Heathens in Prison

In a recent letter from a concerned mother, she expressed worry that her Heathen son was not being allowed to practice his religion while in prison. It occurred to me that this may be fairly common in our world. Here is the advice I gave to her, in the hope that it may help others as well.

Not Yet Ragnarok

The sillhouette of barren trees against a late afternoon Winter sky.

You may have heard stories that February 22, 2014 is the end of the world as the Ragnarok begins. This is based on the idea that we've had three very harsh winters in a row and there are strange things from the ocean depths washing up onto shore. Those things may be worrisome, but we are not at the end yet.

Too Cold This Winter

In the northern hemisphere, the winter has been particularly cold this year. Though, historically, there have been much colder winters, it has been a while for most people. When the winter starts to give you come concerns, you know that you can turn to Ul, God of Winter.

Second Half of Yule 2013

Now, half of this year's Yule celebration is over. It is typical to spend the first half thinking of the things that you have done in the previous year and how those things have gotten you to where you are now. For the second half, it is time to plan for the future.

Winter Solstice 2013

This is the Winter Solstice, the shortest day and longest night of the year. What does that mean for those of us who know the Old Gods? To us, this is Mother Night.

Saxon Name for Vidar

The Saxon form of our religion uses different pronunciations for the names of the Gods and Goddesses, and often emphasizes different aspects of the faith. This is fine, of course; Saxons speak a western Germanic language and Scandinavians speak northern Germanic languages. However, the Saxons do seem to be missing Vidar from their known pantheon.

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The Thumper Rebellion

I went to the quite place and there sat in commune with the silence.

For decades, they railed against any ideas that didn't agree with theirs. Many of them said things that took them to the edge of treason, only backing down when the law glared at them from across the room. That wouldn't last.

You Do Not Need to Be Saved

For those who are not Christian, there is one concept from their religion that is always perplexing. They chat about it, sing about it, and fight amongst themselves about it. One can easily sum it up in their question, "Have you been Saved?"

Asatru and Education

In Asatru, we try to better ourselves not only for our own good, but so we can contribute more to the community. In addition to improving our health through proper diet and exercise, we try to strengthen our minds through mental exercise. One of the best ways to exercise the brain is through learning.

The Television Watching Wolf

The Havamal says, "A sleeping wolf gets no bone, nor a sleeping man victory." The point of this expression is obviously a warning against laziness. In our modern world, we should amend the expression to be, "A television watching wolf gets no bone…"

Watching television can be an enjoyable and, sometimes, an educational activity. The same goes for computer or video game time. It is easy for these activities to start taking up too much of one's life and disrupting productivity.

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