Happy Sol’s Day!
We don’t pray here – we figure God, the gods, goddesses, or whatever powers that be (if any) 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: “Pagan Fire” – The Dragon Fire Drummers
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If you have followed this blog for any length of time, then you know about the Nine Noble Virtues of Asatru. Honor, Courage, Truth, Self-Reliance, Industriousness, Hospitality, Discipline, Perseverance and Fidelity are very much a part of this blog and my life as a whole now. My becoming an atheist did not affect that negatively. If anything it highlights the need to have some sort of system to think and evaluate each moral decision. The virtues serve this capacity well.
Living Tru is about following the virtues most of all. They will be a part of everyday decisions. Rituals and practices occupy a space of time. but the virtues are at all times. There is no time of not living virtuously.
When people ask me why I didn’t just follow Christian virtues and just be an atheist Christian, my answer is almost always the same- the pagans have better ethics. Sorry, Christianity has done a lot of evil in the name of its faith and justified it in name of doing it for Christ. In paganism, the virtues offer no such excuses nor faith in the gods. You follow the virtues or you are not virtuous. No excuses or exceptions.
That said how the virtues can be interpreted has some grey area as life is not black and white. Rather life is a mess and the virtues try to offer some way to sort that out and stay on a stable path. To live Tru is the goal. Waling Tru the mission of The Grey Wayfarer
The Rabyd Skald – Wandering Soul, Bard, and Philosopher. The Grey Wayfarer.