A common problem for newer Heathens, and even some of the more experienced members of our community, is determining exactly what the Heathen holiday calendar looks like. Even a brief dive into Google will reveal a number of different calendars and holy days. The AFA has eight holy days based on the Wiccan wheel of the year. The Troth has TWENTY TWO annual celebrations if you include the various ‘Days of Remembrance’. Combined with current scholarly disputes over dates and practices, it’s enough to leave a newcomer completely baffled!
Heathenry, in all of its many forms, is a reconstructed (or “reconstructed-ish”) religion. As Heathens, we’re essentially taking as much as we can about what Ancient Heathens did and said and bringing it forward to guide our own religious and spiritual practices. Some Heathens stick as close to the information found in the sagas and eddas as they can; other Heathens are inspired by the materials in these resources but do not attempt to use any idea or belief verbatim. Whichever side of the Heathen spectrum we fall on, however, we all have the same basic problem: we only have a limited amount of information to go on. This being the case, how can we recreate full, living Heathen religion?
Everything you need to know about these “new discoveries” regarding Viking settlements in Canada.
For more than half of my life the art of hand spinning has appealed to me. Spinning wheels especially. The various wheels I would see in art, old photos, and antique shops always seemed like more than a tool to create yarn and thread. One of the things that really brought me to Heathenry were the stories of Frau Holda and a spindle that led a young girl to her domain.
It was 1998, and I was in grad school. One of the many reasons that I decided to go to grad school was to find (not to put too fine a point on it) a husband who shared the same interests as me. Having never been one to pick up guys at bars, and internet dating having not really taken off yet, I was kind of stuck as to what to do about it…
There’s this bizarre idea that inclusive ideologies are somehow foreign to Heathenry, and that those that promote these values are ‘un-Heathen’. Well, not only are inclusive practices native to Heathenry, they’re a core part of the culture. Xenophobia and ‘Ethnic Purity’ are the foreign ideas here…
One of the headaches Heathenism has is the racism that is often disguised as Odinism. The problem is that when racist people start following our gods, it taints the rest of us because the media is quick to paint everyone with a broad brush. It’s not fair, but that is how life is. And, as I’ve pointed out in the past, life isn’t fair.
1 April 2016 — Reykjavík, Iceland. Icelandic Archaeologist Þórhallur Hárlaugsson PhD discovered the body of a 20,000 year old, 5 meter tall, blue-skinned man that Dr. Hárlaugsson claims must be a jötnar or giant as mentioned extensively in the Prose Edda, the Poetic Edda, and Norse mythology.