Heathen Woman: Spirituality in Heathenry

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

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

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…]

Heathen Woman: Putting the Best Foot Forward

When we’ve violated our own principles, either consciously or even inadvertently, we become directly responsible for restoring our honor the best we can. This requires an honest objectivity, self-awareness, and willingness to make any necessary amends. [Read more…]

Heathen Woman: Hidden Agendas in Heathenry

The heart of a warrior does not lie in inciting conflict, but rather in determining when action is necessary to restore honor and stability. That is the difference between working for a cause in logical way versus responding to one based on pure emotion. We need to beware hidden agendas when our communities are swept up emotionally in a cause. [Read more…]

Heathen Woman: We Are Our Deeds

“We are our deeds.” How many times have you seen those words passed around in heathen circles? They are a reminder to be mindful of where we put our time and energy. Heathens talk a lot about honor, character, and wisdom and recognizing that we are, in fact, what we commit ourselves to. Those commitments are a direct reflection of how well we respect ourselves. [Read more…]

Heathen Woman: A Season for Living

Without the reality of hard lessons, we would not be able to appreciate the wisdom needed to walk a spiritual path. In other words, there must be winter; there cannot always be flowers and warmth. The rune of the Elder Futhark known as “Ing” personifies this very concept. [Read more…]

Heathen Woman: The Sacrifice

The most important sacrifice that we can make is one of our most valued possessions – time. [Read more…]

Heathen Woman: Finding Our Voices

Opinions with an air of expertise can lead a person to feel that their own input isn’t valued or heard. However, fresh takes on otherwise repeated debates can not only increase our critical thinking related to heathenry, but they can keep our minds open to receiving new insights and lessons. If we allow our voices to be quashed before we even speak, then we do a disservice to ourselves and our community. [Read more…]

Heathen Woman: The Reality of Odin

In addition to being a war chief and considered king, Odin was also a leader, the harnesser of runes, a spiritual guide, and a traveler. Visualizing Odin as a multi-layered deity is the first step in forming a deeper connection to him. [Read more…]


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