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The Ale Glad Collection: Holy Worth

The following essay was originally published on AsatruBlog.com and is republished here with the permission of the original author. In ancient times we didn’t have a written moral code. Instead, each tribe and clan relied on their own norms of behavior and customs to determine whether someone was behaving in a good and right fashion. There are clear commonalities of behavior shared within the Nordic, Anglo-Saxon, and Teutonic cultural groups…

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Season 2, Episode 7: Oaths

Hey everybody, Heathen Talk is live tonight and we are getting back to our roots. Tonight we are talking about Oaths, what they mean, why they are important, and when to take them. As always Join Josh Lauren and Thorin as we discuss this topic, argue and agree aggressively with each other. Like us? Let us know at www.heathentalk.com Hate us? Let us know at www.facebook.com/heathentalk Have ideas for us?…

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From the Crow’s Nest: The Freedom of Community

I am free because I am bound to a community. It almost seems contradictory. How can someone in modern society consider themselves free when they intentionally bind themselves to the good of others? This comes down to a clash of the Heathen worldview and the overculture’s ideals of how a person should live. The Heathen worldview is transgressive to modern society, but ultimately the most freeing. Modern American culture has…

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Season 2 Episode 6: Individual Praxis

Tonight Heathen Talk is talking about individual heathens and individual praxis. Join Josh, Lauren, Thorin, and everyone in the chat as we discuss, and likely argue about the roles and rituals of the individual. Question of the night: What does heathen individual praxis look like? Can we build something for the individual using the reconstructionist method, and the heathen world view? Find us Here: www.heathentalk.com www.facebook.com/heathentalk twitter @Heathen_Talk www.reddit.com/r/heathentalk  

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The Heathen Mind: Construction & Transgression

The following essay was originally published on AsatruBlog.com and is republished here with the permission of the original author. Originally Published on June 6, 2015 by Ale Glad. Heathenry is constructive. It compels us to create. It compels us to build a legacy to pass down to future generations. The Heathen mindset is one of investment in the system in both terms of identity and physicality. The Heathen mind cannot abide tearing down the system. It…

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“Prayer” in a Heathen Context

For all its claim to empiricism, popular opinions remain barriers to reconstructionist Heathen practice. Whether through misunderstanding, poor scholarship, or emotive clinging to attitudes from previous religious engagements (example: Christian-themed cultural baggage), these opinions tend to shape the growth of Heathen religious traditions for years. In some extreme cases – especially in the wider Contemporary Pagan community – the conflation between practice and and this emotional baggage results in the…

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Behavior, Promises, and Social Inversion

The following essay was originally published on AsatruBlog.com and is republished here with the permission of the original author. Originally Published on January 11, 2016 by Ale Glad. A common trope in media today is the use of embarrassment of an individual as a reward for the audience in assisting with the completion of a goal. I find this to be an interesting use of Shame Culture principles. Let us…

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Thinking Heathen: Changing Behaviors, Attitudes, and Concepts

  The following essay was originally published on AsatruBlog.com and is republished here with the permission of the original author. Originally Published on February  11, 2016 by Ale Glad. In July of 2013, I wrote a piece on false kinship. “Don’t Call Me Brother” has received more commentary than any other article I’ve written, both positive and negative. My argument was that the use of kinship terminology by those who…

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Dear Asatru

Dear Asatru, We need to talk When I got involved with the greater Heathen religious movement in the early 2000’s, Asatru was the preferred nomenclature for anyone who didn’t identify as Theodish belief. It didn’t matter if you were Germanic, Anglo-Saxon, Norse, or Icelandic, you were Asatru. I can only speculate as to why that was, but I strongly suspect a good deal of it was a lack of access…

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A Line in the Sand

The Asatru Folk Assembly is a pustulant cancer on the body of heathenry, and must be excised. A little direct? Well, I thought I would return the favor. After all, they’ve recently been very direct with the rest of us in their statements on their organization’s feelings about race and gender normativity. This isn’t the first time, either. In January, while still under the leadership of Steve McNallen, this appeared…

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The AFA: It’s that time again.

Well the reins have changed hands and, with a change of leadership the AFA has decided to embrace the ideals they’d only skirted in the past. Last time the AFA leadership stuck his foot in his mouth I wrote about why he was misguided. I issued an invitation to come on the show and clarify and I weathered the insults and virulence that the myopic followers of that man brought…

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More on Siblinghood and Kinship Bonds

The following essay was originally published on AsatruBlog.com and is republished here with the permission of the original author. Originally Published on July 29, 2013 by Ale Glad. Siblinghood terminology has been greatly devalued in our society. Kinship has meaning and abusing kinship terminology simply isn’t acceptable to me. If I don’t know a person, it doesn’t matter what common interests we share, I don’t know that person and they…

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Don’t Call Me Brother: False Kinship and the Inappropriate Assumption of Familiarity

The following essay was originally published on AsatruBlog.com and is republished here with the permission of the original author. Originally Published on July 17, 2013 by Ale Glad.   I’m going to warn you right now, this is a pet peeve post. Generally, I try to avoid writing these but this has been something that I’ve been meaning to address for some time now. There is a common behavior that…

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Season 2 Episode 1 : Relationships

This week we’re talking about relationships. How have relationships with family, friends, and other folks we interact with on a daily basis. How as becoming Heathen affected these relationships? How does the Heathen concept of Community and Inner/Outer yard shape how we interact with others?

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Episode 50 – Language Part 2

This week we’re revisiting the topic of language, as a method of communication of worldview as well as the utilization of it in liturgical and ritual aspects. Rich Culver has kindly agreed to come on to our show as a guest for this episode, and will be joining Josh, Lauren, and Thorin to discuss this topic.

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Episode 51 – House Rites

Heathen Talk is Live at 7pm Pacific / 10pm Eastern! This week we’re house cult and the personal spirituality. You can watch live on our Youtube Channel http://www.YouTube.com/c/heathentalk Heathen Talk is the only live Heathen podcast! Each week we discuss issues that are important to modern Heathenry. This week we’re going to be drunkenly arguing about house cult, how to form your own personal/tribal practices, and why Lauren is always…

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Episode 52 – One Year In

You can watch live on YouTube at: http://www.YouTube.com/c/heathentalk Time flies when you’re having fun! To celebrate the year, the staff will be on hand to reflect our growth as a podcast platform, what we thought about the past year, and where we want to go in the future. As well as anything else in mind. Chat live during the show on our IRC Channel: https://kiwiirc.com/client/irc.esper…. If that IRC link is…

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Episode 53 – Heathen Identity

Hey everybody! Heathentalk is live tonight with Lauren, Toby, and the venerable Thorin. They are going to be talking about heathen identity, and based on our private chats it promises to be entertaining. Give us a listen at 7pm PST right here: https://www.youtube.com/c/heathentalk Find links to all the things here: https://www.heathentalk.com And lastly tweet at @heathen_talk or @joshw75 to let us know what you think!

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From the Crow’s Nest – Action and Frith

In Culture of the Teutons, Groenbeck describes Frith as a deep, abounding love for kin. He points out that one of the most beautiful poems that has survived the pre-Christian era, the kennings in Egil’s Saga, is about the deep love of kin. It’s a beautiful example of what ideally Frith should be – a deep emotional bond in families. However, Frith is not the cultural norm anymore. Many of…

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Episode 49 – Cascadia Moot Live

We’re airing the show that we previously recorded at Cascadia Moot tonight, since we’ve been absolutely HYPING it out for the past few months. Also, do not forget that we have our weekly Javamal episodes, hosted by Ben Waggoner! You can find them at: http://heathentalk.com/feed/podcast/javamal

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Episode 48 – Tribe

Thorin, Lauren, and Josh will be speaking to the idea of the Tribe as it pertains to modern Heathenry, focusing on the / a need for Tribe, what that entails to contemporary practice, and issues in approaching the terminology from both religious and non-religious applications.

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Episode 47 – Post Cascadia Moot Breakdown

The hosts are all just back from Cascadia Moot, and I don’t know about the others but I am still tired… As always, our hosts Josh, Lauren, and Thorin gather to discuss those issues that are of concern or of importance to contemporary Heathenry. You can always join us live on Wednesdays at 7pm Pacific/10pm Eastern at You can watch live on our Youtube Channel http://www.YouTube.com/c/heathentalk

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Episode 46 – Baggage

For this episode, we’re talking about Baggage!  We’ll be discussing the types of baggage that we’ve dealt personally with, the types that we’ve seen most prevalent within Heathenry, and how we’ve personally approached it. Because Cascadia Moot is right around the corner we’ve found that this week is hectic!  Josh is hosting, and we’ve invited our good friends Näf Andrewson and Ashli to join us, and we may have other…

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Ladies Night III

It’s Ladies Night III, and we have  guests Sarah Frey, Jennifer Culver, and Jenna Woginrich! Lauren kicked Josh and Thorin off the show for a night off, and has taken over the show for the evening. If you can’t join us live and still wish to engage with us, you can drop us a line on Facebook, or tweet us @Heathen_Talk! And a reminder! Heathen Talk Network has launched the…

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Sin, Thew, and the Bones of Innangearde

Does sin have a place in Heathenry? For newer Heathens, surrounded by false information that strips Heathenry of meaning and overwhelmed by books penned by authors with no interest in the truth, the answer may seem to be ‘no’. Due in no small part to a disturbing trend focused on solitary practice and rooted in new age mysticism, one of the most common misconceptions held by Heathens is that they…

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This week Ben and his trusty Black and Decker take on verse 5 He hath need of his wits who wanders wide, aught simple will serve at home; but a gazing-stock is the fool who sits mid the wise, and nothing knows. — Olive Bray translation Visit Ben’s site to learn more about his translations, or visit Heathen Talk for more information on our other shows.

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The Javamal – Verse 4

This week Ben discusses verse 4 of the Havamal He craves for water, who comes for refreshment, drying and friendly bidding, marks of good will, fair fame if ’tis won, and welcome once and again. — Olive Bray Translation   Visit Ben’s site to learn more about his translations, or visit Heathen Talk for more information on our other shows.

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The Delicate Drihten of the Hashtag Hall: An Update on The Asatru Community, Inc.

I shouldn’t be surprised. In Internet time, a week is a year, and to this old heathen, it certainly feels like an apt metaphor for the last week. Since publishing my article, TAC has refused, by policy, to comment on anything we at Heathen Talk have written, but when questions are raised, they demand answers, and TAC has found themselves forced to respond to our criticism whether they liked to…

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Episode 44 – Military Heathens

Thorin is taking over the reins of the show, Lauren and Josh have the night off, and we’re going to have ourselves a show for military Heathens. With Josh Heath of Open Halls, Chuck Hudson of Raven Radio, and Chris Jacheo of Tier One Viking Radio and Odin’s Operators as guests, Thorin will lead us in to what will undoubtedly be a cuss-filled show of amusement, banter, and perhaps debate. Who…

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The Javamal – Verse 3

This week Ben looks at verse 3 of the Havamal with his trusty Black and Decker coffee maker He hath need of fire, who now is come, numbed with cold to the knee; food and clothing the wanderer craves who has fared o’er the rimy fell. – Olive Bray translation Visit Ben’s site to learn more about his translations, or visit Heathen Talk for more information on our other shows.

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The Asatru Confidence Game

#ItsTime to reexamine its leadership I will make no effort to hide my distaste for the Asatru Community. From my very first interactions with them, they have never failed to disappoint me with their attitude and behavior in the face of even the most basic of challenges.  They epitomize a self-important, undeservedly self-entitled, and outrageously empty “spiritual not religious” attitude that is so pervasive in general paganism and something that…

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Episode 43 – Theodish Occupation

They’re back! Tonight, we’re once again hosting Brian Smith of White Marsh Þeod and Daniel Flores of Œþelland þeod as they join us to continue discussing and exploring Theodish belief!  Toby, Josh, and Thorin host while Lauren has the night off! White Marsh Theod’s website! Œþelland þeod’s Website! Support us by visiting our Patreon and Amazon Store.

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The Javamal – Verse 2

Episode 2 brings Verse 2 of the Havamal, with insight and breakdown from Ben Waggoner. Hail, ye Givers! a guest is come; say! where shall he sit within? Much pressed is he who fain on the hearth would seek for warmth and weal. – Olive Bray Translation Visit The Javamal  for more information about Ben and his translations!

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Episode 42 – Fairy Tales and Ritual

This week we’ve invited Dr. Jennifer Culver back onto our show! You may remember her from episode 22 – Gifting, and we’re really excited to have her back on Heathen Talk to speak about fairy tales and ritual! We’re super excited to share this episode with you all. We have a full crew tonight, with Toby joining Lauren, Josh, and Thorin in order to discuss this topic! Marc will be…

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The Javamal – Verse 1

In the inaugural episode of the Javamal, host Ben Waggoner goes in depth with the first verse of the Havamal At every door-way, ere one enters, one should spy round, one should pry round for uncertain is the witting that there be no foeman sitting, within, before one on the floor -Olive Bray translation Visit The Javamal  for more information about Ben and his translations!

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Heathen Talk Network Summer Internship

Do you love podcasts? Are you crazy about Heathenry? Think you are a master at social media? Heathen Talk Network is looking to hire a summer intern with just those qualities. This is an exciting opportunity for someone interested in either podcasting or Heathenry to get a first hand look at the operations of Heathen Talk Network. You will learn the fundamentals of audio editing, podcast network operations, social media…

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The Javamal – Verse 3

This week Ben will be discussing verse 3 of the Havamal courtesy of his Black and Decker Coffee Maker. He hath need of fire, who now is come, numbed with cold to the knee; food and clothing the wanderer craves who has fared o’er the rimy fell. — Olive Bray Translation The Javamal is brought to you by Heathen Talk Network. Check out more about the Javamal and buy Ben’s…

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Heathen Networking 101 – Starting a Meetup

In my last Heathen Networking 101, I discussed finding other Heathens. Now, I am going to go a bit more in depth with the idea I touched on at the end – starting a group. The very idea of starting a group strikes fear into the heart of even the most outgoing person. What if no one shows up? What if they are all crazy racist asshats? These are thoughts…

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Episode 42 – Luck: Beyond the Basics

we are back beyond the basics to discuss Luck. This subject is misunderstood quite often, and we wanted to tackle this subject to the best of our abilities. Our hosts, Lauren and Thorin, along with Executive Producer Toby, gather this evening to speak to this issue, and address any questions about Luck that we may have from the audience. You can watch live on our Youtube Channel:http://www.YouTube.com/c/heathentalk. You can also…

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Heathen Networking 101: How to Find Heathens

One of the most common requests in this sub is “are there any Heathens in XYZ?” When you are in a minority religion that doesn’t often have formal meeting places, it can be intimidating to find others. However, it is not impossible or even terribly hard once you know your resources and how to search. The first step you should take is to search Facebook, Google, and Bing for “Asatru…

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Episode 40 – N00bcast 2

You can watch live on our YouTube Channel: http://www.YouTube.com/c/heathentalk. This week we’re having a second N00bcast episode. Heathen Talk has been getting a lot of questions from new Heathens and in interested individuals and we wanted to take the time to address some of their concerns. We’ll be taking a look, primarily, at group dynamics and dealing with problems that may arise within physical groups, but also hopefully we will…

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Episode 39 – Mid Atlantic Heathens

Tonight we’re speaking to Lukas Hägele of Gollinkambi Kindred on the subject of the growing identity of regional Heathenry in the mid-Atlantic states, as well as a sundry other topics concerning Heathenry in that location! Join Thorin, Lauren, Josh, and Lukas tonight to discuss this aspect of regional Heathenry. You can watch live on our Youtube Channel: http://www.YouTube.com/c/heathentalk We are, after all, the best Heathen podcast out there! Chat live…

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Episode 38 – Theodish Invasion

You can watch live on our Youtube Channel: http://www.YouTube.com/c/heathentalk. Tonight we’re being invaded by Theodsmen! Brian Smith of White Marsh Þeod and Daniel Flores of Œþelland þeod join Josh, Toby, and Thorin to speak about Theodish Belief as well as comment on this growing branch of contemporary Heathenry. Chat live during the show on our IRC Channel: https://kiwiirc.com/client/irc.esper.net/#heathentalk Lauren, who is technically on vacation, is filling in for Marc and…

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How White is Homegenizing Heathenry

We often have conversations about our ancestors, our elders, matriarchs, and death. We often refer to the arch-heathens, and attempt to explain the worldview of heathenry as a revival of the worldview of the arch-heathen. This always comes back to a mention of your tribe, or an ancient tribe, or in many cases a confederation of ancient tribes. When we talk about the arch-heathens we are always talking about groups…

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Episode 37 – Steve Abell

Tonight we have special guest Steve Abell on our show! We bounce back from our error in February with a scheduling conflict to have him on air tonight to speak about storytelling, leading a national organisation, and any measure of other sundry bits of discussion which could arise. Watch on our YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/c/heathentalk Chat live with us during the show in our IRC channel, where our producer will be…

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Episode 36: The Illustrated Havamal with Sam Flegal

This week we’re joined by artist Sam Flegal to discuss his art and his Kickstarter Fateful Signs: The Illustrated Hávamál. As always, our hosts Josh and Thorin along with executive producer Toby will gather to discuss those issues that are of concern or of importance to contemporary Heathenry. Lauren may be joining us if her mouth is not numb from the dental work she is having today. Chat live during…

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Anonymity

The following is a reposting of an older post from my original blog. I am currently working on a series that isn’t quite ready, I hope you will forgive the reposting and enjoy the post.   Heathens horde reputation like Christians horde converts, and what better way to build reputation than the internet. This space is perfect for sharing ideas, and pushing your own ideals. When we use this tool…

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This Week on Heathen Talk

We are excited to have Steven T Abell on the show this week. Steven is the author of Days in Midgard: A Thousand Years On, a modern retelling of the myths of the vikings. He also blogs at Letters from Midgard on Patheos. Join us at 9 Central/7 Pacific on Wednesday, March 16, for our live show! Chat with us in our IRC channel and ask questions of our guest…

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Episode 35 – The Soul

We’re following on the heels of the episode on Death and bringing the discussion to the process of passing from this world into the next, and the views of the staff in regards to this important process in the cycle of being.  Brian Smith of White Marsh Þeod joins us as a special surprise guest! Support us by visiting our Patreon site and Amazon Store

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Wolves: Choosing to be fáh

Have you referred to yourself as a wolf recently? We’ve all seen the memes that read or imply that the sharer is a “wolf of Odin” or would rather be a wolf than a sheep many of us have shared some of these. They are often seen as embracing strength, and honor, and pack (tribal) ethics, but is that what the wolf represents to the heathen? I don’t think it…

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Fateful Signs: The Illustrated Havamal

Our friend (and Heathen Talk sponsor) Sam Flegal has already surpassed his goal for his Kickstarter, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get in on this amazing illustrated work. Just click over to his Kickstarter here and sign up! We are proud to have Sam as a sponsor and love his contributions to Heathen art! Fateful Signs is what Odin saw as he hung from the World Tree. They are…

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Episode 33 – Heathen Authors

This episode we are joined by John Mainer of Heathen Freehold Society of BC and author of They Walk With Us and Kindertales about being an author in what is a niche market, and his thoughts on Modern Heathenry. We were scheduled to have Steven T Abell but due to miscommunication he will be on in March. Support us by visiting our Patreon page and Amazon store.

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Episode 32: Wyrd, Beyond the Basics

Tonight’s show is exploring and pushing into the concept of Wyrd.  While it is a fundamental concept to Heathenry, it, along with Orlæg, are often confused or mischaracterized with other world conceptions and misinterpreted by many Heathens worldwide. Our executive producer Toby joins Josh and Thorin tonight to discuss this fundamental structure of Heathen cosmology and push beyond the basics.  Lauren has the night off. Support us by visiting our…

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Toby’s Answer: On My Death

NOTE: During tonight’s LiveCast of Heathen Talk, a question from our IRC came up, asking whether we wanted to be cremated or buried. I promised to publish this short vignette from the Asatru Subreddit from September 2014. While, as I said in the podcast, my personal theology has changed since this was written – I would prefer that I would be cremated, for example, the overall narrative of what occurs…

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Episode 31 – Ladies Night II: Midwest Boogaloo

This week Lauren has kicked the boys off for another ladies night, since the last one went so well. This week she is joined by Ashley Adams, Shawna Jones, and Destiny Ballard to discuss their particular experiences about the challenges which women face in Heathen leadership, as well as other matters of regional Heathenry.  

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Episode 30 – Discussing Heathenry with Family

This week we’re discussing Heathenry with the family. This often difficult and frustrating issue for many Heathens, no matter how long you have been practicing. This episode touches on some questions and topics about the subject from previous episodes. We will attempt address many questions that people have had over the past few months. When it comes to coming out of the mead closet, there are a lot of things…

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Episode 30 – Discussing Heathenry with Family

This week we’re discussing Heathenry with the family. This often difficult and frustrating issue for many Heathens, no matter how long you have been practicing. This episode touches on some questions and topics about the subject from previous episodes. We will attempt address many questions that people have had over the past few months. When it comes to coming out of the mead closet, there are a lot of things…

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The Wild Hunt Shows That Proper Journalistic Ethics Is For Other People

I am very proud of our founder, Josh White. He has consistently shown maturity and courage in the face of pretty awful things said about and to him. He stood up for something that took courage, and continues to take courage to keep going on. Which is why when I see others attempting to steal the credit he deserves, I become agitated. Josh spoke up during the time when it…

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Why It’s Not the End of The World As We Know It

Time, Ragnarok, and Doom as a function of Wyrd and Orlæg As we have seen, Wyrd is an ever-becoming action, a way of interpreting cause and effect, action and reaction. Orlæg is a function Wyrd. It is the limits of what is possible within Wyrd, defining what possible shapes the pattern might take. Orlæg determines what is possible and impossible. There are questions, however, that challenge this interpretation of Wyrd…

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Episode 28 – Sources and Recovery

Josh, Thorin, and Lauren are joined by Christopher Harrington to discuss the importance of research and scholasticism in Contemporary Heathenry. Thanks to being woefully prepared, the conversation shifts to recovery in Heathenry, and being a “dry horn” heathen.

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The Blot Shirt is here!

You have been waiting forever to get your hands on the most amazing Heathen T-shirt, and Heathen Talk delivers! Originally designed by Brian Smith and used with his permission, Heathen Talk is now offering the only way to get a white on block version of this design. Never will you have to explain how to perform a blot again at tribal functions! It’s as simple as 1-2-3! Order Now!

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Heathen Talk Episode 30 Video

This week we’re discussing Heathenry with the family, an often difficult and frustrating issue for many Heathens, whether new or not. This episode touches on some of the previous episodes we’ve done and hopefully will address any questions that people have. So send them our way! Email us!

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Episode 27 – InReach and Other Things

This week on Heathen Talk we are discussing InReach Prison Services with guest Rob Schriewer.  We speak with him about dealing with Heathen related services in prison, undertaking the enormous effort of bringing responsible Heathenry to those incarcerated, and the challenges which face both prison ministry and those interested both inside and outside of the prison system.  If you are interested in learning more about InReach Prison Services visit their…

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Heathen Blog Roundup For January 22

It’s been an interesting week in Heathenry. Here is the best of the Heathen Web. Heathen Blogs Tyr’s Good Hand holds their first thing (which was covered here on Marc’s column Word Salad) Jön Upsal’s Gardener writes about a lawsuit filed by an Asatruar prisoner Over on Agora, Wyrd Words writes about the incompleteness fallacy regarding Heathenry. While Happily Heathen discusses her approach to offerings for the Goddesses and Gods….

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Want to Win a Book? Name Josh’s snake

We are giving away a copy of Ben Waggoner’s Norse Magical and Herbal Healing to the person who comes up with the perfect name for Josh’s new rescue snake. It is Xantic Ball Python, less than 3 years old. His nickname was Mr. A, so Josh is giving preference to names beginning with the letter A!   Norse Magical and Herbal Healing was written in Iceland around the year 1500,…

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Word Salad: Birth of a new Thing

Nestled deep within the hills of Eastern New York something new has just formed, and I was fortunate enough to observe it.   It began with an invitation and a Sunday ride northward.  It was a pleasant one, although truth be told it would be far more enjoyable in the warmer months.  State Highway 22 makes for a great motorcycle route, and it is not too busy compared to some…

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Dear Auntie Helga : Explaining My Child’s Soul

Dear Auntie Helga, What is the best way to explain to un-Heathen family and in-laws that our new baby really isn’t a full human being for first couple of weeks to a year of their life? Sincerely, New Dad in Dallas Dear New Dad, Explaining the intricacies of the Heathen soul to non-Heathens is a tricky task. You can go with the historical approach of the practicality of sometimes having…

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Episode 26 – What’s Coming Up in 2016

This week on Heathen Talk, we are discussing what is happening in Heathenry in 2016! Lauren speaks about the Accessible Heathenry Project, Heathen Talk’s project to bring Heathen content to those with disabilities. We give you a first look at the plans for our blog and two new audio projects – The Audio Havamal and 5 minute Havamal. We also talk about some upcoming events, including Trothmoot, Cascadia Moot, and…

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Heathen Blog Roundup

Tyr’s Good Hand gives a good explanation of wearing a Thor’s Hammer An Asatru Blog posts an amazing article about Behavior, Promises and Social Inversion A Heathen Naturalist writes about her intentions for the coming year Happily Heathen writes about the Heathen spiritual experience. Other Blogs of Interest Viking Archeology Blog talks about the experience of Viking slaves  

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Dear Steve McNallen

Both Steve McNallen of the AFA,  and Joe Bloch from Jon Upsals Garden have responded to criticism, by myself and others, of McNallen’s now infamous freikorps comment: Both of them are under the strange impression that I am criticizing the call for Germans to defend themselves. Allow me to clear that up here, loudly and publicly. The recent attacks on German women are horrendous, it is my belief that all…

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The Reputation Narrative

Unlike my co-workers, I am not a writer, unless you count lines of code. I am more of a speaker – a storyteller. My element is in front of a microphone, not a keyboard. However, when there is something I feel passionate about, I feel that I have an obligation to put fingers to keys, especially when it is something that is not as widely discussed as I would like…

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A Brief Response to Ill Words

[EDIT: An earlier version of this article did not contain the full quote from Steve McNallan. We regret the error and have updated the quote in line. We do not feel the misquote fundamentally changes the nature of our criticism and still stand by the rest of the article. — HeathenTalk] I had intended to write about the nature of the wolf, however as I sat down to write it,…

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Wyrd, Orlög and Predetermination

The two important things when thinking about the concept of predetermination in heathenry are Wyrd and Orlög. These are two concepts that it is essential to understand to think like a heathen. To understand those you need to understand the way we look at the past, the present and the future in general. This may be a bit of a long post, so I apologize for that in advance.  …

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Why Animal Sacrifice?

To speak on the sacrifice of animals one must understand several key principles: The Gift Cycle, understanding Myth, and most importantly the concept of Causality that underpins all of Germanic metaphysics. Underlying those key principles are two themes that I have harped on before: precedence, and reciprocity. In this post I will attempt to explain the theological underpinnings behind the sacrificial act and to explore why, as part of the…

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Episode 24 – Hospitality : Beyond the Basics

Join Lauren, Thorin, and Josh to discuss the ins and outs of hospitality.  They discuss food and revelry, but also the responsibilities inherent in the guest-host relationship. Proto-Indo-European Religion Support us by visiting our Patreon and Amazon Store

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A Heathen’s Concern for Germania: Understanding Tacitean Historiographical Problems

The Germania (De Origine et Situ Germanorum), penned by Cornelius Tacitus in the closing years of the 1st century CE, has been both derided and lauded since its rediscovery in the 15th century. The discovery, coinciding with the humanist movement within the Renaissance [1], saw a reintroduction of Tacitean rhetorical and historiographical content in the West. It is a central work in the so-called “Silver Age of Latin literature”, and…

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Heathen Blog Roundup – Jan 1 2016

This Week in Heathen Blogs Jon Upsal’s Garden interviews Joe Marik of Gladsheim Kindred Tyr’s Good Hand delivers donations to a local food bank The Troth Blog tells a Story of Mistletoe Freya: The Golden Thread posts about her Yule ritual   Other blogs of interest Jackson Crawford reads from his translation of the Poetic Edda Viking Archeology writes about a rare find of coins and jewelry in Oxfordshire North…

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Carry On Costs Extra

Baggage: Just make it right… I have been kicking this one around for a few days, trying to find the best way to say what I need to say. Hopefully it turns out useful. What is baggage to a heathen? Baggage refers to the left over thoughts, practices, ideological bases, and worldview that we gathered from growing up in a culture influenced by the dominant religion(evangelical Christianity in most of…

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Episode 23 – Face to Face Heathenry

Lauren, Thorin, Josh, and Toby get together to discus confusing online and real space communities, of the importance in face to face interaction in heathenry, and the problems and discuss the way that online interactions place the focus on the self, whereas real life interaction is focused instead on the community. Support us by visiting our Patreon and Amazon Store

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Bifrost Way’s Wintermoot – A Review

The third Midwest Wintermoot was held November 6-8 at Osage Hills State Park in Oklahoma. This yearly event put on by Bifrost Way kindred was eagerly anticipated after Lightning Across the Plains was cancelled this year. As the last festival of the season, it promised to be well attended by Midwestern and Midsouth Heathens. The weather was almost perfect for the event, with highs around 60 and lows creeping down…

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Episode 22 – Yule

Tis the season!  Heathen Talk hosts Lauren, Thorin, and Josh are joined by executive producer Toby to discuss the season of Yule, both from a sociological and mythic-poetic standpoint.  We also discuss the Wild Hunt and it’s importance at this time. The One Eyed God: Oðinn and the (Indo-) Germanic Männerbünde. Phantom Armies of the Night: The Wild Hunt and the Ghostly Processions of the Undead Support us by visiting…

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Episode 21 – Gifting: Beyond the Basics

Josh, Thorin, and Toby are joined by special guest Dr. Jennifer Culver to discuss Gifting.  When to gift, what to gift, and how to gift. Gifting is as essential to how our Ancestors interacted with the Gods, with the world, and with each other.   The Gift Support us by visiting our Patreon and Amazon Store

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Episode 20 – Happy Thanksgiving

In this pre-recorded episode, Lauren, Thorin, and Josh discuss the importance of family bonds, of thanksgiving in general, and how the secular holiday remains in line with some very core Heathen concepts. Heathen Talk Family Recipes Support us by visiting our Patreon and Amazon Store

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Family Recipes

Josh’s Holiday Berry Sauce 2lbs blackberries fresh or frozen 1lb raspberries fresh or frozen 1lb blueberries fresh or frozen 1lb strawberries fresh sliced 1 stick of butter 1lb of honey 1 cup of brandy   Combine ingredients in sauce pan over medium heat until the blackberries and raspberries have broken down. Cool to serving temperature. Serve over dry turkey, ice cream, shortcake, french toast, thicken with cream and drink it,…

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Episode 18 – Heathen Artists

Thorin, Josh, and Toby are joined by guests Brian Marshall and Samuel Flegal to discuss the intersection of Heathenry and Art, as well as the issues around being a “Profesional” Heathen. Sam Flegal Illustration Where the Gods Live Jewelry and Horns Support us by visiting our Patreon and Amazon Store

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Episode 17 – The One Where Toby and Lauren Argue

Originally, this was going to be an episode on Heathen media, but we had a late cancellation and had to roll with the flow.  Toby joins Lauren and Josh with Thorin arriving much later to discuss a hodepodge of issues and features a lot of drunken arguments between Lauren and Toby.  Support us by visiting our Patreon and Amazon Store

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Episode 16 – Language with Ben Waggoner

Josh and Lauren are joined by Ben Waggoner, publication director for The Troth and translator of six collections of Icelandic sagas to talk about the process of translating Old Norse for a modern audience. Ben’s books can be found here. Support us by visiting our Patreon and Amazon Store

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Episode 13 – Canadian Heathenry

Each region has a unique tradition and customs when it comes to the practice of Heathenry. This week we are joined by Martin Heitshu and Austin Lawrence to discuss Heathenry Canadian style! Toby also interviews Eric Lacharity on Frankish Heathenry. Support us by visiting our Patreon and Amazon Store

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Episode 7 – Frith – Beyond the Basics

 Lauren, Thorin, and guest host Toby to discuss Frith. What is frith? Why is it so important? Learn why Frith is the bedrock of Heathenry, no matter what branch. Plus, we offer a toast to Heathen author and translator Ben Waggoner. Culture of the Teutons at the Accessible Heathenry Project

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Episode 6 – Tribe Building

What does it take to build a successful tribe? We will have Brian Smith, Alderman of White Marsh Theod (Mid Atlantic Region, USA) and William Goetz of Forn Sed Cascadia joining us to talk about effective and successful tribe building. We will answer your questions and get in depth with the tools and ideas you can use in your own efforts. Buy We Are Our Deeds from White Marsh Press…

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Episode 5 – Transgress this!

This week Josh, Lauren, and Thorin are joined by Jennifer Popkin of the Seattle Gender Justice League joins us to give a trans woman’s perspective on LBGT+ and Heathenry. We tread deep into what is normative and what is transgressive, and answer your questions. Support us by visiting our Patreon and Amazon Store

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Episode 4 – All About the Ancestors

In spite of technical difficulties, Josh, Lauren, and Thorin sit down for a frank discussion about why Heathens worship our ancestors. For that matter, what does worship really mean? What do you do about ancestors that aren’t Heathen? What are the disir and the alfar? How do we honor the Heathens that came before us? This episode is dedicated in loving memory of Rod Landreth, who passed away on July 18,…

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Episode 3 – The N00BCast

Josh, Lauren, and Thorin are joined by Kevin (/u/aleglad) to discuss common misconceptions by new Heathens. This week’s music is “The Name I Leave” by sveitthrone Visit the Accessible Heathenry Project for text-to-speech app information. Support us by visiting our Patreon and Amazon Store

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A Response to Criticism

A blogger has written a very thoughtful criticism of our podcast, and each of us wanted to respond. We are grateful for our listeners and their opinions do matter. Thorin responds: First, let me start off with thanking you for giving us a listen. In a world where anyone with an internet connection can spew whatever they want on the airwaves, there’s way too much stupid out there for someone to…

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Episode 2 – Icelandic Flack

Josh, Lauren, & Thorin discuss the American Heathen reaction to Iceland’s new Asatru Temple and their decision to perform gay marriages, and a plethora of other topics. Reading List available on Reddit Support us by visiting our Patreon and Amazon Store Episode 2 – Icelandic Flack

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Episode 2 – Icelandic Flack

Josh, Lauren, & Thorin discuss the American Heathen reaction to Iceland’s new Asatru Temple and their decision to perform gay marriages, and a plethora of other topics. Reading List available on Reddit Support us by visiting our Patreon and Amazon Store

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Episode 1 – We All Die Horribly

Josh and Lauren take on Heathen recognition by the military and marriage equality. They are joined by Toby (/u/forvin) and later Thorin to discuss what exactly is marriage in Heathenry, and what makes a family. Episode 1 – We all die horribly

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Episode 1 – We all die horribly

In their inaugural episode, Josh and Lauren take on Heathen recognition by the military and marriage equality. They are joined by Toby (/u/forvin) and later Thorin to discuss what exactly is marriage in Heathenry, and what makes a family. Links mentioned: Heathen Debate  Asatru on Reddit Support us by visiting our Patreon and Amazon Store

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5 Yule Myths That Need to End

Tis the season for clickbait articles about religious holidays. The “War on Christmas” morphs into “The Christians stole our traditions!” and then the blog posts and articles come out about the real origins of Yule and the meaning of various traditions. Today, five of these will be examined for historical and lore veracity.Myth #1 – Solstice was a universally important date While we have evidence that many cultures did track…

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Frith – Getting Beyond the Basics

Frith is a tricky subject, its one that comes up often on Heathen blogs, forums, and podcast’s; often it is covered in the most basic outlines. Frith is a familial bond, it’s the basis of the heathen family unit, it is a blood bond(extended to adopted family, which to my mind is blood). So what is it beyond the basic level, surely something so important, something so often discussed has…

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