A Lakeside Hearth: Looking Inwards

There are numerous conflicts in modern Pagan practices. When they do spill over, the conversation around them ranges from intelligent discourse to vitriolic demagoguery. Then, the topics that cause the worst blow-ups are banned from discussion and a kind of artificial peace is established; a façade of peace over a temporarily calmed sea of strong opinions, sectarianism, and conflicting ideologies. [Read more…]

Happily Heathen: Know Your Lore — The Poetic Edda

As a new Heathen, people are often told to read “the sagas and the Eddas.” However, this can be a bit overwhelming to those unfamiliar with Old Norse spelling and pronunciation. This situation is further worsened by the somewhat stilted, archaic-sounding translations of the key texts. So what’s a newbie Heathen to do? [Read more…]

Wyrd Words: It’s The Simple Things

Sometimes we need to set aside the heavier burdens of deep philosophical questioning and social psychology, just for the briefest of moments, so that we can look at our community with fresh eyes once again, and rediscover our sense of wonder in the world. [Read more…]

Happily Heathen: Food for Thought – Heathen Polytheist Theology

Heathen theology is still relatively young. What are the questions it should address? What would you want to know about the nature of deity and how to act in a way that honors one’s self, one’s ancestors, and the Gods? [Read more…]

Wyrd Words: Vikings in the New World

There’s been quite a buzz going about the Heathen community about the three “newly discovered” Viking sites in Canada. Already there have been some pretty wild claims and suppositions made by people who are understandably excited by these discoveries, but it’s important to keep the facts in mind. [Read more…]

Happily Heathen – The Cat Story; or, Why it’s good to be very specific when asking your Goddess for a favor

You may know what you think that you want when you make a wish, but the Gods might give you what you need, instead. [Read more…]

Happily Heathen: Keep Your Virtues Out Of My Heathenry

When Heathens turn ideals into a weapon to tear down other Heathens, we’re being just as bad as the fundamentalist Christians. Do we even need to base our ethics on religion? [Read more…]

Happily Heathen: Heathen Polytheism – A Deity Dedication Contract

Deities are large, complex beings with agendas, motivations, personalities, needs, and wants. If you are thinking of dedicating yourself to one, ask yourself a few questions first. [Read more…]

The Lady’s Quill: Religious Virtues and Gods

The Gods that I honor most are the ones whose actions I most admire. So while I don’t believe in codifying them for other people, as my Pagan practice has evolved and changed over time, I’ve learned to look to my Gods for inspiration in ways to behave. [Read more…]

Wyrd Words: Why I’m tired of Heathenry’s F.U. Debate

Greetings, and welcome back to Wyrd Words. Keeping the Thor in Thursdays, every other week here on Agora! Some of you may have noticed that my blog was curiously silent for the past month. Believe it or not, the reason I didn’t get a single thing posted in February is because I’ve been working on everything [Read More…]


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