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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

On Connections and Purpose

On Connections and Purpose

Having a conversation with a Christian earlier this week, we were talking about some of the difference between our religions.
One big issue they seem to have is that of the “purpose of life”. Although they claim that their purpose in life is to “love and serve God”, they still find an emptiness and a lack of connection.
I told him that as an Asatruar, the question of the purpose of life was a non-issue for us due to the fact that Asatru is all about both working in conjunction with the natural world as well as the realization and strengthening of the connections we have.
In true Christianity, the only connection one can really hope to make is the connection to their God above, anything else comes from the Germanization of Christianity, and this leaves a horrible disconnect and feeling of emptiness. (Raised a Christian, I can confirm)
In Asatru, our Purpose is realized through our connections.
We are connected to the Holy Powers/Gods & Goddesses above, the Earth Below, our ancestors behind us, our descendants before us, and our Folk around us.
The realization of these connections should immediately stir something powerful in is. There should be pride in it,
But there should also be a sense of responsibility to remember and honor our ancestors, to be dutiful and pass on to our descendants a name that is good and not tarnished, to our Folk around us to be a shining example and help those of our people become more than they were, to the earth to work with the natural order and to take care of this living planet, not just abuse it and use it for our own selfish means. And to the Holy Powers above, who’s existence within the Folk-Soul of our people is a constant inspiration and unique feature of our people. To honor them, our most distant ancestors, and to follow their examples by evolving ourselves and bettering ourselves in everything we do.

Eric Whisman
Asatru Folk Assembly

Go outside!

As I got up and began my day, I stepped outside and I listened to the birds, I felt the summer sun on my skin.  I took a deep breath in and it felt good and I smiled.  Life is meant to be lived and enjoyed, out in the fresh air and away from the pettiness and bickering we all too often find a steady supply of on social media.  As I prepare for Midsummer at Newgrange Hof, I am made profoundly aware of all the amazing blessings in my life and in our AFA family.  We have some of the most amazing folks and as I watch the preparations for all the many Midsummer celebrations from coast to coast and around the world, it is truly powerful to see our holy Gods honored in such a way in 2017.  This summer, I encourage everyone of our folk, go outside, look up in awe at the might of the sun and give praise the the holy powers that have created and sustained our people.  Celebrate with your family, with your kindred, and with your folk.  Sit around fires long into the night raising horns and toasting great deeds and honored ancestors.  Go out and DO Asatru, take a break from talking about who is doing it wrong or what divisions we can find.  Go outside and rejoice in this amazing Midgard we are blessed to live in and the vibrant and noble community we are a part of in the Asatru Folk Assembly!  Sowilo, Mannaz, Wunjo.


Hail the Gods!

Hail the Ancestors!

Hail the AFA!


Matt Flavel,

Alsherjargothi, AFA