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New Apprentice Folkbuilder

I’d like to announce our newest Apprentice Folkbuilder to the Deep South region, Lane Ashby. Jason has relocated to Colorado and Lane has stepped up to fill the void. Lane is very active in his Florida and the founder of the American Crow Kindred. I think he will be a great addition to our leadership team. Looking forward to seeing the progress in the region. Hail to the Folk that do!!

Marc MacLeod
Folkbuilder Coordinator
Asatru Folk Assembly


Tiwaz, Tyr is the mystery of cosmic order, ever true, constant as the Pole Star. The Tiwaz rune is named for the god Tyr, in fact this name became the word for divinity itself. The roots of Tiwaz go even further back to the ancient Aryan word Deiwos meaning “celestial god”. The Aesir are gods of consciousness and order, shaping an ordered cosmos from chaos, Tiwaz represents that divine order. The Old English Rune Poem tells us “Tiw is a guiding star; well does it keep faith with princes; it is ever on its course over the mists of night and never fails.” The world we live in grows ever more complex, we live in an age where words like “right” and “wrong” are unfashionable and moral choices are dismissed as “shades of grey”. Take heart, Tiwaz teaches us the lesson of moral clarity, principles of order that are timeless and guide us through the thickest mists and the darkest night. This order was visualized by our ancestors as the Irminsul, the world pillar that held up the sky above us and fixed the earth below us. Simplifying things to principles of time honored right and wrong, making judgments from those firm values gives us confidence and surety. Let us all hold our heads high as we stand for order and principle “well does it keep faith with princes” to do so.

Matthew Flavel
Asatru Folk Assembly