Supernatural beings not disturbed by new pagan temple
High Chieftain Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson says that construction of the hof is well under way and that it will be ready in Spring 2017. Photo: Kristinn Ingvarsson
Construction is well underway for the first main hof, or temple, of the Ásatrú religion in a thousand years. The temple will be ready in spring 2017.
The Golden ratio and sacred geometry play a part in the design of the temple. Design: Magnús Jensson
The new temple will be situated in the beautiful woodlands in Öskjuhlíð, a hill in Reykjavik where The Pearl is located, and is designed by architect Magnús Jensson. It is built around the path of the sun around the earth‘s mantle and the holy numbers of 9 and 432,000 are used in the design. The Golden ratio and sacred geometry play a part in the temple‘s design, just as they do in many of the worlds religious buildings.
Originally the temple was supposed to be ready in the late summer of 2016 but Hilmarsson sayst that the new date is more realistic. "Everything has gone extremely well. The supernatural beings are on our team, as we gave them copious amounts of súrmjólk (sourmilk) and beer. We were sensitive to their needs and they seem to be happy." Hilmarsson is excited about the new temple. The last main hof of the reliigion was burned down in Uppsala, Sweden in the year 1070.
Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson conducting an Ásatrú ceremony in Öskjuhlíð at the temple site during the solar eclipse this spring. Photo: Mbl.is
An increasing amount of people are joining the Ásatrú society in Iceland. "We're surprised every year at how many new members we have. There's a particular increase in members from North and East Iceland.
Notably, a new hof was built in North Iceland recently, Ásheimar, located at the Efri -Ás farm in Skagafjörður, North Iceland.