Creating a Home Altar

The altar is the magical heart of your home. This is one of the most important aspects of my own magic, and one that will hopefully create a home for your magic. But first, let’s answer the question: what is an altar? An altar is a designated, physical place where offerings are made to Spirit. It is a physical reminder of our spiritual commitments. This is where you can leave offerings to the spirits, where you can keep your active spells. It is a connection between you and the Otherworld.  Different spiritual traditions use altars in different ways, but many...

Heathen’s Journey: Isa and the Silence of Winter

It’s been a long time since I’ve sat down to write a column for the Heathen’s Journey. I’ve begun working with local Norse folkways teacher Kari Tauring, and it has shown me just how much I don’t know. There’s a gap between my own knowledge and what I want this column to be. And while I’m actively seeking that knowledge, it unfolds before me, and this column isn’t the straightforward journey it once was. Then I have to remind myself that I started the Heathen’s Journey as a way of processing what I was learning in the Norse ways. In...