Adventures in Wortcunning: Stiffening Resolve

This means only saying words to myself that I intend to be true. No use promising a metaphorical trip to the zoo each weekend if that is factually impossible. It is likely, being well-adjusted people, we have forgiven our parents and others we trusted for shattering this innocence of belief as children. “They’re only human,” we learn to say. “No one can be perfect all the time…” [Read more…]

The Lady’s Quill: Paganism, Theism, and Belief

How do we determine if someone is Pagan? Do they join our events and participate in our communities? Do they support our rights to practice and believe as we think that Pagans should? Then I’ll say that they are Pagan. [Read more…]

Happily Heathen: The Positives and Negatives of Dedicating to a Deity

I am dedicated to the Vanic Goddess Freya and consider myself Her daughter. When I first started working for her, I was full of zeal and love for Her and I couldn’t really figure out why everyone did not want to honor Her and devote themselves to Her. Now that I have a solid devotional relationship with Her for a couple of years, however, my rosy cloud has passed. I have to admit that there are also some negatives to being dedicated to a deity. [Read more…]

The Rantin’ Raven: Faith, Hope, and Clarity

Having certainty doesn’t mean that we don’t need faith. It means we don’t need blind faith, the kind that places our lives and the responsibility for our own spiritual fate in another’s hands. And, it is in this sense, I believe, that the “certainty, not faith” statement was included in the foundations of the Craft, short as it was otherwise on statements of belief. [Read more…]

Happily Heathen: My Journey to Devotional Polytheism

The path I took from Christianity to Devotional Polytheism was guided by a need for direct interaction with deity and a desire to connect more with my ancestry. Heathenry gave me both. #WhyIAmHappilyHeathen [Read more…]

Seeking the Grail: Beneath the Surface of Faith

In my own path of spiritual seeking, I frequently reflect on my religion, my spirituality. I think about the mysteries beneath the surface of the world, and about the things that I don’t know…that I can’t know…but that doesn’t stop me from wondering. And I occasionally wonder what drew me to this particular spiritual path in the first place. [Read more…]

Heathen Woman: Patron Gods and the Pledging of Ourselves

There has been a lot of discussion lately about choosing a patron god in heathenry and whether doing so is of spiritual importance. Personally, I think: to each their own. Spirituality, after all, is individualistic. If, however, the decision to choose a patron comes at the expense of excluding the other gods, then it becomes a practice that ignores the premise behind a polytheistic faith. [Read more…]

Heathen Woman: Hidden Agendas in Heathenry

The heart of a warrior does not lie in inciting conflict, but rather in determining when action is necessary to restore honor and stability. That is the difference between working for a cause in logical way versus responding to one based on pure emotion. We need to beware hidden agendas when our communities are swept up emotionally in a cause. [Read more…]

Heathen Woman: We Are Our Deeds

“We are our deeds.” How many times have you seen those words passed around in heathen circles? They are a reminder to be mindful of where we put our time and energy. Heathens talk a lot about honor, character, and wisdom and recognizing that we are, in fact, what we commit ourselves to. Those commitments are a direct reflection of how well we respect ourselves. [Read more…]

Heathen Woman: Moving Ahead

Seek Thor in the great oak, Odin in the inner reflection, Freyja in the blooming of the spring flowers, Sif in the joy of a harvest of crops that you’ve grown. It is in mindful and deliberate living that we step out of the history books and create the path that we walk. [Read more…]