The Modern Heathen Family,
By Momma Wolf
Hail and Welome!
Welcome to the new blog from Chelsea Lucas, aka Mamma Wolf! Official TAC editor and writier, this will be all her writings, and her works! There is going to be some great stuff here!
A big Hail and Thank You to Mrs. Lucas!
Creating Family Traditions
My name is Chelsea Lucas, and I'm Momma Wolf. I have three kids: ages 8, 7, and 7 months. Their middle names are Rose, Wolf, and Raven, respectively (which is how I will refer to them).
My husband and I co-parent my older two with their Dad and Step-Mom, who are ecclectic pagan. It is sometimes easier on them if I use more generic pagan activities, but I always try to give it a Heathen spin.
I have been a Pagan in some form or another since I was 11 yrs old, but for more than 2 years now I have dedicated myself to the Aesir and Vanir. Asatru has been an inspiration and a driving force in my life.
This blog is going to be focused on practicing Asatru as a family. As a Heathen parent, sometimes my options feel limited when it comes to teaching my kids about this faith. I have been doing research and brainstorming for several months now, and I wanted to share what I have found with other parents that might be having the same struggle.
I want to create "Sunday School" type activities for little Heathens and to help families make traditions and experience Asatru together.
Now, there are a few things you should know about this blog and my magazine articles: They are going to be a little open ended. I am going to offer suggestions and ideas for various age groups, but I want you to tailor it to your teaching/parenting style. While we all largely believe similar things, everyone has their own path and focus.
You can also expect me to include the Wights and the Ancestors in most articles, in addition to the Gods. Some people include them in their personal faith more than others. The Wights (or "Faeries" as my daughter calls them) are kind of a big deal at my house.
I write my suggestions with the current economy in mind, so if you are strapped for time or cash there is still going to be a lot you can do with your family.
Some people choose to not teach their kids any faith, because they don't want to "brainwash" or "indoctrinate" their kids. Many of us come from some other religious background. We chose this path, and a lot of people don't want to deny their children the oppurtunity to choose their own path. I understand and respect this line of thought, but I do disagree and here's why: religion teaches so much more than Dogma. It teaches faith in the unseen. And yes, of course you can teach your child morality, self-discipline, and many other virtues without religion, but you would be denying them and yourself years of great experiences as a family. You can still allow them to be themselves. If they want to be some other faith, you can respect that. I, personally, feel that if you don't allow them the to participate in Asatru with you then they don't have a lot of information to base their personal religious choices on.
Everyone needs to do what they believe is right by their family. If you choose to include your children in your practices, then I encourage you to keep reading and keep an eye out for: The NNV series, the Connecting with the Gods series, Family Holiday Celebration articles, and many more.
Feel free to contact me with any suggestions or questions at