NineVirtues of Asatru
by Stephen A. McNallen

STRENGTH IS BETTER THAN WEAKNESS...

Let others wallow in their vulnerability! We are not ashamed to be strong. The cult of the anti-hero will find no support in us, and the Gods we follow are not for the weak.

COURAGE IS BETTER THAN COWARDICE...

By facing life's struggles with courage, we constantly extend our capabilities. Without courage, nothing else can be done!

JOY IS BETTER THAN GUILT...

Let us take pleasure in our humanity, rather than being ashamed of who we are. Misplaced guilt - because of our sexuality, or our strength, or our greatness - has enslaved us long enough!

HONOR IS BETTER THAN DISHONOR...

We must be true to what we are and what we believe, and we must always act with nobility rather than baseness. Our personal standards must be banners held high in our hearts!

FREEDOM IS BETTER THAN SLAVERY...

We have no master! Those who would enslave us, whatever their excuse, are our enemies. The totalitarian ant nest is repugnant to those who demand the free, bracing wind of the Northlands!

KINSHIP IS BETTER THAN ALIENATION...

The isolation and loneliness of modern life is foreign to us, nor it is a necessary evil. We call our Folk to return to kith and kin, to family, clan and tribe.

REALISM IS BETTER THAN DOGMATISM...

Blind faith has no place in Asatru. Our ancestors may have been sublimely mystical, but they were at the same time severely practical. We must respond to this world, and act in it rather than wait calmly for the next.

VIGOR IS BETTER THAN LIFELESSNESS...

Do, and dare! Take risks and taste the richness of life. We refuse to be mere spectators. Passivity is for sheep, and we prefer to be wolves!

ANCESTRY IS BETTER THAN UNIVERSALISM...

Asatru springs from the soul of the Northern peoples, and it is suited by its very nature to our needs. It is intertwined with our existence as a people. We respect all, but it is right and just that we honor our own ancestors first!