In a radical shift in rhetoric, Nordiska Asa-samfundet (NAS) has appointed Sibbe Bladh-Hvass, aka Carl Z. Grönbohm, as their new “Riksblotsansvarig” (translated: National Blót Manager). Bladh-Hvass describes himself as a ‘Nordic Yogi’, a student of kundalini, and a Rastafarian. In his statement after his appointment, Bladh-Hvass said: “I am Sibbe, a man directly descended from the first white men in an unbroken bloodline. I stand for a heteronormative, folk line.” It is unclear exactly what this new direction will mean for current members of the NAS.
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This particular article is aimed at newer Heathens who aren’t as comfortable in their religious practices and are perhaps not yet settled into the how’s and why’s of performing rituals, with some tips for those who may be coming to Heathenry from a different kind of path, like Wicca. (As so many of us have in the past)
It can be hard to focus on putting our Heathenry into practice when we’re exhausted from chasing around a Toddler Tornado all day. Not everyone realizes how difficult it can be for parents to find time for even the most basic observances, much less managing to go out and find a group to blót with. Well, from one parent to another, here are a few tips that get me through my day!
Magical thinking extends beyond religious experience and into the secular world, with a vast majority of people not even realizing that they’re engaging in it much less that they hold beliefs that could be seen as irrational if we attempted to explain them. Investing personal meaning in occurrences, objects, and places is natural to our humanity and just another aspect of how our minds work.
When asked to consider a column for this website, I thought that writing as a Heathen Woman from a farm she tends alone would be an interesting voice, and hopefully a worthy one. I do not write as any sort of authority, historian, or academic. I write as a practicing Heathen, a Farmer, a Woman, and a Tribe Organizer. My loftiest goal is to give you a taste of my experiences here at this farm as an Ásatrúar close to the soil.
Sometimes it helps to look at one’s own beliefs through the lens of another culture. It can help us to view our strengths and shortcomings in new ways. Continuing my theme from Part 1 of this series, I’ll be going over how some other philosophies approach the topic of forming a relationship with the gods, and how these can apply in a Heathen context.
Eventually, our Heathenry has to leave our heads and go to our hands and hearts. In other words, it has to become something we do, not just something we think about. Whether you’re new to Urglaawe and looking for an entry-point, or just looking to bring your practice to life, here are some ideas that might help you get started.
It’s no secret that the subjects of magic and mysticism are a bit of a hot-button topic among Heathens. Arguments for or against aside, one thing I think most Heathens of any persuasion can agree upon is that there is a LOT of poorly researched, misunderstood, or outright BS sources out there on the subject of “Rune Magic”.