As many regular readers will know, the question of how we define “Paganism” is something that I find fascinating. On a practical level, the definition of contemporary Paganism (or Neopaganism) has implications in academia, the law, and how those under the “Pagan” umbrella are viewed by society at large. One of the great failings of… Continue reading Is this Pagan? (Part One)
One of the basic principles of Heathenry is the concept of the innangarðs and the útangarðs. Literally, these two Old Norse terms mean “inside the enclosure” and “outside the enclosure”. The concept is applied more broadly to kinship and kithship. There are those who are “in the group”, and those who are “outside the group”.… Continue reading The Ins and Outs of Heathenry
Many Wiccans and Pagans make a point of saying that they are interested in “harmony”, or that they are pacifists, or somesuch. There’s lots of woo about living in peace with our neighbors, or seeking to resolve our differences like reasonable, modern, peaceful people. Some make a great show about how they would never practice… Continue reading Mine is not a religion of peace
The rituals most typically celebrated by Heathens such as Asatruar and Theodsmen differ from those celebrated by most Pagans, particularly from those who are either Wiccan or whose rituals are inspired by Wicca. I thought it might be informative to present a brief outline of what Heathens do, and allow my readers to make their… Continue reading The Varieties of Heathen Ritual
Today, August 1st, is Lammas, the Anglo-Saxon “first harvest” festival, also known as “loaf-mass”. It’s also known as Freyfaxi amongst some Asatruar, which name comes froma horse-sacrifice noted in Hrafnkel’s Saga. Today I shall make an offering of some of the first harvest from my garden to the land-wights and Gods.