Wyrd Words: The Real Story Behind ‘Camp Courage’ And The AFA

Many Heathens awoke on the morning of September 2nd to the news that the Asatru Folk Assembly’s “Midwest Fallfest” had been kicked out of the camp that they had booked for the event just days before the event was due to take place. [Read more…]

Lamp & Labyrinth: Who’s Responsible for Speaking Out Against the AFA

Paganism is a Eurocentric thing. Non-european indigenous religions seem to prefer not to be called Pagan, a pejorative word that has been used against them for centuries. If you were to draw a diagram of pagan traditions, organizations, people and movements on which you placed these, prioritizing them by research and scholarship so that groups who value these things fall toward the center; you’d see that those who are getting closest to the moments before Christianity rolled in are the reconstructionists. [Read more…]

Wyrd Words: Did the Vikings Have Totem Animals?

Greetings, and welcome back to Wyrd Words. Keeping the Thor in Thursdays, here on Agora! There’s an interesting debate that I’ve seen drifting about the edges of the Heathen community for years, and (interestingly) it’s one of the only topics that I’ve ever seen debated more often in person than in the general Heathen “Blog’o’sphere”. Did [Read More…]

A Lakeside Hearth: Organized or Independent?

No matter what you do in Heathenry, you’re doing it wrong. Heathen practice is wide and varied, and in many ways, we’re feeling our way along and trying to figure out what works for us as individuals and as groups. It’s a natural evolution for a religious practice, but it’s not without its struggles and pitfalls. [Read more…]

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…]

Wyrd Words: Orlando, Islam, and Glass Houses

Most of America woke up to some pretty disturbing news this morning. At 2 am. a shooter opened fire inside Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando Florida. In what has become the largest mass shooting in American history, over fifty people were killed with fifty more injured and receiving medical attention. I would love to think [Read More…]

Wyrd Words: Building a Kindred

Greetings, and welcome back to Wyrd Words. Keeping the Thor in Thursdays, every other week here on Agora! Most of you readers here are familiar with my ongoing work over at Huginn’s Heathen Hof, but for those of you who aren’t super active on Facebook let’s just say it’s been a ludicrously busy few weeks! For [Read More…]

Wyrd Words: It’s The Simple Things

Sometimes we need to set aside the heavier burdens of deep philosophical questioning and social psychology, just for the briefest of moments, so that we can look at our community with fresh eyes once again, and rediscover our sense of wonder in the world. [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…]

Wyrd Words: A Reconstructionist Argument For Inclusive Heathenry

Viking Lore makes a pretty clear case; not just for tolerating the existence of others, but for actively learning from them. Welcome to Multiculturalism 101. [Read more…]


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