The Shadow Norse Tradition was founded by Arickasha Darkstar, Head Priest and Grand Master Skald of HOS. This tradition is a modern outlook on the old Norse teachings including the poetic eddas and skaldic aspects. Using teachings that were passed down for generations through his family, it is made up of four components:
What is Ásatrú? - Ásatrú is a Norse term meaning literally a faith or belief in Gods, specifically the Old Norse and Germanic Gods known collectively as the Æsir. As with many other ethnic or folk religions there was no specific name for the religion, although Ásatrú, Vor tru, ‘our faith’, or Forn Sed, ‘ancient customs/ways’ are phrases/words that are used in the modern world to describe this faith. The religion is a part of the culture and the beliefs revealed not only in the mythology, but also in the customs, ethics, and laws.
What is Odinism?- The term "Odinist" refers to an individual who is primarily dedicated to the God Odin, and who could also consider themselves Ásatrú, Wiccan, Neo-pagan or just simply an Odinist. It all depends on the rites, fellowship and beliefs that they express in their dedication.
What is Skaldi?- Skaldi is the art of Lorekeeping. They were the individuals who learned the stories and the songs of the people and the culture. They passed down these stories and songs using an oral tradition. A skaldi is very much like a bard but they were also considered to be the keepers of the laws. The Poetic Eddas are a part of the Skaldi tradition.
Members of this tradition follow the nine virtues of Æsir. Not only do they follow the virtues they also believe in being honest and plainly spoken. Those who follow the Northern religions are often inclined to speak their minds plainly and bluntly, with the use of such expressions as are needed to get their points across. They also believe that neither chastity nor monogamy are required. However, responsibility and honesty in one’s personal arrangements, as in the rest of one’s life, are. As a Heathen religion, drinking alcohol, even to excess in some ritual circumstances, can be a holy act, as can various forms of conjugal and non-conjugal sex. These are things that must be handled carefully in order not to give the wrong impression to non members of their tradition.
The Shadow Wolf Tradition was founded by WolfShadow Morningstar, High Theign of HOS. This tradition is a mixture of the Morningstar family tradition, Shinto and Faery. This tradition mainly teaches the principles of meditation, healing, psychic protection and warding. There are three primary paths that you may follow or you may follow the path of Ghaib. Ghaib is Arabic which means “unseen”, which is the secret path that is hard to follow. Those who chose to follow this path do so because they cannot follow any of the other three paths. They must stay on the straight and narrow as this is a path of single god worship. I will explain the three paths to those that express their will to follow these paths to the letter:
Path of Fenrir - Those who follow this path must incorporate themselves to the dark gods and goddesses, follow the Shadow and Shadow Norse Tradition, and become pure by its ritual beliefs.
Path of Brother Wolf - Those who follow this path follow the path of healing, herb lore, and practice the healing rituals of the Native American culture.
Path of Shenobu - Those who follow this path follow the path of nature, practice the fertility rites of the Faery and embrace the teachings of Shinto.
Those who follow the Shadow Wolf Tradition follow two sets of ethics. One is the Vow of the Wolf and the other is the Vow of the Theignhood (These two passages will be showed in their entirety in a later chapter). These two sets of ethics help the followers of this path in their lives and their dealings with others. The ideal Wolven is self-assured, calm, strong, foresighted, and quick-thinking. They must always work toward peace and harmony with their community. Most of the people who follow this path are in law enforcement, the military and other similar fields of employment.