by Denimbeard


“One can respect such great renunciation on the part of men who suffer too much from the contrast between the unhappiness of all and the privileges sometimes associated with an artists lot, who reject the unbearable distance separating those whom poverty gags and those who’s vocation is rather to express themselves constantly,”

I attempted to write an essay on my unorthodox pagan beliefs and found it to be a rather slow and confusing mess. Apparently, my ideas are not very widely accepted. I feel an obligation to seek out more study sources and figure out exactly where my beliefs lay. I know this much, the Nordic faiths are where my tendencies lie, but my mentality seems to be vastly different from others. Why would gods care what race or sex someone is, so long as they work and provide? Why would a god waste their time investigating whom a follower loved? It’s more sense to believe that.

Astru over Odinism?

-[Odinism] apparently super racist!

These terms are problematic to say the least. Paganism seems to be difficult to narrow down well enough. I think some of my major issues stem from the fact that so many are willing to shun and hate the other. As if this spiritualism is something of a contest. That effort is wasted, these feelings of elite-ness are flawed on such a level that they should be considered the farthest thing from faith.

Paganism should be a welcoming, forgiving and guiding faith. One that welcomes all who dare to investigate it, and shun away no one. My faith in the gods tells me that everyone and everything has a story and a voice. We are nothing more then a collection of dust doing the best with what we have. I wish I could start a movement or shift in this mentality. Grow the strength of community and work. The ability to unite and change the places we live should be shared together in open peace. My experience with the pagan faith so far is that they can’t seem to focus on anything other them themselves.

I want to create a place where anyone is welcome to learn Old Ways. Forges, farming, brewing, etc. Teach us to live on our own, but support our families and communities all the same.