Heathen Woman: Becoming Heathen

Heather O'Brien

For me, part of “becoming heathen” meant to be dedicated to learning, to be willing to earn my worth, and to only offer personal information to those who have a vested interest within my inneryard. [Read more...]

Celebrating Heathen Women: Then and Now

Dis

Honoring the dísir (female ancestors) is an important part of modern heathen ritual. What do we know about ancient heathen women, and how can we apply that knowledge to our practice today? [Read more...]

Wyrd Words: Viking in the Synagogue

Huginn

I know a lot of interfaith couples struggle to find that “balance.” Where should the lines be drawn? At what point are we allowed to say we simply feel uncomfortable with some pressure that our partner’s faith community is placing on us? How can we participate in that part of our partner’s life, without compromising our own beliefs? [Read more...]

Heathen Woman: Honoring Our Ancestors, Part Two

Heather O'Brien

Why should I honor the ancestors I knew personally instead of reaching far back into my heathen ancestry? Why not call on a past hero or even a king? My most recently deceased ancestors knew my flaws and gifts, and I knew theirs. We have a special bond. [Read more...]

Wyrd Words: 1 Year of Wyrd Words!

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Wyrd Words has now been running for a solid YEAR, and nobody has put an end to our antics yet. We’ve covered a pretty wide variety of topics in this column, and it always fascinating to see which articles go viral for inexplicable reasons. In a way, we can learn about ourselves as a community by exploring which topics seem to generate the most interest. Thus, in the spirit of exploration, I present the top 5 articles of the year! [Read more...]

Heathen Woman: Raising Heathen Children

My daughter.

I didn’t want my children to feel different. I wanted them to automatically feel enlightened, connected spiritually, and to be proud of the folk stories and traditions that we shared as a family. Yet sometimes it is what sets us apart that allows us to appreciate both commonalities and uniqueness. [Read more...]

Heathen Woman: The Concept of Community

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When I am engaging in group dialogue, I do not see a “heathen community” but rather individuals who may be similarly invested in learning about heathenry. Referring to a stranger as “brother” or “sister,” or using “our heathen community” to imply that someone I do not personally know is accountable for me, devalues the meaning of these words [Read more...]


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