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Fireside Yule Chat

Posted on December 4, 2016 at 10:45 PM Comments comments (0)

FWH Populace,



There isn't a plan for a FWH group Yule this year. I think the winter months are perhaps the most emotionally taxing for nearly everyone and it shows in the turnout for events, including Yule. I will be doing a Yule celebration with my close family and friends this year.


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An Open Hearth to all Heathens

Posted on August 22, 2016 at 10:40 PM Comments comments (4)

A large Asatru organization recently clarified that they firmly disbelieve in the idea of transgendered people. They also made sure to distinguish between an adoration of the children of their group, and chose to phrase it in a way that showed adoration towards specifically Caucasian children of their group. Their Alsherjargothi went on to make it clear that non-Caucasians, transgendered people, homosexuals, etc (anyone not of European ancestry and those who didn't...

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Althing Announcements

Posted on June 26, 2016 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (0)


Announcements and my Thoughts on the Althing


By Mark, Fort Wayne Heathens Lawspeaker


First things first, we have new officers. Noah R Hackbarth is our goði now, and Abi Fischer is our Scribe. Brittney Johnson took over officially as Treasurer. I retained the office of Lawsp...

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2016 Officer Elections

Posted on May 14, 2016 at 5:45 PM Comments comments (0)

It's election time!


Nominations for officers will be proposed for valid candidates starting on 05/14/2016 and ending on 05/20/16. People who accept these nominations and meet the minimum requirements will become candidates to vote on. They are encouraged but not required to submit a candidate statement. Our only vacant position is scribe.

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A Change in Leadership

Posted on May 2, 2016 at 5:25 PM Comments comments (0)

To the members of Fort Wayne Heathens,



Last week, we had a change in Fort Wayne Heathens that everyone should be aware of.



Katherine has recently become engaged to Brian. After some introspection, she feels she is being called to her hearth and the creation of her new family, and she made the decision to step down from ...

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Condemning Hateful Hoosiers

Posted on February 26, 2016 at 5:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Recently the SPLC, or the Southern Poverty Law Center, compiled a national database/map for hate groups in the United States. This map is perhaps one of the most unbiased of its kind. There are hate groups from all nationalities, religions, and political backgrounds on this map. As Lawspeaker to Fort Wayne Heathens, I studied this map to see if there are any potential threats in our area. My responsibility is to keep our Heathen community comfortable and safe. Ther...

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Alfablot

Posted on October 5, 2015 at 11:50 PM Comments comments (2)

This time of year is a magical time. You can feel the hum of your ancestors excitedly awaiting their return to the home and hearth. They come for a good meal and the company of those they've been separated from in death. Now is a time of reflection and preparation for the winter. Now is a time for getting to know your ancestors and honoring their memory.


Now is also a time for getting in touch with the land, and the spirits of the land...

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Approaching the Gods

Posted on August 2, 2015 at 8:30 PM Comments comments (1)

In a recent poll done for Fort Wayne Heathens, a question was asked on where we placed the most importance within the faith. In and of itself the question was inquiring about how we approach Heathenry and Ásatrú, but the choice most commonly ranked number one (61.54% of the people who took the survey placed this as the most important aspect) was interacting with the Gods, the ancestors, and the land spirits. Interaction was placed above lore, ancestry, lifestyle, everything. The mos...

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Hail the Day

Posted on July 22, 2015 at 6:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Some members of the community were discussing Dagaz and it got me thinking about day, specifically greeting the day. This harkens back to earlier discussions about daily practices. We searched for ways to incorporate Heathen spirituality into the daily life, beyond simply adhering to the pre-Christian Germanic world-view. Submerging one's self into a daily spiritual practice brings them closer to the spirits of their ancestors, ensures they're living their faith, a...

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Frith and Grith

Posted on June 15, 2015 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Grith and Frith are concepts that Heathens either throw into the discussion arena without properly clarifying for the newbs, or used interchangeably by those who don't fully understand them. These terms are the anglicized spellings of the Old Norse concepts of friðr and grið. There are references to these terms in Old English stories and Icelandic sagas like the Ynglinga Saga....

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From a Folkish Heathen

Posted on June 9, 2015 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (0)

By Katherine Vanover


There is a common misconception that this was just the faith of the Vikings, the Norwegians, the Swedish, the blonde Scandinavians. In point of fact, this is a faith of the Germanic people, but that is yet another confusing term.


Germania was a region described by Tacitus, a Roman historian, and the Germanic people are the people fr...

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The Microcosm of the Universalist

Posted on June 7, 2015 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (1)

By Sean Berne


Within the reconstruction of Norse and Germanic religion (Asatru), there are primarily three factions of adherents. These fall under the generally-accepted nomenclature of Folkish (or Volkish), Universalist, and  Tribalist. These groups form the primary contention in the global Asatru community, and represent the greatest amount of “bubbling” on the surface, conflict creating t...

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Tribalist Heathenry

Posted on March 29, 2015 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (0)

In Early Germanic culture, the family was the highest and most important circle within the Innangardh. Religious ceremonies to bless the hearth, the plow, a child, a meal, etc originate within the home, but when spirituality meets community, it enters the tribe.


We know many of the Germanic tribes’ names (Beowulf, Caesar, and Tacitus provide info on different tribes), the various Goths, the Vandals, the Ang...

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Heathens Against Hate

Posted on February 11, 2015 at 8:35 PM Comments comments (0)



Image taken from the Heathens Against Hate Blog


Racism is an issue in the Heathen Community, that is something not wort...

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Greeting Sunna: The Importance of Personal Spiritual Pursuits

Posted on January 19, 2015 at 5:35 AM Comments comments (3)


"I open my eyes and lay in bed as I try to wake my brain up. There's much to do today, and we have to hit the road just after sunrise. I wash up, get dressed, put on my hammer pendant, and perform all my mundane morning rituals. I leave the door and the light from the sun hits my eyes; making me feel awake, refreshed, and alert.


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Crossed Hammers and Hammered Crosses

Posted on January 14, 2015 at 8:05 PM Comments comments (0)

 

If you haven't yet read my article on the relationship between Heathens and Christians titled, "Of Crosses and Hammers," you can read that by clicking on the name in this post. I suggest reading it to have a background on what I will now discuss. In that article, I mention Heathens' tendency to be hypocrites when it comes to religion ba...

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Schedule Announcements

Posted on January 13, 2015 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Please Read These Important Schedule Announcements

We will no longer be hosting events on Tuesdays and Fridays. We have decided to change the schedule to a weekend schedule. Lore Night and Rune Night will be held on Saturdays.


The second Saturday of the month will be Lore Night, temporarily hel...

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Gathering of Tribes

Posted on January 10, 2015 at 11:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Last month I had the honor to meet another Kindred to celebrate Yule. Oakdale Kindred out of Peru, Indiana invited myself, and members of Storm Haven Kindred for a Yule celebration. We were to have a feast, white elephant gift exchange, and a ritual. I knew one person's name, and the name of the Kindred, but I had never actually met the folks before. So, one could imagine that I was terribly nervous.


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Winds of Change

Posted on November 10, 2014 at 5:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Dear friends, family, and community,


Storm Haven Kindred has been sponsoring and managing Fort Wayne Heathens since its official inception in November of last year. This month we held a meeting and decided that we (Storm Haven Kindred) have become more of a legistlative/administrative body than a kindred of friends and family. To resolve this, we are seperating ourselves (for th...

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Of Crosses and Hammers

Posted on October 17, 2014 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (2)

Have you ever heard something like this in a pagan/Heathen forum or meeting?


"Can you believe what those Christians said to me? How dare they? Bunch of bigots!"

"Yeah, we should start burning churches like we did in the good ol' days."


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