I found Asatru for the first, initial time about two to three years ago. I had been on something of a 'quest' to find my niche within paganism and had been investigating the Norse Pantheon of Gods at the time - stories that I had known since childhood and had held an intense fascination for me anyway (I have a strong scandinavian background so they were tales I grew up with as much as any other child learns fairy tales). The problem was that at that point I wasn't aware that there was a distinctly seperate religion or path for the followers of Odin and co - I was still trying to struggle through various pagan and wiccan traditions and find the Gods with whom I felt most comfortable, not looking for a specifically norse path.
Why it took me so long to go back to the Gods I had known as I child I am not sure, but when I did it was almost like coming home. What I found even more encouraging was the discovery of the Asatru tradition - something I had been looking for without realising it, if that makes any sense at all?
It feels comfortable to me, I feel a deeper connection with the Norse Gods than I ever have with the other Pantheons, such as the Greek or the Roman. Almost everything, from the folk tales to the saga's to the rituals and the nine virtues feel right to me and draw me towards them.
Unfortunately last year I went through a bit of a bumpy patch - had a lot of changes going on in my life, including a move half way across the world, struggled with a lot of emotional and psychological, and not to mention finiancial issues and in all the fuss and bother I walked away from the places where I felt most at home.
It has only been in the last six months that I started looking again for spiritual answers and trying to find my way to a home that called to me, but which I could not recognise or picture. Needless to say i obviously found my way back to the northern traditions, heathenry and Asatru, or whatever other name you want to call it.
I am a solitary practicioner right now more out of circumstance than desire. I would dearly love to meet others but finding anyone in my local area is proving to be an impossible task - if there is anybody here, theyre doing a good job at being hard to find.
That said, I am happy as things are, I feel comfortable in the path I am walking, my connection with my Gods and Goddess, and everything that comes with it.
I am proud to be Asatru.