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The Asatru Confidence Game

#ItsTime to reexamine its leadership I will make no effort to hide my distaste for the Asatru Community. From my very first interactions with them, they have never failed to disappoint me with their attitude and behavior in the face of even the most basic of challenges.  They epitomize a self-important, undeservedly self-entitled, and outrageously empty “spiritual not religious” attitude that is so pervasive in general paganism and something that…

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How White is Homegenizing Heathenry

We often have conversations about our ancestors, our elders, matriarchs, and death. We often refer to the arch-heathens, and attempt to explain the worldview of heathenry as a revival of the worldview of the arch-heathen. This always comes back to a mention of your tribe, or an ancient tribe, or in many cases a confederation of ancient tribes. When we talk about the arch-heathens we are always talking about groups…

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Wolves: Choosing to be fáh

Have you referred to yourself as a wolf recently? We’ve all seen the memes that read or imply that the sharer is a “wolf of Odin” or would rather be a wolf than a sheep many of us have shared some of these. They are often seen as embracing strength, and honor, and pack (tribal) ethics, but is that what the wolf represents to the heathen? I don’t think it…

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Toby’s Answer: On My Death

NOTE: During tonight’s LiveCast of Heathen Talk, a question from our IRC came up, asking whether we wanted to be cremated or buried. I promised to publish this short vignette from the Asatru Subreddit from September 2014. While, as I said in the podcast, my personal theology has changed since this was written – I would prefer that I would be cremated, for example, the overall narrative of what occurs…

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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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Wyrd, Orlög and Predetermination

The two important things when thinking about the concept of predetermination in heathenry are Wyrd and Orlög. These are two concepts that it is essential to understand to think like a heathen. To understand those you need to understand the way we look at the past, the present and the future in general. This may be a bit of a long post, so I apologize for that in advance.  …

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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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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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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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Bifrost Way’s Wintermoot – A Review

The third Midwest Wintermoot was held November 6-8 at Osage Hills State Park in Oklahoma. This yearly event put on by Bifrost Way kindred was eagerly anticipated after Lightning Across the Plains was cancelled this year. As the last festival of the season, it promised to be well attended by Midwestern and Midsouth Heathens. The weather was almost perfect for the event, with highs around 60 and lows creeping down…

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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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Episode 2 – Icelandic Flack

Josh, Lauren, & Thorin discuss the American Heathen reaction to Iceland’s new Asatru Temple and their decision to perform gay marriages, and a plethora of other topics. Reading List available on Reddit Support us by visiting our Patreon and Amazon Store Episode 2 – Icelandic Flack

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Episode 1 – We All Die Horribly

Josh and Lauren take on Heathen recognition by the military and marriage equality. They are joined by Toby (/u/forvin) and later Thorin to discuss what exactly is marriage in Heathenry, and what makes a family. Episode 1 – We all die horribly

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5 Yule Myths That Need to End

Tis the season for clickbait articles about religious holidays. The “War on Christmas” morphs into “The Christians stole our traditions!” and then the blog posts and articles come out about the real origins of Yule and the meaning of various traditions. Today, five of these will be examined for historical and lore veracity.Myth #1 – Solstice was a universally important date While we have evidence that many cultures did track…

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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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