Welcome!

Welcome, lovely reader to the new blog for Gytha in Jeans, you may have arrived here from Frithcast, from my twitter feed, or from a random internet search. Either way, I’d best let you know what to expect. There’ll be irregular posts on inclusive heathenry, I’m aiming for posts short enough to read in one sitting.
They’ll be from the standpoint of supportive, inclusive, queer heathenry. If you don’t share that perspective I don’t owe you an explaination, or debate on why I understand inclusive heathenry to be my choice of how to express my faith. Debate, comment and exploration on the points I raise is just fine, but questions based around ‘why inclusive heathenry?’ are not. I will cheerfully delete your unpublished comments, as surprisingly, this is my blog and my space.

Introductions are probably in order. I’m Suzanne, my pronouns are she/her, I’m a queer geek inclusive heathen from Derbyshire in the UK. if you like what I do on this blog, or you enjoy what we do on Frithcast, and you’re financially able, you’re welcome to give a donation on our Ko-Fi site: https://ko-fi.com/frithcast There’s a whole About Me page on this blog if you’d like to read a bit more about me, I hope you enjoy the posts.

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Being Ancestors

Modern heathenry work often includes an aspect of ancestor work. As heathens we can look into the past with varying degrees of intensity and focus – everything from a healthy level of postively acknowledging our connections to the past and each other, to using ancestor veneration to justify exclusive heathen practices. Taking ourselves as this generation, going back 10 generations will give us each a minimum of 1024 ancestors in a direct line. Many of us researching our family history won’t even get back that far: head back 2 generations and the remaining records begin to fragment, with 20-30 years per generation, going back 100 years leaves us searching very different types of records than those we keep today. Names in census, birth certificates, death certificates, occasional letters and official documents are oftentimes the factual and scant evidence we can find of a full life.

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#MyHeathenry series 2022

Kate and I have been working on a series of short interviews with inclusive heathens from across the world to tie in with the traditional Feb half term dates for the Jorvik Viking Festival: we all practise our faith in different experiential ways, and ‘we can’t tell you how to heathen‘. In case you missed one, here’s the links for all five episodes in this series:

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Balance

Saturday last I felt the presence of Odin in a profound hour-long spiritual experience. The day after I’m just someone who needs clean clothes and a shower before I catch an already hot and humid 40 minute bus ride to my day long class. And then at the end, come home. With homework to be done.

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‘The Goddess of Nothing at All’ and theological reflection

*No book spoilers in this blog post*

You might just have figured out that I’m a queer inclusive heathen by now. I was gifted an ARC of ‘The Goddess of Nothing at All’ by the author Cat Rector. I welcome a fiction book which not only sees Norse myth in a new way, but also holds LGBT+ representation in a way which is not jarring with the material or context.

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Funko Faith: Popular Culture as a Basis for Theological Reflection.

There’s been a whole lot of Norse themed popular culture in the last few years: fiction books, graphic novels, artwork, statuary, not to mention a big dollop in the interlocked MCU and the preceding and ongoing comics and graphic novels. Roleplayers, cosplayers, geeks, authors, bloggers and the general public are now aware of our mythology, Norse stories, characters, events and words such as Ragnarok, Mjolnir and Bifrost. Pop culture has cheerfully plonked on the plastic horned helmet and leaned hard into the Early Middle Ages.

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Legacy

There’s an emphasis on community within heathenism, and a more subtle focus on family, ancestors and generations yet to come. Far-right heathenry overtly identifies this as a duty to bear children and continue personal legacies with direct lines of parent, grandparent and into the future, in the hope of creating new generations with faith in their path, and directly associating this with personal worth and status. In heathen online groups there can be posts about DNA and bloodlines, from the curious family historian to the purist proudly tracing their line back to kings. But: legacy isn’t where and when you’re born, it’s based in your actions and the remembrance of those.

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Tolerance, Inclusion and British Values

The Paradox of Tolerance provides, well… a paradox for inclusive heathens. First identified by Popper, the Paradox of Tolerance assumes a sliding scale of values with extremes, say ultra inclusive heathenry through the moderate middle to far right or exclusionary heathenry, with individual heathens sitting anywhere on the scale and potentially moving around it in either direction as their practice evolves and develops. Inclusive implies ‘to include’ as in, to include everyone, and that may be the argument that the far right stance uses to not only request equal consideration and space to express their own stance, but also to dismantle and devalue those who claim the word inclusive but refute the exclusionary heathen stance. ‘Ah, well, if you reject my stance and I’m a heathen’ they may respond ‘you’re not actually inclusive, are you?’

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Heathen Prayer Week series 2021

When I go to the Jorvik Viking Festival, it’s a time of celebration, connection and reflection. A time to discuss the latest archaeological research, theories and academic publications. A time to connect to people I see year on year, to buy from craftspeople and traders, who have often travelled from all across Europe. A time to walk familiar roads, eat good food, learn new skills, a time to pray. A time to spend entirely within my faith.

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