Happily Heathen: The Blot’s the Thing

"Vårblot 2010 offergåvor" by Gunnar Creutz - Own work Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

I have recently started an “Intro to Heathenry” class in my hometown. In preparing for the most recent class, I made a last-minute decision to include a blot at the end. As I passed the horn at the class, I had a realization: This is what it is all about. Asatru is a lived religion, full of interaction with each other and the Honored Ones. If we never move beyond the scholarship and into a practiced religion, what is the point of being Heathen? [Read more...]

Yes, and Gods, Part 2: To Be Human Is To Be Divine, But Not Necessarily Vice Versa


When I say that ritual is sometimes too focused on the people involved (and people, period) to its detriment, I am not talking about disdain for humanity. I’m more talking about the fact that we live in a speaking, complex, multilayered world, vast and mysterious. And as fascinating as human beings are, we are only a tiny tiny fraction of it. [Read more...]

Yes, and Gods, part 1 (with Cicero)


Recently a discussion of the nature of the Gods and how Pagans relate to them has broken out. The Pagans of antiquity had strangely similar debates; Cicero, for instance, states that there’s such a wide variety of opinion on the subject “even among the wisest” that it’s hardly surprising that people are confused. [Read more...]