Asatru…The Way of Our Ancestors…
Calling Us Home
Asatru is an expression of the native, pre-Christian spirituality of Europe. More specifically, it is the Way by which the Germanic peoples have traditionally related to the Divine and to the world around them.
From Iceland to Russia, from the frozen north of Scandinavia to the Mediterranean, the Germanic peoples wandered and settled over a span of thousands of years. Today, their descendants are spread around the world. We may refer to ourselves as Americans or English, Germans or Canadians, but behind these labels lurks an older, more essential identity. Our forefathers were Angles and Saxons, Lombards and Heruli, Goths and Vikings - and, as sons and daughters of these peoples, we are united by ties of blood and culture undimmed by the centuries.
Asatru is our native Way. Just as there is Native American religion and native African religion, so there is native European religion. Asatru is one of its expressions. It gave our ancestors comfort in millennia past, and it can give us strength and inspiration today.
The word "Asatru" comes to us from Old Norse, the tongue of ancient Scandinavia, where it means "those loyal to the Gods." Since the ancient Scandinavian version of our Way is the best documented, it has given us much of Asatru's terminology and imagery. The soul of Asatru, however, is not confined to the Scandinavian model, but encapsulates the belief of all the Germanic peoples. Indeed, Asatru reflects the deeper religiosity common to virtually all the nations of Europe.
As a part of the great European Folkway, Asatru has a number of characteristic beliefs. Some of these are:
- The world is good. Prosperity is good. Life is good, and we should live it with joy and enthusiasm.We are free to shape our lives to the extent allowed by our skill, courage, and might. There is no predestination, no fatalism, no limitations imposed by the will of any external deity.
- We do not need salvation. All we need is the freedom to face our destiny with courage and honor.
- We are connected to all our ancestors. They are a part of us. We in turn will be a part of our descendants.
- We are also linked to all our living kin - to our families and to every man and woman rooted in the tribes of Europe. They are our "greater family."
- We are connected to Nature and subject to its laws. The Holy Powers often express themselves in Nature's beauty and might.
- We believe that morality does not depend on commandments, but rather arises from the dignity and honor of the noble-minded man and woman.
- We do not fear the Holy Powers, or consider ourselves their slaves. On the contrary, we share community and fellowship with the Divine. The Holy Powers encourage us to grow and advance to higher levels.
- We honor the Holy Powers under the names given them by our Germanic/Norse ancestors.
- We practice Asatru by honoring the turning of the seasons…the ancestors…the Divine…and ourselves - in everyday life.
Asatru is about roots...
It's about connections...
It's about coming Home.
Asatru Folk Assembly Presents:
Midsummer in the Redwoods
This year, once again, we will apply our combined energy in a meta-ritual beginning with the opening ceremony and maintains its power until we depart on Sunday. We will call forth the might of the rune Uruz and the power of the towering, ancient redwood trees to energize our will in shaping the future of our organization - and ourselves.
Our AFA leaders will offer popular and practical workshops on galdering and meditation, plus a presentation on the powerful technique of using the Three Cauldrons. You will have the chance to talk to many of our Clergy members, Folkbuilders, and members on our Board of Directors.
Join us after lunch on Friday as we open with our “Greeting to the Gods.” We’ll have some structured activities, but we also want you to walk the trails and experience the beauty and soft shade of the redwoods. Children can use the basketball and volley ball courts, and we’ll also hire a lifeguard so all who wish can take a dip in the two beautiful pools.
You’ll want to arrive in time for the Odin Blot by firelight, which is always a highpoint of the event. Steve calls on the Raven-God to “be with us” and you will feel his presence. We’ll then gather together, drinking from the Well of the Past, as we share a horn at Sumbel. These are two of the many rituals that will take place during this momentous weekend. Saturday will be full as always, with valuable workshops, group activities, introductions of our leadership, and an update on all the exciting things the AFA is doing. A couple celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary will renew their vows, and we are fortunate to share in their joy.
Lodging consists of 24 modern, artistically-designed cabins with 12 bunks each. Each cluster of cabins has a bath house with showers. Bedding is not provided, so please plan accordingly.
Saturday night is music time, and we’ll be treated to a live performance of the duo known as Halfpence and Haypenny.
“A musical partnership steeped in old world nostalgia with a sultry, bardic style delivery of story song and eclectic instrumentation” is the way they describe themselves, and we know you’ll enjoy them!"
- Eva Riihiluoma on the Classical Guitar, Mandola, and Vocals
- Sage Arias on Irish Bouzouki, Banjo, Mandola, and Hurdy Gurdy
Registration and Payment:
For your convenience you can register via credit card or paypal through this site at a lower cost than if you pay at the event. If you choose to pay on-site the day of arrival, please select the appropriate "tickets" on the registration site for everyone in your party but choose the "Pay at the Event" Options.
There are three ticketing options for purchase:
- Weekend Pass - This includes both nights lodging and all meals
- One Night - This includes lodging for one night and all meals while on site
- Day Pass - This includes meals for the day of attendance
For those choosing to pay at the event the following registration fees will be expected at arrival:
- AFA Member Adult: Weekend Pass - $160, One Night - $100, Day Pass - $60
- Non AFA Member Adult: Weekend Pass - $170, One Night - $110, Day Pass - $70
- Youth (12-18): Weekend Pass - $105, One Night - $65, Day Pass - $35
- Child (5-11): Weekend Pass - $80, One Night - $45, Day Pass - $25
- Young Child (Under 5): Free