Asatru is about roots…
It’s about connections…
It’s about coming Home.
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!
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.
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.