“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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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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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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