Monthly Archive: April 2016

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Ranting Recon: What Are The Heathen Holidays?

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!

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Is Heathenry Incomplete?

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?

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Vikings in the New world

Everything you need to know about these “new discoveries” regarding Viking settlements in Canada.

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Handspinning and Heathenry

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.

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The Cat Story; or, Why You Should Be Very Specific When Asking Your Goddess For A Favor

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…

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A Reconstructionist Argument For Inclusive Heathenry

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…