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 The Tenets of Skaðian Ásatrú



August 27, 2017, 04:38:31 pm
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Offline Leto Atreides II

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The Tenets of Skaðian Ásatrú
« on: August 27, 2017, 04:38:31 pm »
  • First and foremost we recognize and revere Skaði as the Goddess of Winter and the Mother of our People.

  • Skaðian Ásatrúar shall at all times bear a knife and the means to start a fire; for knives and fire are the two most basic and essential inventions and items of all, and both can be invaluable to the survival of our People, both as individuals or as a whole.

  • Our first duties are to ourselves as individuals. We must maintain good health, strength, morale and resourcefulness as individuals.

  • Our second duties are to our families. We must maintain good the health, strength, morale and resourcefulness of our family.

  • Our third duties are to our People as a whole. We must maintain the good health, strength, morale and resourcefulness of our People.

  • We should strive to have many children and raise them to be healthy, happy, proud and strong.

  • It is good to be kind and diplomatic to stranger-folk, and even to offer some hospitality, but we must never mix blood with them, nor invite them to dwell indefinitely in our midst.

August 27, 2017, 04:40:44 pm
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Enlarging Upon the Tenets of Skaðian Ásatrú
« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2017, 04:40:44 pm »
   1. First and foremost we recognize and revere Skaði as the Goddess of Winter and the Mother of our People.

   The Ásatrúar have many Gods to walk with, but we all have our favorites, according to our preferences and temperaments. Skaðian Ásatrú is specifically for those who love the cold and the beauty of Winter, and the Goddess who presideth over these things. The harsh cold of Ice Age Europe was Skaði's womb, and from that womb we were born. Thus, we recognize her as our Mother.

   2. Skaðian Ásatrúar shall at all times bear a knife and the means to start a fire; for knives and fire are the two most basic and essential inventions and items of all, and both can be invaluable to the survival of our People, both as individuals or as a whole.


   Why must one bear at all times a knife?

Quote
Never walk
away from home
ahead of your axe and sword.
You can't feel a battle
in your bones
or foresee a fight.

- Havamal, “Sayings of the Vikings”, translated from the original by Björn Jónasson, p. 53

   Life is uncertain, and it is best to be equipped to face any contingency that comes your way. Whether there is a human or animal assailant to be driven back, a staff that needs to be carved, or a sandwich that needs to be cut, a knife is one of the most basic and essential tools of all. It would be better to be naked but bearing a knife in the wilderness, than to be well-dressed but knifeless in a wilderness.

   The knife should best be a fixed-blade knife with no moving parts. A folding knife or even a box-cutter can be carried in a pinch, as either is better than no knife at all; but one carrying such should at their earliest convenience obtain and carry a reliable fixed-blade knife. Even more, if one can obtain a knife which was custom-made for them, and blessed in the name of a God or Goddess, it becomes a truly personal and powerful asset to carry.

   As for the means to start a fire, one might carry matches, a cigarette lighter, or a flint and steel. Certainly there is no reason why one should not carry two or all three of these things; it is good to be resourceful!

   3. Our first duties are to ourselves as individuals. We must maintain good health, strength, morale and resourcefulness as individuals.

   Any rational being must accept that they themselves are their own greatest responsibility, as being themselves, they are in the best position to make personal choices and look out for their own welfare and improvement.

   4. Our second duties are to our families. We must maintain good the health, strength, morale and resourcefulness of our family.

   Our families are the immediate extension of ourselves. An individual should strive to live as long and as well as they possibly can; but no one lives forever. Thus, one must live on through one's family. You are the continuance of your parents; and your children are the continuance of yourself.

   5. Our third duties are to our People as a whole. We must maintain the good health, strength, morale and resourcefulness of our People.

   One's People are the immediate extension of one's family. A unique People with common shared characteristics ensures a pool of folk from which one can draw a suitable mate with which to bear children who will most closely resemble one's self and thus be suitable to represent the continuance of one's life force upon their passing.

   6. We should strive to have many children and raise them to be healthy, happy, proud and strong.

   Nothing in Nature is static; either the life force expands and grows, or it decays and dies. Thus no People should ever allow themselves to move towards extinction; and the way to move away from extinction is to have numerous and healthy descendants.

   7. It is good to be kind and diplomatic to stranger-folk, and even to offer some hospitality, but we must never mix blood with them, nor invite them to dwell indefinitely in our midst.

   We share this world with many creatures, some of whom are distantly related to us, and resemble us in many ways, sharing often the need for the same resources as one another. This can create conditions for conflict and war when one People begins to occupy the space of another People and crowd them out, jostling for control of territory and resources. No People can indefinitely continue their existence without territorial imperatives in which to propagate, protect, and promote their own kind. Thus, boundaries must be established and respected.