Witch on Fire: Salvation of a Southern Witch

Heron and her Larger-Than-Strictly-Neccessary, Jack-the-Fabulous-Lantern, ready to welcome friends to her Halloween Party

Gather ’round, my lovelies, and let Mama Heron tell you a story, the back-story, a Witch’s Come to Goddess tale…or as they say in the Southern Baptist church, let me !TESTIFY! about my “burning bush” moment, how I was “saved” and accepted my sacred mission to be an agent of Divine Love. [Read more...]

Celebrating Heathen Women: Then and Now


Honoring the dísir (female ancestors) is an important part of modern heathen ritual. What do we know about ancient heathen women, and how can we apply that knowledge to our practice today? [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: Honoring Our Ancestors


When I moved to a rural homestead, it was with the intent that I would return to the ways of my great-grandparents. I quickly learned that there is a whole lot more to honoring my ancestors and the land then relying on my good intentions. [Read more...]

Heathen Woman: Stepping Into Ourselves: An Anthology of Writings on Priestesses (Review)

Stepping Into Ourselves

Both new and experienced spiritual practitioners can find great benefit from these relatable stories exploring the diverse traits that can define a priestess. STEPPING INTO OURSELVES offers readers a personal way of connecting to this sacred role. [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...]