Úlfhe∂nar (Wolf-Hides) Warrior Shamans from the Germanic Tribes
The Úlfhe∂nar called out in the legends of the Old Norse continue their traditions up to the modern-day, and while not engaged in closed-in combat much anymore, they still practice the age-old practice of realm traveling. Originating within the northern migrating Germanic tribes escaping from the Roman rule in the south, these men connected to the animal spirits of northern Germany, to become the ultimate predators and decimate opponents or foes in short order. As a form of early special forces, they were typically used as “shock troops” and typically fought well ahead of the forward warriors. Both our brethren, the Berserkir (of the bear), and my ancestors had the ability to communicate with their token animals to assume their power and prowess in battle. However, the Úlfhe∂nar had a special understanding of the Landvættir (Land Spirits), which could be communicated with to assist in destroying the enemy, as well as assisting our community members. Having the ability to traverse between the physical and spiritual realms, as knowledge can be obtained beyond what is possible in one of the other realms, therefore it is this gift from Ó∂inn that I choose to help my community to understand the connection to the spiritual realm around them.
As a modern-day Úlfhe∂nar, I have studied both: the art of war (and hand-to-hand combat), and the spiritual realms (both on Mi∂gar∂ as well as others), in order to provide an understanding as to the true purpose that we all serve in this physical life. In the ancient history of my Germanic-Dane ancestry, the Úlfhe∂nar connected the physical world to the spiritual world and could transform as hamrammir or (Shapeshifters). These abilities enabled us to live outside the understanding of normal man and live our own paths as determined by Ó∂inn. As you can imagine this has never sat well with the puppet-masters of the monotheistic “churches”, and they worked hard to dishonor my ancestors from then, to now. As a modern-day Úlfhe∂nar my study has shifted away from physical combat (although my skills are maintained) and shape-shifting and has become more focused on understanding the spiritual connections we all have every minute of every day within our own realm, and others. This understanding allows me to help my friends and neighbors to find their way back to the path of creating the tapestry that they can be proud of. I offer the wisdom of my great ancestors who lived before our ancestors, throughout the nine realms, while calling upon my totem brothers, the wolves, to help me to see what others cannot.
In my case, the gift of Ó∂inn skipped a few generations, with my father and grandfather being unable, or unwilling to accept the gift, my great grandmother carried with her, the gift of the mystical, and handed it down to the firstborn son of each of the following generations. I am the eldest son of my father, who was the oldest male born of his father, who also was the oldest male born of my great grandmother. Therefore it has become my honor to embrace the gift of Ó∂inn. For many years I carried out my initiation into the Úlfhe∂nar without much knowledge of what it was at the time.
This combination would have made the equivalent of a one-man army.
To be initiated into the Úlfhe∂nar there are many different requirements, however, it all culminated with an Oath of Allegiance.
The oath to Ó∂inn includes all aspects of our lives, and/or verifies our ability to carry the responsibilities of the Úlfhe∂nar. As such we must be able to demonstrate:
- Ability to survive away from our village or behind enemy lines.
- Maintain skill in all necessary weaponry (Modern, and basic).
- Maintainability to communicate in the spiritual realm at will.
Our demonstration of those skills follows our initiation tasks of:
- Experience the spiritual realm with a near-death experience.
- Dedicate the donation of blood to Ó∂inn as a sacrificial offering. Dedicated by dripping blood into an open fire.
- Spend an extended visit in the natural world obtaining balance.
Finally, with a blood sacrifice, we swear an oath to Ó∂inn on Úllr’s ring, on a full moon beyond Midwinter.
Ó∂inn, the almighty all-father in Valhöll, I come before you this eve to swear my unwavering allegiance to you. You know I have proven myself in battle, both physical and in the spirit realms. You remember the time where I crossed the BiFrost to learn of the other realms. I have proven my faith in your power over the natural world. I have proven my ability to cross the boundary from Mi∂gar∂ to the other realms. I have drunk from the horn of Kvasir filled with the mead of Ó∂rerir and have been granted the infinite wisdom brewed by the dwarves. I swear upon my honor to be dedicated to you, else accept my fate of drowning in the black river filled with venom between Niflhel and Narstrand. I stand ready to serve you against the forces of ice giants should they escape Jötunheim. I swear to give my last breath to you in the battle of Ragnorök. Please accept my blood as a token of my oath as I endure the pain of surrendering it, as I swear this oath on the ring of Úllr to verify its honor.
Ultimately, upon the date and time foretold by Urðr, when we depart our physical bodies behind, we know that the Skjǫldrinn covenant of 748, I will join Týr at his hall, Valaskjálf. We know that the review of our tapestry, sewn by one of the three Nornir, Verðandi, and read by Skuld will reveal that we have honorably served Ó∂inn.
As a spiritual guide
I have worked with hundreds of friends throughout the years, primarily working with those affected by the nightmarish Hel created by theaters of conflict and war. As a spiritual advisor, I help to unlock the sometimes hidden meanings of dreams, as well as understanding the intrinsic value paradigm shift that individuals go through during high stress, and/or combat situations.
Using the wisdom of my ancestors I work with people to recognize where much of their guilt/shame or anger comes from. I help support team members function to help my friends back into a “normal” life, guilt-free. This wisdom granted to me by Ó∂inn allows me to understand the necessary clarity to get lives back on track.
As a spiritual counselor for the Forn-Sidr, I am constantly challenged by the guilt/shame cycle that has been used by all major, monotheistic religions throughout the world in their desire to keep the population under control. I have had the honor of being able to help people see through the Seior created by the monotheistic religions and allowed me to help them move past the guilt and shame to live normal lives.
As a formerly ordained minister of the Christian church, I offer my decades of experience of working with hundreds of friends to help them move past the pain, and suffering into growth and enjoyment. With graduate-level studies in religion, psychology, philosophy, and telecommunications I offer an academic perspective of my personal search for the meaning of life. Having survived drug addiction and an endeavor in self destruction, I can offer hope, and the promise of a better path forward using my cultural knowledge of my own ancestry. Using this site, and my weekly podcasts as vessels to connect to friends around the world undertaking their journeys of understanding their own meaning of life.
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My Own Saga
The more I have engaged in the academic arena for a greater understanding, I had to undergo a life’s journey. What I’ve gained now, is the knowledge that these events have been a necessary part of the journey to wipe the previous belief system out, and rewrite the foundation.
- When I was much younger (about 14 years old), my mother and father separated and divorced soon after. In a heated departure late one evening, my father and I met in the circle of hand-to-hand combat for the honor of the clan. In a rage, I was able to subdue him and force him to surrender and flee. From that day until now, I always wondered if things would have stacked up differently for my family had that not happened. I now have my answer.
- Toward the end of my three-year tour with the US Marines, I found myself heavily addicted to Cocaine, and Heroin in an attempt to quash the voices in my head, and emptiness in my heart. I was discharged, and returned to my (then) home in Tucson, Arizona, however the need to contain these controls remained. Upon my return to Tucson, Ó∂inn taught me mercy as I became the primary caregiver for my terminally ill father until his death soon after.
- Following my tour in the Marines, I survived a near-death scenario caused by a Heroin overdose, followed by intervention, or “cleansing” beginning a multi-decade journey without the need for the drug in my life. This situation was ultimately, very enlightening, and began to clear my eyes of the fog.
- Follow the cleansing, I spent about a year living in a tent on the mountainside of the Santa Catalinas just north of Tucson, Arizona. Following that year on the mountain, I lived in a culvert for approximately six months, before moving into my brother’s barn 1200 miles north on Whidbey Island, Washington. While I didn’t know it, this is where Ó∂inn found me. Throughout the following thirty years, Ó∂inn has raised me from the ashes of who I was and allowed me to discover my true path.
- After being on Whidbey Island for about four months, Ó∂inn introduced me to the Shield-Maiden who would become my wife and the mother of my children. While she has embraced the monotheistic beliefs of a different realm, she is my world. I cannot begin to form the words of thanks for the belief she has had in me to arrive where I did. Ultimately, she never gave up on me. Within six weeks of meeting, we were married in a small ceremony in the bar in Mount Vernon, Washington. We have now been together for over thirty years.
- It was eight months later that I was honored to meet my daughter, born at the University of Washington medical center in Seattle, Washington. My beautiful, intelligent daughter has now grown up, married a good man, and gave me my first grandson. The third generation of mine.
Although my life seemed to move in the right direction, I remained unsettled and continued with my internal battles with Hel, almost ending our newly formed marriage on several occasions. Again, Ó∂inn interceded and settled my wife’s heart that she would forgive me, again and again.
- Several years later, I was introduced to our twin sons. With great stress and concerns, the boys came into this physical world and have now grown to become adults of their own, with one of the boys giving me my first granddaughter and second grandson, while the other chose the warrior’s path within the military.
- The next gift was the use of Ó∂inn’s gentle hand to guide me to enroll in a Baptist University where he presented me with an instructor who would be instrumental in getting me back to my ancestry. While he may not have known it, my theology course there at Wayland completely changed my life’s trajectory. Although not immediately, the trajectory back to Ó∂inn was forged. I would go on to learn all about monotheistic beliefs, and the psychology behind them. This would ultimately lead me back home.
- It was during my time at Wayland, that I became ordained as a Christian minister and tried to reconcile what I felt in my heart and what was being taught. I would then spend a decade as a chaplain who worked primarily with returning veterans and their families particularly with PTSD, I began to feel and hear the wisdom of the Gods. They began to speak through the many veterans I was honored to work with.
It was the experience at Wayland that stirred some underpinnings in recognizing, not only my culture, by my ancestral birthright. As I began the study/discovery process of my own theology, fundamental psychology began to become more of the focus. This stemmed from the thousands of hours I spent helping brothers and sisters returning from combat assignments, and their families, restore their lives and create new coping mechanisms. However, the more I studied, the more Ó∂inn revealed to me about my role in this world. He gave the vision to see through the coverings and identify the population control protocol that created the foundation for monotheism.
- Next came the stabilization to my life given by Ó∂inn. I accepted employment at a local university as a team lead for the help desk, and although this doesn’t sound exciting, it was the financial stabilization my family needed, in addition to a position that was challenging enough to keep me engaged. Definitely a gift directly from Ó∂inn.
However, Hel couldn’t let me escape from her grasp and cursed my wife with breast cancer several years later. Together my shield maiden and I put our shoulder into it and conquered cancer. That was over twelve years ago now, and she continues to honor me every day with her beautiful soul. However, when Hel realized that cancer wouldn’t break us, she led me to the path of infidelity through temptation. Although I never physically strayed, I mentally violated my oath to my wife. Again, with the heart of Frigg, my wife forgave me and we continued our process forward. While we have become closer as time moves on, I know that the challenges of Hel’s attempt to break me, and my family remain in both the physical and spiritual worlds. I have continually sought Ó∂inn’s grace since those darker days of my life.
- Fast forward to about two years ago, when my mother asked me to assist with her ancestry stuff. As I began to explore the documentation and bloodlines, more fog was lifted from my eyes. I found my great-grandmother and grandfather. My great-grandmother was born in Jutland, Denmark, with my great-grandfather being born across the border in Germany. Many of the pieces I was missing in my life began to settle into place.
- Approximately about the same time as I was working on the ancestry stuff that I became involved with two men who had recently returned home from tours overseas. As we addressed ways for them to cope with their symptoms. As we worked together, the powers of Ó∂inn became obvious, and the ability to visit the spirit world for more answers was experienced. Those men received a lifetime of success via the gods through the words Ó∂inn put in my mouth.
- The exploration into the other realms incited me to continue my doctoral thesis on “the negative influence that monotheism has had on society”. Speaking about the development of human cognitive thought, the natural evolution of both: man, and environment, the rise and fall of multiple theologies throughout the millennials.
- On January 30th, 2021, I completed an oath on my ring to Ó∂inn as one of his Úlfhe∂nar, which runs in my maternal great grandmother’s bloodline. I meditated, and consumed large amounts of alcohol, and continued to learn how to open the door to the spiritual realms. As soon as the door was opened my life changed forever. This is more than an embracing of culture but a return home to my birthright.
Many of the thoughts and beliefs I have had over the decades, now all make sense. My distrust in the monotheistic beliefs, my dislike for the idea of “the church”, all made sense. Recognizing the “brain-washing” that has happened over the last 2000 years for what it was, the fog is lifted, and Ó∂inn has allowed me to drink Ó∂rerir (the Mead of Poetry) and embrace the wisdom of Kvasir. I am home. I have arrived at the place I have sought my whole life to be. My personal self has been filled. Filled with the knowledge and wisdom from Ó∂inn, and the rich culture from my ancestors. Finally, I am home.
I am Úlfhe∂nar! Hil Ó∂inn!
There are two parts to the Norse Úlfhe∂nar, the first is to be skilled in combat. In the days of my ancestors of Germany and Denmark, this meant being skilled with swords, axes, speaks, and hammers. Defined by many as the special forces of the Viking Age, these men could enter into a Berserkir state and engage the enemy with aggressive tactics designed to strike fear, and put their enemies off guard. While combat has evolved to a much longer range field of combat with a different set of skills, but closed-in combat remains a necessary skill to maintain and master. Learning the fine art of ax throwing, sword fighting, archery, and several others, to ensure the health and safety of one’s loved ones.
The second, and more frightening part (for the enemies) was the Shaman part. Dressed in traditional wolf pelts they would terrify their enemies long before actually engaging in combat. Like there have been in almost every group of warriors, there has been a smaller group who understood the need for war to achieve peace and harmony. This speaks to the spiritual or shamanistic part. Provided as a divine gift from Ó∂inn himself, the spiritual connections and understandings allowed the Úlfhe∂nar to attack their foes with the spirits of the lands, the seas, and the skies.