Review: American Heathens

Snook, Jennifer Stephanie. American Heathens: The Politics of Identity in a Pagan Religious Movement. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press, 2015 I should say from the outset of this review that I think you should buy this book. I think this book will, despite its flaws, prove to be very important…

On Separation and Going Into the Woods

In Theodish Belief, there is the concept of going Into the Woods. Described in Garman Lord's Way of the Heathen, it is the natural reaction to something deeply unsettling. One seeks to separate from their environment, to retreat away from relationships, ties, and obligations. Being in the woods is a…

Q&A: Mental Illness And Heathenry

The Question: I finished my way through Our Troth, and started on the Poetic Edda. Well, I found a 1930's translation online, but got back to uni and found a 2011 penguin translation, that even preserves alliterative verse. I have a question that I know I'm going to get conflicting…

Book Review: The Horse, the Wheel, and Language.

Anthony, David W. The Horse, the Wheel, and Language: How Bronze-age Riders from the Eurasian Steppes Shaped the Modern World. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2007. Reading fiction, for me at least, is an incredibly easy thing. I can just shut down my brain and let the words wash…

Book Review: Dan McCoy's The Love of Destiny

McCoy, Dan. The Love of Destiny: The Sacred and the Profane in Germanic Polytheism. 2013. 97pp. At some point, I will stop being disappointed in books written by a self-professed heathen targeted at a heathen audience. Unfortunately, Dan McCoy's The Love of Destiny: The Sacred and the Profane in Germanic…

Ancestral FriĆ°

Edward and Ingrid walked up the broken concrete steps to their Aunt Millie's house, their Mother shooing them forward, a casserole dish in her hands and using her foot to shut the chain link gate behind her. "Now, children, go up to the porch and ring the doorbell."…

The Sacred and the Holy

"As we said earlier: a sacred stone is venerated because it is sacred, not because it is a stone; it is the sacrality manifested through the mode of being of the stone that reveals its true essense. This is why we cannot speak of naturism or of natural religion…

On 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…

On Orthodoxy, Orthopraxy, and Animal Sacrifice

I know I'm gonna get a lot of shit for this but don't hit the downvote button just because you disagree, rather, try to to make a compelling arguement. (Also, english is not my first language so don't bust my balls for that.) So sigh here we go. I want…

On My Death

The question: 'What kind of funeral would you like?' My answer is here, so I can keep it somewhere: Ideally, and this means more luck than I currently have or deserve, I have died an old man, surrounded by family, with a haleful legacy. My hearth and kinfolk lay…