I want to take some time to explain what it means to me to be a heathen witch.

First of all, I use this description, to avoid the automatic association with Wicca, that some people have. I have nothing against Wiccans, but I am not one.

I started out as an eclectic witch, and the heathen part came later. But today, I am a heathen witch. The spiritual part of this is that I celebrate the major Asatru holidays and a few minor ones, and I also celebrate Moon cycles.

When it comes to deities, I don’t include many gods and goddesses in my work. I do on occasion, but not that often. I’m more connected to Nature spirits and ancestors. That’s probably the witch part of me.

Both heathenry and witchcraft:

  • are grounded
  • are Earth based
  • have a strong connection to Nature
  • celebrate the changing of the seasons
  • have a holistic approach to well-being
  • have no dogma (don’t tell you how to practice your spirituality, or how to live your life)
  • tell you to follow your own path.

Witchcraft also has a strong connection to feminine energy. All these things are a part of who I am. Some dictionaries have a weird definition of the words heathen and witch. They don’t seem to have been updated in the last 50 years. But the definitions I go by are:

Heathen: Any person that follows a modernized version of the religious beliefs and practices of the Norse and other Germanic people. Asatru, Vanatru, and other versions are a form of neo-paganism. Although some don’t like to admit that, I have no problem doing so.

Witch: A person who practices witchcraft Witchcraft is not a religion. All religions have witches, but not all witches are religious.

(Heathen + Witch = Heathen Witch)

If you aren’t sure what Paganism is, it’s an umbrella term for religions that don’t fit the mainstream. It’s mostly described as non-Abrahamic (i.e. it’s not Christianity, Judaism, or Islam), but the definitions differ. Some say it’ includes all nature-based religions. Some say it’s any religion that isn’t among the large ones.

If you have any questions about this, just ask. I don’t hide who I am.

Now you have an overview at least of what being a heathen witch means to me 🙂

14 Comments

  1. Lisa Mallis

    I’ve often wondered exactly what you do – thanks for defining the terms and exactly what you do and who you are! 🙂

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    • Linda Ursin

      If you want it all, It’s a very, very long list 😀 My pleasure, and thanks for taking the time to comment Lisa.

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  2. Remy

    My great grandmother used to practice divination, and my grandmother was more onto witchcraft. I grew up, learning from them, however, I do not practice any of these terms. Furthermore, I do have strong beliefs, even though I do not identify my self, as someone who grew up on this.

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    • Linda Ursin

      It’s a personal choice whether or not to call yourself a witch

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  3. Arelis Cintron

    I’ve known it to be associated with nature based … thanks for the info!

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  4. Delia @ Blog Formatting

    Thanks Linda for the explanations, it’g great to know what you do in more detail 🙂

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    • Linda Ursin

      My pleasure 🙂 I’ll be doing more explaining in the months to come. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

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    • Linda Ursin

      It’s new to many 🙂 That’s part of why I wrote it.

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  5. Reina

    Hi, so I’ve been researching more into my ancestry and am exploring Ásatrú. Im Not a Wiccan by any means but I am a practicing eclectic witch. What is the correct way about appropriately engaging with the religion and the community/ culture to then fully immerse myself in the religion. But I worry I’m going to lose or be frowned upon for my practice because in my research, I’ve found many people don’t take too kindly to witches because of misuse and appropriation.

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    • Linda Ursin

      We all walk our own path. The only ones who frown on people researching other pantheon are either really insecure in themselves or in their path. My advice would be to stay away from anything that’s “folkish” or in other ways limit who is allowed to be and look into asatru. It is a non-dogmatic and universalist tradition, not for neo-nazis and alike. The organization I’m in has a lot of different people. There are witches, shamans, gay, bi and trans people and people of colour.

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  6. Allen

    Any good tips for a starter witch? I’ve been looking into this, and I severely love the Asatru religion, I’m starting to follow it myself. I just would like some tips.

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    • Linda Ursin

      My best advice would be to read and learn a lot. Stick to trusted sources and avoid books by American authors. In my experience, most of the ones on Asatru published in the US have racist tendencies and have not used good sources

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