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…]

Wayfaring Woman: A Ritual in Honor of Odin and the Valkyries

We are in a period of intense and tense struggle. There are many battles behind us and many more in front of us. These trying times have brought Odin more and more to forefront of my awareness. I hear him whispering of action and courage. [Read more…]

Wyrd Words: Orlando, Islam, and Glass Houses

Most of America woke up to some pretty disturbing news this morning. At 2 am. a shooter opened fire inside Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando Florida. In what has become the largest mass shooting in American history, over fifty people were killed with fifty more injured and receiving medical attention. I would love to think [Read More…]

Happily Heathen: Beauty, Sex, and Sexuality in the Viking Age

Religious and spiritual beliefs to not happen in a vacuum; they are always influences by how the culture in which they are grown. As a devotee of Freya and Freyr, for me this meant breaking away from my modern Western understanding of sex, love, and sexuality and digging into how the Vikings viewed these concepts instead. [Read more…]

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…]