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Screaming Queen Syndrome

By Janval Phagan

With the report that yet another ‘worthy’ has lost the plot and is now both throwing around curses and threatening to send out their ‘psychic warriors’ against those that disagree with them, one has to ask what makes previously respected ‘occult’ folk lose their marbles, their path, perhaps even their sanity—even if only for a short time? We all know someone, it would seem, that has built a reputation for being good teachers, running well-regarded covens/groves/hearths, being fair-minded, pioneers, etc., and who, for some reason unbeknownst to anyone, suddenly goes off the rails to become either a ‘dick-happy HP’ or a screaming harpy of a celebrity. 



Return of the Vikings: Why Now?

by Jon B. Butler

In 1982, “demonstrators gathered at the NATO base in Iceland to protest that elves were being harassed and endangered by U.S. Phantom and AWACS reconnaissance planes.  (Americans prone to snigger at this point might want to recall a recent National Science Foundation survey that found that nearly half of the U.S. populace believes that we are being visited by UFOs carrying space aliens).


The Origins of Wednesbury

by Rig Svenson

This modern stainless steel statue co-incidentally points North within a small English town called Wednesbury in the county of the West Midlands, England (United Kingdom) and depicts Sleipnir; Odin's eight-legged horse in Norse mythology. Saint Bartholomew's Church can be seen in this picture to the left of the statue on the horizon where Hackwood theorised a temple to Woden! 



by Rig Svenson

This article is presented to provoke insight and give clarity about this enigmatic and little understood courageous heroic figure of the Northern folk. Heimðallr, the god who was born of nine mothers (the waves of the sea), is said to have been the father of all the castes of humankind. There is a Rig lay, telling a tale in which he fathers the three castes of men. He does not create human beings; rather he fathers sons from the three primal couples. It is through Heimðallr that all human beings can claim to have the genes of the gods running through them. Until this occurred human beings were just like the other animals of this planet. We are equal now because the lower caste and the highest caste have been abolished; we are all children of Heimðallr, our family the Aesir and Vanir collectively called the Tivar


Heimðallr © Little Bones Women by Rig Svenson

The Rydberg Religion: How a forgotten Swedish Novelist became the object of a 21st century cyber-cult

by R. S. Radford

Cults and new fringe religions have been a topic of concern in the United States for the past 30 years.Although many relatively mainstream cults have long exploited the communicative power of the Internet, little systematic attention has been devoted to the phenomenon of “cyber-cults” – loosely-knit fringe groups that, for all practical purposes, exist only on the Internet. For reasons that will be examined later in this paper, such cults are prone to be more extreme than their “real-world” counterparts, blurring the distinction between fantasy and reality in ways that can pose real dangers to the cultists themselves, as well as to those perceived as critical of their beliefs.




One Folk or Ein Volk

By Anneleise Glitz

Modern heathen groups are also divided by what has come to be seen as a "political" rather than a religious issue, usually summed up in one word: race . Organisations which describe themselves as folkish believe that people of Northern European genetic heritage are naturally suited to the ancient Germanic religion and that people of other "races" should seek inspiration within the religion of their own ancestors. Most folkish groups (either explicitly or tacitly) do not accept members who are clearly "Non-Germanic" -- in practice this can mean turning away perspective members based on the colour of their skin or the origin of their surname. Representatives of folkish groups will state that they are not racist; they believe that people of all races, cultures, and religions are equally worthy of respect. However, they also tend to believe that, like Yahweh, Oðin champions a "chosen people" and that his choice is genetically based. Folkish heathen groups often defend their stance on the "race issue" by comparing themselves with other indigenous tribal religions which shun "outsiders".

Some Informal thoughts from a Heathen Technocrat

By Sweyn Plowright

There is a line of thought that we must somehow erase the experience of the last few centuries, and regress to an idealized vision of tribal society. That we may somehow shut out the real world and form “Asatru Amish” type communities. As nice as it may be for the privileged few to use log fires for heating and cooking, this would not be ecologically responsible or sustainable on a larger scale, adding to deforestation and pollution. But apart from the practicalities, such isolationism is more likely to lead to an out-of-touch and cultish form of Asatru, against which our next generation is bound to rebel. This may be the right path for a minority of Heathens, but it is not one that is likely to be productive for most. In reality, we can never escape the influence of the wider world. We just have to adapt to it, do our bit to change its less wholesome aspects, and lead by example in keeping to our own standards and traditions. The Enlightenment framework is one that can accommodate most cultures. Only those that actively discourage democratic freedoms will have trouble adapting. In this respect, there is no reason that we can not continue to value cultural diversity and tradition, within the overarching framework of modern democracy, our own Enlightenment heritage. This is particularly true for Heathens, who share the same Germanic cultural roots as the Enlightenment.

Background information: I have been interested in runes since reading Tolkien as a teenager in the early 1970s. I have an undergraduate background including physics, maths, psychology, and linguistics. In 1990 I was invited to lead the Rune-Gild's South Pacific Region, and did so for 10 years. By 2000 I became disillusioned with many aspects of that organisation, and resigned along with most of the members in the region. We set up Rune-Net as an independent, non-hierarchical network for students of the runes. I was asked by friends to write a Rune Primer, after they became frustrated at the poorly researched popular rune manuals in the bookstores. My intention is, to some extent, to bust some modern myths, while freeing the readers to approach the runes in their own way. I am also actively involved in music. I currently work as a network engineer.

Now that the fraulein has got your attention! To access the relevant webpages, click on their respective images!

Music:- The John Dunbar Theme from Dances with Wolves Artist: John Barry


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