Vitues and the State of things
Health and Luck All,
I could not recite more than 2 or 3 of any such list.
I am Asatru. I am not defined by lists.
I am Asatru. I am defined by my Life.
I am Asatru. I am Oathed to no one, save the Holy Ones and my Wife.
I am Asatru. I am an American heathen, sometimes referred to as
Vinnish or Vinlandish.
I am Asatru. I am Steven, known as Piparskeggr. I am probably
the most Théodish Asaman you will meet, for I set great Worth in Community
and Tribe, and Chieftainship and Oath.
Overall, ladies and gentlemen, we are a young, human endevour. We are
still learning to walk after creeping about for awhile.
I've been Heathen all my life. My upbringing, my parents, the
structure of my extended family; all Heathen, with a wash of Romanitas
Stephen McNallen, Valgard Murray, Else Christiansen, Ymir Thunarsson,
Thorsteinn Thoraninson, Garman Lord, Diane Paxson and all...
These men and women are the First Folk of the Reawakening. The First
to Know that they were Awake.
I'm at the tail end of the Second Folk, I believe; having consciously
awakened in July 1989 and having found "organized" heathenry soon
I would venture the guess that I have a better grasp of Kingship, Thew, Oath
and Tribe than most Asafolk, and a better idea of the same than some
Theodish Folk (Greater, not High).
But, I am still Asatru.
I love and respect Garman like I do my Drighten (Stephen McN.), but I have
no Oath to him (or Steve for that matter).
I am a Hope for Asatru, for I also understand Poetic Significance.
This being an Idea I Learned from my Théodish Friends. Should just 2
Asafolk learn from my example (and I'm seeing signs of more than 2), then I
have done my Duty and my Life will have had Worth.
Not all who pretend to Heathenry, be it Asatru, Théodism, or what have you,
will Get IT. We who Get IT will always be a minority, in any
community; 'tis our burden to bear, for the community.
I have a Seeing of good standing. Heathenry will not just survive
(which condition is unacceptable to me), but will grow: Garman will see many
more Midsummer's, Steve McN will see more Gatherings of the Tribes, Valgard
will see more Alliance Althings, Travis will see a 20th Virginia Thing...
The marginals, the "crusts of the bread," as you will...
We will always have "crusts" and "heels" on our
"loaves" so long as we "bake."
Build, my friends; look to your Garths and Folk.
Others will stand or fall on their own.
There I go again...
Be Well and may the Holy Ones smile on thee and thine - Pip