Does 'Asatru' blend with Wicca?

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Does 'Asatru' blend with Wicca?
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Thu, 01-28-2010 - 7:28pm

I tried to make the same post last night but I guess I messed up and it didn't get on this board.


I'm currently following my Paths within Wicca but in doing some research I ran across the word, 'Asatru', and did a little reading about it. From what I've read so far it looks like my Pagan ancestors may have been a part of this

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Thu, 01-28-2010 - 11:50pm

Asatru really does not blend with Wicca. For one thing, in Wicca the moon is a Goddess, while the moon is a God in Asatru, and the sun is a Goddess. In Wicca there is the Threefold Goddess, while there is none in Asatru. In Asatru magick is seen as something wielded by women, not men. There is a great emphasis on community within Asatru. It is not a path for solitaries. It can be done, of course, but it is a religion for a community-minded person. Asatru is a different mindset from Wicca. It is much more masculine-oriented than is Wicca. There are a lot of women within Asatru, of course, but the emphasis is on the Gods, not the Goddesses. The holidays, rituals and practices within Asatru are different from the ones within Wicca. If you are going to become a Heathen, you would need to focus strictly on that path and not combine it with other paths. You can do whatever you like, of course, but the path would not be considered to be Asatru or Heathenry, but still a form of eclectic Wicca with Asartu aspects.

One main thing about Asatru is that is a Pagan reconstructionist religion, which means that it is based on historical aspects. You can't just make up things in it, like many Wiccans have with theirs (for example, combining deities from various pantheons. That simply is not done in Asatru. You do not follow God/desses from outside the Germanic/Norse pantheon). There is also an emphasis on the Eddas, sagas, historical accounts, etc. within Asatru. Also, you do not cast a circle or call quarters within Asatru. There is emphasis on religion, not magick. There is also nothing like the Threefold Law or Wiccan Rede within Asatru. The main concept is wyrd, or fate, and the concept of the afterlife is more complicated (Asatru does not have a concept of reincarnation like Wicca does).

Here is an online article you should read explaining the differences between Asatru and Wicca: http://wiccanone.org.uk/wicandastr.html

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Sat, 01-30-2010 - 8:25pm

Sisterhoney, my dear, ever since I've had the pleasure of knowing you you've always been my main center of knowledge and had the ability to not only answer my questions but have usually given me a link or two so that I can do more research. As usual you've done this again within your reply leading me off doing further research which ends up expanding my questions even more. The link you included at the bottom of your post led me not only to that article but gave me more information so that I could again dig deeper in to this subject to

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Sat, 01-30-2010 - 10:08pm

Hi Sisterhoney,

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Sun, 01-31-2010 - 2:16pm
I'm glad that I'm been able to help you out, Shadow Fox! I just knew from personal experience that I couldn't combine Asatru and Wicca in my own practice. It became too complex and complicated for me and I would end up either focusing on Wicca or Asatru and not a combination of them. You might be able to do it, though. I'm interested in hearing how you will come about with this path.

Many of us Pagans want to find ways to honor the deities of our ancestors, but many of us Americans are "mutts." I myself am Germanic, Celtic and Slavic. I finally decided that I would focus chiefly on the Celtic deities of my ancestors, which are Gaulish and Welsh, BTW (no Irish in my background). Once I did that, I found my way home. But others are able to combine paths and deities from different pantheons without any problems. Hopefully you'll be one of them to be able to do so. Please let me know how you're doing with this.