Ah, the third rail of our community. Let me settle this in the first paragraph. I do not see why I would actively try to stop someone from practicing the Norse religion when they are clearly not of the blood, who I am to say they were not called? But personally, I think that is … Continue reading Chapter 8; On The Folkish Question
It can be very lonely to be a pagan. There are groups, kindreds, out there, but I suspect the majority of heathens practice alone. I do have my children, but their participation is spotty and my wife has no patience for religion or gods after her falling out with Catholicism. I have often contemplated finding … Continue reading Chapter 9; Kindred Or Kagonesti?
A Private thing now shared with you.
Whenever I brave the wilds of the Reddit Heathen sub-thread, I find I often have to bite my tongue. My inner Vargr wants to challenge people to fights. I know this is not feasible. Then I remember that I am probably taking offense to some 14 year old's silly comment. I remember that I have … Continue reading Chapter 10; As Father And Teacher
Probably best to start with a definition; Talisman; an object, typically an inscribed ring or stone, that is thought to have magic powers and to bring good luck. I have one of these for my family, it has a name; UrIngFe - and this is how it came to be; I found it on a … Continue reading Chapter 11; Our Family Talisman
I have always loved the idea of a house god. A patron of the home who watches over the family. A personal god for the members of a family. On a trip to Rome I was able to bask in the glory of several different statues and portraits of Athena by some of the old … Continue reading Chapter 12; Athena as a House Goddess
Here is an area where my own little religion becomes either diverse or sloppy depending on how you feel about my decision to embrace several traditions which encompass The West. Some Norse, a few roman, and even a Greek holiday, all stapled onto the skeletal outline of the Celtic Wheel of the Year. The Wheel … Continue reading Chapter 13; Holidays and The Wheel of the Year
If I had a nickel for every time I have chanted the runes themselves I would have a whole bunch of nickels. It is both soothing and reassuring. I created this Runic Chant as an aide to become comfortable with each of the runes themselves in the first place. I can tell you about this … Continue reading Chapter 14; Runic Chant