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

a woman facing away from the camera with her arms raised

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

Freya and Freyr / Igor Ozhiganov

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

young woman opening curtains in a bedroom

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

Ritual accoutremont for a small blot / Cara Freyasdaughter

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

Image by Shauna Aura Knight

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

Heather O'Brien

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

Eiríksstaðir - Wikingerschild. Image by Wolfgang Sauber via Wikimedia Commons. (CC BY-SA 3.0)

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...]