About Cara Freyasdaughter

Cara Freyasdaughter is a devotional polytheist dedicated to Freya and Freyr who works within a reconstructed-ish Heathen tradition. An on-and-off-again member of The Troth and ADF since she became Heathen in 1999, she blogs regularly about her experiences at on Huginn's Heathen Hof as "Modern Heathenry". She also blogs about polytheist matters at A Community of Gods Surround Me. A veteran of several Bay Area Heathen groups and the organizer of the Freyja’s Aett ritual group, she now leads Heathen classes and events in Northern Illinois. Happily Heathen is published on the second and fourth Fridays on the Agora.

Farewell, ‘Till we Meet Again

A few words of advice and inspiration for my fellow Heathens, before I go: only YOU can do Heathenry the way you need to do it. [Read more…]

Happily Heathen: Heathen Events at PantheaCon 2017

Convention season has started, an the first one up is PantheaCon, the largest indoor pan-Pagan convention in the world, held every February in San Jose, CA. [Read more…]

Happily Heathen: The Aftereffects of Meeting a Goddess

People who don’t love themselves are unprepared for a meeting with Freya. If given chance, She will let them see themselves the way that She sees them. [Read more…]

Happily Heathen: Missing Your Gods? Maybe You’ve Left Them

If I have lost my connection to my gods—or if I just feel I’ve lost that connection—it may not be They who’ve walked away; it could be the other way around. [Read more…]

Happily Heathen: The Blot’s the Thing

In preparing for a class, I made a last-minute decision to include a short generic blot at the end. [Read more…]

Happily Heathen: Know Your Lore – Why Freyr Won Gerd

Freyr is married to the jotun maiden Gerd, but do you know how or why. It’s a shocking story, but a good one to know. [Read more…]

Happily Heathen: The Generosity of the Vanir Gods

All of the Norse Gods are gift-givers, but the Vanir Gods really shine in this area; being generous is what they do best. If we have received any blessings from Them (or would like to receive Their blessings), it is best that we give back in turn. A gift always begets a gift. [Read more…]

Happily Heathen: The All Gods Event

The All Gods Event is a ritual I created a few years ago when I was involved in a lot of intrafaith work in the Bay Area. I felt then, as I do now, that politics being what it is, it is even more important for us to pull together and support each other, because the upcoming political regime will not. [Read more…]

Happily Heathen: Winternights — The Heathen Samhain?

Winternights is one of my favorite holidays. I love when summer finally gives way to Autumn—the smell of the dying leaves, harvesting the last fruits, starting to hunker down for the winter. To me, it is a natural time to start pulling inward and focus on family, hearth, and home. But is it the Norse version of Samhain? No, it is not. [Read more…]

Happily Heathen: My Heathenry

The recent discussions around definition and limitations in Heathenry got me thinking about my own version of Heathenry. Last fall I wrote about why I love Heathenry and what is the heart of Heathenry. So, let me wrap it up and tell you a bit about what is my Heathenry. [Read more…]