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Saturday, October 1, 2016

10:58AM - New online discussion about Vǫluspá?

Hail all!

Two or three weeks ago, the Hávamál discussion list on Yahoo came to a very quiet end. The list presented a bunch of translations of each verse for discussion; it was started in December 2001 and I took it over in 2013, but it was never as lively as it had been the first time they went through the poem. However, one person has expressed interest in doing Vǫluspá in a similar manner, and I was wondering whether anyone else wants that. I'm prepared to do it, one verse a week again, but it would take a bit of my time so I'm sounding out the idea first.

There is an existing Vǫluspá list on Yahoo, started by the same person (Matt R.), but I don't want to take that over. If I do this, it will be a closed list; people will have to join to see the posts; and I'm inclined to do it as a Dreamwidth journal rather than as another Yahoo list. One reason is that since Yahoo revamped its e-mail and groups, I'm not sure everybody can read and write in Yahoo groups; the Hávamál list had a fall-off in participation when the change happened from which it never recovered. Also since the change Yahoo groups work even worse than they did before. And the business news about Yahoo is all pretty much bad. Using Dreamwidth would involve people who don't have an account there making one and messaging me with who you are in order to join the group, and it has the disadvantage compared to an e-list that you wouldn't receive the posts in your in-box, but it's far more stable and I think easier to use, plus people could post responses to the entry on any verse at any time, which would be helpful for anyone joining the group after it starts. Dreamwidth is a fork of LJ; I'd rather not do this here on LJ because I don't want to support the current owners and because it's not very reliable. I'll be posting a similar message to this one in the All Heathens group on DW, and have already posted to the Heathenthing list on Yahoo. Can anyone think of a better place? I'm not on Facebook and never intend to be, and in any case I don't think that can be used for discussions; I used to use Google groups but haven't gone back since they became so creepy about identifying people. But there may be some other venue I'm not thinking of.

And in any case, would anybody be interested? If two or three people would post every once in a while, I think it would be worth doing (and I'll then advertise it on Asatruar, since more people are members there). But if nobody has the time or the interest, I understand and won't bother.

So what are your thoughts?


Edit to above: voluspa_discussion now created on Dreamwidth.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

7:42AM - Mirror on Dreamwidth?

Hi all, for your consideration after Yule . . .

Dreamwidth has just announced that it will be possible in a couple of days to import communities from LiveJournal. That would have the effect of having all the entries and comments here appear over there as well. (Friends-only entries would remain protected, and I believe accounts who have posted and commented here would be represented as open-ID LJ sign-ins; possibly those of us who have the same username in both places, like me, would just remain ourselves.) All heathens on Dreamwidth already exists; and this community here would continue (I don't have the slightest intention of taking it away).

So what do you think? Would you like me to do this?

who started both communities, so this is available as an option

Thursday, December 22, 2011

1:39PM - Good Yule!

I wish you all a happy and safe Yule amidst your loved ones, and a great new year.

Friday, November 19, 2010

12:01AM - Hail and well met!

My name is El and I wanted to invite you all to join in a brand new world wide pagan and heathen community project.

The Merry Meet!


Created by the Pagan Community, for the Pagan Community.

Where pagans, heathens, psychics and alternative spiritual types connect from around the globe!

Create your profile, make a group and forum for your coven, join other pagans and spiritual folk in intelligent conversation on our forums, share images, music and stories or simply connect with new and old friends.

You can even create and promote your events or your pagan related business!

The Merry Meet is here to bring together our community with Love, Joy and Wisdom. We're still brand new and slowly ironing out the kinks so please be patient with us!


(somewhat x-posted. Apologies!)

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

11:15PM - FYI

There is now an article on heathen hofs on Wikipedia.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

1:17AM - Witchdom of the True OOP book for sale...

Via Ebay:

This is the book that got me started on Vanatru, so I want to offer it to someone at half the cost of what people are trying to get out of it and I only want this much because I want to put the money into another Vanatru books. So let me know if you would like the book and I can maybe even drop the price a little. Thanks!

And I am new here, so if I have double posted (my first post didn't come up) or it isn't cool to post sales here, please let me know. Good to be there!

Monday, December 21, 2009

6:38AM - Good Yule!

to all of you, and your families and dear ones; and a new year full of wonders.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

8:44AM - New figurine found in Denmark - of Odin!

Can you guys see this link? http://roskilde.lokalavisen.dk/et-unikt-fund-af-odin-fra-lejre/20091113/artikler/711139709

If not, put Odin Lejre in the "søk" box in the top right, and click on what comes up.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

3:35AM - Pagan Census

Apparently there was a big pagan census 20 years ago, whose results were published in a book. The same people, Andras Arthen and Helen A. Berger, are repeating it with things like the internet added. I know many of us have seen numerous pagan censuses on e-groups, but this one is apparently larger and more scientific. I think we should make our presence felt.

Unfortunately it has the usual flaws, starting off with the assumption we all use "pagan," extending to not offering "heathen" (or "forn sed" or "theodisc") as an option, though Asatru and Odinist are there, and some of the questions were hard for me to answer. But if you want to stand up and be counted (maybe leaving long comments like me), the address is:


It's anonymous, though it does ask about marital status and subjects of study in further education. And annual salary.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

6:39AM - Hail the heroes!

Today marks the two thousand year anniversary of the first day of the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest. On September 9 in the year 9 C.E., under the leadership of Arminius (Hermann or Irmin the Cheruscan) warriors from several Germanic tribes sprang an ambush on a column of three legions of Roman soldiers (approxinately 18,000 men). When the battle ended on September 11, the Romans had been annihilated (approximately 16,500 dead in battle, almost all the survivors subsequently sacrificed to the gods) and only about 500 Germanic warriors lay dead. The former governor of Gaul and designated governor of Germania, Varus, fell on his sword. The news drove the Emperor Augustus half mad. For the first time, Rome turned back from a projected conquest. They withdrew to the Rhine (Julius Cæsar's earlier border), and erected a wall, the limes, to keep the Germanic tribes from attacking their territories. They contented themselves with the Alpine and Danubian territories and with the Rhineland and left the rest of the continental Germanic peoples alone.

This was a great victory by ancient heathens who came together against a common foe of immense power.

On the voluspa.org lore site (which I recommend anyway), there is a special Teutoburg portal. If your connection can stand a slideshow, the main page is here; the first of seven essays on the background to the battle, the battle itself, and how it has reverberated through history can be found here.

Hail the heroes!

Friday, September 4, 2009


This is my first time posting here and my question is on books.

What books would you recommend someone wanting to learn about Asatru? I'm looking for books that are excellent for a beginner. Any books on the Norse Pantheon in general as well. What would you recommend?

I realize some people find this question to be irritating on occasion so I do apologize but I know there can be very sketchy authors out there for any Religious topic so I'd really like to stay away from them and gain as much knowledge as possible.

Thank you in advance.

Monday, August 24, 2009

9:59AM - New Ohio Heathens Website

There is a new website for Heathen's (Asatruar) in Ohio.


It has information on Kindreds in SW Ohio, including the Urhorn Kindred in Dayton, of which I am a member.

Current mood: working

Thursday, July 23, 2009

2:04PM - Blogathon

This weekend is Blogathon, and I will once more be blogging for 24 hours for DELTA Rescue, an animal rescue organization in California that rescues cats and dogs abandoned in wilderness areas and that I have supported for a long time. Unfortunately I am not listed on the official Blogathon list due to their technology refusing to let me, but it would be lovely if anyone who still has any money to spare gave DELTA a few dollars, euros, pounds, or whatever. And there are others blogging for other wonderful charities - and whose blogs will doubtless be fun to visit this weekend.

What's involved is continuous posting every half hour starting at 13:00 UTC (2 pm BST, 6 am PDT, 9 am EDT) on Saturday the 25th . . . until the same time on Sunday the 26th. I've done this twice previously in my LJ; this year I'll be video-blogging instead, in my Youtube channel, which is also weofodthignen.

I'll talk about the gods, and then about general heathen topics. Watch me degenerate on camera! Wait for me to stumble over ordinary English words after carefully enunciating Old Norse and Anglo-Saxon! Hear my opinions on who we honour, on clergy in heathenry, on the ancestors, and so on!

I hope it will be fun and accordingly I am cross-posting this to both all_heathens (LJ and Dreamwidth) and to my personal LJ.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

2:53PM - Lore site

The site at www.voluspa.org now has the complete Elder Edda in parallel format, using Bellows for the English (rearranged where necessary to match the order of lines and stanzas in the Old Norse). It also has almost the complete Prose Edda--I'm still working on the Nafnaþulur--and essays on Lindisfarne and the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest, the one whose 2,000-year anniversary is coming up in September.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

12:24AM - 2000th Anniversary of the Battle of Teutoburg Forest

Wes ðu hal!

This year marks the 2000th anniversary of the pivotal Battle of Teutoburg Forest. As heathens I think we are duty bound to celebrate this historic occasion in the appropriate manner with blót to our great gods who granted those ancient Germans victory, along with minni-drinking to those noble dead warriors. Since the battle likely occurred over a three day period believed to be from September 9th to the 11th, 9 CE, (that would be from a Wednesday to a Friday this year) I think it would serve us well to hold a special multiple day feast in honour of that mighty deed of those ancient heathens. Since the actual event is far off, this gives us plenty of time to plan and do it right.

So up for discussion, what else should we do in remembrance? Let’s get creative for there is much honour to be gain in this.

Current mood: excited

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

9:07AM - Passing this along today

"A New Breastplate (and a Message for St. Patrick)"

Thursday, February 26, 2009

8:48AM - Havamal study, xposted

Hello to all,

I am looking for an in-depth study of the Havamal, not just a
different translation. Something that goes verse-by-verse explaining
what it may possibly mean. I have been unsuccessful with google
searches. Any websites or books, or even your own personal notes will
be appreciated.

Thank you!

Current mood: bouncy

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

11:19AM - YouTube - basic heathen questions?

Hi all:

Those of you who read my own LJ will have already seen that I've acquired a webcam and have been shoving things up on YouTube (same name as on LJ, so the list of my videos is here). I'm currently reading Béowulf into it in Anglo-Saxon and modern English. I'm open to requests for Old Norse things to do after that.

But it also occurs to me that it might be useful for me to answer questions about heathenry, as a reference resource (a shorter supplement to the writings collected at the A Heathen Thing website for those who prefer listening/watching to reading). There's an introductory series on Asatru by vitnirulf, who is Vinterulf there, and several vids by Steve McNallen (smcnallen there), and there may be other introductory videos--and of course there are the Ravencast podcasts, but I haven't run across any FAQ-type responses. Anybody got any basic newbie-type questions that you think I could usefully include in such a thing?

Sunday, February 8, 2009

9:12PM - Introducing myself...

Real/Given Name: Jess

Heathen Name: Don't have one... yet

Current residence in Miðgarð: Currently I'm still stuck in Central New York State

Patron Deity (if any): I feel close to Njord & Nerthus, though Odhinn & Thor insist upon stealing my attention more often than not, Odhinn in particular.

Religious/Spiritual Background: Protestant, rather loose. Then at 12 I was introducted to Wicca (please don't cringe... I didn't really practice, though I was definitely considering becoming full-fledged Wiccan), then I branched out to Celtic Recon about two years ago. Then I found Heathenry...

Position on Asatru Fault Lines: I'm not sure what this means, but since I don't consider myself Ásatrú it probably doesn't matter.

Type of Religious Practice: I am an eclectic pagan. But Northern Trad. & Celtic practices are combined in my practice, more Northern than Celtic though. Also a bit of Slavic. The reasons for this are because I am of Germanic & Celtic background, along with a disputed Slavic background. I just go to the gods that call me... Currently though I go by "Celtic Heathen" or simply pagan. Either works.

Religious Community: None really. I have the internet. It is a great resource.

Education: Almost out of high school... I'm quite young, I know...

Thursday, October 2, 2008

1:01AM - tracking down a quote

disclaimer : this is not an attempt at starting a thread about or against christianity. This is merely trying to track down a quote that I've seen around and can't recall who and where exactly.

have seen this on several heathen pages, seems to be in the rotating quote section of a few, and several scholastic sites if I remember correctly.

A quote about Europe throwing off christianity and the thunder of when the last cross falls in europe and the returning of the old gods.... That's about as detailed as I can get. Was thinking it was Tolkein but pretty certain it isn't. I'm sure someone on one of the communities I'm x-posting this to has seen it, just hoping what I remember will trigger what they remember.


Current mood: AQ

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