One of the things I like about Heathenry is the concept of honoring our ancestors, or as anthropologists would term, “ancestor worship.” But, honestly, if some of my relatives were a pain in the ass when they were alive, why would I want to draw strength from them when they’re dead? Well, the answer is both yes and no.
Author: Tyra Ulfdottir
Oh, boy howdy. I know I’m going to get flack for this post, but this has been weighing on my mind for some time. Every time I see stylized depictions of the Irminsul, I feel uncomfortable. Not because of the original meaning of the Irminsul, but what it has grown to represent due to the blatant misappropriation by the neo-Nazis and the white supremacists. So, where does that leave us with the Irminsul?
Oddly enough, having a god grab you by the scruff of the neck is actually not that unusual in heathenry. I say this based on both personal experience and experiences that many other Heathens have shared with me.
I’ve never heard of someone being an absolute shit in the stories, making a sacrifice, and having the gods say, “Okay, Bro, you gave us a delicious barbecue pig, we’re going to cut you some slack for being a shit all your life and grant you something you wanted.”
Before we get started, I must point out that I didn’t mean to insult the Westboro Baptist Church. In a stunt that could only be pulled by people of that kind of caliber, the Asatru Folk Assembly, has determined that straight whites who uphold what I can only consider “traditional” Christian roles are allowed in their group.
Well, it’s harvest time. Today I was preserving some peaches I received from a local farmer, and it occurred to me that most people really aren’t in touch with their food. Oh sure, you go to the grocery store and buy stuff. Maybe you plant a small garden, if you have the space, but many people don’t. So, you buy your food from who knows where, and pray to Freyr that maybe he’ll accept your thanks.
Kids, we need to talk.
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?
Well, I’ve irked a bunch of people with posts on both sites now. If fact, I’ve been told that I’m not a Heathen. (Nor that I’m rational, but that is clearly open for debate.) Well,...