Letters From Midgard: Yes, Enough

a series of runes on wooden chips

Another author recently wrote a piece here at Patheos about the future of Heathenry. Steven T. Abell has a different view of Heathenry’s greatest risks. [Read more...]

Happily Heathen: Offerings For The Gods – Part One – The Vanir

state of the altar fully libated banner

As a practicing Heathen, a key cornerstone of my spiritual practice is the offering of gifts. The Havamal has a lot to say about gift giving and fostering reciprocal relationships. Though in the Havamal Odin focuses more on building relationships between humans, I think the same advice can be applied equally well to our relationships with the Gods. [Read more...]

Happily Heathen: The Apples And Oranges Of Heathen Spirituality – Lore or Experience?

"Nuts, Apples & Oranges" by Zeynel Cebeci - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Something that has been coming up a lot for me in my personal musings on spirituality this past year is the disconnect between theory and practice: what one thinks, in theory, a deity should or shouldn’t be doing, and what it is that deity actually does. Scholarship vs. individual experience–who will win?

Answer: If this becomes an either/or battle, no one does. [Read more...]

Happily Heathen: Frithweaving At Yule – A Heathen ADF Ritual For Frigga And Freyr

a traditional yule log with three candles on a table

This year, I had the chance to celebrate Yule in a bigger way than I’ve ever done in the past. I organized an opportunity for the local pagan community to come together to worship as a family in honor of Yule and the Norse deities Frigga and Freyr. Frith was woven; community was served; and the Gods, ancestors and landvaettir were honored. All in all it was a successful ritual, and I’m proud to have helped make it happen. [Read more...]

Happily Heathen: Love Notes from Freya

an envelop with a kiss-mark in lipstick on it

Clergy work comes in all forms. Sometimes it entails emotional one-on-one work with a member of one’s congregation; sometimes it involves ecstatic trancework with one’s deity; sometimes it just means physically tidying up after an event. Here’s an example of a time when clergy work turned in to me asking, “Can I take a message?” [Read more...]

Wyrd Words: Odin’s Greatest Enemy, Depression in a Heathen Context

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  Greetings, and welcome back to Wyrd Words. Keeping the Thor in Thursdays, every other week here on Agora!   I love this community. I love the open tolerance of the broader Pagan umbrella as well as the well-grounded strength and practicality of Heathenry. There’s a reason I’m a still Heathen. It’s far from perfect, but [Read More...]

Happily Heathen: A Prayer Of Thanks For Njord And His Children

"Njörd's desire of the Sea" by W.G. Collingwood (1854 - 1932) - The Elder or Poetic Edda; commonly known as Sæmund's Edda. Edited and translated with introduction and notes by Olive Bray. Illustrated by W.G. Collingwood (1908) Page 271. Digitized by the Internet Archive and available from http://www.archive.org/details/elderorpoeticedd01brayuoft This image was made from the JPEG 2000 image of the relevant page via image processing (crop, rotate, color-levels, mode) with the GIMP by User:Haukurth. The image processing is probably not eligible for copyright but in case it is User:Haukurth releases his modified version into the public domainLicensed under Public Domain via Commons.

Thanksgiving has always been very secular holiday for me, so when it came time to put together a Heathen post for Thanksgiving, I struggled a bit. Eventually I realized that, in my experience, giving thanks for abundance of all kinds falls squarely in Njord’s territory. So in honor of Thanksgiving, I present a prayer of thanks for Njord and HIs children. [Read more...]


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