Hail and welcome!
I have been an Ásatrúar since 1997. I have practiced my faith as a member of religious groups and by myself. Over the years I have grown and developed new understandings and ways of practice. I find that where I started is miles away from where I am now. I have gone through periods of intense enthusiasm and utter disinterest. This has allowed me to grow in understanding and has forced me to re-evaluate everything I knew.
This blog exists as an outlet for my writings, thoughts, and musings as I continue to explore the modern reconstruction of the indigenous religious traditions of the Scandinavian, Anglo-Saxon, and continental Germanic peoples most commonly known as Ásatrú. It serves as a record of my journey through the Elder Troth as I seek to help rebuild our faith. It is my fervent hope that what you see here will give you things to consider. I don’t expect anyone to agree with me and I openly welcome civil discourse on all ideas.
This blog isn’t an introduction to our faith but it does contain certain introductory elements. The topics contained in this blog are not meant to be answers or guides for those new to our troth, although I hope they will find it educational and helpful. Instead, my target audience are those who have been practicing for some time. It is with this in mind that I don’t always explain certain words or terms because of the expectation of understanding on the part of the reader. Where I think I am using a phrase or term that is unlikely to be part of the vocabulary of someone who has been practicing for more than a couple of years I will attempt to define it in context.
This blog also isn’t a “typical” example of Ásatrú because I don’t believe there is such a thing. We all have our own way of expressing our troth. There simply isn’t an orthodox set of beliefs and practices, only cultural norms that define what is and isn’t us. This is because Ásatrú is a folk religion. It rises up from the customs and beliefs of a people and isn’t dictated by an institution. The specifics of this blog, such as the holidays I celebrate or the moral guidelines I live by, are mine. This is how my troth is practiced. It is my expression of the larger set of ideas that makes up Ásatrú and Heathenry.