The Nine Noble Virtues are passed around as the general tenets or the “code” of Heathenry. However, they come from the Asatru Folk Assembly, a Folkish Heathen group. Even though the Virtues don’t look readily suspicious, they can be damning for those they aren’t suited for:
- They assume adherents are able-bodied enough, able-minded enough, and socially privileged enough to use them in a daily practice.
- They imply that a “good Heathen” is one that can accomplish tasks, rather than someone who finds connection and value in Norse Paganism.
- Every word has a subjective definition. If these words are defined by the individual, they can be personally empowering. But if these words are defined by the social group or kindred, they can be used as a form of groupthink and thought-control.
Many Heathens content themselves in creating their own personal values to live by, sometimes even inspired by the Nine Noble Virtues. This also allows a Heathen practitioner to retain agency over the standards they set.