Author Archives: Piper

Religious Abuse: How to Leave

Leaving a religious abuse relationship is like leaving any other abusive relationship. Leaving a pagan religious/magical relationship has its own quirks, but many of the principles are the same. 1. Plan Ahead Unless you are actually living with the leader, … Continue reading

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Religious Abuse: How to See

For those of you that follow religious news, Warren Jeffs, the leader of the Mormon polygamist sect in Texas, was convicted of two counts of sexual assault on a child. As Huffington Post contributor Danielle Tumminio says,”… there is another aspect … Continue reading

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Using Seidr for Healing

There are many instances in the sagas of people healing with a combination of herbs and holding on to the wound with their hands to cure. From personal work and experience, there is usually some sort of energy transfer in … Continue reading

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Urban Roots

Our version of North European practice is influenced by our culture, American virtues and values. For instance, instead of a movement away from the negative aspects of civilization, we could and should work to change those aspects to positives. One … Continue reading

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Another Icelandic Perspective

I really look forward to Dr. Karl E. H. Seigfried’s interviews of practitioners in Iceland. They clear my spiritual palate, so to speak, and refresh my faith in my faith. His latest interview was with Hilmar Orn Hilmarsson of the … Continue reading

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New on the Blogroll: The Norse Mythology Blog

Back in February, I wrote a post about the Icelandic perspective in Heathen thought, based on an interview with Johanna Haradottir. The interviewer, Dr. Karl E. H. Seigfried, has a blog of his own, with other interviews as well as scholarly discussions … Continue reading

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Healing Ethics and Relationships

This is a revised version of a previously written essay. I don’t believe that we can automatically emulate mental health or physical health professionals. I believe that model has much to teach us, but many of us don’t have the … Continue reading

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American Culture and Reconstruction

But I am coming to see that contemporary America is very, very strange in one respect. It just may be the first society in which it is a major reflexive dogma that there must be no dogmas. Think about it. There’s … Continue reading

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Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is a very difficult holiday for me. On one hand, I am a mother. I have a 19 year old son that I absolutely adore. He is smart and funny and talented and off to college to study … Continue reading

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Telling Your Family About Your Alternative Lifestyle Part Three: The Aftermath

So, you’ve bared your soul, and explained your life to your family. If the gods are kind, your family will respond positively. They will have a new respect for your honesty and integrity in telling them. They will accept and … Continue reading

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