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« Topic Start: January 27, 2010, 11:33:01 pm »

I am new to Asatru, and am wondering what Asatruar could do in honour of the gods/goddesses? I would like to do a daily offering or something similar every evening. Any suggestions?
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« Reply #1: January 28, 2010, 08:14:19 am »

I am new to Asatru, and am wondering what Asatruar could do in honour of the gods/goddesses? I would like to do a daily offering or something similar every evening. Any suggestions?

You should check out the forum dedicated to asatru lore. There are definitely a lot of wise people of all faiths on this board, but what it lacks is a strong biased niche base willing to tear each other to shreds over exact definitions of re-constructionist paths. It can be quite informative (and fun! Cheesy )
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« Reply #2: January 28, 2010, 10:11:33 am »

I am new to Asatru, and am wondering what Asatruar could do in honour of the gods/goddesses? I would like to do a daily offering or something similar every evening. Any suggestions?

I have never read anything in the Eddas or from any source that really calls for daily offerings to the gods.  TC's sister forum Asatru Lore does have a discussion about this, which was already mentioned, and it goes into the UPG aspects of this and the idea of over gifting to the gods. 

I tend to honor the gods on holy days and try honor my ancestors everyday.  Honoring my ancestors daily is my UPG that I have found a lot of Asatruar tend to honor their ancestors as well, but the frequency is the difference.
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« Reply #3: January 28, 2010, 01:00:23 pm »

I am new to Asatru, and am wondering what Asatruar could do in honour of the gods/goddesses? I would like to do a daily offering or something similar every evening. Any suggestions?
I make my offerings weekly to gods, ancestors and wights. There's no particular reason it's weekly except daily felt like overkill (to me - YMMV) and like you I wanted to do something regularly. Gods and ancestors get booze usually, land wights get bird food and the house wight either gets booze or oats and honey.
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« Reply #4: January 28, 2010, 01:42:07 pm »

I am new to Asatru, and am wondering what Asatruar could do in honour of the gods/goddesses? I would like to do a daily offering or something similar every evening. Any suggestions?
I light a candle every morning and say a simple "Hey, what's up" to the gods, wights, and ancestors. Sometimes I might specifically pray or meditate, but not all that often. I also give offerings as inspiration strikes me... often milk, alcohol, or fruit.

As Casey said, the idea of daily devotionals is basically a modern one.
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« Reply #5: January 30, 2010, 02:26:43 am »

I am new to Asatru, and am wondering what Asatruar could do in honour of the gods/goddesses? I would like to do a daily offering or something similar every evening. Any suggestions?

I honor Frigga on Friday since it was technically named after her.  (It could also be named for Freyja too, but I don't honor her).  I also honor Skadhi on this day since I have other deities to honor other days of the week. 

I pour libations to them.  I also try to say some form of this prayer which is found in the Eddas which I've read can be said at the end of a blot or a sumbel (I'm not sure which). 

Hail to the Ăsir!
Hail to the Asyniur!
Hail to the bounteous earth!
Words and wisdom give to us noble twain,
and healing hands while we live.
---The Poetic Edda, Sigrdrifumal; Thorpe translation, stanza 4

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« Reply #6: January 30, 2010, 06:42:15 am »

I am new to Asatru, and am wondering what Asatruar could do in honour of the gods/goddesses? I would like to do a daily offering or something similar every evening. Any suggestions?

Honestly you'd be better served honoring/sacrificing to the wights and ancestors. They have a much stronger impact on your daily life than the gods, who are understandably a little busy usually with seeing to the affairs of 9 worlds Smiley

The wights of your land and the ancestors of your line have a vested interest in your daily goings-on.
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« Reply #7: January 30, 2010, 09:09:12 am »

I am new to Asatru, and am wondering what Asatruar could do in honour of the gods/goddesses? I would like to do a daily offering or something similar every evening. Any suggestions?

This is to the Gods in general, not specifically Asatru. When I drank coffee daily I did a daily coffee libation first thing in the morning. I know it's not traditional, but never received any complaints Wink One words for the Gods in Celtic regions was 'to whom libations are poured'. Usually I take a minute and appreciate life, and occationally ask for help where needed. Now I'm preggers and coffee doesn't taste right, so a couple times a week I offer milk or honey, alcohol or fruit.
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« Reply #8: January 30, 2010, 09:15:31 am »

Hail to the Ăsir!
Hail to the Asyniur!
Hail to the bounteous earth!
Words and wisdom give to us noble twain,
and healing hands while we live.
---The Poetic Edda, Sigrdrifumal; Thorpe translation, stanza 4

That is a beautiful prayer. Thanks for giving me yet another reason to break out my own copy of the Eddas and actually use it. Smiley (Out of curiosity - how do you personally pronounce "Asyniur"?)
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« Reply #9: January 30, 2010, 03:03:22 pm »

Hail to the Ăsir!
Hail to the Asyniur!
Hail to the bounteous earth!
Words and wisdom give to us noble twain,
and healing hands while we live.
---The Poetic Edda, Sigrdrifumal; Thorpe translation, stanza 4
By contrast, I have the Larrington translation:

"Hail to the Aesir! Hail to the goddesses!
Hail to the mighty, fecund earth!
Eloquence and native wit may you give to us two famous ones
and healing hands while we live!"

Err... I think I like Thorpe's better. lol.
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« Reply #10: January 30, 2010, 04:51:11 pm »

That is a beautiful prayer. Thanks for giving me yet another reason to break out my own copy of the Eddas and actually use it. Smiley (Out of curiosity - how do you personally pronounce "Asyniur"?)

I don't.  I say Gods and Goddesses because I don't know how to pronounce Aesir or Asynjur. 

Could someone help us out please?  How do you pronounce these words? 
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« Reply #11: January 30, 2010, 07:46:39 pm »

I don't.  I say Gods and Goddesses because I don't know how to pronounce Aesir or Asynjur. 

Could someone help us out please?  How do you pronounce these words? 
You can play the pronunciation on dictionary.com: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/aesir (click on the little speaker icon to the direct right of the word).

And Asynjur: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/Asynjur

Gotta love technology! lol.
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« Reply #12: January 30, 2010, 07:50:41 pm »

By contrast, I have the Larrington translation:

"Hail to the Aesir! Hail to the goddesses!
Hail to the mighty, fecund earth!
Eloquence and native wit may you give to us two famous ones
and healing hands while we live!"

Err... I think I like Thorpe's better. lol.

And in case someone is interested, I can translate to English the Spanish translation I have (D. A. de los RÝos, 1856). It goes like this:

"Hail to the Aesir! Hail to the Asyniur!
Hail to the Earth, who keeps all the creatures!
Give us the eloquence, the reason
and skilled hands to cure all the evils!"
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