Reclaiming One of Our Holy Symbols
by Mark Ludwig Stinson, Jotun's Bane Kindred, Temple of Our Heathen Gods - http://www.heathengods.com- http://www.facebook.com/notes/temple-of-our-heathen-gods/reclaiming-one-of-our-holy-symbols/10150215572958956?ref=nf
One thing is certain, the fylfot is an ancient symbol among our heathen ancestors, and it never represented anything to do with Racism, Nazi's, genocide or evil among our ancestors. Our religious use of it has nothing to do with Racism, genocide, or evil. Recently we posted a link to a photo album showing our Holy offering to the Gods for this year's Midsummer Faining. Our offering features a fylfot or swastika on it, as a symbol of the sun, of Luck, strength, and power. Some say that the fylfot is a symbol of Mjolnir whirling, crackling with the power of Thor. Regardless, true heathens do not use this symbol as a symbol of Hate.
This is a symbol that we have been using correctly from the day our kindred started. Many good and fair-minded kindreds here in the Midwest use this symbol as a Holy Symbol both at Midsummer and at Yule. I've shared some of those photos here with this note.
What is amazing to me, is that over and over again we have posted essays and information that clearly underline that we are not Racist, do not support Racists, and reject the idea of any sort of Racist ideology within Asatru or Heathenry. Here is a sampling if you'd like to read them....
Race and Ethnicity Within Asatru: https://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=290470538955
Clearing Up Misconceptions New Heathens Might Have: https://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=10150099643493956
Prison Kindreds vs. Kindreds Outside of Prison: https://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=486325058955
Respecting the Autonomy of Other Kindreds and Tribes: https://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=402576053955
|Yule log with Fylfot|
Some have suggested that we must HIDE this Holy symbol. I fail to see how hiding a symbol that we hold as Holy, as if we have something to be ashamed of in constructive in any way. If you are going to hide the symbol, what does that say about how you view the symbol in the context of your Faith. And how much worse is it, when you get caught hiding the symbol. The very fact you are hiding it, suggests clearly that you have something to hide. You are better off using the symbol openly, and making the effort to educate people about its meaning to you.
|A Burnt Yule log with Fylfot|
Finally, we are not telling you that you need to use the symbol. But, what right does anyone have to read our words, see how we are using the symbol in a positive and Holy way, see that we are educating others as to the true meaning of the Symbol for us, and then ignore all of that and condemn us as "racist?" Whether you like the fact that we use the Symbol or not, whether you think our efforts to reclaim our Holy symbol for its true meaning are wise or not, and whether you want to follow a similar course or not, it is something we are doing.
If contrary to all of our past writings, work, and effort on behalf of the greater heathen community, people want to shamefully spread misinformation that we are racists...then let that shame rest on them. If contrary to everything we have done and said on this matter, people want to shamefully ignore all of that and try to smear us with lies...then let that shame rest on them. And to all of our friends, thank you for being intelligent enough, learned enough, and discerning enough to seperate the wheat from the chaff and know that we are the same good and fair-minded people we have always been.
Mark Ludwig Stinson
Jotun's Bane Kindred
Temple of Our Heathen Gods