Happy Woden’s (Odin’s) Day.
I am an atheist who wears a Thor’s Hammer on Thor’s Day (Thursday). I meditate on the Nine Noble Virtues of Asatru because it is quite frankly the best list of virtues from my point of view. My moral philosophy is based on a concept of Odin as a wanderer with his wolves and ravens. Everything about my ‘spirituality’ centers on the simple concept as presented here within Odin’s Eye – changing one form of sight for another. Mostly discarding the fear of Christianity and embracing the powerful reality of reality.
So yes, I am a pagan atheist. I borrow from paganism a lot of things that are simply far more true than most things elsewhere. I just don’t believe in gods, goddesses or divine powers. The essence of paganism with its wonder of creation, its respect for life, the individual, free-will, and nature, I can very much embrace.
I suppose my former faith would say I have become liberal in a lot of things. I would say this is true for a lot of things, but I also am more human. More accepting of others as human beings. I have studied too much history to be a socialist/ communist as those economic systems violate the laws of economics and fail. I also don’t follow the gun control notions as I have long studied the history of tyrants and one of the first actions of wolves is to take the teeth away from the sheep. But other than that, I can respect human beings and their freedom a lot more as an atheist who also has borrowed his ethics and little of his understanding of the world around him from pagans.
Time to Look Through the Eye:
“To see the truth, change one eye for another”
My meditations still remain on the Nine Noble Virtues as well as my moral philosophy and outlook on life. Insight into my life is a desire here and the world around me and its reality not the fantasy of made-up notions. I find this is far more useful to my life in practical ways of applying virtue to my life are beneficial consistently.
There is still much to be discovered, I don’t know everything and never will. But perhaps I can contribute something useful to knowledge or human progress before I am gone. Something that will also allow me to be remembered for a little while after I am gone. All I know is that I still have a sense of mystery about the universe, but it isn’t fanciful just a wonder that is far more powerful than any religious wonder I have had because it is grounded in the real world.
I still long in some senses for a sense of community that is more close to myself. it is probably the only area of spirituality I still need to work on. On the other hand, I have a huge case of trust no one. My only hope is that the atheist/pagan community understand loyalty a little better.
I guess I can look at religion for its fruits and decide as an atheist what ideas have been preserved by religion that are actually good. I mean I believe most things that are good were created by us humans and various religions grabbed them when it suited their purpose and used them. I now know that by simply being social creatures, humans have developed virtues ethics because they aid with survival and prosperity. Honestly – ‘live long and prosper’ is indeed our motivation and being a pagan atheist I can see what does that clearly.
The Rabyd Skald – Wandering Soul, Bard, and Philosopher. The Grey Wayfarer.