- Religion and Philosophy
Pagan/Wiccan Gods & Goddesses: Thor, God of Thunder
Who is the god Thor?
Thor has become an increasingly popular person here lately with the recent installment of the Marvel universe's film and comic book franchise. But who really is Thor? Was he a real person? Do people really believe that he is real?
The answer for these questions is yes. Some people believe that Thor is a real deity. Most people who believe in Thor, as well as the other Norse gods, are Pagans who refer to their religion as Asatru.
Thor has been around for centuries. The most noted time of his rise to popularity can be found during the Viking age. Many vikings and people of Norse decent, would wear an amulet of Thor's hammer Mjolnir. Many Pagans can be seen wearing some sort of symbol of Thor's hammer today.
According to Norse mythology, Thor is the son of Odin. He is described as wielding his massive hammer and donning a massive red beard and hair. He rides on a chariot drawn by two goats. He has several lovers and children and appears to be loved by all. It is foretold that he will die during Ragnarök when he kills the serpent Jörmungandr.
Books on Asatru, Norse Paganism
Some of my Other Hubs on Pagan Deities
- Pagan Deities: Freyja
An introductory hub on the Norse goddess Freyja (Freya). In this hub you can find basic information on the goddess, symbols associated with her, and how to revere her as a Pagan.
- Pagan Deities: Aglaia
An introduction to the Greek goddess Agalia and tips on how to revere her as a patron goddess for people of the Pagan religion.
- Pagan Deities: Our Lady of Guadalupe
An introduction to the Mexican goddess Our Lady of Guadalupe and tips on how to revere her as a patron goddess for people of the Pagan religion.
Books About Thor
Symbols Associated with Thor
- Oak Trees
- Thursday (Thor's Day)
Pagan Worship of Thor
Pagan worship of Thor varies from person to person. However, one of the most consistent things I've been able to find amongst people who have Thor as their patron is that they all like to worship him during a thunderstorm. To me, this has to be an absolutely exhilarating time to worship ones deity. Storms always excite me in a way that no other event outside in nature really does.
If you want to worship Thor during a storm, simply watch the rain and the lightning. Hear the thunder roaring. You will know that he is there, simply by using your senses.
For your alter, you can use the wood from an oak tree, or perhaps a small hammer, as a symbol of your worship of Thor. If you have children, Thursday is considered "Thor's" day. Design a special activity for them on Thursdays to teach your children about your deity.