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Subtitle: Nuance is Hard To be cut off from your family is to be cut off from a limb. It is a grievous, life-altering (and sometimes defining) wound. Some people never manage to get over it. Over the last few years, as I have wrestled with the idea of Frith…

Frith is not a lie. Frith is Our Truth.

There is a thing about being constantly, uninterruptingly hated that really sucks. There is a part of you that sits there and wonders if perhaps the haters are correct. It is said, if you meet an asshole on the street, chances are, that person is an asshole; if everyone you…

The Jar is Full with Overflowing Feeling

I am in an airport, waiting. Airports are whirlwinds of activity with people rushing to make connections for their flights, or just to get out of the airport and back to the regular world. And like whirlwinds, they contain spaces, and people, for which they find a stillness. Today, I…

The Transformative Power of Frið

We often encounter the idea that since our families do not understand frith, frith must be impossible. That the demands of frith are somehow overburdening, tyrannical, and outmoded. That without reciprocity, frith just doesn't apply; that this is, somehow, given as a reason to abandon it. To those who have…

The Nature of Properties

The modern religion of Asatru — distinct from Heathenry, as I have written in the past. — is reconstructing an ancient religion. This may come as bit of a shock to you, as it did to me, as I had thought Asatru a thoroughly modern, thoroughly neo-pagan expression of basically no theological…

A Colony in Guyana on Facebook

Cult leader behavior from The Asatru Community's Seth Chagi At some point in the future, the membership of the Asatru Community is going to be forced to look at the behavior of its leadership and they will wonder aloud, "Who could have seen that coming?" Others, no doubt,…

Asatru & Heathenry: It's time to talk Divorce

The word Asatru is a neologism meaning "true to the Aesir," and for much of the 45 years of modern Heathenry, has been the pre-eminent word used to refer to the religion. It was, according to my friend AleGlad, originally coined in a 19th Century Norwegian Opera. When…

Exploring Identity

Identity is not, despite the way that our language expresses it, found, discovered, or uncovered, but rather it is constructed. Through the normal process of life, our actions inform the people we become — We are our deeds. Identity is not static. Once constructed, Identity remains in some way fluid. As…

Method: A short socratic essay in four pretentious parts

Part I: Reconstruction You are given a jukebox from 1952. You do not yet know if it is in working order, but chances are, it isn't. With that juke box, you are given some artwork featuring jukeboxes in the 1950's, as well as some songs and poetry about jukeboxes and…