Wyrd Words: Vikings in the New World

There’s been quite a buzz going about the Heathen community about the three “newly discovered” Viking sites in Canada. Already there have been some pretty wild claims and suppositions made by people who are understandably excited by these discoveries, but it’s important to keep the facts in mind. [Read more…]

Happily Heathen – The Cat Story; or, Why it’s good to be very specific when asking your Goddess for a favor

You may know what you think that you want when you make a wish, but the Gods might give you what you need, instead. [Read more…]

Happily Heathen: Keep Your Virtues Out Of My Heathenry

When Heathens turn ideals into a weapon to tear down other Heathens, we’re being just as bad as the fundamentalist Christians. Do we even need to base our ethics on religion? [Read more…]

Happily Heathen: Heathen Polytheism – A Deity Dedication Contract

Deities are large, complex beings with agendas, motivations, personalities, needs, and wants. If you are thinking of dedicating yourself to one, ask yourself a few questions first. [Read more…]

The Lady’s Quill: Religious Virtues and Gods

The Gods that I honor most are the ones whose actions I most admire. So while I don’t believe in codifying them for other people, as my Pagan practice has evolved and changed over time, I’ve learned to look to my Gods for inspiration in ways to behave. [Read more…]

Happily Heathen: Offerings for the Gods – Part 3 – The Jotnar

Interested in worshipping, honoring, or learning from the giants of Norse Mythology? Though often controversial, some modern folks have built long-lasting, beneficial relationships with some of the Aesir’s mortal enemies. Would you know more? [Read more…]

The Lady’s Quill: Loki

There is no figure in modern Heathenry and related traditions that is as controversial as Loki. Many hate and fear him, many love him (and many of those still fear him) and many are adamantly, staunchly indifferent to him, a state of things that reflects well our many understandings of Loki Laufeyson. [Read more…]

Happily Heathen: Offerings for the Gods – Part 2 – The Aesir

The question often arises, though, as to which gift is most appropriate for a given deity or situation. This article will offer suggestions for gifts for several of the Aesir gods, based on the examples in the Lore and recommendations from modern worshipers. [Read more…]

Letters From Midgard: Yes, Enough

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

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…]


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