Irish-American Witchcraft: Álfatrú – Believing in the Hidden Folk

Labels are always a fun game to play in Paganism, Polytheism, Heathenry, what-have-you. Within the context of Heathenry I have toyed for a couple years now with the label of Álfatrú for myself as a more precise descriptor of my belief system [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…]

Happily Heathen: Freyr Isn’t Going to Bless those PopTarts

Today I was preserving some peaches I received from a local farmer, and it occurred to me that most people really aren’t in touch with their food. Oh sure, you go to the grocery store and buy stuff. Maybe you plant a small garden, if you have the space, but many people don’t. So, you buy your food from who knows where, and pray to Freyr that maybe he’ll accept your thanks. [Read more…]

Happily Heathen: Receiving The Blessings

Blessings can take many forms and come from many places. Make sure to claim your share of the blessings by actively participating in this exchange between us and the Heathen powers that be. [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…]

Happily Heathen: Healing Old Wounds at a New Ancestor’s Grave

Families aren’t perfect. Not everyone in a family likes or agrees with one another, and everyone has at least one relative who has actively harmed the family in some way. However, we’re Heathens. Ancestor veneration is a key part of our spiritual practice. So how do we honor ancestors who have hurt us? [Read more…]

Irish-American Witchcraft: Book Review – Runes Plain and Simple

Runes Plain and Simple by Kim Farnell isn’t a new book — its a 2016 reprint of a 2006 book previously titled Simply Runes. It’s a mixed bag, with some good sections and some less so. [Read more…]

Happily Heathen: Know Your Lore – Deconstructing the Brisingamen Myth

To many modern Heathens, Brisingamen is Freya’s beautiful necklace, made of gold or amber or gemstones, and gifted to her by four crafty dwarves. Her necklace is to the Lady as Thor’s Hammer is to the Thunderer. The story of how Freya won Brisingamen has been told and retold many times, but there are some details that modern retellings have left out. Would you like to know more? [Read more…]

A Lakeside Hearth: Thinking about the Future

I’ve seen this scenario play out on internet forums a few times now. A Pagan parent comes online and asks for advice, because their child is being proselytized by a schoolmate or authority figure. Many parents today take a “My child will find their way when they’re older” narrative to heart. But, by not welcoming our children fully into our beliefs, we leave them easy prey for the religious forces of society at large. [Read more…]