The Wyrde (The Fates)

There are three Wyrde, three Wyrd Sisters. These take the form of spinners, spinning out the fate of men and measuring them out. If Wyrd is strung together like a great tapestry, each individual life is a thread being woven together to make that tapestry and affect the threads around it. But for all that … Continue reading The Wyrde (The Fates)

Polytheism and Interpretatio

Something that comes up frequently in polytheist circles is how to tackle the issue of the nature of the gods when there is such a diversity of gods out there and yet upon examination many seem similar. Part of the discussion invariably turns to what is polytheism. Monism, otherwise sometimes called “soft” polytheism, is the … Continue reading Polytheism and Interpretatio

Neither Omnipotent, nor Omniscient, nor Omnipresent, nor Omnibenevolent

There is an interesting story in the Gylfaginning (LXII) in the Prose Edda, you may know the one about how the walls of Asgard were built. Yet this story shows something else of interest – the gods are not omnipotent, nor omniscient, nor omnipresent, nor omnibenevolent. If the gods were omnipotent then they could have … Continue reading Neither Omnipotent, nor Omniscient, nor Omnipresent, nor Omnibenevolent

Heathens and our hang-ups

There is an unfortunate issue that is all too common in Heathenry – bias against Christianity and/or Christians. I see it fairly frequently; many pagans carry around a disproportionately large amount of bias against Christianity and Christians. In some cases this bias hampers our ability to act in a historically pagan way. Heathenry is not … Continue reading Heathens and our hang-ups

Propitiation

Propitiation is a concept in paganism that does not receive the discussion it deserves. You see we do a fairly alright job of describing the gifting cycle and those concepts regarding offering. We know that as we gift a friendly god we build a relationship of reciprocal gifting with them that increases over time. But … Continue reading Propitiation

Do the gods need us?

Do the gods need us?I have heard many opinions on this question, most fall to either extreme. There are many people who believe that the gods require sacrifice and worship, that it sustains them in some way. There are also many people who believe the opposite, that they do not need us at all. But … Continue reading Do the gods need us?