The Germanic ring-dance (or chain dance) was common over northern and western Europe for many centuries, and is still practiced in some places such as the Faeroe Islands. The usefulness of such a thing to me in ritual is obvious, and digging around a little we see that the practice has its origins in the… Continue reading Dance in Ritual
Lately I’ve seen a few blog posts and YouTube videos of a particularly reconstructionist bent going out of their way to try to prove that the pre-Christian Germanic peoples did not celebrate Midsummer. I think they vastly overstate the case, and I’d like to go through some of the evidence to the contrary. I did… Continue reading More Thoughts on Midsummer
A new video from Warduna has made its way onto the web, and it’s fantastic as usual.
On this past Friday and Saturday, I engaged in a most successful experimental magical Working. I had never done anything in the realm of automatic writing before, but had been having some very strong pulls in that direction. Most specifically, over the last few weeks, I’ve felt compelled to contact the spirit of the Germanic… Continue reading A Successful Experiment
Over at the NY Times, Tara Isabella Burton penned a very interesting piece about Weird Christianity. It’s well worth reading the whole thing, despite the fact that she’s talking about Christianity, because I think a lot of what she says has relevance within Heathenry, too. (It’s also worth noting that Rod Dreher (of whom I’ve… Continue reading Weird Heathenry
This one has a lot in common with the first. There’s the live music, and the own seems to have turned out for the event. There are costumes, but somehow this seems a bit less contrived and a bit more organic. In a way, I think the Christian elements of this event make it better… Continue reading A Tale of Two Beltanes
Carrying on from part one of this series, we have seen a fair amount of evidence suggestive of the fact that the celebration of St. Walpurga was mapped onto a pre-Christian goddess associated with “the miracle of the grain”. Let’s see what else we can glean on this major-yet-still-enigmatic holiday. Specifically, it’s most famous association;… Continue reading Walpurgisnacht Part Two
As of yesterday, a new Theodish tribe has been formed in the New York/New Jersey region, Ondheim Theod. May the Gods grant us great Luck in our future endeavors!
Edred Thorsson’s latest book is not only a departure from his usual magically-focused works, but it is possibly one of his most important books to date. As the title implies, Re-Tribalize Now! (sub-titled “A step-by-step guide to cultural renewal”) focuses on the project of realigning culture along the ancient tribal model, with a focus on… Continue reading Book Review: Re-Tribalize Now!
There is a confluence of several events (about which more in the future, perhaps) that has had me thinking about my experience in the Normannii Theod, led by Dan. I did, and do, like Dan as a friend, and probably always will. But his time as leader of the Normannii did damage not only to… Continue reading Theod as Cautionary Tale