This has to stop immediately !! We who have established ourselves in the Asatru religion, and other Pagan religions, have what I call a " Burden Of Responsibility " to those who are trying to get a foothold in our religion. One woman called herself a newbie, which I thought was a cute term ! It doesn' t take long to answer a question from a " Newbie ", or to send them a kind word or two. We can' t just ignore those in our religion who have needs. To turn a cold shoulder to these unsure, and sometimes scared individuals, dishonors our religion, our ancestors, our folk, and of course the Gods and Goddesses themselves. When / If you call yourself a Godia, Godi, Godwoman / man, or priest, there are certain responsibilities that go along with that title. One of which is to teach those who are new to our religion. If you do not have the time, or cannot be bothered with such things than shut down your on - line website because you are causing more harm than good ! Besides if you are not running the website for others then you are only posting it for yourself, and your own vanity.
These new comers are the future of our growing religions, and many of them will become our leaders, and take our Pagan religions to the next level in the ( hopefully ) near future. Do we really want to hand down our religion to people who we have made bitter, and disillusioned ? Can we afford to have our future generations know less than we do ? OF COURSE NOT ! In order for our religions to flourish we need the next generation to be better informed, harder working, and even more enthusiastic than we are. That will never happen if we continue to ignore, embarrass, and frustrate those just coming into our religions !
My colleague Galina Krasskova, and I, are in complete agreement on this issue. Actually she suggested that I write this article. We all need to reach out, and become the mentors to these newcomers, that the Gods and Goddesses want us to be. That is why the Gods and Goddesses put us in these positions in the first place. We need to hold out a helping hand to those in need, and give them the kindness, and knowledge that they rightly deserve. It is to me unthinkable to do anything else !
Go with Odin's wisdom, Freyja's love, and Thor's protection !