Kindred to some is just another word for family. It’s a commonly used word in English and often in phrases like, Kindred Spirit.
In Heathenry it has a similar yet different meaning. I refers more to chosen group of family in the similar way that a coven can be a chosen family. It’s often held together by oaths of kinship and a sense of a common purpose.
I’m going to go a bit on the personal side again today. Currently I’m not involved in any specific group be it held together by oaths or not. I have spent my far amount of time in such groups. I’ve three times been in groups in which all members oathed to each other. One was a Coven while I was in my early days of college and identified as an Eclectic. The two others have both been Heathen Kindreds.
Honestly I think any group with common oaths just like your biological family can be the most rewarding and the most stressful of relationships. Sometimes I really miss being involved with a Kindred. But I left that group right before I started my own family and now I see things very differently.
I guess one could say I’m forming my own Kindred now that is blood. Maybe one day we’ll find a like minded family or two and join together to make a Clan of our own.
Are any of you a part of a group? Does it involve oaths or is it just open membership? If not do you prefer not to be or have you ever been?
Come on I’m curious!!