The Hammer Rite – A History of an Outdated Practice

When I first became a Heathen in the days before Facebook and a plethora of digital archives, the Hammer Rite was a staple of Heathen ritual. Most, if not all, of the blots, fainings, and sumbles I attended were began with that familiar call of “Hammer of the North! Hallow and hold this holy stead.” I have fond memories of my own rites as a new Heathen, and the excitement…

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From the Crow’s Nest: Feeling Lost

This is not a blog post for the general Heathen community. To be frank, I am not sure if this is a blog post for anyone but me, but these are the thoughts that I have been considering over the past week. It’s hard truth time, folks, and time to admit when you aren’t doing it right, and I’m not doing it right. I’m struggling, and this is a weakness…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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