Heathen Woman: The Reality of Odin

Odin, the All-Father of Nordic gods by Carl Emil Doepler. Image via Wikimedia Commons. Public domain.

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

Heather O'Brien

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?

Old Irish Hearth, Lough Doolin, C. Clare (1935). Public domain image.

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

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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...]

Yes, and Gods, part 1 (with Cicero)

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Recently a discussion of the nature of the Gods and how Pagans relate to them has broken out. The Pagans of antiquity had strangely similar debates; Cicero, for instance, states that there’s such a wide variety of opinion on the subject “even among the wisest” that it’s hardly surprising that people are confused. [Read more...]

Heathen Woman: The Faces of Frigg

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We learn from Frigg that there is strength in maintaining our home, caring for loved ones, and building our lives in a way that reflects dignity and honor. [Read more...]

Heathen Woman: Walking With Odin

Odin Disguised as a Traveller

My own path is dedicated to taking my commitment and what I’ve learned as far as I’m able, in the hopes that when I stand before the counsel one day at the end of my life, Odin will have seen enough to let him know that I kept my oath to him and to the values that my faith holds sacred. Sometimes we dance, sometimes we walk, sometimes I argue — but Odin is with me and I with him. [Read more...]


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