Adventures in Wortcunning: Speaking of Ancestors

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As my daughter entered labor many miles from me, I stopped my daily routine to sit in meditation, lending her a bit of strength and sending her my love. I knew also when to rise again and resume my day, when all was well again in their little family. And during this time I sent strength to mother and child, and also felt behind me the added love and energy of the ancestors, watching and praying with us. [Read more...]

The Lady’s Quill: The Three Kindreds and My Polytheist Theology

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In modern Druidry we often speak of the Kindreds: the Ancestors, the Nature Spirits, and the Shining Ones. What do these classifications mean? Read more to find out, and to discover how they mesh with one person’s polytheist theology. [Read more...]

Happily Heathen: The Blot’s the Thing

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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 Lady’s Quill: Queer and Trans Identities and Pagan Mythology

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Trying to shoehorn figures from our mythologies into modern concepts of identity can be harmful and problematic. Why is this, and what can we do about it? [Read more...]

The Cartomancer: Personality Test

Marseille Tarot, reconstructed by Wilfried Houdoin, Millenium Edition (Photo: Camelia Elias)

How often do we pose these questions to ourselves: What do I know about myself that others also know? What is hidden? What do I know about myself, but would rather keep a secret? What do others know about me, which I, however, am unable to recognize? [Read more...]

Heathen Woman: Reconstructing Heathen Rites

Heather O'Brien

We can read and study, but until rites and practices are integrated into real world living, they remain only words on someone else’s page. [Read more...]

Ancestor Remembrance Project: Blood and Spirit

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Family and ancestry are not limited by blood; the choices we make link us to traditions and generations, in spirit and in action. Although my direct knowledge of my bloodline is confined to those family members I’ve known in my lifetime, I’ve embraced the idea that my connections run as deep as time. This week, as we approach Halloween, I’m taking time to honor both my direct and spiritual ancestors; blood calls to blood, but heart and spirit form lasting bonds, too. I honor those who came before: I name them family. [Read more...]


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