Hugin and Munin
I know that this one has been awaited and am happy to presentHuginandMunin! I think thatHuginandMuninare one of the few things in heathenry, andNorsemythology for that matter that is nearly agreed upon by all people. I have never heard of people arguing about Hugin andMunin! A rare thing in heathenry!HuginandMuninare possible my favorite creatures in Norse myth. Why? Well I do not think I could really say, I think part of it is I like to think that when I see two ravens flying near me( Iguess this would be a good time to state thatHuginandMunin, for those of you who may not know, are a pair of brotherravens, more on that later) that Odin the All-father is watching me. It gives me comfort.
So who are HuginandMunin? Well, as I said they are a set of brotherravens. But they are not just anyravens, but the "pets/familiars" of Odin. (Odin also has a pair of wolves, named Geri andFreki).Huginmeans thought, andMuninmeans memory. (They are pronouncedHooginandMoonin...I believe). So why are theseravensimportant? Well, each morning, they fly from Odin's side, and fly throughout the Nine Worlds. They see, they hear, and they gather all of the information that they can. Then, at night they return toAsgardand Odin's side, well his shoulders actually, and report all that they saw that day. They tell him of the deeds of mortals, of giants, elves, dwarves, of wars andbattles. Of births and deaths.HuginandMuninare the eyes of Odin. (However, do not forget that Odin can sit upon his throne and see all things). So their job is very, very important. Odin is a very busy god! He cannot keep eyes on everything by himself, (and Odin likes to know what is going on!) So this way, he can do what he needs to do, and still at the end of the day know the happenings in the Nine Worlds.
HuginandMuninare very popular in art, if you look for images of them, there are hundreds upon hundreds! They are also very popular subjects for tattoos!
In some tales, and ideas, the tworavensof Odin are also his messengers, bringing his thoughts and messages to those who seem far away. One of Odin's many names, is the raven god, this is for a few reasons. After a battle, andtheir arecorpses all over the place,ravens, are usually one of the firstnon humanson the scene. This makes sense since Odin is oneof the gods of war and battle, thus they participate in the "spoils".HuginandMuninwould also be reporting on the battle, who dies bravely, and such.HuginandMuninhave many functions.
In my personal experience, when I am asking Odin for guidance, for a sign, and I see tworavens, ( I do not know ifravensalways fly in pairs, orHuginandMuninare near meeveryday, but I always see a pair ofravens) I know that this is the sign I was asking for. That Odin is listening, and watching, this gives me great comfort and the confidence I need to go about doing what I need to do. Once, and file this under what you will, I was hiking with my cousins, in a place we had never been to, and we planned on it being a few hours. Well, 15 hours later we were lost and the sun was going down. I prayed to the far-wanderer for guidance, for him to aid me and guideme out. And then, the loud, unmistakably call of a raven, yet not just a raven, but two. They sat perched upon an ancient oak (go figure) and once we got closer, they took to the air. I decided, that this was the answer to my prayers, my sign, I decided to follow theravens, and in an hour we were out, and on our way home! Many people have their patrons, I believe that mine is Odin. Not because I think Odin is cool, or that he is the most bad ass of the Aesir, orlike some people that just want their patron to the "the best". Far from it. I think Odin is my patron because I feel we have a deep connection, I have had many dreams, and many situations in which signs have been sent to me, that I believe arefrom the all father. Ibelievethat he watches over me.
Well that does it forHuginandMunin! Sorry for getting off topic there, but there is not too much to talk about with them! But I like this post! It is more of what my posts used to be like! =) Well I hope you enjoyed!