Here at Þunresfolc Heorþ, we believe that one of the barest of essentials in practice is to have a firm grasp of Heathen worldview. I’m sure pretty much any other Heathen would say the same thing, of course. What I find, personally, is that over time, the worldview truly becomes a part of you, and you don’t have to spend as much time wondering if your deeds fall into place with said worldview. It goes without saying, that such an ability comes with time. Regardless, and a big part of the reason this site exists is that seeing what I believe before me helps me understand it better. I hope it helps you too.
As a part of a growing and continuous understanding of practice and worldview, I’d like to share a small wordhoard of worldview terms. Take heed that these may sound similar to that which I have written in previous articles, or maybe someone else’s, though I doubt it. Either way, feel free to let me know if the latter is the case. No attempt at plagiarism is being made.
One of my biggest sources when it comes to matters of worldview buzzwords is: We Are Our Deeds by Eric Wodening. A must read for any Heathen, for those of you that are newer. The definitions, however, are based in my own understanding of the words.
Frith– The sense of well-being, wholeness, security, and peace amongst one’s Innangeard, more directly, the household
Grith– A truce and state of ease between two groups of people, it is temporary, and usually meant to serve a particular purpose.
Innangeard– Normally considered to be those to whom you are closest. This would include one’s family, significant others/partners, close friends, at the most extending to one’s immediate community. Some would say this may apply to wights, particularly House Wights, and Land Wights in close proximity.
Utangeard– Anyone or anything not in one’s Innangeard. (Exception: “high gods” which are on their own level, they are neither Innangeard or Utangeard.) This is not an implication that all strangers are somehow bad, as it means as much that which dwells outside of society.
Wéoh– That which is sacred, or set apart. This applies in the sense of something, or some place, set aside for the purpose of either being used in ritual, or place in which contact with ancestors, wights, or gods occurs.
Hálig– Holy. To be whole or complete in the religious sense.
Unhalig– Unholy. That which is repudiated and reviled, outside of good and right.
Synn– Old English word for ”sin”. It carries connotations of both inaction and/or misdeed.
Théaw– Thew. That which is customary.
Heorth– Hearth! In a broader sense, the household.
Sibb– Family and close friends.
Mægen– The energy and force that is contained in all life. The right, good, and holy are said to possess it in abundance. This ties in with Spéd, which is luck.
Spéd– Luck. Not in the sense of coincidence as it is often said to be today. Better so, circumstances. Luck is affected by those with whom you associate. Thus your luck mixes with everyone that you associate with.
Orlæg– The luck that is inherited from birth.
Wyrd– The accumulation of your Orlæg, luck, and deeds. That which is the ever flowing, with regard to your choices, and events that occur in your life. This is something that is not immutable like fate. It can change through right or wrong deeds, but it is to that we will all ultimately have to answer. Even the gods are not immune to Wyrd.
This is, of course, a short list. Primarily terms that have immediate translations. The Heathen worldview could simply never be contained to a small wordhoard. For those, There will be articles to themselves.