About Heather O'Brien

Heather O’Brien is an interfaith clergy member and Founder of Women of Asatru. She writes and speaks on heathen related topics pertaining to heathen reconstruction, Norse mythology, and European folk lore.

Heather has been studying Germanic tribal reconstruction and Celto-Germanic mythology for over fifteen years, and is in the process of writing a book that focuses on supporting and encouraging heathen women. She has also written for columns pertaining to organic homesteading.

Heathen Woman: Reconstructing Heathen Rites

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We can read and study, but until rites and practices are integrated into real world living, they remain only words on someone else’s page. [Read more...]

Heathen Woman: Becoming Heathen

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For me, part of “becoming heathen” meant to be dedicated to learning, to be willing to earn my worth, and to only offer personal information to those who have a vested interest within my inneryard. [Read more...]

Celebrating Heathen Women: Then and Now

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Honoring the dísir (female ancestors) is an important part of modern heathen ritual. What do we know about ancient heathen women, and how can we apply that knowledge to our practice today? [Read more...]

Heathen Woman: Honoring Our Ancestors, Part Two

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Why should I honor the ancestors I knew personally instead of reaching far back into my heathen ancestry? Why not call on a past hero or even a king? My most recently deceased ancestors knew my flaws and gifts, and I knew theirs. We have a special bond. [Read more...]

Heathen Woman: Raising Heathen Children

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I didn’t want my children to feel different. I wanted them to automatically feel enlightened, connected spiritually, and to be proud of the folk stories and traditions that we shared as a family. Yet sometimes it is what sets us apart that allows us to appreciate both commonalities and uniqueness. [Read more...]

Heathen Woman: The Concept of Community

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When I am engaging in group dialogue, I do not see a “heathen community” but rather individuals who may be similarly invested in learning about heathenry. Referring to a stranger as “brother” or “sister,” or using “our heathen community” to imply that someone I do not personally know is accountable for me, devalues the meaning of these words [Read more...]

Heathen Woman: Honoring Our Ancestors

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When I moved to a rural homestead, it was with the intent that I would return to the ways of my great-grandparents. I quickly learned that there is a whole lot more to honoring my ancestors and the land then relying on my good intentions. [Read more...]


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