Wyrd Words: Pagan Ethics and Odin’s Rites of Hospitality

The ancient Norse and Germanic tribes had a strong ethic of Hospitality. The concept encompassed personal generosity, reciprocity, and even what we today might term “social justice”. By the end of the Viking Era, Hospitality had become a highly ritualized practice and a core part of the their worldview. Thus it’s little surprise that by the time the Hávamál was written, Odin had a LOT to say about these things! [Read more…]

Wyrd Words: What Could Go Wrong?

Corporations are now allowed to claim religious exemptions from federal law. WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG? [Read more…]

Wyrd Words: Pride

I celebrate my ancestors for their legacy, not for the fact that they were white. There is no need for white/male/straight pride celebrations: these groups already have recognition and don’t have to struggle every day just to be recognized as human beings. [Read more…]

Wyrd Words: Practical Advice from the Hávamál (Part 3) – Odin’s Guide to the Internet

I was recently asked how the Lore could possibly have anything to teach us about modern concepts, like the Internet. Believe it or not, Odin’s got quite a bit to say about social media… [Read more…]

Wyrd Words: Pagan Relationships – Building a Lasting Community

In a recent article, I mentioned the relatively short lifespan of many of our kindreds, covens, and groves. I believe that the reason for this can be broken down into three major problems: size, distribution, and (most importantly) the types of relationships we build within our local communities. [Read more…]

Wyrd Words: Faces of Odin – Soldier, Scholar, Skald, and Skeptic

Óðinn, as he is depicted by the Lore, is very complex and multidimensional. To simply label him as a "God of War" is not only an inadequate descriptor, it’s a disservice to the depth of his personality. The Allfather wears many faces, and all of them are important to the Sagas he weaves. [Read more…]

Wyrd Words: Daily Devotions

Devotion can look like fitness, or music, or making chairs, or updating a web page. Don’t try to change your nature to fit a specific model of worship; that just leads to failed resolutions. Instead, choose the model of worship that best suits your nature. [Read more…]

Wyrd Words: Drawing the Line (Revisited)

On Sunday, April 13th, three people were shot and killed in front of the Jewish Community Center of Kansas City. The suspect, 73 year old Frazier Glenn Cross, is an avowed white supremacist, ex KKK leader, and alleged Odinist. A number of groups within the Heathen community have spoken out against this violence. It’s time to take a stand. [Read more…]

Wyrd Words: Drawing The Line – Heathens Against White Supremacists

There is a small segment of the modern Heathen community that co-opts our religion for racist purposes. I refuse to allow them to abuse and dishonor our faith, our community, and our gods. [Read more…]

Wyrd Words: Pagans: IN SPAAACE!!!

Given the environment that the Pagans of 2064 will be working with, I predict that those of us who want to build Pagan institutions will develop a type of “grove culture,” small communities or apartment complexes that support urban gardens and artisan crafts. Some of these may be tradition-specific, others might be more eclectic, but those will likely be the common elements between “groves”. These are two popular trends within our current community which could become valuable commodities within the next 50 years, and these groves could allow for both community and financial security. [Read more…]


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