Nine Pagan Virtues

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-Wisdom: good judgment, the ability to perceive people and situations correctly, deliberate about and decide on the correct response.

-Piety: correct observance of ritual and social traditions; the maintenance of agreements, both personal and societal, that we humans have with the Gods and Spirits. Keeping the Old Ways, through ceremony and duty.

-Vision: the ability to broaden one’s perspective to have a greater understanding of our place/role in the cosmos, relating to the past, present and future.

-Courage: the ability to act appropriately in the fate of adversity.

-Integrity: Honor; being true to one’s self and to others, involving oath-keeping, honesty, fairness, respect, and self confidence.

-Perseverance: Drive; the motivation to pursue goals even when that pursuit become difficult.

-Hospitality: Acting as both a gracious host and appreciative guest, involving benevolence, friendliness, humor, and the honoring of a gift for a gift.

-Moderation: Cultivating one’s appetites so that one is neither a slave to them nor driven to ill health (mental or physical) through excess or deficiency.

-Fertility: Bounty of the mind, body and spirit involving creativity and industry, an appreciation of the physical and sensual, nurturing these qualities in others.

From “Our Own Druidry” copyright 2009 Ar nDraiocht Fein

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