Words from the Alsherjargothi - Walpurgisnacht 2017

I am writing this after spending an amazing weekend celebrating Walpurgisnacht and May Day in Southern California.

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.

Hail the Gods!
Hail the Folk!
Hail the AFA!

Matt Flavel
Alsherjargothi, AFA

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: