The Southern Shire Kindred

Today it is my honor to announce and welcome home The Southern Shire Kindred of South Carolina as an official kindred of the Asatru Folk Assembly. Gaining AFA affiliation is not an easy task. Kindreds must exemplify dedication, steadfastness and loyalty.It is beautiful to see our community grow and spread through out Midgard. Our children will have a future and be raised in the ways of our Noble Ancestors. Thank you for stepping up and building a foundation for our Folkish families and communities to grow.


Hail The Southern Shire Kindred!
Hail the Kindreds of the AFA!
Hail the Asatru Folk Assembly!!!

Jason Gallagher
Kindred Coordinator 
kindred@runestone.org

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DAY OF REMEMBRANCE FOR OLVER OF EGGJA (Oliver the Martyr)

It is on this day, March 9th, that we hold vigil in honor of the noble life of Oliver, his fellow Gothar, and congregants, whose lives were taken through cowardly treachery simply for wanting to hold strong to the faith of their forefathers, and rejecting the faith of Christianity that was spreading like a plague through all of Northern Europe.

In the year 1021, in the waxing tide of the coming Ostara celebrations; Oliver and eleven other Gothar, who had been organizing traditional feasts despite the decrees of its criminality, by the self-proclaimed King Olaf II, were beginning to make preparations for the Spring time sacrifices. The Folk of the interior of Trondheim region were to gather in the great hall at the village of Maerin.

Oliver was a bountiful farmer and the trusted head of a great family in the region. He had already managed, with sway and clever countenance, to diffuse two different court inquiries by “King” Olaf the Fat, who was bound and determined to wreak havoc on all his fellow countrymen that held troth to the Elder Gods.

Olaf the Fat’s appointed bailiff of the region, a man named Thoralde was summoned and with promise that his life and his family spared he revealed to Olaf the happenings within Trondheim and to coming celebrations that were soon to be held.

With that wretches confession, Olaf the Fat gathered a dastardly force of 300 men to descend upon the small village of Maerin’s great hall under the cover of darkness. Oliver of Eggja farm was captured there and ordered to be executed on sight. Many fought, or fled, and many were slain. Olaf the Fat stole all the provisions that were gathered for the feasts and pilfered all the Folk’s clothing, furniture, valuables and divided among his craven throng of followers.

It takes Folk of great devotion to the love and troth of the Gods of our people, like Oliver and his fellow congregants, to gather in tradition just as their forefathers. Even under the ever growing shadow of the perfidious King OLaf II.

We stand to take deep council in your tale Oliver the true martyr of Maerin. For your duty and devotion to tradition and piety and troth to the holiest Gods and Goddesses of our Folk! May your name forever be spoken with might and reverence.

Hail the Gods and Goddesses!
Hail the Ancestors!
Hail Oliver of Eggja!
Hail the Folk!
Hail the AFA!

Submitted by Gothar Program student Svan Herul

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The Asa-Odhinn Kindred

Today it is my honor to announce and welcome home The Asa-Odhinn Kindred of Italy as an official kindred of the Asatru Folk Assembly. Gaining AFA affiliation is not an easy task. Kindreds must exemplify dedication, steadfastness and loyalty. All across Europe our folk are coming home and gathering together and building community and becoming family. It is beautiful to see our community grow and spread through out Midgard.Our children now have a future and and are being raised in the ways of our Noble Ancestors.

Hail the Asa-Odhinn Kindred Hail the Kindreds of the AFA!
Hail the Asatru Folk Assembly!!!

Jason Gallagher
Kindred Coordinator 
kindred@runestone.org

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Why do I Encourage Our Folk To Join the AFA?

Very nice statement written by AFA member Kristina Olson

” Why do I encourage our folk to join the AFA?

Do you realize how powerful a group becomes when joined and united under one banner? 
Right now, we are the largest genuine folkish Asatru group out there and we are steadily growing. 
We are spreading our light and our love globally! 
Our folk are coming home and instead of worrying about whose in charge of what or whose name is in the spotlight, we are dropping our egos and taking back the pride we have for our roots, our folk, and our faith!

I encourage people to join us because the more we get involved together, support each other financially together, and create goals together, even while we are far apart.. the stronger and more connected we become and this is why OUR future is bright! “

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Facebook Live 3/7

On Thursday the 7th I will be doing another Facebook Live Q&A session. Last time I had a lot of fun and folks seemed to like it. We are still figuring it all out and there were a lot of questions that folks asked that did not show up during the live chat. I will go back and attempt to address all questions in the days following. I am looking forward to talking to my AFA Family. Tune in at 6 PM Pacific.

Matthew D. Flavel
Alsherjargothi
Asatru Folk Assembly

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Volkswachstum Kindred

Today it is my pleasure and honor to announce and welcome home Volkswachstum Kindred of South Africa as an official kindred of the Asatru Folk Assembly. These folks have come together to build a solid Folkish community where there was nothing before. They have pushed past all obstacles and through perseverance and hard work, setting a foundation. May you help guide our lost folk home! Through out the world new Kindreds of the Asatru Folk Assembly are forming and building communities for our folk, for our children to grow up in. This is a beautiful thing! Please give a warm welcome to Volkswachstum Kindred!


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


Jason Gallagher
Kindred Coordinator
kindreds@runestone.org

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Wotan’s Southern Kindred

Today it is my pleasure and honor to announce and welcome home Australia’s Wotan’s Southern Kindred as an official kindred of the Asatru Folk Assembly. It is beautiful to watch our community grow and spread through the land down under. Gaining AFA affiliation is not an easy task. Kindreds must exemplify dedication, steadfastness and loyalty. Wotan’s Southern Kindred, you will be a beacon to help guide our folk home!

Hail our Noble Folk!
Hail the Kindreds of the AFA!
Hail the Asatru Folk Assembly!!!

Jason Gallagher
Northern Plains Folkbuilder and Kindred Coordinator
Asatru Folk Assembly
jgallagher@runestone.org

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Hof II is on the Horizon

As promised, plans for the Second Hof of the Asatru Folk Assembly began the instant Óðinshof was paid off.

Plans are in motion…
Dreams are manifesting…
Hof II is on the horizon…

As with all things, your help is needed and deeply appreciated.  Donations for this holy undertaking can be made at the “Donate” link on our website.

Matthew D. Flavel
Alsherjargothi 
Asatru Folk Assembly
mattflavel@runestone.org 

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Charming of the Plow

In February, the Asatru Folk Assembly celebrates Charming of the Plow. Charming of the Plow is an Asatru holiday that celebrates the preparations for the planting season. In ancestral times as well as in more rural settings, the plow is blessed and the first furrow is dug. Often this ceremonial furrow is filled with cakes and offerings for a productive season. In the AFA we often plant a tree on this day. A key symbolism of the plow is the willful penetration, by our Folk, of the hard and unyeilding soil. Things don’t just happen, We inflict our will upon life and WE make things happen.

For Asatruar, this is a time to “charm” the implements of your own productivity. Entreating the divine to bless your tools and your plans for the year is essential to start things off right. Inviting the divine into our plans and intentions is a great way of making us aware of the sacrality that should be a part of all you do. The AFA encourages all Asatruar to be industrious in all that you do. Dream grand dreams. Make solid plans. DO big things. And after hard work, reap a bountiful harvest.

The Asatru Folk Assembly wishes all our folk a happy and meaningful Charming of the Plow.

Matthew D. Flavel
Alsherjargothi,
Asatru Folk Assembly

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Day of Remembrance for Eyvind Kinnrifi

DAY OF REMEMBRANCE FOR EYVIND KINNRIFI

It is on this day, February 9th, that we remember and honor Eyvind Kinnrifi who was tortured and murdered in a most gruesome fashion. An unforgivable act by none other than Olaf Tryggvason.
While today we don’t face death for ours, Eyvind’s actions are much like our own; refusing world rejecting monotheism through a steadfast loyalty to the ways of our ancestors. Eyvind stood tall in the face of death by refusing forced conversion to christianity and remaining loyal to our Gods and Goddesses.

Cattle die and kinsmen die,
Thyself too soon must die, but one thing never,
I ween, will die,
fair fame of one who has earned it.

It takes a tremendous amount of bravery and loyalty to stand against the cruel wave of conversion while so many others did not. You and all others who have made similar sacrifices have earned your spots in history. For your unfaltering love of the Gods and Goddesses may you forever be remembered.

Hail the Gods and Goddesses!
Hail the Ancestors!
Hail Eyvind Kinnrifi!
Hail the Folk!
Hail the AFA!

Submitted by Gothar Program Student
Schuyler Palmer

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