Heathen Woman: A Season for Living

Without the reality of hard lessons, we would not be able to appreciate the wisdom needed to walk a spiritual path. In other words, there must be winter; there cannot always be flowers and warmth. The rune of the Elder Futhark known as “Ing” personifies this very concept. [Read more…]

Druid Thoughts: What Do We Hope to Build?

I wonder how many of us will find our Paganism is robust enough to survive the devastating future human stupidity is likely to create. How many of us will be able to walk our talk when our lives depend much more on our choices? Will we manage to be true to our values in crisis, or is it going to get decidedly Lord of the Flies out there? Or can we do enough, now, to avert ecological disaster? [Read more…]

Making Light: Zeus

If ever there was a strong masculine father figure, he’s it. If you’re a Pagan who is coming to a Paganism via the goddess movement or converting from a faith or practice that is strongly patriarchical with a desire to seek the divine feminine, Zeus is not your go-to god. [Read more…]

Heathen Woman: The Sacrifice

The most important sacrifice that we can make is one of our most valued possessions – time. [Read more…]

Heathen Woman: Finding Our Voices

Opinions with an air of expertise can lead a person to feel that their own input isn’t valued or heard. However, fresh takes on otherwise repeated debates can not only increase our critical thinking related to heathenry, but they can keep our minds open to receiving new insights and lessons. If we allow our voices to be quashed before we even speak, then we do a disservice to ourselves and our community. [Read more…]

Making Light: Dionysos

The Theoi are complex, and Dionysos is much more than the “party god” he has a reputation of being. He is certainly present during revelry, but his presence extends much farther than simple drunken enjoyment. [Read more…]

Heathen Woman: The Reality of Odin

In addition to being a war chief and considered king, Odin was also a leader, the harnesser of runes, a spiritual guide, and a traveler. Visualizing Odin as a multi-layered deity is the first step in forming a deeper connection to him. [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…]

Druid Thoughts: Paganism – Indoors or Outside?

Paganism, to our ancestors, did not mean exclusively nature. It meant a blending of human concerns and natural powers: Gods of war and wisdom, of poetry and politics. [Read more…]

Yes, and Gods, Part 2: To Be Human Is To Be Divine, But Not Necessarily Vice Versa

When I say that ritual is sometimes too focused on the people involved (and people, period) to its detriment, I am not talking about disdain for humanity. I’m more talking about the fact that we live in a speaking, complex, multilayered world, vast and mysterious. And as fascinating as human beings are, we are only a tiny tiny fraction of it. [Read more…]