Reconstructionist Heathenry. For a phrase that’s so widely used throughout our community, there seems to be an awful lot of misconceptions about what it actually means.
Eu amo essa comunidade. Eu amo a tolerancia aberta do guarda-chuva pagão tanto quanto a força pé-no-chão e a praticidade do Heathenry. Existe uma razão para eu ainda ser um heathen. Heahenry está longe de ser perfeito, mas nunca disse que seria. Parte dessa força vem do reconhecimento nossas próprias imperfeições e do trabalho para melhorar, tanto enquanto indivíduos como enquanto comunidade. E esse é o porquê eu escolhi escrever hoje sobre algo que nossa comunidade não gosta de falar.
I’ve been thinking a lot about the role women play and how they are treated in different cultures. It seems rather weird to me that women have been treated so poorly throughout history, but I’ve been thinking about why this might be.
I have been excited to meet heathens of so many local communities over my time in Heathenry, often inspired by the presence of known and well-respected members of that community who have been esteemed for some time. In each and every occasion I have visited with Heathen groups in person, I have been pleased with the Heathen’s I knew about and came to meet (in retrospect almost always men) and absolutely blown away by the amazing heathens I never heard of before (almost always women).
You know, I thought we were getting it right. I thought I had a pretty good read on what women faced, in every community. Of all of those communities, I thought Heathenry was the one that did the best job of accepting men and women equally and in all the myriad expressions of their femininity. Then I interviewed some of the finest Heathen women that I’ve ever had the privilege to know. What they had to say about my community was an eye opener…
Grief is not just the loss of something we loved, but also the destruction of a part of ourselves. Most of all, grief is a loss of control. When everything else has been taken from us, the last thing left for us to control is our grief.
My relationship with Freya has been a long one which has involved much wooing on both of our parts. It started when I was 19 and had just found Wicca; She turned out to be my Patron Deity. A few years later, I found Heathenry, and I was able to put my worship of her into her a more coherent cultural and religious context. Many years later I went through a really bad relationship and subsequent divorce, and She helped me put my pieces back together and become whole again. In the years since my divorce, I’ve deepened into a clergy role for Her, and in doing so, I found myself in need of a Dedication Contract.
The Heathen community in São Paulo is younger than its US counterparts but it seems to be thriving in this dense urban hub of Brazil. While there are attributes many Heathens around the world would recognize, in many ways São Paulo Heathenry has its own unique flavor.