Tyra Ulfdottir recently wrote a piece that's getting a LOT of attention, called “Reconstructionists are Idiots”. So why am I (a self identified Reconstructionist) not offended by this piece? Well, because Tyra's not ENTIRELY wrong, and I think we need to have a better conversation about what, exactly, Reconstructionist Heathenry actually is.
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 idea of Valhalla as this glorious 'Heathen Heaven'. Meanwhile Helheim is painted as a bleak and unpleasant existence. This dualistic worldview is really a product of Christian cosmology, and fails to do justice to the beautiful complexity of our tradition.