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Episode 47 - Heathenry on a Budget

December 1st, 2018

Episode 47 – Heathenry on a Budget

Shout out and big wave to Ethan Finley for suggesting the topic for this episode.

Things we talk about in this episode:

Opening Music:

'Ancient Whispers I' by P C III, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence.


Closing Music:

'Round II - The Ancients' by Learning Music, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence


Background fire ambience by inchadney from


Total Immersion video games

Better than Life - Red Dwarf episode, Season 2, episode 2, originally aired September 1988

Phoebe Buffay – Character from Friends (1994 – 2004)

Schrodinger’s Cat -

47 and Star Trek (not just confined to Star Trek - )

11:21 and X-Files -

Greeting in Latin: Ave and Salve to hear it spoken, head here:

Havamal translations on the internet – there are a good number available for you to read and study. Here are some bits to get you started:

Dr Jackson Crawford (long video!)

Bellows translation

Thorpe, Hollander and Bellows can be found here:

Auden and Taylor’s translation is here:

For books: check out your local library stock or ask about inter-library loans, or getting copies of academic papers. They may cost a small fee this way, but it’s often cheaper than buying a copy for yourself.

Befriend librarians – they are your friend in your ongoing research.

The Librarian – from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld. He’s an Orangutan. Don’t, whatever you do, call him a monkey.

If you really, really want a copy for yourself – look at second-hand book finding companies, e-book editions (there are several e-book readers that have apps for smartphones), or pre-loved copies available at your favourite online book seller.

Lint rollers -

Universities can also be useful – if they do relevant courses, ask the department admin staff very nicely for a copy of the course reading list. Some University libraries will allow non-students to access the materials – you may have to apply for a library card, and may not be able to lend materials, but study them inside the library building.

Check museums for their collections – some have pictures and descriptions of their collection items online, or special themed events/ lectures hosted at the museum. Museum staff may also be able to help you with little nuggets of specialist knowledge, or help your find other appropriate contacts. There’s a good starting place in the British Museum Room 41, of which there are plenty of photos and video online.

There are lots of academics/ authors directly available to follow through the wonders of social media – check on hashtags, look for favourite academics, or authors of your favourite non-fiction books and see what they’re posting about.

Mjolnir’s are available, along with other Norse-themed jewelry, for all budgets and styles. You can get them in bronze, pewter, iron, silver, gold, in wood, clay, bone, glass, pretty much any material that you’d like to try. There are copies of archaeological finds, modern or plain designs, ones inset with stones or crystal, so it’s pretty much up to you. If you want to wear one. It’s optional not mandatory.

Books on Wicca tend to emphasise having plenty of tools or items to aid in doing ritual. Again it’s personal and up to you. We’ve found Scott Cunningham’s books and Issac Bonewit’s books as good places to start.

Relevant academic papers and some PhD thesis are available online for free – some papers may need you to have access to a service, like JSTOR or Wiley. You may still be able to read the abstract online without having to pay. You may be able to get a copy of the paper through your local library (much cheaper than buying a copy through getting a JSTOR account for yourself), either by putting a request into the library to get a copy of it, or the library may have account access to JSTOR.

Guttenberg Project – go! Go find free books!

There’s one more source of info that’s invaluable in studying and research – other heathens! Ask questions online about what others have found useful, for book or article recommendations, or for a bit of encouragement as you delve into your own research :)

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