In our practice the wights are what we work with the most often. This sets us apart from most heathens we meet, who almost exclusively speak of the gods and their personal relationships with them.
A lot has changed since Iceland converted to Christianity over a thousand years ago, so it's safe to say that our ancestors viewed beauty, romance, and sex differently than we do now.
Heathen ethics and practice are about the relationships you build in this life. How you will affect this world, and how you will be remembered is based on how you honour those relationships.
Self-Reliance is about bettering yourself, not cutting yourself off from the world; and there are so many ways to accomplish that.
I have worn a lot of hats in the communities I belong to. One of them is seeress, although in the case of that particular job veil might be a more appropriate metaphor.
The Heathen community has always had a bit of a fixation on the concept of Valhalla. Thanks to the popularizing forces of Marvel, and to a certain extent Snorri Sturluson, there's this all too common