Dear Auntie Helga,

How do I start a tribe? I don’t know anyone but I really want to not be a solitary Heathen!

Lonely in Louisiana

Dear Lonely,

There is no such thing as a solitary Heathen. Everyone has neighbors, family, ancestors, and other people who make up the web of interaction we engage in everyday. So the first step is to stop thinking of yourself as alone. You have a tribe.

I bet you want a Heathen group, though. It is nice to have a group of people you can build a Heathen practice with locally. This is going to require a fair amount of work and time commitment to build. Good Heathen groups don’t just happen. Just because you live in geographical proximity doesn’t mean you should form a group with someone. You need to make sure that the other Heathens share your same values and ideas about the purpose of the group.

In order to do that, you need to meet some people face to face. To find local Heathens, many people have had success with searching Facebook and Meetup.com. You can also reach out to the Troth and the AFA who both have members who volunteer to connect Heathens in their area. Always remember safety, and meet in a public place the first time you meet someone. If you are not finding anything, consider starting your own Meetup or Facebook group. If you live in a more rural area, you may have to commit to driving an hour or more to met with people.

Once you have met some people, you may find that you are drawn to a few of them. They may share the same values or interests. Take the opportunity to get to know them, and maybe consider starting a study group. Continue to get to know people. Only when you are sure, should you consider oathing into a formal organization.

Good luck!

Auntie Helga

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