Heathenism in main stream society is often miscued as a religion with racial ties. When indeed it is quite the opposite. Yeah there are those few shall I say who bastardized the old ways. Ignorance is not bliss. Be aware and open minded, you might learn a thing or two
I myself find the biggest misconceived notion of Ásatrú is that it’s just a religion of what the “cool kids” are getting into. They to, like the Neo nazis will weed themselves out. My point may seem harsh, but I feel being called back to the old ways is just that, A Calling! A calling from our Ancestors to our true self. The mighty Tyr did not sacrifice his arm to the Fenrir wolf for no reason at all. He did it to bind the wolf until Ragnarok where the wolf will join the giants against the final battle of the gods
Heathenism here in America can be a very solitary thing unless you know other Heathens, which can be hard to find at times. I myself am self taught and and still learning everyday! I’ve been on my path for about 18 months. I’m an empath so I’m very “touched” with the gift of Spaë. My family doesn’t agree with my beliefs but as I always tell them, ” I wasn’t born to follow”!
Allfather, you breathe your winds upon my face
I yearn to see you, but all I ever see is half of your face, shrouded in mystery you are
Allfather, my loyalty is to you, I’ve shed blood to brand your mark upon me and my soul
Wise, grey wanderer, show me the way and knowledge I need to know.
You always hear my call when I need your guidance. Divination comes easier to me now, many gifts you have bestowed upon me. Wisest of the wise you are my one eyed father. I believe now is my time to take the walk of Yggdrasil and venture into the 9 worlds.
Alone again I feel
No one here
But an old one eyed man who sits next to me
Telling me don’t worry my daughter everything will be fine
But father, I ask, why do things seem so desolate and lonely
Well my daughter, only you know the answer to that
Father, I say, why? Why do you test your strongest as though they are an enemy?
My daughter, you see, I test my strongest because I know your weaknesses, I test your weaknesses because I know your strengths. My daughter, tests are a part of life, a ritual of mine I give to my strongest.
Allfather though, I say, how can it be
Some mortal like me has peaked an interest in you, the god of gods, lord of lords
My daughter, you see, I called to you for a reason, as did your ancestors. It was time for you to come back home to us, those of the Æsir and Vanir. Your heart is true, your mind and wits you have, honest and noble you are dear daughter, to thine troth I know thee to be true. What more could I want from a mortal daughter?
Good question, I say father,
Odin, one eyed wanderer, you knew one day i would hear your call, the call of my ancestors. You have shown me many things and continue to drive me in my quest for knowledge. I’ve learned many lessons from you Allfather, may I continue to learn more as the years go by. I treat others the way the treat me like you have taught me to. I no longer fear the things I used to. I no longer tolerate those who do me wrong. I know you are with me everyday, even when I know it’s just in the shadows. I’m very humbled to be one of your many chosen daughters. Though I do ask upon other gods and goddesses, my oath is to you Allfather! Always!