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 – Heathenry and Abortion

Also see Galina Krasskova's and Star Foster's posts on abortion.Through the years I have been asked, especially by people outside of my religion, what stance if any that the heathen religion had on the issue of abortion. Unlike other religions (such as Christianity), there is nothing that specifically prohibits abortion within our religious worldview.Ancient Heathens took a practical, not a religious, worldview as it applied to pregnancy and children. Two things were considered in the fate … [Read more...]

Have A Little Fate

My head is full of the horrific events in Arizona, the extreme knottiness of talking about religious Witchcraft and the morality of missing ritual for something "fun". However, as I sit here snacking on banana sandwiches and tater chips what I really want to do is talk about fate, justice and the whole karmic enchilada.So yesterday I invoked Nemesis in an article and that's something to really consider. You see, folks think of her as revenge, as the personification of enemy, but really she is … [Read more...]

Saying Goodbye to 2010

What can I say about 2010? Almost every person I know faced great trials during the past year. While it is a normal human response to recoil from painful lessons, sometimes we learn and grow the most from having to slog our way through adversity. I'm not saying that our ancestors and Gods purposefully inflict trauma on us...but They will take advantage of a learning opportunity and use our life situations to help us to grow stronger and to grow in faith.Each challenge is a dangerous … [Read more...]

Wyrd Designs – Working with the Ancestors

To be Heathen is to be an animist, meaning that in addition to worshipping the Gods and Goddesses, we also honor our deceased ancestors as well as the land wights. But while most people coming to our religion have some concept of how to honor a deity… when it comes to honoring the ancestors they are stymied as to where to even begin to work with them.I find that a great place to begin is to set up an altar for your ancestors. All you need to do is find space: part or all of a bookshelf, part o … [Read more...]

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Wyrd Designs – Ritual Symbolism in the Northern Tradition

Most of those who come to our religion, come first from some form of Christianity. Let's put ourselves in a hypothetical situation for a moment. Let's say you know nothing about Christianity, and you find yourself at a Catholic service. At the conclusion of the service, Communion is given to those appropriate believers in the church. As an outsider you can watch this process, and somehow understand that the bread/wafer they're eating, and the beverage they're drinking has some sort of ritual … [Read more...]


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