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The Nine Noble Virtues

The Nine Noble Virtues are adapted from THE HAVAMAL: WORDS OF THE HIGH ONE and provide a basic set of beliefs that Odinist strive to live by. 

  • COURAGE: Boldness, bravery, standing up for what you believe in and know is right.
  • HONESTY: Truth - In all things be trú to yourself and to others.
  • HONOR: Do as you say and act upon your convictions. "Always" honor your oaths!
  • TROTH: Loyalty to yourself, family, folk, friends and the Gods & Goddesses.
  • STRENGTH: Self rule, self mastery, the self control and discipline to govern yourself by your convictions.
  • HOSPITALITY: To freely share your gifts with others.
  • INDUSTRIOUSNESS: To work wholeheartedly both hard and intelligently. To keep thinking and growing as a person.
  • SELF RELIANCE: Free standing. Rely on others as little as possible!
  • PERSEVERANCE: Don't give up at what you do until you feel it is completed and done well.
  • The Nine Charges

    1. To maintain candor and fidelity in love and devotion to the tried friend: though he strike me I will do him no scathe.
    2. Never to make wrongsome oath: for great and grim is the reward for the breaking of plighted troth.
    3. To deal not hardly with the humble and the lowly.
    4. To remember the respect that is due to great age.
    5. To suffer no evil to go unremedied and to fight against the enemies of Faith, Folk and Family: my foes I will fight in the field, nor will I stay to be burnt in my house.
    6. To succor the friendless but to put no faith in the pledged word of a stranger people.
    7. If I hear the fool's word of a drunken man I will strive not: for many a grief and the very death growth from out such things.
    8. To give kind heed to dead people: straw dead, sea dead or sword dead.
    9. To abide by the enactments of lawful authority and to bear with courage the decrees of the Norns.

    The Aesirian Code of Nine

    Code of Knowledge
    Knowledge is power, and power is strength, both of which are essential to preserving the Path. The Gods place a high regard on the pursuit of wisdom, as did our forefathers, seek to emulate their example by expanding the mind, striving for sagacity and reflecting their brilliance in all you do.

    Code of Control
    Restraint, reticence, and rational action demonstrate control of ones mental, physical, and emotional faculties. Control is essential to success, never lose it or give it up as you allow your enemies an advantage in doing so. Impulsive or rash decisions, disgraceful deeds, and exploitation of weak or innocent Folk are all signs of an undisciplined mind.

    Code of Honor
    Honor is loyalty to kith and kin, the respect garnered from a good reputation, both Truth and Tribute, the regard of renown, and troth to Tribe. A mans word reflects his worth and Honor is adhering to all oaths without fail. Honor the Folk and Path above all else, for this is the mark of Nobility.

    Code of Change
    The ability to adapt is among the most essential for ascension as that which is unable to adjust is doomed to perish. Therefore accept change as necessary and embrace it as an opportunity for growth. Change is the mark of enlightenment and evolution.

    Code of Balance
    Everything in existence is predicated on Balance, without it there is chaos, but through it derives order, thus the Code of Balance is the Absolute Law of Nature. Wholeness, harmony, and unity all depend upon Balance. Know it, understand it, and live it.

    Code of Fairness
    Never allow ignorance or injustice to be your guide. Instead, ensure that you always act in a fair, impartial, and equitable manner, without bias as these are traits that demonstrate a superior moral character, generating respect and high regard. 

    Code of Prosperity
    Prosperity and procreation are essential to preserving the Path. Therefore ensure that our folk flourish by producing offspring to carry the torch of the Tribe and pursuing every opportunity to grove, thrive, and benefit the Folk. Always estimate the lowest member of the Tribe above the highest member of any other as we are bound by blood not borders.

    Code of Protection
    Protect with ferocity your Folk and Future, allow no one and nothing to infringe upon either, for they both depend on YOU for survival. Protect the Path at all cost, even with your life if necessary, for we are the guardians of the Way just as Heimdall wards Bifrost bridge from the unworthy. Protection is the mark of a Warrior Spirit.

    Code of Conflict
    Warriors Always Reciprocate, Respect, Injury, or Resentment. Those who follow the Path must master the martial methods for the way of the warrior is the Path of Wisdom. Conflict is inevitable and the durable Blade is one forged in the Fires of Ordeal. In conflict show no mercy, have no remorse, and expect neither in return; win, prevail, survive, and succeed!