The Ale Glad Collection: Advice for folks new to Ásatrú

The following essay was originally published on AsatruBlog.com on July 11, 2013 and is republished here with the permission of the original author.   So you’re new to Ásatrú and you’re extremely excited to find something that finally speaks to you in a way that nothing else ever has. Heck, it’s like you finally found that one missing thing that makes the world seem not so scary and makes you…

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From the Crow’s Nest: Of Thralls, Members, and Terminology

My dear friend Alvidar once said to me once that joining a kindred was not unlike how marriage was perceived before romance became the driving factor. It is a joining of people into a family that creates familial bond of mutual benefit, and often includes a strong emotional bond in the process. When someone joins Black Bear Kindred, they hold the status with other oathed members as family. To most…

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The Ale Glad Collection: Things to Consider about Oaths

Oaths are a tremendously important matter in Heathenry. While an oath may be simple, it should never be “easy.” The worth of an oath, and the honor it brings for completion, is directly linked to the benefit fulfilling the oath has for the clan. If it is easy then it is also not particularly worthy. While I do not hold to the strict sense of communal luck held in Théodish…

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The Ale Glad Collection: Being of Worth

The following essay was originally published on AsatruBlog.com on March 28, 2013 and is republished here with the permission of the original author. All wretched is no man, | though never so sick; Some from their sons have joy, Some win it from kinsmen, | and some from their wealth, And some from worthy works. -Hávamál In my conversations with folks who have recently come to Ásatrú, I have regularly…

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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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