Recently, on a Saturday night as I was watching a college football game on T. V. , someone in a small black pickup truck drove over my front lawn, just missed my car, then drove over both my mailbox and that of my neighbors. He then floored it kicking mud up all over my car before speeding away. By the time I arrived at my front window, he was half way down the street and too far away to see the license plate number. The police were called, of course, but there was little they could do with the brief description that I was able to give them. Whether this was a hate crime perpetrated against me because I am a Pagan priest, or whether it was just the act of a drunken idiot, I will never know. As a Heathen, however, I have the right to ask the Gods and Goddesses for retribution.
That night, after I had cleaned up the mess, I stood before my main altar, and carved runes of retribution into a piece of oak. " I curse thee once by Odin, twice by Freyja, and three times by Thor ", is what I carved into the wood. I then asked the Triad to honor my claim of retribution against those who had caused my troubles. I sealed the curse by pricking my finger, and putting a few drops of blood upon the carved wood.
Some may read this and say, " Glenn, where is your sense of forgiveness ?" Well, my kind heart turned sour when they drove away without stopping. If they had stopped, and paid for their deed, I could easily have forgiven them. I would not have even bothered to call the police if they had offered restitution. Odin himself, however, makes it clear that a lie should be paid back with a lie !
Let me be perfectly clear about one thing. Curses must be taken very seriously ! You should never curse anyone just because you do not like something about them. The curse must also be equal to the evil act. Examples : You should never ask the Gods to injure somebody because they lied to you, or stopped a relationship with you. You cannot ask the Gods to take someone's life, because they stole from you, etc.... Actually you should not ask the Gods and Goddesses for any specific retribution. The Gods are the ultimate judges, let them decide what is an equal justice. But be forewarned if you curse an innocent person that curse will come back on you and you will suffer the Gods wrath !
Curses have been prevalent in our Heathen religions going back to the earliest of times, and are written about quite often in the Eddas and the Sagas. The most famous curse, of course, is the one that the Dwarf, Andvari, placed upon his gold when Loki stole it. Andvari told Loki, as he was leaving with his treasure, that whomever shall possess his gold will meet with disaster. And everyone who did come into contact with his gold does meet with misfortune ! The curse that is written in Bosi and Herraud, one of the Seven Viking Romances, is probably the most complete curse written in the Sagas and the Eddas. It is known as "Busla's Prayer" . This three part curse was spoken by Busla to King Hring to gain peace between the king and Herraud, and to stop Bosi from being put to death. I have printed the second part several times, but have never printed the whole prayer, which it is said, " contains many wicked words unfit for Christian mouths. " Tommorrow I will print it in its entirety.
As Heathens we have the right to ask our Gods and Goddesses for retribution when we are wronged, or harmed in some way, as long as it is equal justice that we seek. I warn you again, however, not to take this matter lightly, cursing anyone who has caused no harm will come back on you two - fold. Think long and hard before cursing anyone !
Go with Odin's wisdom, Freyja's love, and Thor's protection !