Wyrd Words: What is Valhalla, and Who Goes There?

Many aspects in our tradition end up getting oversimplified into easy to swallow ‘Christianized’ binaries. This is most evident in the modern concept of Valhalla. [Read more…]

Outside the Circle: Dark Spirits of Lammas

The Witches of the past learned their magic from the fairies, meeting them in the woodlands and fairy mounds that ordinary people avoided. Given herbs, potions, and the secrets of the Craft. In the woodlands, following a path deep into the heart of the greenwood. [Read more…]

Happily Heathen: Know Your Lore – Deconstructing the Brisingamen Myth

To many modern Heathens, Brisingamen is Freya’s beautiful necklace, made of gold or amber or gemstones, and gifted to her by four crafty dwarves. Her necklace is to the Lady as Thor’s Hammer is to the Thunderer. The story of how Freya won Brisingamen has been told and retold many times, but there are some details that modern retellings have left out. Would you like to know more? [Read more…]

The Sorcerer’s Art: A Portrait in Colors

At the turn of the century witchcraft and sorcery was as alive and well as it is today. And one of the most compelling forms it takes, is in coloured portraits of devils, fairies and spirits drawn by sorcerous women channelling visions. [Read more…]

Happily Heathen: Beauty, Sex, and Sexuality in the Viking Age

Religious and spiritual beliefs to not happen in a vacuum; they are always influences by how the culture in which they are grown. As a devotee of Freya and Freyr, for me this meant breaking away from my modern Western understanding of sex, love, and sexuality and digging into how the Vikings viewed these concepts instead. [Read more…]

Happily Heathen: Know Your Lore — The Poetic Edda

As a new Heathen, people are often told to read “the sagas and the Eddas.” However, this can be a bit overwhelming to those unfamiliar with Old Norse spelling and pronunciation. This situation is further worsened by the somewhat stilted, archaic-sounding translations of the key texts. So what’s a newbie Heathen to do? [Read more…]

Star Made Witch: Walpurgis Night

The eve of May is also called Walspurgis Night (from Walspurgisnact in German and Dutch) and Hexennact or Witches Night. According to various folktales witches fly to buck mountains and have a dance party around bonfires on the peaks. The next day, May Day (or Beltane) signals the beginning of summer, therefore, May Eve is the last night of Winter’s influence. [Read more…]

Wyrd Words: Vikings in the New World

There’s been quite a buzz going about the Heathen community about the three “newly discovered” Viking sites in Canada. Already there have been some pretty wild claims and suppositions made by people who are understandably excited by these discoveries, but it’s important to keep the facts in mind. [Read more…]

Star Made Witch: Witchcraft and the Grimoire Tradition

A grimoire is a magical book with rituals for contacting spirits, spells, divination and associated lore. Magic books and witches have a long traditional association. In folklore and witch trial records we read that the Man in Black presented to new witches at their first sabbat ritual a big book in which to sign their names. There are any number of famous Black Books, books of planets, and medieval grimoires mentioned in witch trial records and wise-folk trial pamphlets, news articles, folk song and lore. [Read more…]

The Rantin’ Raven: Telling Our Stories

If you’re a member of any kind of linage, formal or informal, please ask more questions of those who’ve preceded you. How did this get in our Lore? What does it mean? How did you, dear teacher, get involved in all this, and why, and what was it like then? Who did you know and what were they like? Any idea they are now? [Read more…]


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