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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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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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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