The first year of any Heathen’s journey is often tumultuous, characterized by rapid growth as they read books, browse online discussions, and fumble with their first rituals. Some new Heathens decide that the religion doesn’t Read more…
What is Heathenry?
Heathenry is a revivalist religion seeking to bring the practice of the ancient Germanic peoples into the present day. In simplest terms, it uses information inferred or represented in scholarship to form the foundation of a modern, polytheistic religious tradition.
Heathens possess a worldview aligned with the cosmological concepts of the Well and the Tree, and they accept wyrd and orlæg as cosmic forces.
Heathens engage in the gift cycle through reciprocity with appropriate divine figures—the gods, the ancestors, and the wights.
Heathens are animistic, polytheistic, and/or panentheistic. Heathenry is a religion, not an exercise in living history or cultural affection.
The longship is the beginning of a journey. In ancient times, it bore merchants and raiders alike across the seas, changing their lives, leading them to riches and war. In the spirit of the vessels of old, this website aims to be a beginner’s guide to all individuals interested in studying Heathenry. Because regional traditions differ from each other in many ways, this website cannot address every possible nuance of Heathenry. Instead, it covers the basics—the foundations—upon which all regional traditions are built. This website provides a framework for any person interested in Heathenry and suggestions on how to continue one’s studies.