Wayfaring Woman: Ethical Spiritual Intercession

In times of trouble, our own wishes, needs, hopes, and fears are easily conflated with those of another. In such a time, I was ethically obligated to separate my friend’s spiritual needs from my own and act based on what I knew of them. [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…]

Happily Heathen: Love Notes from Freya

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

  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…]

The Lady’s Quill: Odin

Poet, wise man, grey-cloaked wanderer, one-eyed, wizard, warrior, king… when I decided to do Odin as my next “Divine Profiles” article, I was overwhelmed. For as much as the Lady is a complex, larger-than-life being, the Allfather has so very many names and stories attached to him that I was afraid that I couldn’t do him justice. [Read more…]

Wayfaring Woman: Ready or Not, Here We Go!

In my experience, autumn is a powerful season. In the months of September, October, and November a great deal of magic can be wrought. Autumn is a prime time for astral travel, trance journeying, and connecting with Gods and spirits. [Read more…]

Wayfaring Woman: Winding Roads

There are many roads that one may travel. Divine encounters with Hekate and Odin transformed me, leading me down winding roads that have shaped my spiritual practice in beautiful and unexpected ways. [Read more…]

Wyrd Words: Prayer

Prayer is one of those contentious topics in the Heathen community that often stirs up more trouble than good. A lot of Heathens don’t believe in praying at all, while others prefer almost liturgical forms of worship. [Read more…]

Happily Heathen: My Journey to Devotional Polytheism

The path I took from Christianity to Devotional Polytheism was guided by a need for direct interaction with deity and a desire to connect more with my ancestry. Heathenry gave me both. #WhyIAmHappilyHeathen [Read more…]

Wyrd Words: Pagan Life Lessons – Adaptability

Our community can be very opinionated. Everybody who has ever bothered to peruse the Pagan Blogosphere (or seen more than two Pagans try to have a conversation) knows that our community is constantly arguing with itself. In matters of religion, it’s easy to become stuck in a specific line of thinking. When someone calls into question an idea which we hold dear, it’s normal to feel defensive. That’s perfectly natural (and completely understandable), but it’s important to know how to choose our battles. The knee-jerk reaction that causes us to shut down and play defense can also keep us from taking in important new information. [Read more…]


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