So, I recently got my hands on an alter and goblet, in need of some work, at my local Goodwill store (more on that later) and so I’ve been looking for things to help complete the project. One of these is an alter cloth, and so I took myself to a fabric store to look. I may have found something, but I found something more important.
See, all the Gods and Goddesses have things they do. Odin has war and poetry, Frigga the hearth, and in this case Freyr has fertility and nature. If the Norse have a Horned God, it is Freyr, who after losing his magic sword, was known to use an antler as a weapon. Thor is the God of storms and fertility, and often works with Freyr who is the land and fertility.
So here’s my question that I came to while looking at fabric: Would John Deer products, like fabrics, hats, etc, work for sacred items for Freyr? Certainly the symbolism is there, the deer clear enough. And John Deer products are certainly a mainstay of farmers, who work the land and grow the crops, and in ancient and modern times would call to Freyr for aid.
Now, I’m sure there are those out there that would argue such things would be sacrilegious. After all, John Deer is a commercial product, modern, (and probably a few variations on evil corporation, environmentally unfriendly, etc). Yet the Norse had no problems with advancements in technology, and modern Heathens certainly do not even as we respect the land. Now, I will admit it would look a bit odd to see a high priest of Freyr holding a ritual garbed in John Deer green and logos, using an oil stick as a wand, but is that really any stranger than some of the ritual gear other people wear? Wouldn’t it, in fact, be a very appropriate and honest attire and tools? After all, most ritual tools have their origins in everyday items we use that get drawn into our sacred workings. Goblets, knives, caldrons, mortars and pestles, candles, etc. Are these things so different from the plow, the engine, or other modern equipment?
No, they are not. If the plow was sacred a thousand years ago, then the plow is sacred today. It may look different. It may run on fossil fuel rather than on horses, but it does the same job with the same intent.
So if you’re close to Freyr, or any of the other gods of nature, farming, and fertility, go ahead. Throw a little John Deer on the alter. Let your chalice be an official coffee mug, or your alter cloth be patterned with the logo. The best way to make sacred this modern world, is to find the hidden things in it, and bring them out and use them.