New Apprentice Folkbuilder

The AFA is proud to announce Lane Ashby of Florida as our newest Apprentice Folkbuilder for the Deep South region. Lane has been actively hosting rune studies and we are very excited to see the work he will do to grow and organize our AFA family in his area.

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Day of Remembrance for King Radbod

Radbod was king of Frisia from 680 to 719 CE. Most of us in Asatru are well aware of his story. He is famous for saying that he would rather burn in hell for eternity with his ancestors than go to heaven with his enemies. This is a stance that many of us in the reawakening feel a connection with, and earns him our admiration. He drew a line in the sand and took a stand for his folk and his faith.While such displays of heroism are excellent examples of courage to guide us in our quest to reconnect to our ancestral heritage in the face of adversity. I would like to examine Radbod’s deeds from another angle, that of intellect.

In much of the academic and Christian world, our Asatru ancestors are often depicted as savage barbarians.They are painted as mindless primitives who love little more than plunder and violence. However, a more thorough examination of historical figures such as Radbod reveals the possession of sound faculties such as perception, logic and reason.

At this period in history Christianity was not so much concerned with the salvation of men’s souls as it was keeping the minds of the conquered in a state of submission. Early medieval Christianity was a secular political tool that masqueraded as a religion. With the uneducated, it dominated through their fear of the unknown. With the more enlightened, it seduced with greed and political ambition. Radbod was obviously the latter, and not the former.

Radbod was well aware that the attempts to convert him had nothing to do with his personal salvation, or the salvation of his people. The religion of his heritage had served his people quite well since time immemorial. The only motive to convert him had to be the acquisition of his loyalty to a power structure hiding behind a mask divine authority. Radbod saw Christianity for what it was, and proudly took a stand for his people.

Aside from courage in the face of adversity, I believe that Radbod can also teach us to recognize our adversaries for what they are. Most who would manipulate us present themselves as something other than what they are. They hide behind masks of righteousness, compassion, prosperity, and power. But in the end, it is the price they ask that reveals their true nature.

For Radbod, the price the Christianity asked was the soul of his people in exchange for a seat at the table of the new world power structure. Seeing Christianity for what it was, he refused to give up the soul of his people. In addition to being courageous and a man of intellect, this also makes him a man of honest integrity, unwilling to barter his people for personal ambitions. 

Hail King Radbod! 

James Dover
Apprentice FOlkbuilder,
Asatru Folk Assembly

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Greenland 1000 CE

Thorbjorg, “the little witch” or as I prefer to use the Norse word, Spakoa, as that does not carry the Christian baggage of witch.

This was a time of the Conversion and even in remote Greenland the Christian Church had made it’s presence known, so there were those that held to our Elder Way and those that had come to accept the White Kriest. This is an interesting story of one such encounter.

It was a time of famine, crops had failed In the Fall, the hunters were also not doing well and some hunters did not return home.

One of the more prosperous farmers, Thorkell thought it his duty to call for a Wise Woman to give counsel. So, he used his farmstead as a place to hold a gathering and dinner for guests from other farmsteads. He and others wanted to know if this famine would persist and how fare the next year.

As the custom of one respected. the High Seat in his hall. was set for the Seereeses arrival, men were sent to escort her to Thorkell’s home. On the High Seat was placed pillows filled with hens feathers and decorated. The Seeress was one sister of nine and she was but the last one alive. She was met and treated as an honored guest. She spoke little if any. She was dressed in a dark blue mantle, tied at the neck, it was decorated with stones from top to bottom, around her neck she wore glass pearls and on her head was a black hood made out of lams fur, dressed on the inside with white cat’s fur, in her hand she held a wand with a steel knob at the end and surrounded with stones. She wore a belt with a large pouch attached, in which held magical equipment, (if from what was found on the Oseborg Ship, a burial of two women of renown, that pouch of one woman held cannabis seed, and amulets), the ship burial shows the importance of women that were, Spakona,(wisdom of the wise woman, that speaks).

The meal that Torkell had prepared was of a porrage of goats milk, and the hearts from all kinds of animals of the farm. After the meal, Thorkell asked, “how she liked the house and customs of the farm. She said she could not say until she spent the night.

At dawn she was given her things she had brought with her and asked if the women present knew of the words of the old songs, so that the spell called (Vardlokur,vard=ward,guardian spirit, lokur= to invoke or call), there were no such women that remembered that were present. So, a call was sent for anyone that knew the old songs, and then Gudrid said, ‘I am not versed in magic, or a wise woman but my foster mother, Halldis taugh me on Iceland a song that call the spirits. However, I am a Christian and I care not to help.’ Then Thorbjorg said,’ maybe you can help the people, you will not be the worse for doing it.” So Gudrid consented to help. Then the women held hands around the platform upon which stood the High Seat as Gudrid sang the spell song, so beautify that none thought they had heard it done so well.

Now the Seeress said, “I see many things that before were hidden from me and others. To you Thorkell, this famine will end and not last past this present winter, plague, that has ridden us will pass swiftly, faster than though possible. Gudrid, ‘I shall reward you immediately for the hep you have offered. As for your destiny, you will have the best marriage here in Greenland but it will not last to long, for your path is destined for Iceland and from which will be born a clan that is great and good. Over your descendants brighter rays are shinning that I have the power to see clearly. Farewell and be whole daughter.

In the Norse concept the meaning of the word, whole relates to the concept of the body, mind and spirit being well, healthy, as the word holy or Helga Old Norse.

Conclusion; With just this one story about a far flung out post of a European colony at the time of the Conversion shows how Our Ancient Way influenced the worth and dignity of women and the respect shown to people of exceptional ability be it farmer, priest and warrior.

Thorgrun Odden
Gothi,
Asatru Folk Assembly

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Focusing Upward

I would challenge all of us to consider our focus. As Asatruar, we have done a great job of building our communities. I think we have done a great job of focusing on the good of our folk and our close group of friends. What I think is focused on too seldom is a focus on the Divine. We think very often of what makes sense for our practicality. We do well to think of what is best for our family and for our Kindreds. How often do we focus on what would be pleasing to our Gods? I know as a Gothi, I have spent a lot of focus and energy wondering about the effects a ritual I preform has on those in the circle. How does the first-timer feel after a Blot I lead? Did folks like it? Did I mess up a few words and look silly? All this is very important, but what is MOST important, is how the God or Gods received the ritual. Was Odin pleased with the Odin Blot? Did we effectively build our relationship with Thor? Did we secure the blessings of our Gods, and honor them? This is true in all our decisions, would the Gods and Ancestors be proud of us? What would best honor our Gods? I have found, in my own rituals and practices as a Gothi, as well as my life as a man, the more I focus on the opinion of and my standing before the divine, the better EVERYTHING works out. By focusing on the above, we ascend as individuals. By our AFA family all focusing on the above, we ascend as a church. In all we do, let us focus on making our Gods and our Ancestors proud.

Hail the Ancestors!
Hail the Gods!

Matthew D. Flavel
Alsherjargothi,
Asatru Folk Assembly

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Hallowing Hammer of Thor

As we talk about establishing sacred space and increasing our piety, I want to take a moment to point out Thor’s role as hallower of the sacred. When we use a location that is not permanently set aside for holy purposes, we preform the hammer rite to invoke the protection of Thor and by his power to sanctify the location. When we gather for a meal, we invoke the holy with “the sign of the hammer” in order to set aside the act of eating as a sacred act. We bless the womb of the bride with Thor’s hammer. Runestones often invoke Thor to bless an area or to curse those that would violate the sacredness of a space or move a stone. In a very obvious way, we wear the Mjolnir pendant around our necks to mark us as followers of the Aesir and to protect and sanctify us as people. As we think on the Thunderer, let us take note of his power to uplift, to sanctify, to transmute the mundane into something holy.

Hail Thor!

Matthew D. Flavel
Alsherjargothi,
Asatru Folk Assembly

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Austral Folk Asatru

The Asatru Folk Assembly is proud to welcome home The Austral Folk Asatru Kindred of Brazil as a official Kindred of the AFA.Gaining Kindred affiliation is not a easy task. Kindreds must show loyalty, have integrity and always stand with their church.Since the dawn of time our folk, the Germanic Tribes have moved around and spread out and settled all across Midgard. We now have folk literally everywhere, growing and carrying on the traditions of our Ancestors. Our faith goes back over forty thousand years and everyday our folk are waking up and coming home. This is an exciting time to be alive! We are very fortunate to have representatives all over Midgard and to be there for them and provide a home. And a place to honor our Gods and Ancestors with likeminded folk. Thank you Austral Folk Asatru Kindred for stepping up and being a shining representative for our folk. 

Hail the Doers!
Hail the Kindreds of the AFA!
Hail the Asatru Folk Assembly


Jason Gallagher 
Kindred Coordinator 
Asatru Folk Assembly 
kindred@runestone.org

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A. Rud Mills Reflection

As we celebrate the life and work of Alexander Rud Mills this month, I took some time to re-read “The Call of Our Ancient Nordic Religion”. I would encourage all of you to give this book a read. It is very important that we look at our history, celebrate the roots of modern Asatru. One can tell that Mills was an incredibly intelligent man and an accomplished writer. it is easy to recognize the ways his ideas differ from our own and the ways he was not able to entirely shake off the deeply ingrained Christianity that had conditioned our folk for a millennium. What I think is much more important is to take note of the courage it took to start out on this journey back home to our Gods. What I think is especially important is to see the ideas that he did take up that laid the foundations for what we have today. Reading this book again a few things really stood out to me. One thing is that he understood clearly that life is good, that mankind is not inherently dirty and sinful. More than this, he recognized that our Folk and our Gods are not separate from one another, God being holy and good and man being dirty and disgusting. He knew that we ought to take pride and dignity in who we are and strive to be noble and stand nobly before Gods that are connected to us and who want to see us succeed and be winners. Mills saw a return to dignity before the divine and he had the courage to set out on a new road and begin reforging our bridge to our Gods and our destiny. Our faith and our folk grow and evolve, hopefully we are all closer to perfection with every year that passes. We learn more, we mature, we dream. Hail and thank you to those that had that spark of inspiration, those who laid the foundations that we are blessed to be able to build upon.

Matthew D. Flavel
Alsherjargothi,
Asatru Folk Assembly

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Cascadia Althing Kindred

Today I am especially honored to welcome home The Cascadia Althing Kindred of Idaho as an official Kindred of The Asatru Folk Assembly. Gaining Kindred affiliation is not an easy thing to do. Our Kindreds must show loyalty and have integrity and be that shining, noble representative for our church and local communities. Idaho used to be a area that didn’t have much membership or activity, until now. Get ready Cascadia Althing because you are about to become popular. Thank you for stepping up and being there for our folk!

Hail those who Do!
Hail the Kindreds of the AFA!
Hail the Asatru Folk Assembly!!!


Jason Gallagher
Kindred Coordinator
Asatru Folk Assembly 
kindred@runestone.org

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Day of Remembrance for Alexander Rud Mills

July 9th marks our remembrance day for Alexander Rud Mills. 

Born in July of 1885, Mills trained as a lawyer in Australia.  In the 1920s, he travelled the continent of Europe, exploring the lands of our ancestors.  He began writing about the ancient folkways and began to publish his work.  When he returned to Australia in 1934, Mills founded the Anglecyn Church of Odin.  This organization encouraged those of European descent to explore their pre-Christian faith, and remain loyal to their own interests as a people.  During World War Two, the Australian government imprisoned Mills for 9 months, and attempted to quiet those who agreed with his ideas.  He was later cleared by a judicial panel of any wrongdoing.  Mills died in 1964.

Despite the attempted suppression of his works, the ideas present by Mills sowed the seeds in the minds of many, including Else Christensen.  As these ideas were built upon, Asatru as we know it was shaped, laying the groundwork for so many Europeans to return to their spiritual home.

Hail Alexander Rud Mills!

Submitted by Gythia Student Anna Funk

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New Member of the AFA Witan

I am very proud to announce the elevation of Sean Saindon to the AFA Witan. Sean has worked tirelessly for our AFA family in the West and has proven indispensable in managing Óðinshof. Sean brings good sense, sound planning and consistent execution to the Witan. I am proud to have Sean’s wise counsel. The AFA is stronger with Sean’s dedicated service.

Matthew D. Flavel
Alsherjargothi,
Asatru Folk Assembly

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