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Words from the Alsherjargothi

Happy Winter Nights

This weekend, the Asatru Folk Assembly celebrates Winter Nights. In the AFA, we make the Disir a primary focus of our WInter Nights festivities. We hold a Disablot to honor our Disir and ask their continued guidance and protection. This time of year, the veil between the world of the living and the dead thins and we seek to honor our grandmothers and theirs before them, the sacred ladies of our folk that watch over their families from beyond. We would like to wish our AFA family a fantastic Winter Nights and the loving blessings of the Disir.

Hail the Disir!

Matthew Flavel
Alsherjargothi,
Asatru Folk Assembly

Dignity for a Noble People

The old English “Maxims I” holds many of the old pagan ways of being……that is, how a noble man or woman should be expected to act. It is nominally dated to somewhere in the 7th to 8th century CE and still holds many ideas relating back to a time well before the advent of the mono folk. This short verse contains much wisdom in just a few lines.

“The nobleman must have fighting spirit, his courage must grow, and his wife be a success, liked by her people; she must be cheerful, keep secrets, be generous with horses and precious things; at mead drinking she must at all times and places approach the protector of princes first, in front of the companions, quickly pass the first cup to her lord’s hand, and know what advice to give him as joint master and mistress of the house together.”

This noble woman sounds in many ways similar to our understanding of the noble goddess Frigga, first lady of Asgard, wife of Odin. Elegant and dignified, keeper of secrets, who was known at times to advise Odin. Patroness of wive’s and mothers all across Midgarth, let Her be the honourable standard to strive for……….The noble man could be any of our Gods, valiant Tyr willing sacrifice all for his people; honourable Thor striving always to keep the enemy at bay and protect his tribe; Wise Odin always sacrificing for more knowledge to stave off chaos and maintain order for his family.

Dignity, nobility……honour…………these aren’t just catchy words designed to get your attention. These were things our men and women, our ancestors, lived and died by in elder times. The ideal of the elegant, noble housewife, or the officer(warrior) and a gentleman is one that has been around for most, if not all, of our peoples heritage. Only in the last few generations have these ideals been usurped by alien ideas of crudity and crassness within our noble folk. The War of Northern Aggression(Civil War) saw many acts of gentleman warriors and dignified ladies, noble men and women on both sides adhering to a value system inherited by their polytheistic ancestors, World War I saw a similar value system, World War II saw this value system adhered to by some, but starting to crack. Now where is our nobility, our dignity….our honour? It is seemingly proper to be the crudest of the crude whether a man or woman, it is seen as personal prerogative to throw your values away for a few coins, honour is reserved for old western movies and little else…….this is not the legacy of our ancestors, this is not what they meant for us.

Within the Asatru Folk Assembly we are striving to revive these values. To see noble, honorable men and dignified ladies raising a future generation of children not tainted by the ideals of a society that has stripped our people of their dignity and honour. The Asatru Folk Assembly is the vanguard of Asatru, we are the torchbearers for our lost folk and for future generations……….let our example today be a noble one. Let us who are here today be remembered around the fires of the next generation as honourable. Let our members, both men and women, be the examples of dignity, nobility, and honour that our lost folk and our children so desperately need in this age of degeneracy. Let the Asatru Folk Assembly stand tall and proud.

Blaine Qualls
Gothar Coordinator,
Asatru Folk Assembly

New Apprentice Folkbuilder

I’d like to introduce our newest apprentice Folkbuilder, for the Midwest region, Jamie Rasmussen. Jamie has been working very hard to put Wisconsin on the map. With the help of some other dedicated members across the state, activity is really picking up there. If you live in that area of the country, reach out to Jamie and get involved. Asatru is really coming back and it takes all of us to step up to create anything real that matters. Thanks for stepping up Jamie.

Marc MacLeod
Folkbuilder Coordinator
Asatru Folk Assembly

New AFA Kinderd

Good afternoon!
Today I would like to welcome from our Northeast region, The Lansdale Tru Folk Kindred as an official kindred of the Asatru Folk Assembly. They have come together under the leadership of Clifford Erikson, They have dedicated themselves to the worship of our Ancestors and our Gods, and to the preservation of our Folk. Each member of Lansdale Tru Folk Kindred should be proud, because becoming a kindred of the Asatru Folk Assembly is not an easy task.
Welcome! Place their Flag beside all the other great kindreds in our Hof.
May your deeds be an example for all of our Folk!
Hail Lansdale Tru Folk Kindred!
Hail the Gods!
Hail the Folk of the AFA!

Bryan Blue
Kindred coordinator

Happy Winter Finding!

Today marks the Autumnal Equinox. The expansiveness of summer draws to a close and the contraction of winter begins. Traditionally our ancestors brought food in for storage after a bountiful harvest. Fall was and is also the season of the hunt, venturing into the wild to gather food for the long winter ahead. Fall has always been a special time to me, growing up it marked the beginning of the “holiday season,” warm times around the fireplace with family and friends as the snow began to fall and the darkness came earlier and earlier. Fall also marked the beginning of hunting season and, where I come from, that means moose season. To honor this time of the hunt and the steady approach of winter, we will be honoring Ullr at the Hof this weekend. As the leaves turn and a chill hits the air, I hope your hearts fill with cherished memories of days gone by and that, together with your families and kindreds, you build amazing memories for the future. The Asatru Folk Assembly would like to wish all our folk a joyous Winter Finding!
 
Matthew Flavel
Alsherjargothi,
Asatru Folk Assembly

Join Our AFA Family

Over the last few weeks I have sat in a circle around a fire with 50 or more of our folk sharing a horn in honour of our Gods and Ancestors. I have witnessed beautiful children laughing and playing while there parents stood in a circle and hailed the Gods. I have seen a pregnant young woman honoured in a Mothers ritual that showered the blessings of the Gods on both her and her unborn child. I have seen several babies born with fathers who were never supposed to get out of prison, but who were given a second chance and made the very most of it.
Our Folk are growing, more and more eyes are opened each day; more and more children are being born into Tru families. The traditions of our people are reigniting in the soul of our Folk. Noble men and women in every country across the globe where we reside are again listening to the call of their blood.
Asatru is proudly marching into the future with renewed growth and vitality. Men and women from all walks of life are coming home……realizing their noble heritage. They gather all across Midgard to share in the celebrations of the Gods. New bonds are being forged, new families are being created.
The inherently Folkish nature of our way is again being realized. The sad, soul crushing shrouds of universalism and monoculture are being thrown off as people realize their noble blood is nothing to be ashamed of.
At the forefront of this paradigm shift is the Asatru Folk Assembly. We have put the pike in the ground and proudly hoisted our trihorn flag as a symbol for all Tru folk to rally around. A beacon of nobility, honour, and dignity in a dark, morally bankrupt world.
If you are looking for a church based solidly on the traditions of our Folk, if you are looking for a place to raise a family in the ways of your ancestors, if you are ready to step out of the shadows of the one world monoculture and embrace your noble heritage…………come join us………come home to your people! Come home to the Asatru Folk Assembly!

Blaine Qualls
Gothar Coordinator,
Asatru Folk Assembly

New Member of the Witan

It is my great honor to announce that Gothar Coordinator Blaine Qualls has joined the AFA Witan. Over the past year Blaine has worked diligently to see our Gothar Program rebuilt and enhanced. Blaine’s dedication and wisdom have been invaluable and I look forward to his sage counsel on the Witan for years to come.

Matthew Flavel
Alsherjargothi,
Asatru Folk Assembly

Fallfest II

Had a great time in Minnesota and met a lot of great folks, I had only known on face book. Face to face is where our faith and community’s really happen. And from my experience it’s what the AFA does best. Just a few years ago this region consisted of a few groups of two or three guys doing blot in there back yards. Last year they had their first event, this year was at least double what it was last year and the quality of community is top notch. With committed leadership, a active membership, and perseverance , this model can work anywhere. Thanks to everyone for the hospitality and making us feel like we were among family. Can’t wait to go back! Hail the AFA!

Marc MacLeod
Folkbuilder Coordinator,
Asatru Folk Assembly

Day of Remembrance for Hermann der Cherusker

What better hero to remember and honour in this time when our own noble folk, our sacred traditions, our entire culture are under attack.
Hermann was born into a noble family of the Cherusci people(a German tribe)about 17 or 18 BC. His father was a supporter of the Romans and at the proper time Hermann was trained as a Roman soldier. He quickly rose up the ranks to eventually command a detachment of auxiliary troops.
In AD 9, at the young age of 25, Hermann tricked Publius Varus, a Roman governor of the region, unto walking into an ambush. Unbeknownst to the Romans Hermann had been building a confederation of German tribes to confront them in the Teutoberg forest. Varus marched in with 3 full legions, 3 cavalry detachments, and 6 cohorts of auxiliary troops……. over 20,000 soldiers. There in the Teutoberg they were slaughtered almost to a man.
This decisive victory was quickly followed up by a purge of all Roman garrisons east of the Rhine river. For the rest of Hermann’s life he would fight against the Romans and the pro-Roman sympathizers within his own people. Most modern historians view the battle of the Teutoberg forest as Rome’s greatest defeat. It allowed the German folk to grow and mature as a culture with little overt outside influence until the coming of Attila in the 400’s.

Hail Hermann!!! Noble hero of the Cherusci.

In honour of his name get up, get out—— go and do something. Organize a meet and greet with other Asatru Folk Assembly members and folkish Asatruars; Go hiking through a forest and try to imagine how it must of been there amongst the trees battling for the future of the German folk; Get yourself added to the AFA volunteer list and help where you are able…….. Hermann was a doer, let us be doers as well. Let us do something to help our Folk and preserve our heritage now.

Blaine Qualls
Gothar Coordinator,
Asatru Folk Assembly

Berkano

Berkano, Birch Goddess is the mystery of the womb and of the tomb, the nurturing enclosures the bring forth new life and life anew. This feminine rune teaches us about growth and development in a place of safety and concealment. A mother’s womb is a beautiful illustration of this concept, a chamber where a baby develops and forms, safe and protected. This continues through life as a mother shelters and nurtures a child while they learn and grow toward adulthood and victory in the world. The Allfather tells us in his Runatal, “A thirteenth I know: if the new-born son of a warrior I sprinkle with water, that youth will not fail when he fares to war never slain shall he bow before sword.” This metaphor continues in a man’s life (if he is lucky) when he can come home to a loving wife and a warm home where he can breath easy and find nourishment and comfort from the struggles of the day, a warm safe place from which he can emerge and face the world refreshed and clearheaded. Ultimately this continues as our remains go back to the tomb, to “rest in peace” in the loving embrace of Mother Earth before we go on to the next phase of our soul’s existence. We all need a place to go and feel safe and nurtured. We all need to recharge and refresh, to remind ourselves of who we are and what we fight for. Hail the great ladies of our folk who nourish us, those loving women who give us a home and a beautiful future to fight for!

Matthew D. Flavel
Alsherjargothi,
Asatru Folk Assembly