Wyrd Words: Cultural Appropriation and Pagan Fear


If little Suzy wants to go up onto a mountain top, burn some sage, and try to get in touch with her extremely distant native American roots, that’s one thing. When Little Suzy comes back down from the mountain and claims to be a Hopi spiritual leader, that’s quite another. [Read more...]

Happily Heathen: The Blot’s the Thing

"Vårblot 2010 offergåvor" by Gunnar Creutz - Own work Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

I have recently started an “Intro to Heathenry” class in my hometown. In preparing for the most recent class, I made a last-minute decision to include a blot at the end. As I passed the horn at the class, I had a realization: This is what it is all about. Asatru is a lived religion, full of interaction with each other and the Honored Ones. If we never move beyond the scholarship and into a practiced religion, what is the point of being Heathen? [Read more...]

The Other Side of the Hedge: Animism Isn’t for Us?

A white car with pink eyelashes over its headlamps.

The animistic worldview is the red-headed stepchild of Western pagan worldviews. It finds itself mostly ignored or taken for granted. When it’s not ignored, it doesn’t get a whole lot of respect. There are some pretty good historical reasons for this, mostly having to do with what people think animism is. Whether they’re right or not is a different matter. [Read more...]

The Rantin’ Raven: Who Was Mabon?

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There’s a lot of debate over the name Mabon at the Autumn Equinox, mostly because we don’t know much about the persona behind the name. Quite a few people believe the problem is simply that the myths don’t support the timing at the Autumn Equinox, but I think they do. [Read more...]

Dandelion Seeds: Gaia, The Gangster Earth Mother

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Most of us these days know the name Gaia from James Lovelock’s theory of the same name. Later I will be talking about modern interpretations and thoughts about the earth. For now let us focus on Gaia in her ancient form. [Read more...]

Adventures in Wortcunning: Spelling as Witchery

By Anne Druthers

“I never had any large respect for good spelling. That is my feeling yet. Before the spelling-book came with its arbitrary forms, men unconsciously revealed shades of their characters and also added enlightening shades of expression to what they wrote by their spelling, and so it is possible that the spelling-book has been a doubtful benevolence to us.” ~Mark Twain [Read more...]

Irish-American Witchcraft: Irish Fairies in America

"William Blake - Oberon, Titania and Puck with Fairies Dancing" by William Blake - http://www.bildindex.de ([1]]. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Some people do see the Gods as anchored in one terrestrial space. Others think the fairies are similarly limited to Ireland and historically Celtic lands. This has not been my experience. [Read more...]