The Gods and Goddesses…..
The Aesir and Vanir are best known to most people as the Gods and Goddesses of the Poetic and Prose Eddas. These are the elder Nordic Gods of Europe. The more well-known Gods and Goddesses are called Odin, Frigga, Tyr, Thor, Sif, Frey, Freyja, Heimdal, and Balder.
In Asatru, it is believed that we are not only the worshippers (worship meaning, “to give honor to”) of the Gods, but that we are also spiritually and physically related to them. We are a part of their tribe or kin. We honor the Gods in the same way respected older members of a family who have worked and continue to work at strengthening that family physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Giving a gift is a sign of friendship, kinship, and connection.
Our major beliefs…
Our major philosophical beliefs can be best summarized by our motto of Frith, Luck, and Honor.
Commonly used to denote “peace”, RKN believes that the definition also encompasses “commitment”. This commitment is to each other as kinfolk and to our Gods. Frith is what binds us together.
Our commitment to each other and the teachings of Asatru over the years has brought our kindred luck. While “luck” is commonly used to refer to “good fortune”, in Asatru it also refers to a sort of “spiritual power”. Any well run organization sooner or later begins to take on a life of its own. Once this begins to happen the organization almost begins to sustain itself. Though the individual members may change over time, the uniqueness which is RKN is always there. Luck is what sustains us.
It is by our honor, both personal and as a kindred, that we are known and judged by the rest of the community. Our honor is the result of our past actions and those of all the members (past, present, and future). By taking and giving notice of the struggles of our foregone kin we are better able to draw encouragement for our current struggles. Honor is what guides us.
These virtues are those which are expressed through the teachings of the Poetic Edda and the many sagas which we consider to believe to be divinely inspired works if not literally true, in the hopes of bettering ourselves and our community.
The members of RKN believe that people speak more truth through their actions, and in committing themselves in those actions, then by their words. We believe that we are also ultimately responsible for our selves.
We also seek the deeper meaning of the lore given to us by the gods and goddesses through study, self-reflection, meditation, and personal relationships with the Gods themselves.