Terms of Service- A Little Polemic About Being a Godslave

I am a godatheow –  a godslave. Many of the spiritworkers and shamans that I know are also godslaves, in other words, outright owned by their Deities. It rather goes with the territory and I have found it to be one of the dominant paradigms of service in contemporary Heathenry and Paganism (though not the [Read More…]

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Wyrd Designs: Finding Asgard

Sometimes understanding the cosmological map of the Northern Tradition can be most problematic. Unlike Christians, our origin story isn’t neatly laid out in chronological seeming order in a book (like Genesis). To find our origin story and learn of the nine worlds we have to read, compare and contrast the information from multiple references: Völuspá, [Read More…]

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Stinginess is not one of the Nine Noble Virtues

I firmly believe you cannot give too much to the Gods or ancestors, that it is, quite frankly impossible for a human to offer too much in devotion to either the Gods or the dead. They made us. They offer continual blessings and protection. We carry that connection with us always. It is nourished through [Read More…]

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An Interview with Anya Kless, author of “Lilith: Queen of the Desert”

An interview with the author of “Lilith: Queen of the Desert,” a devotional anthology just released through Knickerbocker Circus Press. To date, this is the only devotional dedicated to the Goddess Lilith. [Read more…]

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Wyrd Designs – Working with the Ancestors

To be Heathen is to be an animist, meaning that in addition to worshipping the Gods and Goddesses, we also honor our deceased ancestors as well as the land wights. But while most people coming to our religion have some concept of how to honor a deity… when it comes to honoring the ancestors they [Read More…]

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Blabbermouth for the Gods

People often ask me why I write about my relationship with Odin, why I lecture about devotional work, why I feel the need to write about ordeal work and other practices that are either part of my spiritual work or part of my shamanic work.  For many years I wondered the same thing. I only [Read More…]

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The Development of Heathen Culture – Part II

William Arnal writes that “no statement about what religion is can avoid at least partially explaining what religion does, where it comes from, and how it works.”(Arnal, p. 22). This is an issue not just for the specialist but for would-be theologians within the Asatru community as well. There is, especially given the rising denominational [Read More…]

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Wyrd Designs – Ritual Symbolism in the Northern Tradition

Most of those who come to our religion, come first from some form of Christianity. Let’s put ourselves in a hypothetical situation for a moment. Let’s say you know nothing about Christianity, and you find yourself at a Catholic service. At the conclusion of the service, Communion is given to those appropriate believers in the [Read More…]

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Being Yourself – Not Always The Easy Path.

How much damaging morality are we bringing with us from former religions? Is this a good or bad thing? What can we do about it? Kindreds tend to be our chosen family. But how much power should we give them, when it comes to them judging our personal life? I do believe there is an interesting conundrum, here: follow the gods when they lead, or be comfortable where you are, and try to ignore their summons? Deal with censure in your Kindred, or ignore what you are led to do? [Read more…]

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Wyrd Designs – Sigdrifa’s ~ a Prayer and a Song

Sigdrifa’s Prayer is the only surviving, complete,  non-Christianized prayer that exists in the lore. As such it is a precious remnant, but unfortunately a little known gem. It’s nestled in the midst of the Sigdrifumal, one of the heroic lays found in the Poetic Edda. “Hail, day! | Hail, sons of day! And night and [Read More…]

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