Heathen Kindred in Laramie, Wyoming
Laramie, WY 82073
These are the basic tenets of Heathenism as defined by our Kindred. There are many different interpretations, because they mean different things to different people. I have seen them displayed many ways and use different language, but they still remain basically the same. There is more to our code of ethics and morality than shown here, but these are the basics.
Having fear yet overcoming it in order to do what we know is right and just.
Having the will, motivation, self-reliance, and perseverance to follow the path our Gods and fate have placed before us. Choosing to hold to our Oaths and our loyalty to ourselves, our Gods, and our family no matter how hard that may be.
Loyalty and trust given to our Gods, family, friends, allies, ourselves, and our way of life.
Following our ethics and morals, following through on all Oaths we may give, and treating those around us with the same courtesy we expect. Our word is our bond.
There are two sides to hospitality.
The first is when we are the host. We give what we can, without endangering ourselves and those dependent on us, within reason. Having our hospitality taken advantage of helps neither us nor the individual in question. This applies to our Kindred, our family, our friends, and strangers truly in need. Giving what we have can be, but is not limited to, our time, knowledge, money, food, or a place to sleep. Moochers need not be catered to.
The second is when we are the guest. We maintain frith in word and deed, as in we do not fight with the host, their family, or their other guests either physically or verbally. We give our host the respect they deserve as the giver of hospitality. We do not take advantage of our host. We partake frugally of what is freely offered and help when we can. We clean up after ourselves and those with us or dependent on us, and we take responsibility for any insult offered to our host and try to make amends.
Work hard and efficiently. Get what needs to be done in a prompt fashion, especially if it has to do with an Oath or with kin. Realize that nothing in life is free, it all takes work to be worthwhile, and neither life nor others owe us anything just for existing.
Not giving up just because something is hard or not what we want to do. Taking our responsibilities seriously and getting them done, no matter the cost to us. Doing the best job we can at anything we do. Many things in life are difficult and/or not something we want to do. Many responsibilities are grueling and grind us down. They still need to be done and we must give our all into anything we endeavor.
Taking personal responsibility for our lives and actions. This is the understanding that much of the good and bad in our lives is brought about by our own choices and behaviors, and we are the only ones who can change ourselves. Our Gods are always there for us, but we should strive to do our best on our own before we turn to them.
Being honest with ourselves, our Gods, and those around us. Being honest in thought, word, and deed. We live in a culture that encourages us to lie to ourselves and others. We cannot recognize truth around us and in others if we ourselves are not truthful.
Our Lawspeaker came up with this saying to help remember the NNV that we follow: "Fair Damsels Create Honor In Home, Thus Setting Precedence"
(F)air = Fidelity
(D)amsels = Discipline
(C)reate - Courage
(Honor) = Honor
(In) = Industriousness
(H)ome = Hospitality
(T)hus = Truth
(S)etting = Self-reliance
(P)recedence = Perseverance
It's a fun way to remember them for the beginner!