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Asatru FAQ: How Do I Know If a God Spoke to Me or Not?

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Frequently Asked Question: Was x a real sign/ was x just a dream or a real communication from a god / was x a fiction story idea or a message from a god?

My answer: What you want to do is to confirm (or not) whether you have received a message. That's a yes or no question, which is the simplest type of question to divine for. If you use runes, decide in advance which ones count as yes or no and pull a rune. Or, you can use bird omens.

How to use bird omens: ask your question and go outside. What color is the first bird you see? Black or brown = yes / positive. White or blue = no / negative. Other colors = no answer.

If you don't use runes yourself but know a diviner, have a diviner read for you. Eventually, if you continue to develop your relationship with that god, you might reach a point where you can just ask in your head and get an answer. This is colloquially known as having a "godphone." Answering the question of whether you received a message or not, without relying on someone else's help, is called "discernment."

Image: Vitastjerna's dream from the Gutasaga with the three entwined snakes symbolizing Graip, Gute and Gunfjaun, with her at the bottom, Gotland, Sweden. Now in Fornsalen museum, Visby.

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Erin Lale is the author of Asatru For Beginners. An updated, longer version of her book, Asatru: A Beginner's Guide to the Heathen Path, is coming in 2020 from Red Wheel / Weiser. Erin was sworn to Freya as Priestess in 1989, given to Sigyn, and is a Bride of Odin and his brothers (Honir, Lodhur, Loki.). She has been a freelance writer for about 30 years, was the editor and publisher of Berserkrgangr Magazine, is gythia of American Celebration Kindred, and admin/ owner of the Asatru Facebook Forum. In 2010 and 2013, she ran for public office. She is a dyer and fiber artist, was acquisitions editor at a small press for 5 years, created the Heathen Calendar 2017 and 2018, and founded the Heathen Visibility Project.

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