I am considering the way of Asatru after recieving guidance from Odin. I was never one to be interested in this folkway (I never felt it called to me) until now. As I've been researching, I've seen that many Asatru groups and followers believe you must be dedicated completely to this way and practice no other.
Therein lies an issue for me. I am a follower of the Faery Religion, and I continue to practice Native American (Mohwak) spirituality. They are an integrated part of who I am. These beliefs/practices/identies cannot be departed from. So the question is, can I be these and Asatru? I think Asatru is very community oriented, and if I decide to follow this calling I'm concerned I will not be accepted within the community because of these othe aspects of me.
I would love to hear anyones thoughts and recieve guidance too. I'm looking for websites and books...any resources, really, that will be informative. :)
Thread necromancy coming in........
Here's my question: do you really have to keep on those other paths?
If you read the Slavic vedas, Odin (one of his incarnate avatars) originated in the Indus valley and traveled the world, up through Troy, into Europe, and Asia to Siberia. Odin is, among other things, a shaman god. As such, with their Asian DNA, there is no wonder that the Norse, Celtic and American Aborigine shamanism is much the same -- he probably initiated the practice with those groups.
As for the fey, you do realize that the Norse recognize the Alfs, Svartalfs (dwarves), trolls, wights, ettins, etc? You'd not be leaving anything behind.
Also, the idea of Vanatru is somewhat funny to me, as it seems an attempt to exclude the Aesir in one's workings.
Asatru on the other hand, is actually honoring both Aesir and Vanir, as both have intermingled since the end of the Aesir-Vanir war, and the Vanir are considered basically to be a subgroup of the Aesir.