Many aspects if our tradition end up getting oversimplified into easy to swallow ‘Christianized’ binaries. This is most evident in the modern concept of Valhalla. I so often see Valhalla, or in Old Norse: Valhöll, described as this kind of glorious “Heathen Heaven”; a golden hall in Asgard where every day is filled with Fighting and Feasting and Fff….’Frolicking’… The idea of Valhöll goes so much deeper than that, and it’s such a shame to see this fundamental part of our tradition’s worldview so often be either misunderstood or blatantly misrepresented.
I’ve been thinking about my Christian roots and also how some pagans and heathens are willing to keep the Christ in their lives. But can a Heathen really worship Jesus? Or more importantly, can a Christian also follow the Aesir and the Vanir gods?
To many modern Heathens, ‘Brisingamen’ is Freya’s beautiful necklace, made of gold or amber or gemstones. Gifted to her by four crafty dwarves, who were paid as only Freya could pay them. Her necklace is as much of a distinctive symbol of the Lady as Thor’s Hammer is of the Thunderer.
American folk practices have always interested me. Especially, when regional practices formerly unheard of by those outside of a specific community or at least not popular in other areas are now being written and openly spoken about respectfully.
The Elder Futhark are the runes that just about everybody learns first, and they’re what you’ll see on just about every set of divinitory runes you’ll likely ever see in a shop. We’re going to take these on first because, quite frankly, they’re the easiest to learn.
I write quite a lot about children and Heathenry, since my wife and I have two kids and we bring them up in a heathen way, in a heathen context. We try to teach them what we know and include them as much as we can – or as much as they’ll allow us, at least – by taking them to blóts and making them part of the ceremonies we do at home like Torshelgd
The foundation of any Heathen’s spiritual practice is the giving of gifts. Heathens back in the day (as well as Heathens today) understood that a constant exchange of gifts was required in order to grow our relationships with the Gods, ancestors, and land spirits. A gift begets a gift, back and forth, and so a relationships is grown.
Hay un debate interesante que he visto a la deriva cerca de los bordes de la comunidad heathen por años y es (interesantemente) uno de los únicos temas que he visto mucho más debatido en persona que en la blogósfera heathen en general. ¿Los heathens de antaño tenían algún concepto de un “espíritu guía” o un “tótem animal”?
Did the ancient Heathens have some concept of a ‘spirit guide’ or ‘totem animal’? The answer might surprise you.
It can be tricky to try to teach your kids Heathenry. I know my way around the myths, but I’m reasonably good at retelling them for adults, I’m not always the best at doing the same for my children. Also, I have to compete with Netflix, YouTube and Minecraft for their attention. So, I try to find small ways to reach them, childish things to peak their interest. Childish is fun!