Gnosis Diary: Life as a Heathen

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Erin Lale

Erin Lale

Erin Lale is the author of Asatru For Beginners. An updated, longer version of her book, Asatru: A Beginner's Guide to the Heathen Path, is coming in 2020 from Red Wheel / Weiser. Erin was sworn to Freya as Priestess in 1989, given to Sigyn, and is a Bride of Odin and his brothers (Honir, Lodhur, Loki.). She has been a freelance writer for about 30 years, was the editor and publisher of Berserkrgangr Magazine, is gythia of American Celebration Kindred, and admin/ owner of the Asatru Facebook Forum. In 2010 and 2013, she ran for public office. She is a dyer and fiber artist, was acquisitions editor at a small press for 5 years, created the Heathen Calendar 2017 and 2018, and founded the Heathen Visibility Project.

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Heathen Visibility Year in Review 2019

2019 has been a great year for the Heathen Visibility Project. Even before I gave my speech on the Project at my local Pagan Pride Day, there was already a lot of momentum building. Many people were joining in with tagging their pictures with the heathenvisibility hashtag. Participants created Instagram channels devoted specifically to heathen visibility, mostly featuring images of altars. My Deviantart gallery for the Heathen Visibility Project mostly featured photos of altars, too, especially at first, but as the Project got rolling I started including more pictures of people. I acquired some new-to-me camera equipment, joined Shutterstock, and got some heathen visibility photos approved for inclusion on their site. Then Pagan Pride Day really gave the Project a boost.

Both the featured major speakers from out of town took photos with the hashtag sign. Pictured above is Oberon Zell with me as I hold up the sign and he holds up a poster of the World Tree, Yggdrasil, which he had at his booth. Selena Fox was in the group photo with the sign after my speech, and she even got the group to yell "Hail the heathens!" for a short video for her Instagram. Having the Project featured on such a big name's Instagram really got the Project a lot of publicity. For a more complete report on Las Vegas Pagan Pride Day, including the group photo with Selena, see my prior post "A Great Time at Pagan Pride Day 2019" here: A Great Time at Pagan Pride Day 2019

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My New Asatru Book Has a Preorder Link!

Asatru: A Beginner's Guide to the Heathen Path is the updated, longer version of my out-of-print book Asatru For Beginners. It's scheduled to be published next summer. It now has a preorder link for both Kindle and paperback editions.

New and improved! Now with more gods!

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December 2019 Heathen and Asatru Holidays

Moveable feasts in this time period include Krampuslauf, which is the weekend closest to Dec. 15th before Yule (Urglaawe.) Midwinterhoorn Blazen in the province of Overijssel Beginning of Advent until the Sunday following Epiphany (Netherlands.) Although Luciadagen is fixed on Dec. 13 elsewhere, it is 1 week before winter solstice among the Swedish minority in Finland.

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Sinterklaas (Holland),
Sinterklaas Avond (Netherlands)

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Samichlaus Abend (Switzerland),
Neklosdag (Luxembourg)

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Day of Egill Skallagrimson (American Asatru, American Odinist)

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Luciadagen (Norway),
Lusinatta (Sweden) 

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Krampuslauf begins (Urglaawe)

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Krampuslauf ends (Urglaawe)

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Mother Night (alternate date) (American Asatru),
Ærre-Geól begins (Theod),
Julfest begins (German), Juleaften (Denmark)   

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Yule (American Asatru, Theod),
Beginning of 12 Days of Yule (American Asatru, England),
High Feast of Yule (American Asatru),
Yuul begins (Urglaawe),
Yol (Icelandic Asatru),
Juledag (Denmark),
Midvinterblot (Swedish Forn Sed)

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Twelfth Night (American Asatru, England, Urglaawe),
Berchtaslaaf (Urglaawe),
Silvesterabend (Switzerland),
Nytarsaften (Denmark) 



Image: closeup of the word "jol" (Yule) spelled out in Elder Futhark runes in pie crust on an apple pie, pie made by Erin Lale, photo by Erin Lale.

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A Great Time at Pagan Pride Day 2019

My speech on the Heathen Visibility Project was a great success! A lot of people were in the group photo, including Selena Fox. (One does not have to be a heathen to be in a group photo with heathens for the Heathen Visibility Project.) She even got everyone to shout “Hail to the heathens” together for her Instagram.

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Speech on Heathen Visibility Project PPD 2019

This is the text of my speech on the Heathen Visibility Project which I gave on Nov. 9th, 2019 at Las Vegas Pagan Pride Day. Next up on my blog will be a report on PPD and on how the Project went.

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Rainbow Season part 2: the Story of Heimdall's Initiation

My kindred held our Rainbow Season ritual to mark the end of monsoon season here in the southwest desert. After the rain comes the rainbow, so after the rainy season comes the Rainbow Season. In heathenry, the rainbow is sacred to Heimdall, so as part of our ritual, I told my version of the story of how Heimdall retrieved Freya's jewel.

Here's a short video of the stage of ritual prep in which we're putting on our ritual jewelry:

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The Great Cow Mother

In heathen mythology, the first self aware being was Audhumla, the sacred cow. She licked the gods and giants out of the ice and nurtured them with her milk.

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