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Huginn’s Heathen Hof

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Right, so I know I'm breaking a rule of writing by writing about writer's block – one, because it's whiny and often feels a lot like trying to get people to praise you, and two, because it's boring to read! Why would anyone else want to read about how hard it is to write? Write or get out of the kitchen. Don't complain about it. But, I have this idea about how it relates to Heathenry and our gods, which I feel is a fresh take on a worn out subject.
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I’ve recently come home from a heathen festival in the UK, the Asgardian. It was a fantastic experience and we had wonderful weather with barely a drop of rain – which I believe must be some sort of record for England. There were interesting lectures and workshops covering topics from an in depth analysis of the Wild Hunt phenomenon to magical music among finns, sami and norse peoples. There were vendors selling a lot of good stuff, a couple of food vendors with really good food, and a tavern that was well frequented.
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Many aspects if our tradition end up getting oversimplified into easy to swallow 'Christianized' binaries. This is most evident in the modern concept of Valhalla. I so often see Valhalla, or in Old Norse: Valhöll, described as this kind of glorious "Heathen Heaven”; a golden hall in Asgard where every day is filled with Fighting and Feasting and Fff....'Frolicking'... The idea of Valhöll goes so much deeper than that, and it's such a shame to see this fundamental part of our tradition's worldview so often be either misunderstood or blatantly misrepresented.
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