Written by: Mathias Vidas Olsen Dear Editor, This is a pretty long rant about the TV-series Vikings. But I feel it is important, as “Vikings” is in of itself a way for the creators of the show to communicate their own perceived notion of the Viking age. They are communicating a very poorly understood culture to an […]
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!
There are people in the community who give of their efforts as volunteers to put on events. These events we all gather at and celebrate our community in, but the community does not put them on, people do. Too frequently the same people put on all the events and end up bearing the costs for what the entire community enjoys. This is not “a gift for a gift”. This is taking and not giving in return. This is not heathenry.
In the Urglaawe calendar, we’re currently experiencing Entschanning, or the emergence, a 12-day observance beginning with Grundsaudaag on February 2nd. We complete lots of tasks during Entschanning. We’re busy cleaning out our hearths, stoves, and fire pits, in preparation for Spring. Then, we create a Butzemann!
If you’re anything like me, or really the majority of primarily English speaking Heathens, figuring out the correct spelling and pronunciation for some of those Old Norse names can be tricky at the best of times. So with all of this confusion, what’s a Heathen to do? How are we supposed to know if we’re even pronouncing the names of the gods correctly? Well, here’s a handy guide to help you do just that!
A while back, John T Mainer wrote a great piece called “Women in Heathenry”, which nicely summarized some of the common shortcomings of the Heathen community regarding gender equality. The responses to this article were rather baffling…
I was recently asked what advice I would give to someone interested in becoming a Nordic Pagan. This is such a deep and important question, and how we answer says a lot about what Heathenry is to us.
In just a few short days, we’ll be celebrating my favorite holiday in the entire Urglaawe calendar: Grundsaudaag. In English, that’s “Groundhog Day”. Believe it or not, the history behind this holiday is a lot more interesting than most people think!
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?
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?