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A Practical Heathen's Guide to Asatru

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Flowing from its early, pre-Christian beginnings through its modern worldview, this book explores the deities, history, rituals, magic, and religion of Asatru from the unique perspective of a Gythja (Godwoman) within that path. The Heathen tradition revealed here describes the entire structure of Asatru and shows how its ancient themes, ideas, and practices are relevant to ...more
Paperback, 251 pages
Published November 8th 2013 by Llewellyn Publications
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Sep 15, 2013 Owen rated it liked it
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I had only heard of Asatru once before, and given that I am pretentiously trying to become more "cultured" and "educated" about religions, people, the world, etc. I figured this would be a good opportunity to do some learning.

I'm not into mythology or anything but I like some bits of Norse mythology and Asatru definitely beats every other religion in how detailed its creation stories and divine hierarchy are. Even if you haven't heard of this religion, you've probably heard of some of its gods a
Oct 08, 2013 Jillyn rated it liked it
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A few months back, I read a fictional book in which one of the characters practices the pagan religion of Asatru. I had never heard of it before, but was intrigued when he mentioned that he wore Mjolnir -the hammer of Thor- on a pendant on his neck. I was super excited to see this title, because I was eager to learn more about it.

This is a handy guide of what gods and goddesses are affiliated with this particular branch of paganism. Each is mentioned and explained in detail, and their mythologi
Mark Folse
Feb 20, 2016 Mark Folse rated it really liked it
Leaving this on my Currently Reading shelf as I will certainly be returning to it for information and suggestions on ritual. I found this an easily digestible first-read in my explorations of Ásatrú. I selected it over some recommendations of a knowledgeable friend (still waiting for Paxton's book in hard copy), but came away feeling I had a basic grounding in the pantheon, world view, and ritual practice of the faith. Nothing I have read so far in Davidson's Gods & Myths of Northern Europe ...more
Aug 27, 2013 Frances rated it really liked it
This book was chock full of information. I would say it is not for someone with a passing interest in this tradition. Yet, if you wish to know more about Asatru, Heathenry, and/or its respective traditions, stories, and mythos, this book is very informative and also a great jumping-off point for more in-depth study.
May 15, 2016 Stephanie rated it really liked it
This was my first time reading in-depth about the beliefs, traditions, and heathen way of life from an ethical and religious perspective. I was not disappointed.
The author expands upon the gods, in both mythology and folklore, and includes many references to the historical sagas.
If you have an interest in the beliefs and traditions of this ancient faith and the heathen way of life as it was lived then and how it is lived now in modern day, this book is a great place to begin. I came into it wi
Mark Pope
Nov 21, 2014 Mark Pope rated it it was amazing
This is perhaps one of the best sources for secondary academia in regards to Heathenry and Asatru as practiced in modern times. Far more on top of things than the dated Essential Asatru by Diana Paxson, this work focuses on what I would call Asatru 102. Gone are the days of spoon feeding concepts, the name of gods, and the worldview of our ancestors. The heathen community know its basics, and this work is a nice segway into the more scholarly approach to learning about Asatru and Heathenry for ...more
Oct 30, 2014 Drew rated it liked it
Good book if you're interested in Asatru. The last 1/2 to 1/3 of the book gets into spells and stuff like that. Most of the Asatru I have ever met don't really get into that. Good examples of Blot, brief histories of the deities and traditions, and some practical uses and belief for modern times.
Sep 09, 2013 Etienne rated it liked it
I was curious about this title, having been around people who practice Asatru. While I did not read it in full, I did skim the title. It seems like a well rounded guide for people interested in learning about the faith from the outside, as well as those who might wish to practice the faith.
Mar 19, 2016 Susannah rated it really liked it
An excellent, highly readable and well-researched primer on Asatru. I especially appreciated the sample rituals.
Aug 31, 2016 Julie rated it really liked it
It was alright. It's a good reference for heathen rituals. As a practicing Völva and Seidr, mine are a little different and that's okay. I'm grateful for the opportunity to read this book.
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