I recently read an article which ended up prompting me to think again about how modern Polytheists (including Heathens) have begun to re-relate to their deities. Much has already been written about the fusion that has been forming between ancient Polytheism and modern pop-culture in some circles, with arguments ranging between “pop-culture is a doorway to the gods” to “portraying the gods as pop-culture figures is entirely disrespectful”.
Fjölvinsmál is a very late Eddic poem, dated to around the second half of the 17th century, and is a part of Svipdagsmál. In it, the hero Svipdagr, at last, reaches a castle that is perched on a mountaintop and surrounded by a wall of flames!
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?
The following is a 12-day celebration I created for my own family, that modern Heathens can celebrate during the Yule season. While I have drawn in part from traditional European customs, this is in no way a reconstructionist effort. It’s mostly just a fun way to honor the gods and wights during one of the holiest times on the Heathen calendar.
As an interest in modern day Loki cultus has continued to rise, so too has an interest in Loki’s oft forgotten wife Sigyn. Despite the lack of evidence regarding her, Sigyn has still managed to find a foothold within modern Heathenry, and has had a surprising amount to teach new devotees about duty, devotion, constancy, and sacrifice.