“Asatru – Norse Paganism – Introduction” – The Pagan Pulpit

Happy Sun’s Day

Announcements:

We don’t pray here – we figure God, the gods, goddesses, or whatever powers that be either know already, don’t give a fuck, or are busy with more important matters than our petty stuff. We also kind of assume that they expect us to do stuff that we can do for ourselves and that we will do them ourselves and not be lazy. We also believe in being good friends, so we don’t presume on our friendship with the powers that be by asking them all the time for stuff while giving them nothing in return.

We also don’t take an offering here.  We figure the powers that be probably don’t need it.  Let’s be honest, offerings are not given to the divine powers, they are given to an organization to support it.  Just being honest. God, the gods or whatever never sees a dime, farthing or peso of that money; it all goes to the church, mosque or shrine.

Theme Song: “Alfadhirhaiti” – Heilung

Little mood music for you.

Meditation:

Image may contain: 1 person, beard, text that says 'Proud Viking You don't lose friends, because real friends can never be lost. You lose people masquerading as friends, and you're better for it.'

Text:

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Sermon:

I am beginning a series here of an indeterminate length. I have just finished the basics of Paganism that all pagans share. I want to move into my own particular brand of paganism I have chosen for myself – Asatru. This is the path of Norse Paganism which is in some ways old as time and in other ways new.

I will be referencing a book I am reading Essential Asatru by Diana L. Paxton.  I have been reading this book with a slow measured study for a bit now but I want to start digesting it piece by piece.  I can think of no better venue than the Pagan Pulpit to do some of that and share what I am discovering at the same time.

In this series, I will start as Ms. Paxton does by examining the history of Viking paganism and discuss its recent resurgence in Asatru. I will then talk about the spiritual and religious aspects of Asatru and the in the end talk about the current practice of Asatru in the Modern world. Basically, I am going to follow the book and discuss any interesting points along the way.

Asatru is simply the following of the old Germanic and Norse gods.  It is a dedication to Norse pantheon and to the values they teach.

How old is Asatru?  That is a matter for debate as those that follow it would say it is an attempt to reconstruct an old faith that was wiped out by Christianity after the Viking Age.  To some Asatru is as old as time but the term is also used of people who are modern trying to reconstruct the old ways as well so it has a dual use.

This should be interesting and fun.

Parting Thought:

Image may contain: 1 person, beard, text that says 'Proud Viking The truth is... sometimes you have to do what's best for you and your life, not what's best for everyone else.'

Yep, that is the truth of it.

I remain,

The Rabyd Skald – Wandering Soul, Bard, and Philosopher. The Grey Wayfarer.

Skaal!!!

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