This blog was created as a direct result of my Dedication to my Lady, Freya. This Dedication process was fairly complex, involving several phases.
One of the first things that I had to deal with when I started this whole process was that, as a Heathen, I didn’t really have a path to follow. There is no hierarchy, no training plan, no prescribed set of hoops to jump through in order to dedicate to a deity or to become a priest or priestess (gothi/gythia) in most Heathen groups. This isn’t because we aren’t discerning or don’t value training; this is because, in my opinion, 1) We are still a relatively new religious and spiritual movement (based on Viking Age history, yes; but the modern version of this only got started in the 1970s), and 2) As a group, we value our strength and independence and we don’t like being told what to do. (It’s a thing with Heathens; makes us feel closer to those Viking Age warriors we idolize, I think.) And when it comes down to it, as much as we try to base our practices and beliefs on those of the past, we just don’t have much information about priesthood or how religious leaders were trained up. So, in a very real sense, we’re just winging it–more often than we’d like to admit.
So how does a modern Heathen (or a modern person who works with the Norse deities) get trained up at all? This page will explain my process–what I did and how it worked for me. As the people who mentored me told me, over and over again, everyone’s experience is idiosyncratic; in other words, by the very nature of the thing, your experience will be different from everyone else’s. That’s just the way it works.
The Journey (literally)