Monthly Archive: January 2017

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The Ancestors as Bridges Instead of Barriers

It is unfortunate that factions of outspoken white nationalists have increasingly found their way into Heathenry and, perhaps due to this, the subject of lineage and ancestry in the Northern Traditions has become an extremely sensitive one. Are there ways in which the Heathen ancestors could become bridges rather than barriers for non-European descended converts by including them in their practice?

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Asatru Means Faith, Not Hate

I’ve been approached too often lately by friends and acquaintances about the blight on the Heathen community: hate groups. Unfortunately, even though I’ve been writing about this topic, and working with others to support the fight against hate in Heathenry, there are still lots of people I know who think that “Asatru” equals “neo-Nazi”. So I interrupt your normal Barn Owl Broadside broadcast to explain some important points on this topic, and to share some terminology that people might not fully understand.

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Heathen Spirituality

Heathens are not, as a rule, very good at talking about spirituality. Actual spirituality seems often to be brushed aside and regarded as “fluffy” and “New Age-y”. But to me, and I expect to many others, Heathenry is naturally very much about spiritual matters.

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Heathens Deface Historic German Landmark

Residents in the town of Horn-Bad Meinberg, Germany, awoke on January first to discover that a local landmark had been defaced in a surprisingly impressive way. Sometime during the night, an unknown group managed to break into the locked park surrounding the Externsteine, reach the top of a nearly 130 ft. tall stone pillar, and plant a massive wooden Irminsul at the summit. Local authorities remain baffled as to how anyone managed to get the 20+ft. tall structure erected in the first place.