Why It’s Not the End of The World As We Know It

Time, Ragnarok, and Doom as a function of Wyrd and Orlæg As we have seen, Wyrd is an ever-becoming action, a way of interpreting cause and effect, action and reaction. Orlæg is a function Wyrd. It is the limits of what is possible within Wyrd, defining what possible shapes the pattern might take. Orlæg determines what is possible and impossible. There are questions, however, that challenge this interpretation of Wyrd…

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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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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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A Brief Response to Ill Words

[EDIT: An earlier version of this article did not contain the full quote from Steve McNallan. We regret the error and have updated the quote in line. We do not feel the misquote fundamentally changes the nature of our criticism and still stand by the rest of the article. — HeathenTalk] I had intended to write about the nature of the wolf, however as I sat down to write it,…

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Why Animal Sacrifice?

To speak on the sacrifice of animals one must understand several key principles: The Gift Cycle, understanding Myth, and most importantly the concept of Causality that underpins all of Germanic metaphysics. Underlying those key principles are two themes that I have harped on before: precedence, and reciprocity. In this post I will attempt to explain the theological underpinnings behind the sacrificial act and to explore why, as part of the…

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Carry On Costs Extra

Baggage: Just make it right… I have been kicking this one around for a few days, trying to find the best way to say what I need to say. Hopefully it turns out useful. What is baggage to a heathen? Baggage refers to the left over thoughts, practices, ideological bases, and worldview that we gathered from growing up in a culture influenced by the dominant religion(evangelical Christianity in most of…

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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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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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