About Alyxander Folmer

Alyxander Folmer is a student of Anthropology at ASU, focused on analyzing and building religious communities. He is a devoted Heathen, and married to a Rabbi in training. Interest in Pagan interfaith relations lead him to join the committee for the formation of the Pagan Chapter at the Foundation for Religious Diplomacy, where he hopes to utilize his training in community building and cultural exchange. The majority of his work can be located at http://www.heathenhof.com/

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I love the old legends, and find inspiration in the stories of the gods. However, it’s the VALUES of Heathenry that really mean the most in my every day life. My marriage functions because those are values my wife and I share, if for entirely different reasons. [Read more...]

Wyrd Words: Grief and Renewal

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Greetings, and welcome back to Wyrd Words. Keeping the Thor in Thursdays, here on Agora! AAAAAAND WE’RE BACK! Good gods what a month! It has just been a non stop rush from one chaotic bit of madness to the next! Seriously! We had a bunch of THIS   Followed by one of THESE! And then [Read More...]

Wyrd Words: Life Has a Way of Happening…

Greetings, and welcome back to Wyrd Words. Keeping the Thor in Thursdays, every other week here on Agora! Or at least we WOULD be every other week if life had not become a fabulous cacophony of madness! Many of my usual readers have been asking why Wyrd Words hasn’t been posting regularly, and when we [Read More...]

Wyrd Words: Heathen Leadership

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We have a glut of ‘priests’ and not enough accountants. So many teachers, and so few administrators. So many brilliant ideas, and almost no financiers.

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Wyrd Words: Tragedy in Mesa

Yesterday afternoon, less than two miles away from my own home, five people were wounded and a sixth was killed. The shooting occurred at the East Valley Institute of Technology (which I used to attend), and the suspect was captured just over four hours later. His name is Ryan Elliot Giroux. [Read more...]

Wyrd Words: Pagan Life Lessons – Adaptability

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Our community can be very opinionated. Everybody who has ever bothered to peruse the Pagan Blogosphere (or seen more than two Pagans try to have a conversation) knows that our community is constantly arguing with itself. In matters of religion, it’s easy to become stuck in a specific line of thinking. When someone calls into question an idea which we hold dear, it’s normal to feel defensive. That’s perfectly natural (and completely understandable), but it’s important to know how to choose our battles. The knee-jerk reaction that causes us to shut down and play defense can also keep us from taking in important new information. [Read more...]

Wyrd Words: Pagan Life Lessons – Strength

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Today we will be continuing with part 3 of our newest series: “Pagan Life Lessons”. The Lore teaches us that the value of “strength” is not simply a matter of shrugging off our problems. I believe that same virtue can help us become better people by teaching us what to DO with our most difficult experiences. [Read more...]


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