Hello everyone, after another stretch of not posting anything I’m starting to ease back into blogging, starting with a brief notice about this heathen event occurring worldwide.
Heathens United Against Racism has organized an event on facebook called “Light the Beacons” set to occur on May 1st, 2016 (May Day).
On this coming May Day we call on all Heathens around the world who stand for inclusive, tolerant, and diverse practice to light a beacon in solidarity with all other Heathens who stand for these values in our spirituality. Whether you are lighting a candle in your home with your loved ones or are hosting a bonfire party open to the public we ask you help us shine a light on all the good work, good practice, and good people in Heathenry across Midgard.
Using the hashtags #LightTheBeacons and #Havamal127 on social media you can link your photo and/or stories of activism to connect with the group and event.
If you choose to participate please take a picture of your beacon, whether it is a candle or a roaring bonfire, send it to HUAR with the number of people who participated and where, in terms of the nearest major city or region, it took place. If you want to organize a public bonfire event please send us the information and we will help promote it. Together we will ignite a fire in our hearts and homes that will push back the shadows of fear & ignorance, shine light on our honor, and rally the hopes of Heathens everywhere.
As some may recall I have started covering my head back in March 2015 and since then I’ve been involved in headcovering groups and the concept of modest dress as a whole. It’s been a rather transformative experience and I’m glad that I started doing it.
However, being from the USA most headcovering and modest dress forums and blogs are Abrahamic in nature (Jewish, Christian, and Muslim). Naturally their reasons for modest dress and covering are rooted in their religious beliefs, beliefs that I and most pagans do not share. On top of that, I’m not even a “typical pagan”, so the rare pagan resources for headcovering do not resonate with me either.
In response I decided to start my own blog to share my experiences as a headcovering pagan, at a new blog called The Mantled Fox. I would really appreciate if my viewers here would have a look and tell me if the general theme and layout is legible and relatively easy on the eyes, and if the site actually works for you in the first place (i.e. comments can be left for instance).
I debated whether or not to have headcovering be separate from this blog or to be one category among others, as I’m not entirely sure what direction I’m going to go with the headcovering blog. Unlike the Abrahamic traditions there’s not a whole lot of philosophy or religious debate to headcovering and modesty in pagan religions, as there’s no broadly fundamental texts or old, continuing tradition to make interpretations from. Instead (speaking from an European-centered viewpoint) what we have are historical examples of pagan headcovers, and the creation of new traditions that may or may not be in line with the older forms, separated by thousands of years of Abrahamic religions overlaying the cultures and giving context to clothing styles. Some styles may resemble those found in ancient pagan cultures, but the reasons for the styles can be different. Besides, all of the pagan headcoverers I’ve seen do not follow any pagan European style of headcovering for daily wear, they follow contemporary Jewish or Muslim traditions due to the materials and resources that are available (as do I).
As a result I decided that a headcovering blog would not quite fit the theme of “Along the River”, as it would likely be rooted in opinion and personal experiences rather than historical and cultural religious exploration. Some overlap will occur, but I don’t think enough of an overlap will exist to justify a combination. Hence, the Mantled Fox was born.
(Now whether I actually keep the site active will remain to be seen lol)