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Becoming a Heathen myself has meant learning certain code words. This is not meant to sound sinister; obviously every group has its codes. But “folkish” and “universalist” seemed a little tricky. In North America in particular, organizations had formed, split, fragmented and re-formed over this divide. In its simplest terms, the issue is this: should Heathenry be exclusively for those of Northern European descent, or should it be accessible to anyone who is interested?
My understanding of my Pagan heritage is something that has changed, evolved, and grown over the years, and I'm sure it will continue to do so.