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Huginn’s Heathen Hof

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We’ve been having a thoughtful conversation across blogs lately about what Heathenry is (or isn’t) missing. It is, of course, a conversation we’ve been having for forty years. Before we had it online, we had it in magazines, and before we had it in magazines, we had it in mimeographed newsletters. Wherever we’ve had it, though, we’ve been having it in English, and that means that we’ve assumed a few things, and that we’ve missed a few more.
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A common problem for newer Heathens, and even some of the more experienced members of our community, is determining exactly what the Heathen holiday calendar looks like. Even a brief dive into Google will reveal a number of different calendars and holy days. The AFA has eight holy days based on the Wiccan wheel of the year. The Troth has TWENTY TWO annual celebrations if you include the various 'Days of Remembrance'. Combined with current scholarly disputes over dates and practices, it's enough to leave a newcomer completely baffled!
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For more than half of my life the art of hand spinning has appealed to me. Spinning wheels especially. The various wheels I would see in art, old photos, and antique shops always seemed like more than a tool to create yarn and thread. One of the things that really brought me to Heathenry were the stories of Frau Holda and a spindle that led a young girl to her domain.
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