Hymns are an important part of what makes up the idea of religious culture for many people. Those old, OLD church hymns are an indelible part of my childhood and early upbringing. And indeed; I miss hymns, I miss church music, and I know I'm not alone. But we don't have to give these things … Continue reading Heathen Hymns
The blood is the least important part of a blood sacrifice. There is no inherent magic in the blood of an animal spilled for sacrifice. There is no inherent magic in the blood of anything spilled in sacrifice. Now that you’re listening and I have your interest piqued, because let’s face it that is not … Continue reading Blood Sacrifice
Every Easter, Midsummer, and Yule a very curious and indeed annoying thing happens. From seemingly every corner these three times a year in particular a small but vocal cohort of heathenry crops up to tell everyone they’re doing it wrong – enter the Sassites. The Sassites follow a peculiarly restrictive and seemingly joyless vision of … Continue reading Against the Sassites
It is time we rethink our view of the myths of the North with the climate of the time in mind. For that matter, we should rethink the myths of Rome, Greece, Egypt and indeed Israel with the climate of the time as well.
If you’re not part of some kind of online heathen community whether that is a group on Facebook, or Twitter, or Discord, or wherever, you are the exception. It is far more common that heathens are all over internet groups, and usually several. The internet is rife with heathen groups, little cohorts of like-minded heathens … Continue reading There is no Future in Online Heathenry
The term "Anglo-Saxon" has come under some scrutiny and fire recently. And honestly nobody with any amount of historical acumen could deny there are issues with the term. We all know that there were other tribes which invaded Britain besides the Angles and Saxons, most notable among those the Jutes. So there is the obvious … Continue reading I am not an Anglo-Saxon, I am an Anglo-Saxon pagan
So if you've been around pagan circles long enough you've heard people talking about reclaiming symbols from racists. Inevitably you've probably heard someone bemoan that the racists made the swastika off limits and wish they could "take it back". I'm here to inform you that there's nothing to take back, that all the importance you … Continue reading The Swastika: There is Nothing to Reclaim
One of the most difficult to overcome issues facing heathens today is distance. Heathenry is a religion of converts but it isn't as though we were organically growing outward from one location. Islam spread from Mecca and Medina from the teachings of Muhammad. Christianity spread out forming pockets across the Roman Empire after the Jews … Continue reading The Future is Local
⌘ This is a Valknut. This one:Not as much. The thing we've come to associate fondly with as a "Valknut" is a symbol we do not fully understand the name or the meaning of. What does this mean? It means that as with oh so many other aspects of things we "know" and love, the … Continue reading ⌘ This is a Valknut
So the other day I was thinking about the colors of the rainbow when something I had read in the Prose Edda came back into the back of my mind and began to nag and eat at me. The Prose Edda says that the Bifröst has three colors. Three colors. Three. That just did not … Continue reading The Bifröst – Rainbow Bridge of the Gods… or is it?