Words from the Alsherjargothi - Midsummer 2017

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!

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: