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: 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...]

Heathen Woman: Stepping Into Ourselves: An Anthology of Writings on Priestesses (Review)

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Both new and experienced spiritual practitioners can find great benefit from these relatable stories exploring the diverse traits that can define a priestess. STEPPING INTO OURSELVES offers readers a personal way of connecting to this sacred role. [Read more...]

Heathen Woman: Frith

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What is frith? It is more than just “courtesy” or “respect”? Do we extend it to those outside our religious communities? What about our online communities? [Read more...]

Heathen Woman: Tips For New Heathens

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For someone who is new to the practices and traditions of heathenry, it can be daunting to figure out to where to start, whom to consult, and which sources will be the most helpful. Below is an abbreviated list of my personal suggestions for new heathens. [Read more...]

Heathen Woman: Spirituality in Heathenry

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If we go through the motions of historically-based practice without actively communing with the gods, we become mere students of anthropology instead of engaged people of heathen beliefs and practice. [Read more...]

Heathen Woman: Patron Gods and the Pledging of Ourselves

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There has been a lot of discussion lately about choosing a patron god in heathenry and whether doing so is of spiritual importance. Personally, I think: to each their own. Spirituality, after all, is individualistic. If, however, the decision to choose a patron comes at the expense of excluding the other gods, then it becomes a practice that ignores the premise behind a polytheistic faith. [Read more...]

Heathen Woman: Gods of the Common Places

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Let us seek the old gods so that they will not become lost in time and erased by the gods of invention, materialism, politics, and corporate structure. [Read more...]


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