Hi, I’m Laurie Beth, aka Beth Wodandis. I’ve been a devotee of Wodan since 2002, and as of this year am a new devotee of the Hebrew mother goddess Asherah. (Did you know that the Jews used to be polytheists who worshiped a goddess as well as a god, before monotheism took over? Stick around, and you will!)
As of September 2017, as we approach my 52nd birthday, I am just beginning to recover from a two year period of burnout and spiritual crisis, some of which you may have witnessed on this blog. I’ve taken down the posts pertaining to that period, as they are relevant only to me, but I’m not going to pretend I have it all together. Perhaps I can serve as a reminder to readers of this blog that your path doesn’t have to be perfect, that even after fifteen years of devotion it’s still possible to stumble and lose your way, and that even those of us others may think of as “elders” can still go through dark nights of the soul that make us question everything. Perhaps I can even serve as an example to newer folks that when you hear Odin spoken of as a god of madness, you might want to take that shit seriously.
For most of my years with Wodan I considered myself to be a Norse heathen. I did the research, read all of the books (in addition to writing a couple of my own!), helped organize community, and was trained by the spirits in oracular seidh. But in the wake of my spiritual crisis, it’s become apparent that some things have to change. Wodan is very much still the center and focus of my life and my practice, but I’ve shifted from heathenry towards a more eclectic path that also honors my adoptive ancestry, both Jewish and African-American. As the adopted daughter of mixed-race parents, I feel as though the embrace of such a diverse path–unified only by how its various strands relate to me and to my personal history–is especially important considering the troubled times we live in. With the emboldening of white supremacy and neo-Nazi groups in this country by the current US administration, and the embrace of fascist and neo-Nazi philosophies by certain heathen groups and individuals who try to use my god as a tool to further their efforts, I feel it’s important for me to refuse to conform to one single cultural path or tradition, and instead defiantly include everything I am–from my Irish/French blood ancestry, to my adoptive heritage, to my unchanging love for my god–in my approach to the spiritual world. Consider it my own form of protest, if you will.
An artist and maker, Tarot card reader, and free-range spirit worker, I live in Eugene, Oregon with my wife, a collection of critters, and currently twice as many spinning wheels as humans. I own and operate the pagan/witchy shop The Wytch of the North on Etsy.
Please note that this blog is moderated. My email is always open [lauriebethdawe at gmail dot com]; however, do not assume privacy. If what you have to say is belittling or hateful, it will be publicly shared for the amusement of my readers.
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Updated September 9/13/17