We all know about The Lore. You know, The Lore, capitalized. Generally referring to the Eddas and related documents, more broadly to information regarding the people of the Northern European cultures and time periods that we include in Heathenry that was recorded or produced in the pre-Christian era. It sometimes is broadened to include conclusions drawn from archeological finds and folklore and practices from that time that have survived into the modern day.
There is nothing we like arguing about more, is there?
In my previous article I discussed drop spindles and how to acquire one. This article will discuss different materials you can use in handspinning and some places you can find them.
Óðinn, as he is depicted by the Lore, is very complex and multidimensional. To simply label him as a "God of War" is not only an inadequate descriptor, it’s a disservice to the depth of his personality. The Allfather wears many faces, and all of them are important to the Sagas he weaves.
Tyra Ulfdottir recently wrote a piece that’s getting a LOT of attention, called “Reconstructionists are Idiots”. So why am I (a self identified Reconstructionist) not offended by this piece? Well, because Tyra’s not ENTIRELY wrong, and I think we need to have a better conversation about what, exactly, Reconstructionist Heathenry actually is.
At first, you might think that I, the Rational Heathen, would be a complete reconstructionist. After all, I’m all into logic and learning how and why things came into being. Reconstructionism, at its core is trying to learn and ascertain how northern paganism came into being, what constitutes northern paganism, and what influenced it later. You see, I’m not against the concept of reconstruction, per se, I’m against the way it is being misused in arguments.
Handspinning with a drop spindle is an art form that was once necessity. All over the globe from the early history of humans to modern times people have employed the use of various types of spindles and eventually spinning wheels in some cases to create threads of different types. These threads would create clothing and other useful textiles. In this beginner series of articles I will be providing a very basic overview on handspinning.
We’ve been having a thoughtful conversation across blogs lately about what Heathenry is (or isn’t) missing. It is, of course, a conversation we’ve been having for forty years. Before we had it online, we had it in magazines, and before we had it in magazines, we had it in mimeographed newsletters. Wherever we’ve had it, though, we’ve been having it in English, and that means that we’ve assumed a few things, and that we’ve missed a few more.
I’ve been thinking about basic heathen morals and if there is such a thing as good and evil when dealing with Heathen and Asatru beliefs. I’ve been considering stories that come from our ancestors, and I’m convinced that there is such a thing as good and evil, but not in the same way that Christianity and other religions define good and evil.
One popular news item floating about the Heathen networks recently has been this new theory on the interpretation of the Rök Runestone, in Sweden. Previously believed to be an unusual account of heroic deeds and past rulers, Rökstenen stood out from amidst it’s peers because of the difference in writing style as well as its unusually lengthy text. Despite being well preserved and relatively easy to read, interpreting the stone has always been fraught with issues.
The Vanir bestow blessings of fertility and prosperity to all areas of our lives. Njord, in particular, is a very generous god. He blesses fishermen with an abundant catch and manages the currents which bring merchants’ ships safely into port. He gives of Himself to keep the peace: He allows Himself to become a hostage after the Aesir-Vanir War, and when Skadi comes storming into Asgard to avenge Her father’s death, it is Njord who ends up becoming her husband and soothing her anger. Njord helps to calm the roiling waves, no matter what their source. He gives wisdom and good counsel, and he and Freyr act as priests for the Aesir tribe. When gifts of money, fertility, wisdom, serenity, and abundance of all kinds are needed, turn to Njord for help. He will always there to help you “bring your ship in”.