Wyrd Designs – Sacred Pagan Sites in Berlin – Hel’s Pond

Recently I had the immense pleasure and privilege of being able to spend two weeks in Germany and Denmark on vacation. While parts of the trip were solely for my own personal amusement, I also made it a point where I could to meet up both with local heathens and to venture to holy sites, depictions of deities and artifacts. One of the very first things I made sure to do when I reached the city of Berlin, was to go pay my respects to a site sacred to the Goddess Hel (or Hella), nestled among the … [Read more...]

Wyrd Designs – Exploring Our Gods And Goddesses – Sigyn

We know very little about the Goddess Sigyn. Not much has survived from the pre-Christian era about this Goddess. … [Read more...]

Wyrd Designs – Is Heathenry Misogynistic? An Exploration into the Havamal

Through my years as a practicing Heathen in the Northern Tradition, there are certain subjects that invariably crop up when I'm interacting with the more general pagan crowd. One of these subjects is the perceived misogyny of the Northern Tradition.Yet, not only does our tradition have great respect and honor for the Goddesses, and a special cultus to the disir/matrons, but the human women also held a great deal of power as well. … [Read more...]

Wyrd Designs – An Ostara Prayer

The time of Ostara will soon be upon us, and fellow Pantheon writer Galina Krasskova's latest article, and a recent shopping expedition at both World Market and Etsy... and well I suppose its understandable that I now have Ostara firmly on my brain. I've purchased this year's pysanky eggs used to decorate my altar, and then at the conclusion of my Ostara observances, I'll burn the eggs in offering. I'm hoping my kindred gets together to make some as well, but mine never come out nearly as good … [Read more...]

Wyrd Designs – Holy Tides – Charming of the Plough and Disting

For many pagans, this is the time of year where they honor and celebrate Imbolc one of the eight sabbats that comprise the Wheel of the Year. For those of us in the Northern Tradition however, we have our only celebrations known as holy tides (from the Old Norse hátíðir) that we may currently be celebrating instead: Charming of the Plough or Disting. … [Read more...]

Wyrd Designs – Correcting Common Misperceptions – Freyja & the Valkyrie

I am human, and therefore like so many others I have my personal ticks and pet peeves. Among them are common misperceptions that somehow seem to multiply faster than dirty laundry & dust bunnies, or the spam messages in my inbox. Somehow, once upon a time someone first said that the Goddess Freyja was a Valkyrie, and since then that concept has been reiterated innumerable times across websites, and a plethora of books. While not trying to be disparaging of those who are not focused in the … [Read more...]

Wyrd Designs – Poetry: Sigyn

Do Her Cries Fill Your Ears? Proud. Doting. Mother. Devoted. Steadfast. Wife. Forsaking neither in cruel death or in life. Drip. Drip. Falls the venom. Drip. Drip. Fall Her tears. Hands strain to hold steady. The agony sears. A Goddess of love and Goddess of grief. Encompassing-arms that yet held Them too brief. Proud. Doting. Mother. Devoted. Steadfast. Wife. Forsaking neither in cruel death or in life. … [Read more...]


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