Heathen Woman: Patron Gods and the Pledging of Ourselves

Heather O'Brien

There has been a lot of discussion lately about choosing a patron god in heathenry and whether doing so is of spiritual importance. Personally, I think: to each their own. Spirituality, after all, is individualistic. If, however, the decision to choose a patron comes at the expense of excluding the other gods, then it becomes a practice that ignores the premise behind a polytheistic faith. [Read more...]

Heathen Woman: Gods of the Common Places

Heather O'Brien

Let us seek the old gods so that they will not become lost in time and erased by the gods of invention, materialism, politics, and corporate structure. [Read more...]

The Fish Rots from the Head Down: Squid Eye and Sexual Exploitation

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Crystal Blanton’s words resonated with me: “We as pagans excel at attacking the micro issues and fail at attacking the macro issue, the systems that enable the micro issues to exist.” Squid Eye demands a look at the macro issues around sexual misconduct and paganism. Here are some guidelines that the pagan community might want to consider. [Read more...]

Seekers and Guides: The Witches’ Pyramid

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Sable Aradia discusses how to apply the Witches’ Pyramid as a tool for learning and teaching. [Read more...]

Heathen Woman: The Sacrifice

The Sacrifice of Odin by Frølich. Image via Wikimedia Commons. Public domain.

The most important sacrifice that we can make is one of our most valued possessions – time. [Read more...]

Heathen Woman: Finding Our Voices

Heather O'Brien

Opinions with an air of expertise can lead a person to feel that their own input isn’t valued or heard. However, fresh takes on otherwise repeated debates can not only increase our critical thinking related to heathenry, but they can keep our minds open to receiving new insights and lessons. If we allow our voices to be quashed before we even speak, then we do a disservice to ourselves and our community. [Read more...]

Heathen Woman: The Reality of Odin

Odin, the All-Father of Nordic gods by Carl Emil Doepler. Image via Wikimedia Commons. Public domain.

In addition to being a war chief and considered king, Odin was also a leader, the harnesser of runes, a spiritual guide, and a traveler. Visualizing Odin as a multi-layered deity is the first step in forming a deeper connection to him. [Read more...]


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