With only a handful of heathens we formed blotgroup Het Rad at midsummer 1997. During one of our very first gatherings a guest called us raddraaiers (‘instigators’) and we liked this nickname so much we still us it for members of Het Rad. Always, we are clear to have our own ways and views on Germanic Heathenism and even within Het Rad this might differ from person to person.
Together with friends and guests we celebrate the main festivals. Twice a year we gather to practice seidr and once or twice a year we organise a public workshop. We travel at home and abroad to heathen and pagan gatherings. SEI (Seidr Event International) is a four day gathering every third year. In the international heathen community Het Rad has been involved in Asatru-Eu Network and thus IASC (International Asatru Summer Camp) from the very beginning.
To Het Rad germanic heathendom is a religion firmly rooted in the present, and in the midst of the many cultures, traditions and religions which enriches the Netherlands. Our country and Europe were and are a colourful melting pot of people all over the world.
Germanic Heathendom is also know as asatru and vanatru.
We have shown how small can be big: a lot was and is done by a few. The years went by with joy and sorrow, with meetings and cooperation with quite a lot of people at home and abroad.
A selection of heathen and pagan gatherings Het Rad was present at and contribute to, and/ or was (co-)organizer:
PFI Conferentie, The Netherlands – 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2017
Ostara, Germany – 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
PaGe, Belgie – 2008, 2012, 2016
IASC 2009, Denmark
IASC 2012, Germany
IASC 2015, Sweden
Sacred Seidr Songs, London September – 2013
Reconte Chamanisme et Seidr, France – 2014
Asgardian Festival 2016, 2017 – Engeland
SEI (Seidr Event International) The Netherlands, 2013, 2016
Eigenwijs Festival 2015, 2016, 2017- The Netherlands