Heathen Woman: Reconstructing Heathen Rites

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We can read and study, but until rites and practices are integrated into real world living, they remain only words on someone else’s page. [Read more...]

Heathen Woman: Raising Heathen Children

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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...]

Heathen Woman: Frith

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What is frith? It is more than just “courtesy” or “respect”? Do we extend it to those outside our religious communities? What about our online communities? [Read more...]

Heathen Woman: Tips For New Heathens

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For someone who is new to the practices and traditions of heathenry, it can be daunting to figure out to where to start, whom to consult, and which sources will be the most helpful. Below is an abbreviated list of my personal suggestions for new heathens. [Read more...]

Heathen Woman: Spirituality in Heathenry

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If we go through the motions of historically-based practice without actively communing with the gods, we become mere students of anthropology instead of engaged people of heathen beliefs and practice. [Read more...]

Wyrd Words: Pagan Relationships – Building a Lasting Community

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In a recent article, I mentioned the relatively short lifespan of many of our kindreds, covens, and groves. I believe that the reason for this can be broken down into three major problems: size, distribution, and (most importantly) the types of relationships we build within our local communities. [Read more...]


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