Pagan Soup: Gay Founding Fathers, Ivo Dominguez Jr. and Paganish Movies

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The Founder of the US Army was Gay?Cara Schulz brought this fantastic bit of trivia to my attention: Von Steuben was an able field commander and was Chief of Staff to Washington. His efforts during, and after the war, were of such value that Congress gave him a yearly pension of $2500 a year, which was a large sum of money in those days. When he died, he left everything to General Benjamin Walker and Captain William North, who had served as his aides-de-camp during the war, both of … [Read more...]

Thor: A Pagan Review of the Film

Thor is epic. It's not true to the lore but it's a good film. There are no spoilers in this review (from my POV).Disappointments? Sure.Rene Russo was less than epic as Frigga. She wasn't bad, but she didn't strike me as regal and commanding enough for the role. Looking the part simply isn't enough.I felt there was too much effort spent trying to bridge (pardon the pun) science and magic. You don't have to rubber ducky* everything. Sometimes mystery is good.Sif's hair still bugs me. I … [Read more...]

Off to see Thor

I should wax poetic about motherhood but I'm off to see Thor right now. Review later this afternoon.In the meantime enjoy these trailers of upcoming movies that looking interesting to Pagans.ThorThe Wicker Tree NSFWPirates of the Carribean 4 (for the Pastafarians)I'll be back to wax eloquent on both mothers and Mjolnir shortly. … [Read more...]

Heimdall & The Horned God: Beyond Black & White

The debate regarding Idris Elba playing Heimdall, "the whitest of Gods", has me recollecting my first encounter with the Horned God of Wicca: He was not black as in African. Black was not so much a description of looks as it was of who he was. He was utter blackness: the extreme darkness of moonless nights, of empty space, of deep caverns, and dreamless sleep. While he had dark hair and eyes and black clothes, black was what he was and not how he appeared. I still feel what I wrote a year … [Read more...]

Why Thor Matters

4 AM. For the second night in a row Thor wakes me up. The night before it was thunder. This time I just can't sleep. I keep thinking about the Thor film of all things. I toss. I turn. I get up, shower, dress and go to Wal*Mart. In the rain. Because this film disturbs me.You see, I never got into the Thor comics or The Avengers. My Marvel heroes were the X-Men. So when I look at the official website and trailers I don't see cheesy aliens from outer space, I see the Gods. When they say Asgard is … [Read more...]

Wyrd Designs – The Holy Tides – Yule

Just as our pagan cousins celebrate the eight major sabbats that comprise the Wheel of the Year, for those of us in the Northern Tradition we too have somewhat similar key celebrations that we call holy tides (from the Old Norse hátíðir). Some of these celebrations are more significant and special than others, and these especially important holy-days are known as high holy tides: such as Ostara, Winter Nights, and Yule which is now upon us.Of these three documented High Holy Tides, it is Yule t … [Read more...]

Wyrd Designs – The Holy Tides – Winter Nights

Just as our pagan cousins celebrate the eight major sabbats or holidays that comprise the Wheel of the Year, for those of us in the Northern Tradition we too have somewhat similar key celebrations that we call holy tides. Some of these celebrations, like the one now upon us known as Winter Nights, are more special than others and these are known as high holy tides.Some practitioners of the Northern Tradition are celebrating Winter Nights around now, the time of the autumnal equinox so it is … [Read more...]

Wyrd Designs – Finding Religious Art

Let's face it, having religious iconography, statuary, jewelry and artwork is something most of us crave. But sometimes finding those items can be nigh impossible. For those seeking the Gods found in the Northern Tradition, it can be very hit and miss. Certain deities (Odin, Thor, Freya & Freyr) do have depictions that have been found in the archaeological record, but other major deities like Frigga we don't have a single image of at all (well at least that I know of).Of course, even when … [Read more...]

Wyrd Designs – The Holy Tides – Hlæfmæsse /Freyfaxi

When it comes to religious, pagan celebrations most people are familiar with the eight holy days or sabbats that comprise the Wheel of the Year. In the Northern Tradition, we do not call these celebrations sabbats. Instead, based on words (like the Old Norse hátíðir) used to describe the most holy of these celebrations (like Yule) as high tides, we tend to call the various religious celebrations we recognize today as holy tides (since not all of the holy tides are considered high tides). Since we … [Read more...]

Wyrd Designs: Understanding the Symbols Part 4 – Sunwheels (Solar Crosses & Swastikas)

From ancient sources going back thousands of years, we have two types of sunwheels present in the archaeological record. The first is known as a solar cross, which is a circle bisected by a horizontal, and a vertical line arranged in the shape of a cross. The other incorporates the sowilo rune (which literally means ‘sun’) and may be known as a fylfot or swastika (which infamously was misappropriated by the Nazi party in World War II). Variations of this later type of sunwheel can inc … [Read more...]


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