Winter Nights in the Poconos 2017

I have spent the last week absorbing and reflecting on the AFA's 6th annual Winter Nights in the Poconos. I was absolutely blown away by the intensity of this year's event. I want to take this opportunity to thank Folkbuilder and Wita Clifford Erickson for all the hard work that he put in to making this event all that it was. Cliff was behind all the steps; procurement/liaising with the camp, the scheduling, the registration, the auction, the arranging of speakers and rituals, the supply logistics, the clean up to raise a few. Your efforts are much appreciated by myself, by our folk, and I certainly believe by our Gods.

I would also like to acknowledge the profound contribution that Gythia Patricia Hall made to the success of this event. Pat gave our ladies a magical and meaningful bonding experience and brought them together in a way we have all hoped for but only now begin to see realized. Most importantly to me, Pat preformed, not only the most profound Disir Blot that I have ever witnessed, but the most moving Blot of ALL that I have ever been a part of. Thank you Pat, I was shaken to my very core in the most beautiful way and am still digesting it as I write this.

Fallfest 2017

What an amazing month we have had! One year ago, seemingly out of nowhere, Gothar Coordinator Blaine Qualls and Folkbuilder Jason Gallagher put on a spectacular event, Fallfest. Mandy and I have spent this last year anticipating Fallfest II and bragging to folks about our amazing Northern Plains family.

Let me tell you, they did not disappoint! The second annual Fallfest was absolutely amazing. The growth in our Northern Plains region over the last year is astounding and it really showed in the impressive turnout this year. The quality of these folks is truly something to behold, their hospitality is an example for us all. This event was made even more special for me as I had the honor of officiating the wedding of Blaine and Vronna. Start planning to attend Fallfest III now, you will not regret it!

Midsummer 2017

Wow, I am still coming down from the amazing Midsummer at Newgrange Hof. What a stellar gathering!

I would like to thank everyone who made this year's Midsummer such a success and the largest AFA event to date. This Midsummer was personally very special to me because I had the honor of taking the radiant and regal Mrs. Mandy Flavel as my wife. Thanks to all the volunteers, thanks to the presenters, thanks to the Gothar, very special thanks to the gentlemen of the Viking Brotherhood for all their behind the scenes work that made the event run buttery smooth. Last but not least, thanks to all of you who traveled from near and far to share in ritual and fellowship with us under radiant Midsummer sun.

Midsummer is traditionally the start of the AFA year. The guiding theme this year is empowerment through the mystery of Laguz. Let us take the time to cherish Laguz, both as the blood that flows through our veins and the mead that fills our horns. Laguz is the dynamic flow of energy and power that we send, that we receive, and that we share. This sharing is profoundly expressed in the runic charm ALU (Ansuz, Laguz, Uruz).

As the summer flows forth, I urge you all, go out, engage with your fellow AFA members and DO Asatru!

Walpurgisnacht 2017

This event was the first of the kind in it’s region and a smashing success. I want to take a moment to acknowledge the hard work of Folkbuilder Heather Clinkenbeard and the AFA’s Tru Folk Kindred, this event was a result of their beautiful vision and spectacular effort, Hail the Tru Folk! As I reflect on Walpurgisnacht and May Day, I would like to share some thoughts on the significance of these celebrations to our faith.

On Walpurgisnacht we celebrate the magic and mysteries of our women, through their workings they prepare our world for holy creation, filling it with potential and enchantment. We follow this the next day by celebrating the virile male force as we erect and charm the May Pole, adding will to the enchantment of the night previous. Through the fertile enchantment of the feminine and the willed potency of the masculine, abundance and life burst forth and permeate our Spring. Magic is truly in the air!

Thank you to everyone who made it out to the Tru Folk’s AFA Walpurgisnacht and I hope that, where ever you find yourselves this Spring, you are filled with energetic enthusiasm for the triumphant future of our Folk.

Ostara 2017

Watching spring bloom amongst our folk has been a beautiful sight to see, especially this year. In case any of you hasn’t heard, the annual AFA Ostara in the South was an astonishing success this year. Beautiful location, great attendance, and most importantly, a vibrant and united folk. The folk in attendance were full of energy, zealous for our Gods, our Folk, and the AFA.

I want to thank everyone who made this event possible, those who organized this as well as all of you that showed up and celebrated with us.

A focus for the AFA during this spring is on victory. Our ancestors gave blot for victory in the springing of the year, pouring out their will and beseeching our Gods for success, to win, in all their endeavors. Now as then, it is time for us to seek victory and define in our hearts and minds what victory is. Victory is not just one big prize in an all or nothing game to be achieved at the finish line. Large scale victory is a result of daily small scale victories, each building upon each other.

Let us march forward together this year, like the radiance of the dawn, let us conquer all that stands in our way and light up the world with our empowerment, piling up victories where there was once only darkness and shadow. By focused will, let us be victorious in our health, victorious in our families, victorious for our folk.