and hard savannah vegetation, unlike that of the recent great apes which are leaving in forests.  Therefore, like humans, he has wide molars and thick enamel.

"To some extent this is a newly discovered missing link. But missing links will always exist , because evolution is infinite chain of subsequent forms. Probably  El Graeco's face will resemble a great ape, with shorter canines."

The team analysed the two known specimens of Graecopithecus freybergi: a lower jaw from Greece and an upper premolar tooth from Bulgaria.

Using computer tomography, they were able to visualise the internal structures of the fossils and show that the roots of premolars are widely fused.

"While great apes typically have two or three separate and diverging roots, the roots of Graecopithecus converge and are partially fused - a feature that is characteristic of modern humans, early humans and several pre-humans,", said lead researcher Professor Madelaine Böhme of the University of Tübingen.

The lower jaw, has additional dental root features, suggesting that the species was a hominid.

The tooth of Graecopithecus CREDIT: UNIVERSITY OF TUBINGEN

The species was also found to be several hundred thousand years older than the oldest African hominid, Sahelanthropus tchadensis which was found in Chad.

"We were surprised by our results, as pre-humans were previously known only from sub-Saharan Africa," said doctoral student Jochen Fuss, a Tübingen PhD student who conducted this part of the study.

Professor David Begun, a University of Toronto paleoanthropologist and co-author of this study, added: "This dating allows us to move the human-chimpanzee split into the Mediterranean area."

During the period the Mediterranean Sea went through frequent periods of drying up completely, forming a land bridge between Europe and Africa and allowing apes and early hominids to pass between the continents.

The jawbone of Graecopithecus CREDIT: UNIVERSITY OF TUBINGEN 

The team believe that evolution of hominids may have been driven by dramatic environmental changes which sparked the formation of the North African Sahara more than seven million years ago and pushed species further North.

They found large amounts of Saharan sand in layers dating from the period, suggesting that it lay much further North than today.

Professor Böhme added: "Our findings may eventually change our ideas about the origin of humanity. I personally don't think that the descendants of Graecopithecus die out, they may have spread to Africa later. The split of chimps and humans was a single event. Our data support the view that this split was happening in the eastern Mediterranean - not in Africa.

"If accepted, this theory will indeed alter the very beginning of human history."

However some experts were more skeptical about the findings.

Retired anthropologist and author Dr Peter Andrews, formerly at the Natural History Museum in London, said: "It is possible that the human lineage originated in Europe, but very substantial fossil evidence places the origin in Africa, including several partial skeletons and skulls.

"I would be hesitant about using a single character from an isolated fossil to set against the evidence from Africa."

The new research was published in the journal PLOS One.

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Odin's Eye Headlines 5/22/2017: 9000 Year Old Polish Shaman Sanctuary Discovered, Viking Raids Lasting Long Impacts, Secrets of Viking Sword Making + more for Moonday!

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 03:43
The weekend pillage was wild - lots of mushrooms and mead and getting into the Moonday practice can be tough, so here's a brief overview of the headlines you missed today on Odin's Eye Media: Viking raids left a long lasting influence onto the world > Viking raids were a characteristic of the Scandinavian early medieval pirates called the Vikings, particularly during the first 50 years of the Viking Age (~793-850). Raiding as a lifestyle was first established in Scandinavia by the 6th century, as illustrated in the epic English tale of Beowulf (link is external). But, as the population grew, and trading networks into Europe became established, the Vikings became aware of the wealth of their neighbors, both in silver and in land.The earliest serious Viking raids were small in scope. Led by the Norwegians, the raids were on monasteries in Northumberland on the northeast coast of England, at Lindisfarne (793), Jarrow (794) and Wearmouth (794), and in the Orkney Islands of Scotland, at Iona (795). These raids were exclusively for money—if the Norwegians couldn't find enough money in the monastery stores, they ransomed the monks back to the church. Read this article here --- 9,000-year-old shaman’s sanctuary found in north-western Poland > Archaeologists have found indications of mysterious rituals performed by shamans around 9,000 years ago in north western Poland. The site, located close to the modern day lake Świdwie, has been studied since the year of 2012. One of the most interesting findings within the area is of a circle with a diameter of about 6 m, where scientists found mysterious structures. Read this article here --- The secrets of viking sword making > Vikings. The feared raiders struck terror through Northern Europe for three centuries in the Middle Ages. But were their swords… just for show? A lot of the media coverage surrounding a high tech study of three Viking swords (link is external) by Danish researchers leaves that impression. The swords, while well-made, were not hardy enough to withstand a fight. Read this article here --- Stay tuned tomorrow, for we shall be posting more. Hail the gods, hail the folk!! - Heathen Howl ---

The Ansur Rune - video

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 02:35
The latest in runes... the Ansur rune. Odin's Eye has been producing a series of videos that covers the runes. Also see : + The Ur Rune - video + The Runes... so far - videos --- --- Below is the next video Odin's Eye has created in the series. The interpretations are by Horik Svensson from his book, "The Runes". They are for runecasting and peering into them in shamanic ways. The Ansur Rune There are more to come. When all done, they'll be combined to create one single film on the Runes. --- How do you interpret the runes? How do you use them? Odin's Eye is going to explore this and more. --- Thanks for watching. Hail the gods! Hail the folk! - Heathen Howl

The Svefnthorn “Sleep Thorn” : A Vikings Trick to a Good Night Sleep

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 00:50
I recently went through a spell of having some interesting other worldly dreams. One in particular I had written down on a social media board: > "Have you ever actually felt pain in a dream? Last night I dreamed a shadow jumped onto my back. It had two sets of hands - one set grabbed my wrists to try and hold me, and the other two had knives carving into my palms. It was painful, and I don't think I've felt such a sensation in a dream." > "I wasn't afraid, and just struggled with the thing, but even in the dream I was perplexed that I felt the actual pain of what being cut by knives feels like... it was painful. > "I knocked the fucker off, then awoke..." After that post people were giving ideas about it, but it made me be remind of The Svefnthorn “Sleep Thorn”. What is the The Svefnthorn “Sleep Thorn”? Here is a set of sleep thorn symbols I created for making sleep thorns for myself and others. Back in the Viking Age, battle would be tough - especially when it came to sleeping. Having these symbols near by would be the trick to feeling safe from danger so they would be fully rested for the next day. The Svefnthorn (Old Norse svefnþorn, “sleep thorn,” pronounced “SVEFN-thorn”) is a symbol that features in several of the Norse sagas and in folkloric magical formulas recorded long after the Viking Age. In the Saga's the Svefnthorn symbols (not of particular shape) were used to put their adversaries in a deep sleep for which they would have difficulty to awaken from. An example, The ninth spell from the Huld Manuscript, an early modern book of Icelandic spells, references the Svefnthorn and reads, “This sign would be carved on oak and laid under the head of the one who is supposed to sleep so that he can not awaken until it is taken away.” However, In the viking age and in recent times the Svefnthorn has been used to help one's own self have a good night sleep in troubling times. Modern Use Now a days we like to keep these symbols and stories alive by using them in ways that may be practical for modern use. A lot of people have problems getting sleep. It seems those daily battles keep us awake. Also, having a sort of charm by one's self does indeed help calm the mind to better rest. New Item in the Odin's Eye Shop This is available in our Etsy shop These are approx 5" x 7" double sided screen printed and hand painted canvas scrolls tied with a leather chord. The corners have been dipped in a solution to keep the canvas from fraying. Instructions on using the Sleep Thorn There are several ways to you can utilize this tool. Some unroll the scroll and lay it under the pillow to sleep on. Another way is to unroll the Sleep Thorn and tuck it into the pillow case to sleep on. You can also keep it rolled up with the leather chord and keep it by you. --- Thanks for reading this blog. Hail the gods, and hail the folk! - Heathen Howl ---

Odin's Eye Headlines 5/18+19/2017: Morphing Werewolf Stories Now in Movies, Legends, New Discoveries of Viking Camps in England, Ireland's Viking Secrets, + Music of the week

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 23:44
Sometimes we're far away off to sea, so here's a brief overview of the headlines you missed the past two days on Odin's Eye Media: Norse European Werewolf Myths That Morphed Into Folktales, Movies > Werewolf myths are spread across Europe and North America. The idea surrounding a man turning into a beast not only transcended continents, it also withstood the test of time and found its way into contemporary literature and cinema. Remember Fenrir Greyback and Professor Lupin from the Harry Potter series? Read this article here --- The Legend of Fenrir: a Wolf with a Bite > One of the three children of Loki by a giantess (jötunn) named Angrboða, Fenrir plays an imperative, though short, role in Norse mythology. A wolf of remarkable size and strength, Fenrir has one major story recorded in the Norse sagas, yet this singular story paints a picture of bravery for one god and an omen of death for the rest of them. Fenrir, unfortunately for the Æsir and Vanir, turned out to be one of the many foreshadowing signs of the end of the Norse world: Ragnarök. Read this article here --- Large Viking army camp which held 1000's uncovered by archaeologists in England > A huge camp which was home to thousands of Vikings as they prepared to conquer England in the late ninth century has been uncovered by archaeologists. > Established in Torksey, on the banks of the River Trent in Lincolnshire, the camp was used as the Vikings' defensive and strategic position during the winter months. > The research, conducted by archaeologists at the Universities of Sheffield and York, has revealed how the camp was used by thousands of Viking warriors, women and children who lived there temporarily in tented accommodation. Read this article here --- Ireland's Vikings still haven't unveiled all of their secrets > We’ve found graveyards, houses, and bodies – but there’s still much to be discovered. > “HIS DISCOVERY HAS shifted our understanding of the Vikings and their relationship with Dublin.” Sheila Dooley, curator at Dublinia (link is external), is showing TheJournal.ie a skeleton as she says this – the skeleton of a Norwegian man (nicknamed Gunnar) who travelled to Ireland hundreds of years ago. Read this article here --- Music of the week Every Freya's Day we feature music we've been enjoying that is often related to the website's themes. You can listen to all the past featured music here. Forndom - Dauðra Dura (2016) One song wasn't enough, so here's the whole album. --- Stay tuned tomorrow, for we shall be posting more. Hail the gods, hail the folk!! - Heathen Howl ---

The Ur Rune - video

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 22:42
The latest in runes... the Ur rune. Odin's Eye has been producing a series of videos that covers the runes. Also see : The Runes... so far - videos --- --- Below is the next video Odin's Eye has created in the series. The interpretations are by Horik Svensson from his book, "The Runes". They are for runecasting and peering into them in shamanic ways. The Ur Rune There are more to come. When all done, they'll be combined to create one single film on the Runes. --- How do you interpret the runes? How do you use them? Odin's Eye is going to explore this and more. --- Thanks for watching. Hail the gods! Hail the folk! - Heathen Howl

Odin's Eye Headlines 5/17/2017: Celtic Mystery, Digital Edda's, Hipster Vikings, Redheads, Powerful Cities of Germany Unearthed

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 04:47
In case you were drunk off mead or busy raiding some near by town, here's a brief overview of the headlines you missed today on Odin's Eye Media: The Celts: unpicking the mystery > Swathed in myths and legends, the Celts – far from being a singular mass of ‘barbarians’ – were made up of diverse, distinct groups who battled numerous threats, from the Romans to the Normans. > Here, historian Martin Wall unpicks who the Celtic peoples were and introduces some of the key individuals who led the battle for Celtic Britain… Read this article here --- Edda Goes Digital: Sweden to Digitalize Annals of Viking Lore > Swedish researchers are poised to digitize the original manuscript of Edda, an Old Norse work of literature. The digital Edda is expected to become the basis for all future research into Viking literature in general and Snorri Sturluson's work in particular. > The manuscript, known as Codex Regius, is considered the most comprehensive literary work with regards to Norse mythology and ancient Scandinavia's way of life, and is seen as one of the most important, as well as one of the very few sources of pre-Christian Norse religion. Read this article here --- The First Hipsters Were Vikings? > They are better known for becoming the fierce Viking warriors who terrorised much of Europe though the Middle Ages, but it seems ancient Norsemen may have been the world's first hipsters. > Archaeologists have discovered evidence that some women in Iron Age Norway around 1,500 years ago wore jewellery emblazoned with 'foreign' designs to help them stand out from the crowd. Read this article here --- Expert argues Vikings carried redhead gene to Scotland > According to a leading academic the Norse invaders depicted in film and history books as rugged blonds were in fact ginger. > The contentious theory could explain the auburn enigma that has long baffled scientists – why do so many Scots have red hair? Read this article here --- Viking’s Most Powerful City Unearthed in Northern Germany > Archaeologists working in northern Germany may have found one of the most important cities in Viking history—Sliasthorp, where once sat the first Scandanavian kings. > According to Niels Ebdrup reporting at ScienceNordic (link is external), archaeologists working in northern Germany may have found one of the most important cities in Viking history—Sliasthorp, where once sat the first Scandanavian kings. Read this article here --- Stay tuned tomorrow, for we shall be posting more. Hail the gods, hail the folk!! - Heathen Howl ---

A Viking Prayer - Animation and thoughts

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 03:49
Lo, There do I see my Father, and Lo, there do I see my Mother, and Lo, There do I see my Brothers and my Sisters and Lo, There do I see my people back to the begining, and Lo they do call to me, and bid me take my place among them in the halls of Valhalla, Where the brave will live forever. Dated around 100 through 110 A.D. Lo, There do I see my Father Lo, There do I see my Mother and My Brothers and my Sisters Lo, There do I see the line of my people back to the begining Lo, They do call to me They bid me take my place among them in the halls of Valhalla Where thine enemies have been vanquished Where the brave shall live Forever Nor shall we mourn but rejoice for those that have died the glorious death. Dated between 4 B.C. and 3 A.D. Animation Odin's Eye created originally posted here The 13th warrior is where people may recognize this prayer... --- Thoughts... Since posting this short clip/animation piece people have asked if this is a real prayer. It's a question, because I'm not sure for certain. But this got me to thinking... so what if it's real or not? What matters is if it helps you and if you get inspiration from it. It comes from the tradition of story telling. The importance of this in folk. There's nothing like sitting around a camp fire with your clan and telling stories... this would be a good prayer to say. ---

Witchcraft Museum Leads Mob in Witch Hunt

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 04:01

An Odin's Eye exclusive:

Carolyn Emerick, who is a rising popular writer known for writing about the history, myth, and folk beliefs of Northern Europe is currently feeling the brunt of what it must have been like to be the victim of a literal witch hunt!

The Wild Hunt, received a public official statement from the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic posted on May 15, 2017 the following about Mrs. Emerick and posted it in their news for all the world to see;

Thankfully, most of the comments on the website were aware of the obvious attempt to smear Emerick through the museum...

Unfortunately the museum sought to use the platform for other purposes beyond the museum itself. This initial attack has been found to be allegedly due to a personal vendetta started by a (ringleader) woman named Gillian Smith who apparently has a lot to do with this museum and is somewhat known in the folklore and archaeology scene.

Below are her comments concerning she works for the museum. If you go further back into her timeline you can tell she's flustered by conversations with/about Emerick and it becomes obvious this person is obsessed with Emerick.

It's obvious Gillian Smith is a vindictive old woman with a vendetta enlisting the Museum of Witchcraft in a mob frenzy witch hunt against Emerick. And, how scandalous is it for this museum to allow itself to be used like this to attack another person's character and attempt to undermine their career like they have with Emerick? Even if there was a disagreement in views, why make this so unprofessionally public?

Is this the kind of Heathen community people want? Where if you have different points of views there should be lynch mobs to round up all those you don't see eye to eye with and destroy their lives over?

Isn't it sadly/humorously ironic that an actual witchcraft museum literally took it upon themselves to whip up a mob frenzy to chase down a woman for her beliefs to this degree? Think about this, and this attack doesn't just end with this one example. Many Heathen Nationalists are experiencing such hate.

What are they freaking out about over? Because Emerick wants Europe to remain European?!?! How dare she!?!?!?

These people must hate Carolyn for loving her culture, race, heritage, history, and etc... how evil!?!?!??!? 

What is happening to Emerick is but one example of many true heathens who are seeing the new emerging SJW Communist influenced movements of the extreme Left posing as “Heathens and Pagans” who are using these platforms to shut down free speech, and accuse people of hate, and “racism” for simply not being of their same point of view.

It's quite aware these people who do such things haven't read a word Emerick is saying, or is trying to convey about our folk - which is simply trying to ensure that European cultural heritage exists in a positive future.

Isn't it ironic that they claim Emerick is speaking hate and racism, when it is they who are speaking hate? 

People who are sticking their necks out need to be heard and supported. Groups like this attacking Carolyn Emerick are going after all kinds of positive heathen folk and posing as savior SJW's using the heathen platform. All they are are hateful vindictive people looking for blood.

 

Official Statement from Carolyn Emerick

First of all, I would like to extend my sincerest gratitude to the Boswell Museum. It turns out, far more of their followers disagree with them than they knew. My following across all venues has been boosted rather than dropping, so this was excellent and very much appreciate the exposure. However, I would like to point out that it is incredibly unprofessional for a public organization to attack an individual in such a way. I have always kept my personal views separate from my work. I am well aware that others hold opinions that I vehemently disagree with, but I'm not small minded enough to judge someone's professional work by their personal views. Furthermore, I would NEVER attempt to undermine someone's career and livelihood by publicly slandering them even when I do strongly oppose their views. The ring leader in all of this appears to have been one Gillian Smith, who is popular in the folklore and archeology scene. I have known her through Facebook for years and have been nothing but kind to her. I was shocked that she could be so petty and vindictive over a difference of opinion. I realize these are heated and polarized times. But we are facing SERIOUS issues in the West. We can argue all day long about the solutions. But, the time for pretending the problems don't exist has passed. I do not expect everyone to agree with me, as I don't agree with everyone else. But, it's high time that all of us began behaving like adults and holding ourselves to a standard of behavior. The fact that a "respected archeologist" and a public organization feel justified in attacking an individual, whipping up a mob against them, actively working to publicly humiliate and undermine someone's career is abhorrent. Say what you want about my views. But, I have never ever behaved that way and I never would. Can we also point out the hilarious irony that an actual witchcraft museum literally took it upon themselves to whip up a mob frenzy to chase down a woman for her beliefs? I die laughing every time I think of it. The Witchcraft Museum led a mob in a witch hunt. You can't make this stuff up. My work speaks for itself. I invite everyone to actually have a glance at my writing at www.CarolynEmerick.com and decide for yourself.

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Please help Carolyn Emerick by supporting her work by becoming a patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/carolynemerick

Also be sure to connect with her through her website http://www.carolynemerick.com.

 

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Odin's Eye Headlines 5/16/2017: Viking Animal Totems, Norse Gods, Mushroom Eating Berserkers, Diabolical Fiendish Elves & more!

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 22:26
In case you were drunk off mead or busy raiding some near by town, here's a brief overview of the headlines you missed today on Odin's Eye Media: Wyrd Words: Did the Vikings Have Totem Animals? > "There’s an interesting debate that I’ve seen drifting about the edges of the Heathen community for years, and (interestingly) it’s one of the only topics that I’ve ever seen debated more often in person than in the general Heathen “Blog’o’sphere”. Did the ancient Heathens have some concept of a “spirit guide” or “totem animal?” I’ve met plenty of Heathens who are perfectly happy to tell you all about their spirit animal, and I’ve also seen plenty who seem offended by the notion; claiming that such an idea is a holdover from Wicca rather than a “proper” Heathen practice. So what does the Lore have to say about it?" A great article looking at totems in a different way I never will see like before. Read this article here --- From Thor to Odin: a normies guide to the Norse gods Editors Note: This is an article from the Guardian. What would you expect to come from such a publication? This is why we titled this "a normies guide"... as there are deeper elements to these gods and their meaning to the ancestry of the people behind them. For the sake of information is why we add articles like this. > "As Iceland prepares to build its first temple to the Norse gods since the Viking age (link is external), we look at the deities that will be worshipped, including an amoral trickster and the blue ruler of the underworld" Read this article here --- Who Were the Mushroom Eating Viking Berserker Wolf Heathens? You'll have to read this one to find out about these "Wolf Heathens" and whether or not they went "berserk" due to something they injected, or what. Read this article here --- Revealing the True Nature of Elves: Dangerous Beauties and Diabolical Fiends Don't always believe in the fairy tales you've learned about in movies... for if you truly look into the stories what we know about elves may be more dangerous than one may believe. > "Present day movies show elves as beautiful beings who help people in their times of need. However, the original ancient form of these beings was quite hostile towards humans. Often enough, elves would lure humans to their death. The purpose of this article is to unmask and reveal the true identity of elves and to expose their hostility towards the human race." Read this article here --- We post articles every day, unless there was something else better to do. You can check them all out over at odinseye.media We have tons of other content not being posted today because these overview posts for Steemit are to show only the days current posts... like for instance a few weeks ago we posted: Genetic Study Reveals that Cats Sailed with the Vikings I won't even get into this one... lets let you go be brave and read articles we posted.... > "I didn’t even know there were Viking cats." Read this article here --- Stay tuned tomorrow, for we shall be posting more. Hail the gods, hail the folk!! - Heathen Howl ---

The New Sagas Are Now by Tree Warrior (an original acoustic heathen folk song)

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 21:15
Listen to the debut song "The New Sagas Are Now" by Tree Warrior - an exclusive Odin's Eye release - released today May 16, 2017. Lyrics: Back to old ways - for the now - Odin's spirit - old heathen howl... Freyja's with me, so is Týr, along side us are the gods with no fear... ... along side us are the gods with no tears... Times of giants - like before - battles brewing with our god Thor... Viking spirit - heathen howl - runes of magick will save us now... ... swords and magick will save us now... These days are the Saga's of our people...These days are the Saga's of the times... If you like the song, you can hit the buy button and it'll take you to Bandcamp where you can buy online. More songs are coming.

How to Make 1 Gallon of Mead Like a Modern Viking – Part 1

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 19:18

Mead is the traditional alcoholic beverage of the Norse and Germanic folk during the so called “Viking age”. It's often used as a ritual drink in Germanic heathen rites. Coincidentally, coming up we have midsummer celebrations and we had no mead, so given we have a little time we've got started on our brew and want to show you how to make it.

First, please note that this is the cheap way of doing it with store bought materials. There are much deeper and better ways of making mead... such as getting your yeast from the wild, and adding other things to taste. This method is our quick and cheap method, since we're running a bit behind and only have about a month.

Materials

Here is what our 1 gallon brew looks like after about a week. It's a very basic concept, and easy to use.

This contraption is more than enough... In fact, at the end I'll tell you how to make an even cheaper set up.

For my set up I'm using to make one gallon of mead:

  • 1 gallon glass container – The one I'm using is a cracker jar I had around not being used. If you google “1 Gallon Brewing” you will see you can use all kinds of things to brew in. Glass is the best. Using something else may change the taste.

  • 1 airlock – there are all kinds of airlocks. They only cost a dollar or two on Ebay.

    • 1/3 packet of Lalvin Yeast ICV D-47 – Buy packets of it for a few dollars on Ebay.

    • 1 quart of organic honey

     

    Instructions
    1. Install the airlock to your gallon container. In my case I had to drill a hole into the lid for the airlock tube to fit snug into. If you have a gallon jug you may just need to screw on the cap that airlocks come with. Learn the basic of the airlock is to allow gases to escape without letting anything get into the container. Take the lid off to add brew ingredients.

    2. Empty all of your honey into the clean container as well as your 1/3 packet of yeast. If you add more than 1/3 of yeast, this is ok as you can't really add too much.

    3. Add clean water to about an inch below the lip. Stir up the mixture till all mixed up.

    4. Seal up the lid. Sit in a dark place.

    That's it! After two weeks the brew will be alcoholic, but to get it to a decent time waiting to a month is best to rack off the brew. If we REALLY wanted this brew to be it's best we would wait 6 plus months which can involve a hand full of racks. We'll just do one on this brew to use it for midsummer celebrations.

    After you've mixed everything up, and it's stored away after a day or so it'll start to bubble from the yeast. That yeast gas will need to escape. A few days before this photo the bubbles were to the brim... so after a week it gets to this point. At the bottom you'll see dead yeast, and next time we'll rack the mead to get rid of that.

    That's what we'll do in about a month from now to finalize this tutorial. So, stay tuned for that.

    A cheaper option for your gallon brew kit

    Just to give you an even cheaper way to brew – instead of a glass gallon container you could simply use a clean plastic milk jug. The only thing is I've always noticed the taste is not as good. And instead of buying a brewing airlock, you can simply get a balloon and poke holes in the tip then strap that onto the lid. The balloon will fill up, and you can burp it to release the gasses.

    Part two we'll show you how to rack your mead after a month of fermentation, and also bottle them up.

    Thanks for reading, and again this is just one way of making mead. We'll explore other ways later. Hope you get something out of this, and Skal!!!

    Hail the gods, and hail the folk!! - Heathen Howl

     

    You may also want to read: How to Drink Hallucinogenic Beer Like a Viking Shaman

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My Path of Odin Found Through Bloodline Synchronicity

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 23:00

If we listen to our bloodline synchronicity – eventually you'll know yourself on a spiritual level as well as on a physical level. For me, the gods screaming “wake up son of Wotan”.

As an American it was hard to know my deep history, but I've always had this connection to nature, and in that connection I found there's this phenomenon called synch, or synchronicity. For awhile, I had believed it to be one thing, but over the years I feel it's not only a cosmic connection, but also a bloodline connection. When in tune with it, you can really find yourself. It's nature after all, and the gods flowing through the veins of our people.

I have many connections to things, but just to give an example I'll point out some synch and how it's always been leading me to the old ways – finding my heathen connection – one that seems a bit like the path of Odin, but also clearly to the Vikings and Celts as a whole.

When I was born I had to have an operation for pyloric stenosis. This operation thus led to me having a scar on my torso that's always been like a piercing in the side – as I became a young child I felt spiritual very early on. Since I was born into a Christian family, obviously I would connect this “thorn in my side” with Christianity and Jesus, but now I see it as my connection to Odin.

What people have to understand, is going through such an experience will have it's shamanic consequences...even if I don't remember it, this was my first shamanic experience – vomiting constantly and then being empaled by a “spear” which probably was intense for a baby to experience. For thousands of years Europeans and others around the world used many different methods to getting to altered states of consciousness in order to gain knowledge. A lot of this began towards the end of the Ice age.

One example is found in the caves of Cougnac which is near Pech Merle. On the walls are depictions of what's called “The wounded man of Pech Merle”. Graham Hancock wrote a great book years ago called "Supernatural" that showed how early man used this method a lot to show how getting so close to death, and pulling back can have interesting experiences... much like Odin's story.

It would be no wonder why years later I would find myself naturally doing things I would read about later in Germanic myths, stories, magick, and being a heathen, but I also spend a long time engaging in many shamanic experiences taking heroic doses of mushrooms, and I always tended to handle these knowledge based experiences quite well...well almost. In other words, my initiation was early, and all of these things are tied together.

When you are deeply connected to synch. You'll see it happen all the time and I've always found myself surrounded by hints of things trying to wake me up to what I truly am.

 

Another example...

I've been in media in someway or another since I was a child. The very first public performance I gave was when I was in elementary school. I was in the school chorus and we had a play. That play was about vikings. We sang viking songs, and it was a positive play about them.

 

Another example...

Along being deeply connected and interested in heathen ways throughout my life - I've also had an interest in war, and being a warrior. As a kid I was heavily into karate, and would be disqualified for being too dangerous... what a viking, eh?

 

Another example...

The first real band I was in was a band named after a story about a viking king named Eurich. Yes, we were a black metal band – I loved Norwegian bands, and they all reflect a sort of Viking attitude against the Abrahamic world. Some of the artwork on our records would be that of a sort of Lord of the Rings type of feel.

 

Something to note...

Backing up just a bit – early on I was not interested in Christianity. I remember being a child not feeling it settled right, and so by the time I was around 12/13 behind my parents back using allowance money I started buying books and tools on Wicca. It was long ago, and Wicca (in my opinion is not a genuine pagan path) was the only thing available back then, but what that did was eventually find more of the origins of that and found the proper heathen ways of the Germanic people's.

I enjoyed tarot cards... who would of thunk that my favorite was the hang man – I still have a habit of sleeping in bed in the hang man position which is most certainly Odin. And, I too eventually found that great knowledge comes from the point of stillness, which is found in the darkness.

By the way, I am mostly of German and Danish descent. I am also connected to my Celtic roots being part Irish/Scottish and probably with a dash of English. These things are important, as I now feel that a lot of this synchronicity is mostly connected through the blood we pass down and keep alive. It's been called Genetic Memory.

 

Another example...

At one point in my life I was married – I got a corporate job at a company called Anchor. We bought a house and my Neighbor was Leaf from Norway.

At my job, my coworker who sat by me was named Thor and last name Rhodin. How obvious can we get? The gods were trying to get me on the heathen path...

I was getting there... By this point I was heavily interested in shamanism, magick all the while married to a Christian. Not a good combo.

 

Another example...

After we split I also quit Anchor – and went to work with a very prominent independent media company based out of Sweden and we heavily focused on all things Norse/Germanic.

 

The path to Asatru/Odinism...

For me, I try to pay attention to the hints of life... synch! And whenever I do it always takes me closer to knowledge...finding Odin and all of the gods... connecting to my ancestry - it's amazing.

Also, this is all just a hint to some of my experience. I also have done a lot of research into my family past, and it's all there. Seeking within and without – the grey path of Odin.

Over the past 4 years going directly to this path of connection to my people and gods of the old ways has only been exhilarating. I've had natural points of confusion, but a lot of that is because we live in a confusing world at the moment, but it's true what the masters have said that you should try and find who you really are in life, and I have.

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The Runes... so far - videos

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Mon, 05/15/2017 - 19:20
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