I think this blogger is brave for stepping into a contentious fray and attempting to remind both sides where we agree, where we are similar, and how behavior on both sides is sometimes antithetical to what we claim to believe.
OR – UPG versus very strict Recon
I have been a practicing heathen for well over ten (10) years and have seen a lot of strife, condescension and stupidity in that time with some of it directed at me or my friends. It is, in fact, why I almost never call myself Asatru but rather Heathen. I had early experiences with people telling me we were wrong to celebrate our sumbels a certain way that I felt was only proper due to hospitality. More recently, I see tremendous strife between two poles which I will call the strict reconstructionist Map and Compass side (the Right, for this case) and a very UPG (Unverifiable Personal Gnosis) oriented Invisible Stars side, sometimes calling itself spirit inspired (the Left, for this example). While I see the sides screaming at each other for reasons beyond these two “poles” (ranging from accusations of bigotry to…
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