Similar Virtues

In recent years, I’ve had the pleasure of being a founding member of both an ADF Grove and an Asatru Kindred. The more time I’ve spent within these two groups, the more I feel that there are elements that can make them co-exist and, in fact, compliment each other in one path or tradition. I shall pause here and wait for the traditionalists to get back up from the floor….

With the co-existence in mind, I want to show you one of the main focuses of the Asatru belief system and it’s counterpart in ADF Druidry.

The Virtues.

In Asatru, the virtues are what many Heathens style their entire lives on and a few only give them a cursory glance. For myself, I use them as my moral compass and lifestyle direction.

Below are the Asatru and Druid (ADF) Virtues for comparison:

Asatru Virtues: Druid (ADF) Virtues:
Courage Courage
Truth Wisdom

Honour

Vision

Fidelity

Integrity

Discipline

Piety

Hospitality

Hospitality

Industriousness

Moderation

Self Reliance

Fertility

Perseverance

Perseverance

As you can see there are three that are the same in both lists: Courage, Perseverance and Hospitality. There are also some that are similar and others that are quite different.

I prefer the Asatru virtues, they speak me and how I have chosen to live my life, indeed, they speak to me much more than the Druid (ADF) ones. This does not, of course, make them better or worse than the others, it’s just how my instincts react to them.

The virtues, and how one applies them to ones life, are very personal and can obviously be interpreted differently depending on your point of view. I will, in later articles, go into more depth on the three matching virtues and what they mean to Pagans and/or Heathens in our modern day society. I will also be finding out how these virtues relate to the priesthood of the two traditions with comments from an Asatru Gythia (gyðja) and the Senior Druid of an ADF Grove.

Until then, I will leave you with some question’s to think about:

  • Which set of virtues fits in with your lifestyle and values?
  • Would you feel the need to mix the above sets or perhaps write an entirely new list?

Blessings to your Hearth,

Edain
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Misplaced

Eyes shine beneath electric light

She does not belong here

Sent by businessmen to chase pigeons

Soaring over shoppers, weary gazing

Downcast, unable to see beyond themselves

The unexpected blessing

Of the harrier.

He is dressed for wood and open field

Falconer, gloved, serious, alone amidst

Gawping teenage girls drawn to a strong face,

Confused, compelled, want without insight

Hungry to be women already.

Shiny magazines did not tell them

How to handle his earthed masculinity.

Some of us were born

With our hearts in distant

Lands and times

Walking amongst you

Misplaced, filled with longing

For a home we can never

Reclaim.

Pagan Holidays for May 17, 2010

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I always say when it comes to Ancient Holidays and get- togethers, Rome and Greece were neck to neck in competition. So with that being said, Rome will kick off our Monday with a festival for their Goddess Dea Dia. I say we should learn from the past, and have more dang holidays ourselves. You know, get the day off from work–PAID–but hey, that’s just me and I’m just sayin’ somewhere along the way we seriously messed up and left off a bunch of cool stuff off the calendar.

Now, a little more about Dea Dia, who had her own Priests by the name of Fratres Arvales, was all about the land and it’s growth. Her Priests would kindly bless the land on this day, and then would be so nice as to chalk up some offerings to the spirits dwelling in the Underworld, hoping that they would be appeased and would refrain from trashing any crops.

Rome must of had some bad dealings with all those who haunt. Seems like around every turn, they were offering up or trying to avoid the freshly and not so freshly dead. You think they were plagued by a guilt of ticking people off? lol Regardless, enjoy your day!

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