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Heathen Visibility Project Year in Review 2020

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2020 has been a hard year for making visibility photos and pics because of the restrictions on gatherings and travel. Nevertheless, participants made some images of themselves, altars, objects, and other heathen relevant images.

I talked about the Project on the Witching Hour Spellcast radio show in September, in addition to talking about my new book Asatru: A Beginner's Guide to the Heathen Path. If you missed the show, you can hear the recording on this link:

During the spring and summer, I made several Project images of myself on film using a self timer, in addition to making the more usual sort of selfie for the Heathen Visibility in a Mask post. Since I was not able to go to gatherings like in other years I didn't take many photos of other heathens. There were some members of my local kindred present when we did the funeral sumbel via zoom for my companion Tom but I didn't take any photos during the event. Other kindred members did take some photos that I shared on my social media later, and I also took some altar photos.

I got some photos of myself on my trip to sign my new book Asatru: A Beginner's Guide to the Heathen Path at Fantasia Crystals in Phoenix. The signing was held outdoors in the courtyard, the chairs arranged for social distancing, and the store employers were wearing masks, as was I during the part of the event where I was actually signing books and people were approaching the table. Nonetheless, the event did not draw the big crowd that my previous booksignings for the old version of my book drew in pre-pandemic times at that location when it used to be Northern Winds Books.

Here are some Project images created by other participants:

Here's a cartoon that sums up one of the problems the Project was created to address:

If you have any links to your own Heathen Visibility Project images, or to your favorite Project images by others, please post them in the comments.


A short history of the Heathen Visibility Project, as told through my blog posts about the Project, in order:

Heathen Visibility Project part 1 (the first post about this):

 Part 2 how to participate (part 2 of the original post):

 Sumbel at PPD 2018:

 Heathen Visibility Project Does Halloween:

 Speech on Heathen Visibility Project PPD 2019:

 PPD 2019 report:

 The Comics Scandal that Fueled the Heathen Visibility Project (history of the invention of the project):

 Heathen Visibility Year in Review 2019:

 Heathen Visibility with a Mask: 

Image: Self portrait of Erin Lale in gythia robes by the light of the Yule bonfire, 2020. This image is part of the Heathen Visibility Project and can be freely reproduced for editorial purposes according to the rules of Creative Commons.

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Erin Lale is the author of Asatru For Beginners, and the updated, longer version of her book, Asatru: A Beginner's Guide to the Heathen Path. Erin has been a gythia since 1989. She was the editor and publisher of Berserkrgangr Magazine, and is admin/ owner of the Asatru Facebook Forum. She also writes science fiction and poetry, ran for public office, is a dyer and fiber artist, was acquisitions editor at a small press, and founded the Heathen Visibility Project.


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