Wyrd Words: Pagan Life Lessons – Strength

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Today we will be continuing with part 3 of our newest series: “Pagan Life Lessons”. The Lore teaches us that the value of “strength” is not simply a matter of shrugging off our problems. I believe that same virtue can help us become better people by teaching us what to DO with our most difficult experiences. [Read more...]

Heathen Woman: Reconstructing Heathen Rites

Heather O'Brien

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

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

Fyrkat hus stor. Image by Malene Thyssen, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Malene . (CC BY-SA 2.5)

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

Thor's hammer, Skåne. Image by George Stevens via Wikimedia Commons. Public domain.

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

Heather O'Brien

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...]


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