Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Truth Of The Norse God Thor

Norse God Thor

        You may know him as the son of Odin or as a member of the Avengers. But long before modern day people began portraying him as a hero in television and movies, he was a powerful much beloved being. 
        In Norse beliefs, Thor is a hammer wielding God often associated with storms. He can harness the power of thunder, lightning, and storms. He is also sometimes associated with oak trees and always seen as very strong and protective over mankind. However, some more ancient perceptions saw him as associated with healing, love, and fertility. However, due to the male need for masculine vibes, he was reduced to as only a protector. Some other names he is known as come from the Prose Edda list Nafnaþulur, but are not attested elsewhere. But other names as well known throughout the many sources of norse mythology. He is known for are as follows, Donar, Thunderer, Thunor, Donar, Tor, Asabrag, Asa-Thor. He is a prominently mentioned God throughout Norse beliefs and culture, and was known as the everyday man, or working man's, God. His image and worship was even more popularized in the Viking age, and during the Christianization of the Nordic regions. People clung to their God and their hero and protector by wearing a depiction of his powerful hammer, Mjölnir, around their necks as a sign of their undying faith. The day of the week, Thursday, is an attest to the mighty powerful Norse God Thor "Thor's Day", "Thunresdaeg", or Thunor's Day", "Donnerstag", "Donar's Day", or "Donderdag".
          The traditional image of Thor is not the blond headed man we know from the comics today. Originally, this mighty God was known to have very fierce eyes with blazing red hair and beard. He is known to be very broad, muscular, and strong. I will share with you my own personal depiction of him from my spiritual workings. He generally has dark hair and very icy colored eyes. The ancient Norse people most likely saw him as having red hair and fierce eyes because he indeed has some non-human features. His eyes literally glow with a golden aura, and his hair shimmers like the blazing sun. This is what I see when I connect with Thor in meditations, and it is my belief that this is in fact how Thor looks. He is also known to be associated with the Goddess Sif. She is the golden haired Goddess who isn't spoken of much in the Edda's and traditional texts. However, I know some information I have receieved about her from meditations, but that is for another article. He is also known to have offspring whose goes by the names of Þrúðr, Magni, and Móði.
        Thor is of coarse the son of the mighty All-Father, Odin and the All-Mother Fjörgyn. In ancient texts you will hear about all of his siblings. However, I see this as not necessarily blood brothers and sisters as we know family on earth. In Asgard and the higher places the term family holds a might different and stronger meaning. Family literally is everyone around you, because generally you share a bond with all. Therefore all neighbors are brothers and sisters. In my opinion that is very beautiful, and I wish things were more like that here on Earth. Perhaps they were many many years ago... Anyway, ancient texts portray him as riding a chariot pulled by two goats, Tanngrisnir, and Tanngnjóstr.
          It is interesting that in the earliest records of the Germanic people Thor is frequently referred to as either the Roman God Jupiter, or the Greco-Roman God Hercules. The Roman historian Tacitus's late first-century work Germania (where he writes about the religion of the Suebi which is a confederation of Germanic people)...  In this instance, Tacitus refers to the god Odin as "Mercury", Thor as "Hercules", and the god Týr as "Mars", and the identity of the Isis of the Suebi has been debated. In Thor's case, the identification with the god Hercules is likely in part due to similarities between Thor's hammer and Hercules' club. Thor closely resembles other Indo-European deities associated with the thunder: the Celtic Taranis, the Baltic Perkūnas, the SlavicPerun, and particularly the Hindu Indra, whose red hair and thunderbolt weapon the vajra are obvious parallels. Scholars have compared Indra's slaying of Vritra with Thor's battle with Jörmungandr. Although in the past it was suggested that Thor was an indigenous sky god or a Viking Age import into Scandinavia, these Indo-European parallels make him generally accepted today as ultimately derived from a Proto-Indo-European deity.
        Many people of spiritual faiths and still some from the Nordic regions call upon Thor and the other Norse Gods and Goddesses to this day. It is sad that the early Christians destroyed so many of the Norse people's history, and slaughtered so many people for not wanting to leave their beliefs. But it is good and makes me happy to see that it has not fully been forgotten. I for one am very connected to the ancient ways, and I will strive to keep the ancient history alive. I hope this article has helped you look a bit more in depth into who Thor really is. Yes, the movies and comics are good, but they are a very loose interpretation of a very real God who is still around today in the lives of many. So the next time you are out in a thunder storm, hear that clash of thunder, see that crack of lightning, know that he is near and still very much around watching and protecting. Let's remember this beautiful God here and there throughout our lives, and go forth throughout your knows knowing that each Thursday is his day!! Have a beautiful day, and if you want to know anymore about Thor or any of the other Norse God's and Goddesses I would be very happy to help you. Stay tuned for more information on other Norse God's and Goddesses.

Cosmic Blessings,
Melody

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