Memorial Day: Remembering Their Service

One of the most controversial topics I write about is support for members of our military and patriotism. Regardless, as this Memorial Day approaches here in the US, I’ve been thinking about what it means to me personally. I do ancestor work. One of the most profound ways I honor my ancestors is by researching [Read More…]

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The Air Force is Pagan-Friendly? Who Knew?

Cara Schulz of PNC-Minnesota has published the second part of her report on Pagans and the US Air Force, and some of the quotes are quite surprising: “You don’t have to be scared about sharing your religion or think you need to stay in the broom closet about it,” Cadet Johnson says. “People are very [Read More…]

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Wyrd Designs – Heathens Support Fallen Soldier At Anti-Westboro Baptist Protest

The news of Westboro Baptist’s planned protest of Sgt. Balduf’s funeral soon lit up the internet and social media sites, and supporters and volunteers sprung into action. According to a local news report about two thousand people showed up to support Sgt Balduf’s family, and to act as a visible and audible screen against the Westboro Baptist members. But what you won’t find in any other news report of that day, is the fact that among the vast crowd of anti-protesters, were two Asatru associated with the local White Oak Kindred.

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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 [Read More…]

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Memorial Day: Honoring the Fallen

Let’s not forget those who have fought and fallen to protect our freedom to kick back and debate our religious communities’ issues. Selena Fox is doing a ceremony to honor Pagan Military Dead this morning, and asks folks to check out the Pagan Military Association page on Facebook. Celia, who wrote the anthem “Symbol” in [Read More…]

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Wyrd Designs – Veterans & Einherjar

Within the Northern Tradition there is a deep respect to those who serve in the military. While Veteran’s Day is intended to first and foremost honor those living Veterans from past military service, it is also used to honor those currently serving, and to a lesser degree those soldiers now dead. Some Heathens will be [Read More…]

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Wyrd Designs – Radical Protesters at Veteran Funerals…

I think in all the recent attention to politician Christine O’donnell, we’ve overlooked another equally important news story, one that hasn’t just appeared out of nowhere but that has been an on-going plague of religious fundamentalists protesting at the funerals of U.S. veterans for years. At the moment the Supreme Court is reviewing a case [Read More…]

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Wyrd Designs – Free bookmarks to Heathens serving in the U.S. military

Sigdrifa’s Prayer is a rare remnant in our lore, as it’s the only non-Christianized, complete prayer that we have from the historical sources. In it’s short simplicity, it is a microcosm of the vast macrocosm of Northern Tradition cosmology. It holds a very special place in my heart, which a few of you might remember [Read More…]

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Pagan Soup: Demons, Druids and Westboro Baptist

The most amazing thing about the internet is that a rich ecosystem of Pagan media is flourishing. I find myself consistently inspired and amazed by not only the great writers on Patheos but all across this virtual Pagandom we’ve created together. So before I run off to work on my own scribblings I have to [Read More…]

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Pagan Inclinations of the Founding Fathers

What a great thing it is, to live in a country founded on principles of freedom, especially religious freedom. Despite those who would rewrite history, the United States of America is “not in any sense founded on the Christian religion”: a statement approved by George Washington himself. In fact, many of the building blocks of [Read More…]

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