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Monthly Archives: May 2017

Memorial Day

The Asatru Folk Assembly would like to raise a horn to the the warriors of the United States military who have fought bravely and died nobly for the men next to them. Our Folk have always held those that die in battle as worthy of eternal praise, their names and deeds resound in Valhalla.

Hail the fallen!

Matt Flavel
Alsherjargothi, AFA

New Apprentice Folkbuilder

I’m pleased to announce our newest apprentice Folkbuilder, Cameron Mottus. Cameron will be folkbuilding in the New Zealand/ Australia region of the AFA. Although he lives in New Zealand he is in Australia on a regular basis and has organized meet-ups in Sydney and Melbourne. I’m really looking forward to seeing the success and growth in this part of the world.


Eihwaz, “Yew” is the powerful mystery of transformation and ascension. Eihwaz represents Yggdrasil, the world tree that orders our cosmos and connects the chthonic to the celestial. Just as our cosmos is likened to a tree, so are each of us. Within us all there is a “world pillar” an axis that connects the primal nature of man with his divine potential. Fathoming the mystery of Eihwaz we learn to delve deep down into our core and to evolve ever upward into the infinite. The Old English Rune Poem says “The yew is a tree with rough bark, hard and fast in the earth, supported by its roots, a guardian of flame and a joy upon an estate.” the Old Norse Rune Poem tells us further more that the “Yew is the greenest of trees in winter; it is wont to crackle when it burns.” Let us be like the eternal yew, evergreen with hope and joy in life’s winters. Let us be thick skinned, solid and rooted in our folk and our identity. Perhaps most of all let us burn hot, passionately reaching ever upwards toward the stars always climbing ever closer toward divinity.

Matt Flavel
Alsherjargothi, AFA