It all started when...
I’m seeing some folks get a bit freaky about anything Runic or Norse Pagan in light of the use of some runic and Norse symbols used by white nationalists, neo-Nazi’s, and the like. I’d like to put this out there, as someone who offers quite a lot of Norse and runic talismans.
First, there are a large number of people who work with the runes, either for divination, magic, or both, with no religious attachments to the symbols whatsoever.
Second, there are also a large number people who work with Northern European gods & spirits with no formal religious structure (or any at all, working with them as spirits, rather than as gods and followers).
Third, there are a large number of people who actually practice various forms of a modern Norse Pagan religion called Asatru. There are also a lot of Norse Wiccan groups.
Very few of these people are in anyway interested in any kind of nationalism or fascist, racist, gender or gender identity ideologies.
A good number of these people are non-Europeans. The spirits call who they will!
Here’s a single page of a very large number of just the actual Asatru religionists who have come out totally against this kind of ideology in response to the statements made by another group last year (at least I think it was last year!): http://www.declaration127.com
As for myself, I’m not religious, but have been working with the runes and have an association with Woden/Odin that goes back 30+ years. I’m also definitely on the genetic shit list of anyone with racist/white nationalist leanings. So if that whole white nationalist thing is your bag, you probably don't want me making your jewelry. It's all tainted and shit.
Aidan Wachter, 2017