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WHAT IS BELTANE? Every Pagan holiday does have its connection to the natural cycle of the seasons and the ever changing force in nature.  Powers and Forces in nature that surround us and make life possible were sacred and divine in ancient European Paganism, and although they may have different names in European cultures, the essence and the force beyond the words remain the very same being and entity.  The power of the Sun, I am referring here to the Sun that has been recognized and worshipped. The Sun travels throughout the seasons and also its power is constantly changing,...

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There are many people who use the term Paganism constantly in certain Subcultures... Although filled with many projections of the modern man, I feel that our understanding of what Paganism is and should be has been constantly distorted, not only by historical events and happenings, such as the rise of Christianity and Abrahamic Monotheism, but also by people who know very little about the Pagan beliefs and only get to know about Paganism from musical groups, interviews and entertainment festivals. Sure these things can be fun and entertaining to some people and it is understandable. But it is not Paganism. ...

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"You can be a blank canvas, but that piece of jewelry you wear says it all..." Let me first start of by saying that the jewelry I make is for extremely particular people who are into Paganism, Vikings, Norse Mythology, Runes and the list goes on. It certainly isn't for someone wanting the latest trends or styles. It's for people who want to express what's on the inside, on the outside.   I hate placing labels on things or people, but you know what? It is simply impossible not to. But expanding on that would take an entire article on...

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The Wicked Griffin specializes in crafting Rune Jewelry that is unique, eclectic and features one of a kind personalizations you won't find anywhere else. I use a variety of techniques from stamping, hammering and etching on Sterling Silver, Copper and aluminum, giving you endless options for a piece of Rune Jewelry you can treasure for a lifetime. If you are new to Runes, I have many resources available here on The Wicked Griffin website in an effort to help you learn more about Runes as Jewelry, even how to read and write in Runes. Runes are more than a mere...

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The Valknut, or, the Triad of Odin and the nine worlds is a symbol with three interlocking triangles each representing a force. Arising, being and destruction. 3 x 3 = 9 aspects. Arising: Voden, Vile and Ve slay the Ymer and create the world from his body. Being: Urd, Vervandi and Skuld, the Norns, weave the threads of time and destiny. They represent the past, present and future. The Runes themselves represent different aspects of the web (life), which the person can use to influence their destiny. Destruction: Hel, Jörmungandr and Fenriz are the destructive forces which bring forth transformation through rebirth and...

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