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    I'm realatively new to this path, and I've read all the stickies and am trying to do my homework, but is there any advice you wish that you would have gotten as a newbie? Anyone kind enough to put like a list of vocab together, some of this is very confusing and I'm doing my best to understand all that I read. Thank you in advance!

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    Re: New Heathen Advice

    The one thing I wish that someone had told back in the day is: "There are other forms of Heathenry and Norse/Germanic Paganism than reconstructionism. And if someone tells you that you have to be reconstructionist to call yourself Heathen they're selfimportant twats that should summarily be ignored."
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    Re: New Heathen Advice

    My advice would be to summarily ignore any advice to summarily ignore any information from any source, because I'm going to assume you're intelligent enough to filter what you want/need from what you don't want/need (and the more sources you draw from, the sooner you'll begin to filter), but then I'm not militantly for it against either hard-line reconstructionists or hard-line cherry-pickers. I try to follow the Old Way as traditionally as possible, such as not intentionally blending in Celtic, wiccan, or other practices, but I don't have an aneurism if others do or don't.

    As to terminology, this might get you started:

    http://www.asatru-u.org/beginner/asa...er-outline.htm

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    Re: New Heathen Advice

    My advice would be: take the mythology with a grain or two of salt. Or a gram. Or a bucket. Or...well you get the idea. Because a lot of it was written after Christianization, I just feel that certain themes were added into old stories and even new stories made up to more or less mirror the Christian mythology. What I'm trying to say with this, is don't let the Eddas be the be-all-end-all of your beliefs and follow them because they are what they are. Enough of the main religions do that with their holy books already.

    Part 2 would be that just because someone is dead or bound in the myths, doesn't necessarily mean that they are in reality.

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    Re: New Heathen Advice

    Keep an open mind, read as much as you can get your hands on, don't take any one (or ten) authors as gospel, and make your own informed decisions.

    If you can do that, then you're set.

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    Re: New Heathen Advice

    I'm still fairly new to Heathenism myself, but I find the holy tenets 'You're not the boss of me.' and 'You're doing it wrong.' sum it up wonderfully.

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    Re: New Heathen Advice

    Even if you choose a reconstructionist path, remember that you live here and now, not in the days of yore. And you're path needs to reflect that.
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    Re: New Heathen Advice

    Quote Originally Posted by Vigdisdotter View Post
    Even if you choose a reconstructionist path, remember that you live here and now, not in the days of yore. And you're path needs to reflect that.
    Except that is not what reconstructionism is or what reconstructionists do, you are thinking of re-enactors or re-creators.

    And reconstructionism is not a path but a method of interpretation. It has nothing to do with things or events either, in the context of heathenry it has to do with the rebuilding of the various ancient worldviews and then testing them to see if they are still functional filters of perception and what parts of that worldview are usable now.

    Once that worldview is understood the ritual practices...and your "way of life"...while not being identical to what was done will at the very least be in line with what was.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ERDRICK View Post
    I'm realatively new to this path, and I've read all the stickies and am trying to do my homework, but is there any advice you wish that you would have gotten as a newbie? Anyone kind enough to put like a list of vocab together, some of this is very confusing and I'm doing my best to understand all that I read. Thank you in advance!

    First off, what are *YOU* looking for/to get out of it.

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    Re: New Heathen Advice

    Quote Originally Posted by GaryG View Post
    Except that is not what reconstructionism is or what reconstructionists do, you are thinking of re-enactors or re-creators.
    No, I'm thinking of reconstuctionists who use the lore to justify their homophobia and to bar known gays from events (only the male homosexuals). That's a VERY common one I've encountered. And it just doesn't seem to compute in their minds that what was socially acceptable back then (mocking someone for being Ergi) is not acceptable now and is even objectionable.

    That said, I'm not suggesting that ALL reconstructions are as mentioned above. Plenty aren't. But the OP asked for advice, so there is mine.
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    Re: New Heathen Advice

    I'm looking for a religion with beliefs similar to my own (heathenry aligns extremely well). I've had pagan beliefs for a while, but just haven't found anything that would add to my life or really supplement it. From what I'm reading heathenry seems to fit everything I'm looking for.

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