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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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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