Heathen Woman: Reconstructing Heathen Rites

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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

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

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…]


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