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    Norse Paganism Questions

    Hello folks, I am RusWarrior and I have a few questions about Norse Paganism. I have been reading about the Norse gods for about two years now, and I feel an increasingly strong personal connections to these gods and their stories. I have been looking into paganism for a few months now and am ready to start making steps towards being a member of this faith. But, I have many questions and would be very appreciative towards anyone who could help answer any of them in any way or point me towards resources that would help me on my path.
    1. I have come to understand that many groups of this category practice "folkishness". I am only half Germanic (English and German on my mother's side) and half Slavic(Ukrainian from my father). Does this preclude me from any sort of Norse paganism?
    2. What about offerings? When should they be made? How should it be done, and what should they consist of?
    3. Is it necessary to be part of a group, or can this religion be practiced on an individual basis?
    4. How about Odin? He is the god I feel the closest to and am most impressed by Odin of all the gods. How can I worship/Venerate/follow him? Is that even possible?
    Thank you for anything you feel willing and able to provide. If this is in the wrong place just tell me. Thanks.

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    Re: Norse Paganism Questions

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    1. I have come to understand that many groups of this category practice "folkishness". I am only half Germanic (English and German on my mother's side) and half Slavic(Ukrainian from my father). Does this preclude me from any sort of Norse paganism?
    2. What about offerings? When should they be made? How should it be done, and what should they consist of?
    3. Is it necessary to be part of a group, or can this religion be practiced on an individual basis?
    4. How about Odin? He is the god I feel the closest to and am most impressed by Odin of all the gods. How can I worship/Venerate/follow him? Is that even possible?
    Thank you for anything you feel willing and able to provide. If this is in the wrong place just tell me. Thanks.

    1) No. The Gods call whom They will.

    2) Offerings can be made anytime you want. You could do daily ones, monthly ones, yearly ones or a combination of those.

    3) It can be practiced alone or in a group.

    4) Yes, you can worship Odin. Give Him offerings. See how it goes.

    Two books you may want to look into for more information are:
    Exploring the Northern Tradition by Galina Krasskova
    Essential Asatru by Diana Paxson
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    Re: Norse Paganism Questions

    Quote Originally Posted by SatAset View Post
    1) No. The Gods call whom They will.

    2) Offerings can be made anytime you want. You could do daily ones, monthly ones, yearly ones or a combination of those.

    3) It can be practiced alone or in a group.

    4) Yes, you can worship Odin. Give Him offerings. See how it goes.

    Two books you may want to look into for more information are:
    Exploring the Northern Tradition by Galina Krasskova
    Essential Asatru by Diana Paxson
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    Re: Norse Paganism Questions

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    I have been looking into paganism for a few months now and am ready to start making steps towards being a member of this faith.
    Paganism is an umbrella term for different practices, faiths, and beliefs.
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    Re: Norse Paganism Questions

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    1. I have come to understand that many groups of this category practice "folkishness". I am only half Germanic (English and German on my mother's side) and half Slavic(Ukrainian from my father). Does this preclude me from any sort of Norse paganism?
    It might preclude you from some of the "racialist" heathen groups, but they are many other groups who do not interpret the deities of Northern Europe through their own racist views. I'm not a heathen, but there is very little evidence that ancient heathens (or their deities) were racist. Yes, like most tribal peoples they put members of their tribe first, but that's not what racist heathens are doing.
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    Re: Norse Paganism Questions

    Quote Originally Posted by RusWarrior View Post
    1. I have come to understand that many groups of this category practice "folkishness". I am only half Germanic (English and German on my mother's side) and half Slavic(Ukrainian from my father). Does this preclude me from any sort of Norse paganism?
    2. What about offerings? When should they be made? How should it be done, and what should they consist of?
    3. Is it necessary to be part of a group, or can this religion be practiced on an individual basis?
    4. How about Odin? He is the god I feel the closest to and am most impressed by Odin of all the gods. How can I worship/Venerate/follow him? Is that even possible?
    Thank you for anything you feel willing and able to provide. If this is in the wrong place just tell me. Thanks.
    1. Nope the gods call who they call. If you feel pulled there go for it.

    2. You can start a small altar on a little table or even a rock pile outside (I think they are called harrow?). I do a glass of beer to my ancestors and milk and honey to the house and land wights every Saturday. You can do what you feel and as you learn more you can decide to do blots or more regular offerings.

    3. Nope I am a solitary practitioner.

    4. Start reading the basics: Eddas and look for books on Odin. Galina Krasskova was mentioned in another post I would look at her too. She has a blog.

    Don't feel like you are on a time frame. Give yourself time to adjust and learn. Welcome to your new path!!

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    Re: Norse Paganism Questions

    Quote Originally Posted by RusWarrior View Post
    ...1. I have come to understand that many groups of this category practice "folkishness". I am only half Germanic (English and German on my mother's side) and half Slavic(Ukrainian from my father). Does this preclude me from any sort of Norse paganism?
    As spmeone else mentioned already, the only groups that would exclude you would not be healthy to be part of anyway.

    2. What about offerings? When should they be made? How should it be done, and what should they consist of?
    The sky is the limit. I would say just do what feels right. If you do find a group or particular tradition that calls to you, then follow their lead of course, but until and if that happens the gods will be please with anything sincere.

    3. Is it necessary to be part of a group, or can this religion be practiced on an individual basis?
    Plenty of us are solitary. There are many different styles of Norse paganism as well. I myself am not Asatru, nor do I label myself as many do as Heathen. I am Wiccan, my personal practices focus on the Norse pantheon, so I suppose Norse Wiccan fits. Do what works for you.

    4. How about Odin? He is the god I feel the closest to and am most impressed by Odin of all the gods. How can I worship/Venerate/follow him? Is that even possible?
    It is definately possible, in fact there are paths that just venerate Odin to the exclusion of the other deities. Though i don't know how he'd view such.
    I saw Diana Paxson and Galina Kraskova mentioned, but another older reference that is more Odin specific is Rites of odin by Ed Fitch.

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    Re: Norse Paganism Questions

    Quote Originally Posted by Vitkyng View Post
    ... but another older reference that is more Odin specific is Rites of odin by Ed Fitch.
    Unfortunately, Rites of Odin draws far more on romanticized misconceptions about Norse religioculture than on verifiable historical material. It may well be useful to those who specifically and definitely want a Wiccish structure, and are more concerned that the Norse aspects be congruent with that structure than that they be historically accurate, but considerably less useful to others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SunflowerP View Post
    Unfortunately, Rites of Odin draws far more on romanticized misconceptions about Norse religioculture than on verifiable historical material. It may well be useful to those who specifically and definitely want a Wiccish structure, and are more concerned that the Norse aspects be congruent with that structure than that they be historically accurate, but considerably less useful to others.

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    Very true. But to be fair the question was about Norse paganism, not specifically Heathen practice. So it might be a path he pursues.

    I myself follow a path along those lines, fitting the Norse gods into my Wiccan practice.

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    Re: Norse Paganism Questions

    Quote Originally Posted by RusWarrior View Post
    Hello folks, I am RusWarrior

    1. I have come to understand that many groups of this category practice "folkishness". I am only half Germanic (English and German on my mother's side) and half Slavic(Ukrainian from my father). Does this preclude me from any sort of Norse paganism?
    Don't believe the hype. As others have said, those groups do not represent Heathenry, either ancient or modern. The Gods call who they will. Besides, Eastern Europe was predominantly Heathen prior to the coming on the White Christ

    Quote Originally Posted by RusWarrior View Post
    2. What about offerings? When should they be made? How should it be done, and what should they consist of?
    Depends on you and your relationship with the Gods. A drop of beer/wine/mead/whatever you drink is a good start.

    Quote Originally Posted by RusWarrior View Post
    3. Is it necessary to be part of a group, or can this religion be practiced on an individual basis?
    Nah, I've been in groups and solo and solo is usually easier - everybody has different ideas as to how to honour the Gods. It's about your connection to them.

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    4. How about Odin? He is the god I feel the closest to and am most impressed by Odin of all the gods. How can I worship/Venerate/follow him? Is that even possible
    I'm oathed to Odin and on the rare occasions it's needed, His priest. I am not a warrior, more a rune worker. If he calls, you'll know trust me on that! As for special devotions to him, well his day is Wednesday (Odinsday), he enjoys a drop of the good stuff - though not too much, as he mentions in the Hávamál!

    Best advice, read the Sagas, the Eddas and the modern books on Heathenry and make up your own mind. Pete Jennings is a great author for modern heathenry, and understanding the old ways, and a great bloke too (I met him at Heathenfest in the UK a few years back).
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