Guest Post: Steven Abell’s “The Toad Prince & Stuff”

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Steven T Abell writes the Letters From Midgard column here on Patheos Pagan. If you like this please check out his column, as well as all of our other fine columnists and bloggers.Once upon a time ceptin it warn't actually so long ago there was a handsome prince and some people hated him for it cause some folks are like that and also he was rich and a whole lotta folks hated him for that. He knew that folks hated him and he'd stand up there on the balcony of his castle saying Hey don't hate … [Read more...]

The Jerk VS Bigotry Ratio

I've been watching the fall-out from the Halloran piece on The Village Voice since it was published. Every time I thought I had something to say about it, I would notice something else that would make me pause and cogitate.Straight up, I find Thrasher's wanton and casual bashing of Pagan religions offensive. It's unnecessary for this story and the image of a drunken lout staggering over a goat's bloody corpse is ridiculous. (The artist refused to comment when I contacted him.)When Halloran … [Read more...]

The Scariest Job On Earth

Ok, maybe not the scariest, but it's on up there in the toll it takes on the well-being of the worker: Pagan blogger.Oh, of all the nightmares and spectres we will tantalize ourselves with over the Halloween weekend, I'd like to float a few ghouls past you to send a chill down your spine. So grab some popcorn, dim the lights and snuggle up in your blankie as I reveal the scariest things about being a Pagan blogger.Why Being A Pagan Blogger Is ScaryObviously, as a Pagan blogger, you are a … [Read more...]

Wyrd Designs – King Radbod and the Importance of the Ancestors

This week on August 9th many Heathens who are members of the Asatru Alliance, or who opt to use their calendar, set aside time to celebrate the life and memory of the Frisian King Radbod (680-719 CE), who is a hero to many living Heathens and Pagans today.Christian missionaries came close to baptizing King Radbod, but before carrying through with the ceremony and conversion he asked a question, "Where are my dead ancestors at present?" Wolfram the Christian missionary answered, "In Hell, … [Read more...]

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 – Heathens Support Fallen Soldier At Anti-Westboro Baptist Protest

On June 13, funeral services were held in Nashville, Tennessee for U.S. Marine Sgt. Kevin Balduf who was killed in action on May 12 while serving in Afghanistan.The friends and family of Sgt. Balduf were faced not only with the task of mourning someone they cared for, but with the unwelcome attention of the controversial Westboro Baptist Church, who announced their plans to protest at his funeral services.Westboro Baptist is a church headed by Fred Phelps, which is primarily comprised of a … [Read more...]

Wyrd Designs – Help Get Asatru Added to the U.S. Army’s Religious Preference List

Josh and Cat Heath from the Open Halls Project are working through the cumbersome bureaucratic process, to have the U.S. Army recognize and add Asatru/Heathenry as a religious preference for the official U.S. Army database. According to their latest post on their website they need U.S. Army soldiers, veterans, and their spouses to send them "your name, rank, status (active, reserves, national guard, veteran, or spouse)" to their email account: heathenopenhalls@gmail.comNot familiar with the … [Read more...]

Wyrd Designs – Understanding the Words – Wyrd and Orlog

The concepts of wyrd and orlog are interconnected, but can sometimes prove to be stumbling blocks as their meanings are learned. In Heathenry we have no absolute concept of one’s fate, rather we have a notion that our destiny, or doom is comprised by choices and while a certain fate may come to pass, we also have the ability to make other choices to potentially change it. To understand how wyrd and orlog are connected, let us explore the meanings of these words. … [Read more...]

Wyrd Designs – Cleanliness and Garb at Rituals

Heathens are a varied bunch, with varying opinions and interpretations on a number of issues, like with any religion. Among the items debated sometimes (and seemingly ad nauseum at times) is whether one should wear period garb or not. … [Read more...]

Wyrd Designs – Musings on Odin’s Ravens and Wolves

Among the many descriptions of Odin, we see that he is described as having a pair of ravens, and a pair of wolves.Thanks to some nature specials I watched recently when I couldn't sleep, I discovered that ravens tend to mate for life. While pre-adult ravens may live and work together in groups with other ravens, when they hit adult status about 4 years into their 40 year or so life-span they then become extremely territorial. The only time adult ravens will be seen together (peaceably) out in … [Read more...]


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