Sixth Day of Yule

Today we think on Moderation. An important thing to remember in this regard is will. As a noble people, we happen to things rather than allowing things to happen to us. As you celebrate, or partake of anything for that matter, CHOOSE to by your will. Feast heavily when you choose and because you have made the decision to, stop eating and step away from the plate when you decide you have had enough. Drink because you choose to partake, drink water instead when you make the choice that you have had enough. Do not accidentally be tossed about by life’s waves, chart a course by your will and sail through life as a noble son or daughter of Odin.

Matthew D. Flavel
Alsherjargothi,
Asatru Folk Assembly

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Fifth Day of Yule

On the fifth day of Yule we honor Hospitality. Thank you to all the AFA members and families who have opened up their homes to our folk, to celebrate and to honor our Gods. Whenever we open our homes to our AFA family, we build solid and lasting bonds. Hospitality ties us together in a way that nothing else can and we appreciate those folks who have opened up their doors and hosted. As we go from house to house enjoying the each other’s Hospitality, let us all remember to be good guests and to bring something to contribute as well as a heart full of joy. Hail the Host! Hail the Guest! May AFA households and our Church it’self be known for our Hospitality……After all, the AFA is about coming HOME.

Matthew D. Flavel
Alsherjargothi,
Asatru Folk Assembly

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Fourth Day of Yule

Today we celebrate Generosity. The AFA has been able to accomplish great things in 2018. We have had countless events and the growth has been astounding. We would not have been able to accomplish this without the Generosity of our amazing AFA family and some big-hearted friends. The Asatru Folk Assembly would like to thank each and everyone of you for your dues and your donations in 2018 and since the beginning. Your Generosity is massively impactful and deeply appreciated. THANK YOU.

Matthew D. Flavel
Alsherjargothi,
Asatru Folk Assembly

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Third Day of Yule

On the third day of Yule we celebrate Courage. Courage doesn’t live in bygone days facing foes with sword and shield or standing fast against a mythical dragon. Courage starts by living a life consistent with your beliefs and values. Courage is being a Folkish Asatruar in real life with your real name and participating enthusiastically with others of like mind in real community. Scary things become much less frightening when you stand next to stalwart brothers and sisters facing the same challenges. We all have to temper Courage with sound judgement, but, lets think today on ways we can live more authentically and be Courageous in our own lives.

Matthew D. Flavel
Alsherjargothi,
Asatru Folk Assembly

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Second Day of Yule

On this second day of Yule, our minds turn to Justice. In this wolf age that surrounds us, the sickness of forced “equality” is used as a cudgel against accomplishment and beauty. In the AFA, we know that no one, and nothing, is equal. All are different, all are unique. Worth and accomplishment, or lack thereof, earn different rewards. The ability to become more than we are offers hope and incentivizes great deeds. Let us treat our fellows as men and not as numbers. Let us celebrate the hero and scorn the villain. In our own lives, and in our spheres, let us be Just and seek Justice in the world we are creating. As we celebrate, let us think with love and compassion on our brothers and sisters facing colossal injustice in South Africa because of our shared blood and ancestors. We see, we know, and we care.

Matthew D. Flavel
Alsherjargothi,
Asatru Folk Assembly

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First Day of Yule

Today we celebrate the first day of Yule. Each day we will share the Twelve Days of Yule videos from our founder, Steve McNallen. These videos are a holiday tradition that we have all grown to love and look forward to over the years. Each day is focused on a special theme and the first is Industriousness. The AFA has accomplished so much over the last 12 months, the growth and the success is astonishing. The development and victories of our AFA Kindreds is beyond what any could have imagined. The evolution and refinement of our individual members has been an inspiration to us all. These accomplishments are the result of blood, sweat and tears. These accomplishments are a testament to Industriousness. Thank you to every member of our AFA family for your hard work and dedication. A special thanks the the volunteers, the Folkbuilders and the Gothar for all the time and effort that you all put in to make our church worthy of our noble Folk and our holy Gods. Your Industriousness is much appreciated.

Matthew D. Flavel
Alsherjargothi,
Asatru Folk Assembly

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New AFA Kindred Coordinator

We are proud to announce Folkbuilder Jason Gallagher is now our AFA Kindred Coordinator. Jason and his kindred, Northern Blood Kindred, are leading the way and top notch folks all around. We look forward to the continued growth ans success of the Kindred Program under Jason’s leadership. Please contact Jason if you are interested in taking part in the AFA Kindred Program or if you are looking for an AFA Kindred in near you.

Hail Jason Gallagher! 
Hail the our Kindreds!
Hail the AFA!

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Day of Remembrance For Egil Skallagrimsson

Egil Skallagrimsson, son of Skall-Grim and Bera, came from a long line of shape shifters (possibly Ulfhednar). From a young age Egil demonstrated a spirit of intense passion; even at a young age Egil’s passionate nature disposed him to bouts of violence and fits that equated to a berserker’s rage. From early on in Egil’s life he demonstrated the aptitude of a warrior and a poet. At the age of 7, Egil, feeling cheated during a contest, went home and returned with an axe that he placed in the skull of the offending boy. Although a farmer by trade, Egil had gained much fame as a viking during raids. Throughout Egil’s saga he is depicted as having a pattern of outbursts in which he rights wrongs he felt were committed against him.

Egil is also depicted in the sagas as an adept master of the runes, In one tale Egil had scratched a rune on a horn suspecting it had been bewitched or poisoned, causing it to erupt. Having thus confirmed his suspicion he lashed out at his ill-willed host killing him and several others who had pursued him. This murder and the slaying of his pursuers put him in ill standing with king Erik Bloodaxe and his wife, queen Gunnhild, the witch who had cursed Egil’s horn that night. Egil demonstrated his aptitude in rune craft again when he erected a “Nithing” pole cursing the kingdom of king Erik and queen Gunnhild.

This course of events lead to another demonstration of Egil’s talent for poetry he had began to demonstrate at age 3. Egil staved off his own execution by composing a poem so compelling and flattering of his bitter rival king Erik Bloodaxe that it stayed his hand in Egil’s execution and compelled Erik to grant Egil his freedom and give up his claim to vengeance or settlement. In contrast to the conflicts Egil confronted head on as a warrior, he was a gentle soul with a focus on family and friends. On one occasion he had used runecraft to save the life of a woman by correcting healing runes that had been carved incorrectly. This side of Egil is further demonstrated in his las great poem, where he grieves the loss of his son, showing even in his old age that family was still his dearest and highest priority.

Yule approaches, be it family by blood, or adopted AFA family, lets take time to put our families first. Take a moment to step back and reflect on the values and the unbroken love of our Folk that your ancestors shared, making your life and existence possible today. Be the warrior when need be for your ancestors and folk and a hero to your descendants. Live your life in such a manner that whether you are a humble farmer or a great warrior, your deeds will one day be worthy of a saga in your own right!

Folkbuilder Jason Plourde
Gothi Student

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Nevada City Toy Run

Today the Viking Brotherhood and Asatru Folk Assembly represented at the Nevada City Toy Run. Our members not only participated in the ride (and gifting of toys to children in need) we also ran a booth serving Tri-Tip Sandwiches and Josies Famous Coffee Cake. Our proceeds go directly towards paying off the Hof!! Thank you to our Doers who spent much time preparing, setting up our booth, serving and interacting with the community. Hail the Gods!!! Hail the Folk!!! Hail the AFA!!! And a very special Hail to the Viking Brotherhood!!!!!

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