• Explainer 5 - The Vanir, the Gods of the Liminal

    13 GIU 2024 · Welcome to the Vanir episode!  Join Ryan for a short journey through the Vanir's roles as Gods of the liminal, the mystical, and humanity's relationships with the natural world.  Highlights of this episode include naming some of the more well-known Vanir and what they are associated with, the Vanir and magic, and how the Vanir as best understood as deities of relationship and moving between worlds rather than simply as gods of nature.
    28 min. 41 sec.
  • Episode 35 - Abuse in Community

    15 MAG 2024 · Abuse and the toleration of abusive practices in spiritual communities is a significant problem in Paganism and Heathenry, as has been especially shown with Diana Paxson's recent removal from the Troth.  Join your host for a journey through what enables abusive systems, their structures, and what brings about the institutionalization of abuse in communities.  https://wildhunt.org/2024/05/the-troth-removes-diana-paxson-from-all-positions-in-unanimous-decision.html http://glassewitchcottage.com/2024/05/13/breaking-the-pedestal/
    48 min. 23 sec.
  • Explainer 4 - Nordic Mysticism

    8 MAG 2024 · In this episode, your host guides you through the twisting paths of Nordic mysticism.  Along the way, you will learn why modern people engage in mysticism and how seiðr and runework, the two main forms of Heathen mysticism, work. 
    32 min. 12 sec.
  • Episode 34 - Community

    18 APR 2024 · Community.  It can be a source of support and joy, a cause of frustration, and often a mix of both.  Join your host for a walk through the advantages offered by organized community, the state of community and organizing within Heathenry, the causes of cults of personality, more sustainable options for community organizing, and more!
    57 min. 7 sec.
  • Presenting at the Harvard Divinity School

    11 APR 2024 · Hey folks I'm pleased to announce that I will be presenting on confronting white supremacy at the Harvard Divinity School this April!  The event is free to attend, both in-person and online, so please register and find out more at the following link: https://hds.harvard.edu/faculty-research/programs-and-centers/program-evolution-spirituality
    56 sec.
  • Explainer 3 - The Aesir, the Gods of Society

    3 APR 2024 · Welcome to the Aesir episode.  Join Ryan for a short journey through the Aesir's roles as Gods of society, humanity, and community.  Highlights of this episode include naming some of the more well-known Aesir and what they are associated with, the Aesir and war, and the Aesir's place in the grand cosmic drama of Ragnarok.
    30 min.
  • Explainer 2 - Ritual and Sacrifice

    20 MAR 2024 · In this explainer, Ryan explores ritual and sacrifice in modern Heathenry. This explainer will cover why ritual is important, what the words sacrifice and offerings tend to mean in modern Pagan and Heathen practices, and the core Heathen rituals and blot and oathmaking.
    27 min. 49 sec.
  • Episode 33 - Co-Creation

    15 MAR 2024 · How is the world made and shaped?  By co-creation, of course!  Join your host for a deep dive into what co-creation is, how it is founded in Wyrd, why it empowers people, and more.
    46 min. 24 sec.
  • In Their Own Words - The Pagan Far Right in 2024 feat. Shane Burley

    6 MAR 2024 · The Wayward Wanderer welcomes Shane Burley back to the pod for a dive into how Richard Spencer of AltRight fame is rebranding by stealing from Dune and Greek myth, fascists ditching Heathenry and the Eddas for highly antisemitic reasons, the infighting plaguing the non-Christian far-right, the Asatru Folk Assembly cannibalizing the Ku Klux Klan, and what Heathens, Pagans, and antifascists can do to fight fascism in 2024.
    43 min. 25 sec.
  • Episode 32 - Spirituality Without Devils

    14 FEB 2024 · What could spirituality look like if you remove the concept of ultimate evil? Join your host for an exploration of what a spirituality without ultimate evil might look like, how the concept of the Devil emerged, and why Nordic myth and spirituality have no devils of their own. *https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/belief/2010/aug/02/book-job-religion-judaism *https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/guides/zhsjscw/revision/6 *https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/history-magazine/article/history-devil-medieval-art-middle-ages *https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2008/06/02/return-to-paradise *https://www.onblackwings.com/post/christian-bias-in-the-prose-edda
    55 min. 25 sec.

Your friendly neighborhood Radical Heathen podcast! Join "The Way of Fire & Ice" author Ryan Smith for discussions on Norse Paganism in the 21st century, episodes come out on Wednesdays...

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