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Monthly Archives: October 2017

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