Essential Asatru: A Modern Guide to Norse Paganism (Paperback)

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With a brand new foreword from the author and other updates, this classic guide to Norse mythology has been given a fresh look for a new generation of readers in the widespread Wiccan and Heathen communities, as well as fans of TV shows like Vikings and The Last Kingdom, the hit Marvel movies featuring Odin and Thor, and authors such as Neil Gaiman, Rick Riordan, and Joanne M. Harris who incorporate legends of the Norsemen and pagan lore into their novels.

A journey to fulfillment and renewal.

In Essential Asatru, renowned author and priestess Diana Paxson demystifies an ancient, rich, and often misunderstood religion, and offers a practical guide for its modern followers.

Filled with clear, concise instructions on living Asatru every day, this truly accessible guide takes you on a journey from Asatru's origins in Scandinavian and German paganism through its acceptance as an official religion in the 1970s and its practice today.

Essential Asatru also includes:
    A complete history of Asatru gods and goddesses, including Odin, Thor, and Ostara
    The life values, such as honor, truth, fidelity, and hospitality, that shape Asatru's tenets
    Indispensable information on rituals, rune casting, ethics, and divination

Essential Asatru is an elegant and splendid introduction to a centuries-old religion that continues to enrich and fascinate its followers today.

About the Author

Diana L. Paxson, a founder of the Alliance for Inclusive Heathenry, is a noted author, teacher and leader in the Heathen community. A consecrated priestess since 1982, she has led Hrafnar kindred in Berkeley, California, since 1990, and has been an Elder in the Troth since 1993. She currently serves as Coordinator of Clergy training and editor of the Troth's journal, Idunna. She is a popular presenter at conferences and festivals and a bestselling author of fiction and nonfiction books on the Pagan religion. Visit her at, and
Product Details
ISBN: 9780806541129
ISBN-10: 0806541121
Publisher: Citadel
Publication Date: February 23rd, 2021
Pages: 208
Language: English