Adoption of Faith
The Adoption of Faith ritual, sometimes called the Profession of Faith ritual, is an important ritual undergone by many Asatru. It's not one of the original Norse rites because back then it wasn't necessary. Most Asatruar today are not born into the faith, and therefore often want a ritual in which they formally accept their new faith. It's similar in intent to the Catholic confirmation ceremony, but not at all similar in how it's actually performed.
The Adoption of Faith has three parts. First, it is a declaration of an individual's belief in the gods. Second, it is a declaration of a person's intention to worship them through the Asatru faith and a vow to give up the faith in which the initiate was raised, or other faiths he or she may have dabbled in. Third, if an Asatruar is joining a kindred, she is swearing her loyalty to that group and its members.
The ritual itself is quite simple, and is usually performed outside of a blot. Initiates declare their intent before a gothi or gythia and then make an oath on the kindred oath-ring. A Profession of Faith can be performed at a holiday rite, or at a regular meeting.
If you are not a member of a kindred, you can become an Asatruar by stating before the gods, “I am Asatru,” and then living your life according to the Nine Noble Virtues, honoring the Asatru holidays, and following the Asatru ways.