Magical thinking extends beyond religious experience and into the secular world, with a vast majority of people not even realizing that they’re engaging in it much less that they hold beliefs that could be seen as irrational if we attempted to explain them. Investing personal meaning in occurrences, objects, and places is natural to our humanity and just another aspect of how our minds work.
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When asked to consider a column for this website, I thought that writing as a Heathen Woman from a farm she tends alone would be an interesting voice, and hopefully a worthy one. I do not write as any sort of authority, historian, or academic. I write as a practicing Heathen, a Farmer, a Woman, and a Tribe Organizer. My loftiest goal is to give you a taste of my experiences here at this farm as an Ásatrúar close to the soil.
Sometimes it helps to look at one’s own beliefs through the lens of another culture. It can help us to view our strengths and shortcomings in new ways. Continuing my theme from Part 1 of this series, I’ll be going over how some other philosophies approach the topic of forming a relationship with the gods, and how these can apply in a Heathen context.
Eventually, our Heathenry has to leave our heads and go to our hands and hearts. In other words, it has to become something we do, not just something we think about. Whether you’re new to Urglaawe and looking for an entry-point, or just looking to bring your practice to life, here are some ideas that might help you get started.
It’s no secret that the subjects of magic and mysticism are a bit of a hot-button topic among Heathens. Arguments for or against aside, one thing I think most Heathens of any persuasion can agree upon is that there is a LOT of poorly researched, misunderstood, or outright BS sources out there on the subject of “Rune Magic”.
Robert Poulsen and Allan Hansen made the discovery of a lifetime on a recent weekend trip when they uncovered thirty ancient silver coins, and lead to the discovery of over one hundred more.
Have you ever wanted an engaging video game that feels like it was MADE for Heathens? Not just another “Viking” game where you run around hitting things with an axe, I’m talking about a game that’s more than skin-deep. I feel confident in saying that while the game might not have been made by Heathens, “The Frostrune” is most certainly the kind of game that so many of us Heathens have been waiting for!
As we are in the middle of the spring holidays and are getting ready for summer, it seemed a great time to finally sit down and write a simple ritual for Freyr. Freyr is often honored at many holidays, such as Frexfaxi, Winternights, and Yule, but for me, His presence is most obvious in the Spring.
I recently read an article which ended up prompting me to think again about how modern Polytheists (including Heathens) have begun to re-relate to their deities. Much has already been written about the fusion that has been forming between ancient Polytheism and modern pop-culture in some circles, with arguments ranging between “pop-culture is a doorway to the gods” to “portraying the gods as pop-culture figures is entirely disrespectful”.
I wanted to write about a something a little different today. Over at Ranting Recon, I usually stick to exploring Lore, Tradition, and ancient history, but that’s not the ENTIRETY of Heathenry. So, since I have occasionally been accused of being little more than a dusty book-hoarder, I wanted to take a step back and talk a bit about how Heathenry impacts my life on an entirely personal level.
If passed, House Bill 3859 could allow Foster Care and Adoption agencies to refuse to place children with Heathen families/individuals.