In Heathenism and Asatru there are many different forms of moral codes to live by. I am sure there are many more, but here are the two that i know. It is encouraged, while not necessarily  to have some sort of virtues or morals to live your life by. Even your own are a great thing to live by! Here they are:

The Nine Noble Virtues:

The nine noble virtues are a set of nine different moral guild lines set similar to the ten commandments in the fact that people should try to follow them so as they can evolve as people. They are not a mandatory thing where you shall be punished if you do not follow them but I think that all peoples should follow a similar moral guild line or worlds would fall into chaos. . As an Asatrur it is a good idea that you try to follow them in your daily lives.

  • Courage
  • Truth
  • Honor
  • Fidelity
  • Hospitality
  • Discipline
  • Industriousness
  • Self-Reliance
  • Perseverance

The Vanic Virtues:

Well i just learned about this today, and some of you may not agree or may have never heard of it, but apparently the Vanic Virtues are akin to the Nine Noble Virtues, but differ in many aspects. One is never to replace the other, but, at least i think, (if you choose so) should be honored similarly in my opinion Here they are:

Beauty
The pursuit of beauty and elegance in thought, form and speech.

Courage/Passion
Zeal, vigor; the strength and courage that comes from a life worth living.

Land-rightness
The recognition of nature and the environment as worthy of respect, care and reverence.

Even-mood
Harmonious and balanced thought and action; tranquility, calm, serenity.

Openness
The quality of being receptive to the world around one, non-judgmental and open.

Wildness/Ecstasy
Music and dance; the nurturing of inner wildness and childlike being, being like the “fey”

Love
The all-encompassing force; love for family, for kin, for humanity, for all beings.

Frith
The peace and goodwill between people bound together; loyalty and the keeping of one’s word.

Faith/Piety
The trust that the Gods exist and are worthy of our worship, and Their ways worth following.

Giving
The binding of two parties into one common bond, generosity and hospitality.

Joy
Wonder and innocence, the recognition that life is worth living, and worth living well.

Brotherhood
The recognition that we – humans, animals, plants, spirits – are all part of the grander scheme of life, and we share a common heritage, as children of the Earth.

11 Comments

  • Lou Mil

    July 5, 2012, 3:33 pm

    These are not sent down by Odin nor anything similar to the commandments of Christianity. These are morals defined by the O.R. Nothing universal about them other than slight similarities between other groups.

    • Jan Hicks

      July 14, 2013, 6:49 pm

      The Noble Nine are very different from the 10 commandments in many ways. 1 the Commandments are a lot of what not to do. 2.The Commandments are given as an Ultimatum, the Noble Nine are just well advised. 3.The Commandments and much of the Bible are written for a time and a place long ago. The Noble Nine are for all times a good idea, no matter who you are. I don’t think anybody could possibly call Asatru and Christianity similar, and sanely back it.

  • youngasatrur

    July 5, 2012, 7:34 pm

    i say they are similar to the ten commandments because we live in a Christian world and that is the only way that people will be able to initially grasp their meanings. I believe that all people of any faith should follow such ideals, they are not mandatory but each person should do their best to follow a similar code. It is almost nothing to do with the ten commandments save the fact that it is a moral code. Most heathens are converts and most come from an Abrahamic religion, relating it to this is my idea. I am glad for your input but that is how i view them and how i will represent them on my blog. I will however edit a few things out as i looked back and have no evidence that Odin set them down.

  • Freyrsman Ronald (Ron Petrocco)

    August 22, 2012, 4:16 am

    It is good, I think, that mortals craft their own list of virtues by which to govern themselves, instead of receiving them at the hand of some higher being. The nine presented above can serve as a trusted compass. That there are nine is suggestive, as there are nine worlds also. Can the two nines be mapped together? Let’s try.

    Courage – Midgard – for mortals know so little and dare so much.
    Truth – Jotunheim – for the destroyers know that everything made can break and everything living can burn.
    Honor – Alfheim – for a cheated elf is a dire and dreadful bane.
    Fidelity – Vanaheim – for the gods of fertility and treasure love dearly the matrimonial bond.
    Hospitality – Helheim – for its queen welcomes any and bids them stay till reborn.
    Discipline – Asgard – for dearly do the Aesir love how the soldier wears order like armor.
    Industriousness – Dwarfheim – for by their industry its denizens could forge mighty Mjolnir.
    Self-Reliance – Muspellheim – for here the fires burned long before there was tinder or air.
    Perseverance – Niflheim – for here the ice does not surrender to the sun.

    Yes, they seem to map nicely, and perhaps the way they do is even instructive.

    • youngasatrur

      August 22, 2012, 2:34 pm

      That is a very interesting concept/theory! I agree with it very much! I thank you for sharing your knowledge/wisdom and lore!

    • Ozark GaelicSeoc

      September 25, 2013, 9:49 pm

      Ron, I cannot tell you how much I got from your comment here. Thank you! If I can remember the paths of your map, I shall go far in this life!

  • Silverangel2011

    April 8, 2013, 6:56 am

    I like the way you persented this, Thank You

    • Seth Alföðurson

      April 8, 2013, 6:57 am

      I am glad you like it! =) You are very welcome!

  • VeilwulfR/hammR (scott sorensen/dane)

    September 13, 2013, 6:31 am

    HeilsingR folkist,let your intelect be developed holisticly with the sacred runa cadence here in midgard, and then your natural virtue can flow ,ARTICULATE

  • Ozark GaelicSeoc

    September 25, 2013, 9:54 pm

    This is the first time I have seen the Vanic Virtues. I see them as similar, yet different from the nine that I am accustomed to. It’s nice to see some fresh ideas come around, because it expands my perception and with it, understanding and knowledge. My capacity to apply the noble nine in my life runs deeper. Thanks Seth for your enlightening posts! I always get something out of them!

    • Seth Alföðurson

      September 25, 2013, 10:11 pm

      I am very glad that I could be of some service =)

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