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Huginn’s Heathen Hof

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Tag: Odin

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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 love this community. I love the open tolerance of the broader Pagan umbrella as well as the well-grounded strength and practicality of Heathenry. There’s a reason I’m a still Heathen. It’s far from perfect, but it never claims to be. Part of that strength comes from acknowledging our own shortcomings and working to improve them, both as individuals and as a community. Which is why I chose to write today about something our community doesn’t like to talk about.
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Heathenry has always had a fascination with wolves. From ancient sagas to modern Facebook groups, the image of the wolf is ubiquitous. Among most modern Heathen groups the wolf is often seen as a symbol of strength, willpower, and fierce loyalty. However, while the wolf as a symbol might be a constant in our traditions, its meaning is not. Far from being a positive totem of our community, the wolf was the quintessential 'monster to the ancient Germanic cultures. So in a community that's rather focused on preserving the old Lore, how and why did this shift manage to occur?
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