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ASATRU and  the  GODS
In kindreds throughout the world , small groups unite periodically to practice a rapidly growing religion that was practiced on a large scale in Europe before the coming of Christianity. Asatru is thousands of years old. It's beginnings are lost in prehistory, but as an organized system, it is older by far than Christianity. Strictly speaking, since Asatru is the religion which springs from the specific spiritual beliefs of the Northern Europeans, it is as old as this branch of the human race, which came into being 40,000 years ago.  It's Asatru, which means " belief in the gods " in Old Norse, the language of ancient Scandanavia.

The Nine Noble Virtues of Asatru:The Nine Worlds of Yggdrasil (The World Tree):
Boldness- Courage, Bravery, Standing up for what you believe in.
Truth- Honesty in all things both to yourself & to others.
Honor- To do as you say and to act upon your convictions.
Troth- Loyalty to the self, family, friends, & the Gods & Goddesses.
Self-Rule- Judgement & Self Control to govern yourself by your convictions.
Hospitality- To freely share your gifts with others.
Industriousness- To work wholeheartedly both hard & intelligently. To keep thinking & growing as a person.
Free-Standing- Self-Reliance. Rely on others as infrequently as you possibly can.                                                             
- Don't give up at what you do until you feel it is completed & done well.                                                                  
Goddesses & Gods of Asatru

Odin- The Allfather of the Aesir, God of Royalty, Battle, Wisdom, Runes, & Death. Husband of Frigg.
Frigg- The Silent all- knowing goddess of Marriage, Family, Fiber Arts, Childbirth. Wife of Odin
Thor- The Thunderer, wielder of Mjollnir. God of war, strength, & the working class. Husband of Sif.
Sif- Golden Haired Goddess of The Harvest, Vanity, and Beauty. Wife of Thor.
Idunn- Keeper of the life-sustaining apples of the Gods. Goddess of Sustenance & Youth.
Geifjon- Goddess of unmarried women.
Eir - Physician to the Gods & Goddesses, Goddess of Healing& Health.
Baldur- The Beautiful, Killed through trust & Dwells in Helheim. God of Hope. Husband of Nanna.
Nanna- The Selfless. She Jumped into Baldur's Funeral Pyre. Wife of Baldur.
Ullr- God of Hunting, Archery & Winter Sports.
Heimdallr- Father of Humanity, Watches over the Bifrost Bridge for enemies. God of Security.
Loki- The Trickster, Blood Brother of Odin, God of Wit, Creativity & Wile. Sigyn's Husband.
Sigyn- The Faithful. Sits beside Loki saving his eyes from venom. Goddess of Forgiveness.
Skadi - The Huntress. Goddess of War, Winter, Hunting, and Independence. Wife of Njord.
Njord- Father of the Vanir. God of Safe Harbors. Father of Frey & Freya. Husband of Skadi.
Nerthus- Earth Goddess Discussed in Tacitus's Germania. Believed to be sister/consort of Njord.
Freya- The Lady of The Vanir. Fairest in Asgard. Goddess of Love, Lust, War, Seidth, and Death.
Frey- God of Spring, Harvest, Fertility, & the Farmer. Sacrificed his sword for love. Husband of Gerd.
Gerd - Goddess of Frost, Wife of Frey.
Hella- Ruler of Helheim. Goddess of Death & Renewal. Daughter of Loki, Mistress of Baldur.
Tyr- The Skyfather. Sacrificed his arm to bind Fenrir. God of Justice, Loyalty, Sky, and War.
Bragi- Skald to the Gods. God of Poetry & Literature.
Saga - Goddess of Storytelling & History.
Forseti-The Judge of the Gods. He holds court & solves their disputes. God of Civil Law & Government.
Rind - Goddess of Ice. Consort of Odin.

The Nine Worlds of Yggdrasil (The World Tree):

Asgard - Home of the Aesir Gods & Goddesses.
Vanaheim - Home of the Vanir Gods & Goddesses.
Ljossalfheim - Home of the Light Alfs.
Svartalfheim - Home of the Svart Alfs.
Midgard - You Are HERE! The Middle Garth or the Physical Universe in which we live.
Muspellheim - The Fire World.
Joutunheim - Home to the Etins.
Niefelheim - The Fog World.
Helheim - Hella's dwelling, land of the dead.