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

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, [Read More…]

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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 [Read More…]

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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. Thor The Wicker Tree NSFW Pirates of the Carribean 4 (for the Pastafarians) I’ll be back to wax eloquent on both mothers and [Read More…]

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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 [Read More…]

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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 [Read More…]

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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 [Read More…]

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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 [Read More…]

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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 [Read More…]

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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 [Read More…]

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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 [Read More…]

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