Norse Paganism is a contemporary spirituality inspired by the practices, customs, and beliefs of the ancient Norse people. It’s a subcategory of another spiritual movement known as “Heathenry.” Norse Paganism is sometimes referred to by other names, such as Norse Heathenry, Ásatrú, and Forn Sidr/Forn Sed.

This page is a free and extensive guide to practicing Norse Paganism, made with contributions from the international Heathen community and pagan Masters of Divinity. Enjoy!

The Basics

Introduction to Norse Paganism

What is Norse Paganism?

The History of Norse Paganism

How it evolved

Our Sources

Where it comes from

Practice Formats

How it's practiced today

Common Misconceptions

White Nationalist Influences

Nazi and Neo-Volkish tampering

Christian Influences

Modern-day conflations

Pop Culture Influences

The fantastical and commercialized

Powers & Entities


Norse Gods & Goddesses


Wights and More


Family Line and Chosen



The Icelandic Creation Myth


The World Tree

The Norns

Weavers of fate


The tragic battle

Morality & Ethics

Basic Norse Morality

What do Norse Heathens value?

Frith & Hospitality

Human connection

The Gifting Cycle

Norse pagan reciprocity

Other Concepts

The Multi-Part Soul

A Norse Pagan concept of Self

Wyrd & Orlog

A philosophy of action and outcome

Inner-Yard and Outer-Yard

The known and unknown

Death & The Afterlife

What happens after death?

Norse Pagan Practice

Developing a Practice

How to start practicing Norse paganism


Deity, Spirit, and Ancestor veneration


Holidays & Yearly Observances

Norse Runes

Explore modern-day runic magic

Norse Magic

Seidr, Galdrastafir, Spádom, and more


Blót & Sumbel

Recommended Resources

Books, Media, Articles, & Groups

Other Pages

Deity & Spirit Work 101

Communication methods for beginners

Timeline of American Heathenry

From Past to Present

Terms Defined

A list of this website's definitions

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