Author: Tyra Ulfdottir

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The Rational Heathen: Honoring Ancestors: Do I Really Have to Worship Aunt Mabel?

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.

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The Rational Heathen: Is it Time to Abandon the Irminsul?

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?

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The Rational Heathen: When Did the AFA Join the Westboro Baptist Church?

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.

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Freyr isn’t going to Bless those PopTarts

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.

Seriously?

Kids, we need to talk.