None of this should come as a surprise 🙂
And then, my own words on the subject…
(image by Lorrie Wood)
Hey all 🙂 My newest Patheos article is up, based on the ADF Heathen Yule ritual I wrote and co-led last weekend. We focused on Freyr and Frigga and the weaving of frith as well as honoring them during this season (Freyr, Yule; Frigga, Mother’s Night). It was a big public ritual that went really well, I’m happy to say!
My newest post is up: My Heathenry–What It Is, and What It Is Not
It’s at least in part a reaction to the transbashing that was happening in the general pagan community earlier this week, and then the news of yet another white supremacist trying to commit a hate crime in the name of “Asatru”. So much *headdesk* this week–on top of a two-week long sinus infection, makes Cara a very grump blogger indeed.
My newest post is up at Patheos: “The Blot’s the Thing”.
This time I discuss why we need to have the practice part of Asatru and not just the scholarship. Our religion needs to be lived if we want it to be satisfying. We can’t just research it and analyze it and theologize about it. If we do that too much, we cut out our connection with the Gods as they are here and now.
Do many Heathens pray? Yes. Do they admit to praying? Not all of them, apparently. *shakes head* My opinion is that part of it doesn’t fit with the “I bow to no one!” mantra that some Heathens have. Also, some Heathens are agnostic, or for whatever reason just don’t do it. It’s an individual choice. Still, as a devotional polytheist, that’s a topic that I have strong opinions about. I will definitely be taking on at some point, but that day is not today.
In the meantime, here’s a great post on Heathen prayer by Alyxander Folmer, of Wyrd Words at Patheos, and Huginn’s Heathen Hof, here). Great, snazzy-looking and sounding prayers for Odin, Tyr, Thor, Njord, Loki, and Skadi, who apparently are the top six deities that his readers have requested prayers for from his website. Where are the rest of the Vanir, though, I ask? Either I, Molly Khan, or Laine Glaistig shall have to take up this slack. Challenge accepted. 🙂
My new post is up at Patheos! Going with their theme this month, it’s about what I love about Heathenry and why I’m still Heathen, Check it out! Why I am Happily Heathen.