Apprenticeship in Divinity
They are beings who awakened to their own divinity and have evolved to the point of becoming powerful, barbarian bodhisattvas, teachers who can throw immense help our way, but who do not determine our wyrd. Wyrd is something we learn to navigate. Frodi, of course, teaches that Wyrd is a Game.
Thus we come before them not with submission, obedience, or fear, but rather with gratitude, thank/thinkfulness, and a willingness to learn. We are honored to have such amazing teachers, who help us to awaken the divinity within, and live like the gods we are, powerful, responsible, and totally free.
Devotion to the gods is therefore an apprenticeship in our own divinity where we awaken to the pantheism within all things, and through that, learn to work magic.
This apprenticeship can be a long, painful, and difficult one at times because we are so attached to our present form and identity imprinted on us by our process of being subjected to our culture and experience, but in time, the gods give us Help, and we learn how to escape the giants' grasp, and become freers ourselves. We learn in time to overcome fear, and even how to transmute pain into ecstasy. We become aware of our propensity to fall into enchantment, and with compassion, begin to choose better enchantments, aware we may from time to time fall trap to lower enchantments.
The gods help us to leanr to trust the divinity within, and knowing our true heritage, to resist enslavement wherever we find it, and to create the kinds of enchantment we want.
Thus, "Asatru", being true to the gods, is entering the Guild of Divinity where we apprentice ourselves to the Masters in order to become, eventually, Journeymen of the soul, fully awakened, free beings in touch with the everpresent emergent pantheism in all things. Asgard, then, in a sense is a university, where the staff have gathered all the finest minds and talented spirits to be teachers for the folk. Asatru is like enrolling in the University of the Cosmos. Besdies the permanent tenured staff, there are many other gods, goddesses, angels,a nd spirits who can act as teachers. The attitude is not there is someone before whom I must submit or I will be punished, but rather, there are teachers from whom I have the opportunity to learn if I don't want to remain a bumbling idiot constantly shooting myself in the foot becauseI don't understand the laws of the cosmos. The theological attitude we bring towards our spirituality makes a big difference.