Happily Heathen: Offerings For The Gods – Part One – The Vanir

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As a practicing Heathen, a key cornerstone of my spiritual practice is the offering of gifts. The Havamal has a lot to say about gift giving and fostering reciprocal relationships. Though in the Havamal Odin focuses more on building relationships between humans, I think the same advice can be applied equally well to our relationships with the Gods. [Read more...]

Wyrd Words: Is Heathenry Incomplete?

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Greetings, and welcome back to Wyrd Words. Keeping the Thor in Thursdays, every other week here on Agora! A recent article by Dagulf Loptson called “What is Heathenry Missing?” addressed a topic I’ve been hearing a lot recently in online Heathen circles. Dagulf expressed a common complaint that Heathenry lacks any kind of unbroken chain of tradition. He [Read More...]

Birthing Hereditary Witchcraft: To Santa Claus or Not to Santa Claus? – Evidently that is the Question!

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“I told her, mommy,” he says with complete exasperation, “Santa Claus was just God dressed up like the Holly King who is a God. Didn’t she know that all gods were one god anyway so no one was going to hell because everyone believed in God in their own way?”

“What did she say to that, honey?”

“She stomped her feet and screamed and ran away,” he said. [Read more...]

Making Light: My Little Pony on My Little Altar

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Never mind that the unicorns described by Ancient Greeks were actually rhinoceroses, “unicorn horn” was often narwhal, or that in Greece in the 5th century BCE “unicorn=purity” may not have been a thing. That’s not relevant. That connection was there in my brain before I even knew that I’d be following a Hellenic path. This wee smidge of syncretism is more about my very own brains and the experiences and knowledge tangled up in there than it is about “what the Ancient Greeks did.” [Read more...]

Birthing Hereditary Witchcraft: Pagan Parenting – Terrorism, World Violence and Ritual

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Violence that has shredded this world has an uncanny way of effecting children. As parents we have several options open to us. [Read more...]

Happily Heathen: How I Learned To Work With My Ancestors

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Despite being a longtime Heathen, I had never really settled into a satisfying ancestor practice. Now I enjoy my growing relationship with Them and talk to them daily. Thank goodness, because how else would I ever get a good parking spot? [Read more...]

Irish-American Witchcraft: Pagan Events and Special Needs Children (or Adults)

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If we, as modern pagans, want to be truly inclusive in our public rituals then we need to stop thinking that inclusive means crafting the ideal experience for able-bodied, contemplative adults. We need to start thinking of ourselves as the diverse group that we are. [Read more...]


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