I personally believe very strongly, that as it says in the Eddas, " The ninth ( Goddess) is Var, she listens to the vows and compacts made by men and women with each other, and for this reason such agreements are called Varar. She also takes vengeance against those who break their vows" . Some interpret this to mean she holds people only to marriage vows, but I disagree and believe that she accepts, and holds, all men and women to all oaths and promises they make. I believe that when we break and oath or promise, a scar forms on our souls that the Gods and Goddesses, who judge us upon our death, will clearly see. Kind of like the story about Dorian Gray, where the picture hanging on his wall begins to mirror his personality. Too many scars, and damnation awaits those oath - breakers.
This is something to keep in mind before we make those half - drunken oaths and boasts on Twelfth Night ( New Year' s Eve), for the upcoming year. If you are going to make an oath ( resolution ), make one that is realistically within your power to do. Don' t claim that you will quit smoking, but rather that you will cut down how many cigarettes you smoke in a day, or per week. Don' t boast that you will lose 50 pounds, but promise that you will eat healthier, and will hopefully lose weight in the process, etc... The Gods and Goddesses will be proud of you if you exceed your promised goals, but they will be extremely disappointed if you do not reach the levels that you promised in your oaths. And may the Gods and Goddesses have mercy on you if you take an oath to accomplish something and then do not even try at all !
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