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Huginn’s Heathen Hof

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Author: Cara Freyasdaughter

Cara Freyasdaughter is a devotional polytheist dedicated to Freya, Freyr, and Gerd who works within a reconstructed-ish Heathen tradition. Current member of The Troth and former member of ADF, she previously blogged at Patheos’ “Happily Heathen”. She also blogs regularly about her experiences as a polytheist at “Freya: The Gold Thread” and “A Community of Gods Surround Me”. Currently, Cara leads Heathen and polytheist rituals and classes in northern Illinois. She is one of the founders of the Bay Area group “The Vanic Conspiracy” and the organizer of the Freyja’s Aett ritual group, which is devoted to Freya in all of her facets.
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There are a lot of challenges inherent in bringing any part of a past culture into the modern world. Things as intangible as religious and spiritual beliefs are especially challenging because while historians and archaeologists can dig up some information about a culture, much of what they find is limited and very open to interpretation.
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Given Heathenry's focus on using alcohol in our rituals and the focus on feasting (often with alcohol), alcohol abuse can become a problem in Heathen communities. Sometimes it’s a guest who’s high at your sumbel and makes a nuisance of himself. Sometimes, it ends up being hidden in one of your most trusted kinsfolk with whom you’ve shared the horn with for years, and comes out in an unexpected and devastating way. Addiction, it whatever form it takes, can affect us all. Here are some suggestions for dealing with it at all levels in your community.
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