Monthly Archive: June 2016

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Everyday Heathenry: Making Midsummer

Midsummer in Sweden is a big thing. It’s such a major thing that it was seriously suggested to be made into Sweden’s National Day. It has a long history and is mentioned briefly in the Sagas of the Icelanders, in connection with Olav Tryggvason, though with no mention of how it was celebrated. There are written sources that give us important clues though.

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A Step In The Right Direction? T.A.C. Takes Action.

The Asatru Community’s bylaws take a pretty firm stance against racism, discrimination, and harassment. However, there have been a number of allegations against other organizations on their ‘Partners’ page.

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Heathenry is a Religion of Questions

There’s been some interesting conversations going around about “Defining Heathenry”. Some break it down into categories like Ásatrú, Theodish, Vanatru, etc… To that end, let me explain what I mean when I say “Heathenry”. I don’t claim that this answer is definitive, or even that anybody needs to agree with me or my priorities. Think of this as a kind of introduction, providing context so that everything else I write will make more sense.

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Handspinning For Beginners – Pre-Drafting and Drafting Fiber

In this third installment of my How-too series on handspinning, I will attempt to describe how to pre-draft and draft various types of prepared fiber. Drafting, in handspinning, is how you prepare your fiber for your drop spindle. Pre-drafting is when you need to thin out your fiber ahead of time before drafting. Don’t worry if it sounds like you’re going in circles; we’re spinning, that’s kind of the point!!

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Ranting Recon: Becoming The Beast

Heathenry has always had a fascination with wolves. From ancient sagas to modern Facebook groups, the image of the wolf is ubiquitous. Among most modern Heathen groups the wolf is often seen as a symbol of strength, willpower, and fierce loyalty. However, while the wolf as a symbol might be a constant in our traditions, its meaning is not. Far from being a positive totem of our community, the wolf was the quintessential ‘monster to the ancient Germanic cultures. So in a community that’s rather focused on preserving the old Lore, how and why did this shift manage to occur?

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Know Your Lore: The Poetic Edda

As a new Heathen, people are often told to “read the Sagas and the Eddas”. However, this can be a bit overwhelming to those unfamiliar with Old Norse spelling and pronunciation. This situation is further worsened by the somewhat stilted, archaic-sounding translations of the key texts. So what’s a newbie Heathen to do?