Supporting International Pagan Coming Out Day 2011

May 2, 2011 (Monday) is International Pagan Coming Out Day. I support the idea, but, I admit, it also makes me a little angry. As an American, I am embarrassed that the land of the free and the home of the brave, the republican democracy with the Bill of Rights, is also a country in which some of its citizens may feel the need to conceal their religion from their fellow citizens in order to keep themselves and their families safe. Continue reading

Life in Early Spring

Sometimes in thinking about the conversion and its accompanying destruction of life, knowledge, and culture, I’m filled with rage and sorrow. Because I believe it’s more important to solve problems than wallow in grief dwelling on them, and because I don’t think there’s anything inherently virtuous about being a victim, I don’t indulge myself often. Every now and again, though, I fantasize about a world in which Thorgeir Lawspeaker emerged from under the cloak and gave judgement against the new religion, in which the various scholars and scientists refused to recant, or the newly discovered peoples managed to unite and repulse their conquerors. Continue reading

Validation or What other religions do, and why it doesn’t necessarily matter.

While paging through Olof Sundqvist’s Freyr’s Offspring, I came upon his method for validating historiographic and sagaic sources that describe possible practices and views of the ancient Svea society. Seeing as Ásatrú is constantly deciding exactly how much credence to lend to sources in “the Lore” the method he applies struck
me as something worthy of discussion, especially as this led me to some observations about modern heathens and our search for validity. Continue reading

What is Worship

Like a great many words in the English language (such as nauseous and utilize), the word “worship” is generally misused. Many people seem to only use the word to mean something like “supreme adoration, fawning obedience, and/or slavish submission.” A thoughtful examination of the word, however, reveals a far more inclusive definition. Continue reading