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Erin Lale

Erin Lale

Erin Lale is the author of Asatru For Beginners, American Celebration, and other books. She has been a sworn Priestess of Freya since 1989, is a Bride of the Ninefold Odin (Odin, Honir, Lodhur, Loki) and given to Sigyn. She has been a freelance writer for about 30 years, was the editor and publisher of Berserkrgangr Magazine, and is gythia of American Celebration Kindred.

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Asatru FAQ: Why Do Some Heathens Hate Loki?

Frequently Asked Question: Why do some American heathens hate Loki?

My Answer: Most Loki-haters hate him because other people taught them to. Of course that begs the question, how did the original teachers of Loki-hate decide to hate Loki? Some of them had bad experiences with Loki or Lokeans, some of them based their opinions of Loki on lore, some of them based their opinions of Loki on a mistaken impression that every pantheon has a Satan figure in it, and some have other reasons. Recently at least some hatred toward Loki and his followers is because of a perception that they are Marvel fangirls and therefore are not serious about heathenry.

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  • Erin Lale
    Erin Lale says #
    Katherine, there is growing interest in Sigyn, and my paper on her will be published soon in an upcoming issue of Witches & Pagans
  • Katherine
    Katherine says #
    Thank you Erin! I'd like to say that His wife Sigyn is almost completely ignored by modern Heathens, probably because it's' not co
  • Erin Lale
    Erin Lale says #
    Thanks for the comments!
  • Rose
    Rose says #
    To the 'Why Do Some Heathens Hate Loki?' question I cannot resist to point a puzzling fact, that one of the major Heathen symbols
  • James H. McCoy
    James H. McCoy says #
    About the comment "As for the gods, not Odin or Thor, nor Sif or Idunn hate Loki" - incorrect. The Gods & Goddess gathered togethe

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Goddess Colors

This is a story about a personal experience I had recently, in which I honored 3 goddesses by wearing colors that represent them. 

Before my recent trip, I had gone to my local Renfaire. Every year I trade something I made for a braid. I started doing that back when I sold my hand dyed fabrics from a booth. Some years I am not vending and some years I am, but I always make something out of my hand dyed fabric or yarn for the braidy lady. This year I was vending my hand dyed scarves as part of the Haven Craft booth. The braid booth has the customers choose ribbon colors, typically 3 colors. This year, I chose lavender to honor Sigyn, rose to honor Freya, and gold to honor Sif. 

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  • Katherine
    Katherine says #
    Oh, forgot to tell that I love hand dyed fabric and ribbons!
  • Katherine
    Katherine says #
    Wow! this story remind me of some dreams, when nothing left by the chance - and when you trying to interpret them, you can see an
  • Erin Lale
    Erin Lale says #
    Thanks Diane! Yes on actual gold the metal being associated with Freya, but in this case I was associating the golden-tan color wi
  • Dianne Ross
    Dianne Ross says #
    What fine memories you will have of your mother one day. Too thin ribbons of these colours can be braided and used to hold a pen

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Chaos in 3 Acts

There always seems to be a general level of chaos whenever I take up temporary residence in a hotel. During my trip to the deep desert near here, the chaos was generally funny and / or positive, aside from a couple of flickering light problems when we first arrived at our room. 

 Part 1

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Heathen Calendar 2018 is ready!

For real this time! The publisher has fixed the error and the Heathen Calendar 2018 is now ready to order.

The calendar contains heathen holidays from various traditions such as Asatru, Theod, Urglaawe, Forn Sed, etc., and heathen related holidays still celebrated in their countries of origin in northern Europe. For example, April 30th is May Eve in England, Walpurgisnacht in Germany and Austria, Valborgsmässoafton in Sweden, Valborgsnatten in Norway, Maitag Vorabend in Switzerland, and Valborgsaften in Jutland, Denmark. That is one of the holidays that falls on the same date every year, but other holidays shift depending on moon phase and other reasons. 

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  • Erin Lale
    Erin Lale says #
    Hi Kevin, thanks, it's this link: Link: http://www.lulu.com/shop/http://www.lulu.com/shop/erin-lale/2018-heathen-calendar/calend
  • Kevin
    Kevin says #
    Wheres the option to purchase i was trying to see price so i can alocate funds to save

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Rite for Nevada's Dead

Oh goddess of the welcoming embrace, may you reach out your gentle arms for those who died in the massacre. Oh sweet goddess, cradle the dead to your bosom. Help them find their way to peace. If they belong in your hall, let them have a soft place to be therein. If they belong elsewhere, help them on their way to where best suits them. Oh Death, whom we in Asatru call Hela, be kind to them.

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Revising My Successful Book

I'm nervous about messing with success. Nonetheless, it's time for a new edition of Asatru For Beginners. Modernism has arisen in Asatru since I wrote my book, and a beginner's book needs to describe that. Also, on some topics in heathenry, we know more than we did around the turn of the millenium. I'm tempted to subtitle the new edition, "New and improved! Now with more gods!" 

One thing that won't be changing in my book: in my intro, I mention that my father was Native American. That information is right up front for three reasons. 1. to tell racists that my book isn't for them, unless they stop being racists. 2. To tell other mixed-race people like me that if they are called to this path, that is OK. There are a lot of mixed-race people in American Asatru, reflecting the wider American society of which we are a part. 3. Because my father's advice, "listen to the wind, listen to the corn, listen to your heart" was one of the major spiritual influences on my life which started me down the path that led to Asatru. 

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  • Thesseli
    Thesseli says #
    Awesome!
Heathen Visibility Project: part 2 How to Participate

Step 1 Take photos of:

A. People (only include people who want to participate in the Heathen Visibility Project! ) including:

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